The Hyundai Elantra gets a much-needed overhaul for the 2017 model year, ridding it of the sharp, but dated, look that is featured last year and replacing it with a more conservative design that should age a little better. Also new for the 2017 model year is the Eco trim, which adds a new, thriftier engine and other fuel-saving bits. Today, we learn what price tag Hyundai has put on saving fuel.
This new version of the Elantra will set buyers back a reasonable $20,650, making it $3,500 more than the base Elantra SE. The main component that makes the Eco model important is its 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 128 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to help deliver 32 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined, which is a boost of 6 mpg city, 4 mpg highway, and 6 mpg combined when compared to the base 2017 Elantra with the manual transmission.
In addition to the new powertrain, the Eco trim level also comes with LED daytime running lights, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist, a 3.5-inch display in the gauge cluster, dual-zone climate control, a proximity key with push-button start, heated front seats, and more.
Hyundai has yet to announce the official on-sale date for the 2017 Elantra Eco, but I suspect we’ll see it on showroom floors very soon.