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2020 Hyundai Elantra Gains New Transmission, Gets Better Gas Mileage

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Better fuel economy, a new transmission, and more standard safety features top the list of changes recently announced for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

For the new model year, the Elantra’s volume-selling 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine boasts a 2 mpg fuel-efficiency boost. The base SE trim is now rated for 33 combined mpg. The SEL, Value, and Limited trims get 32 combined mpg.

One reason for the Elantra’s improved fuel economy might be its new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), standard on all trims except the Eco and Sport. This chain-belt-driven, continuously variable transmission is more efficient than the automatic transmission it’s replacing, but it’s also designed to mimic similar gear shift points to make the driving experience more engaging.

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Unfortunately for customers who prefer to drive stick, the 2020 Elantra doesn’t offer a manual transmission option. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission still comes with the Eco and Sport trims.

For 2020, the Elantra receives three new standard active-safety features as part of the Hyundai SmartSense suite. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Driver Attention Warning will now be included on all trims.

Other new standard features for the Elantra include dual automatic temperature control and a 3.5-inch monochromatic TFT cluster display for drivers. These will join established standard equipment like a 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. The Elantra also offers optional features like navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and Smart Cruise Control.

The 2020 Elantra is expected to arrive at dealerships within the next month or so.

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