To this point we’ve seen every variant of the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra, except this one. Today Hyundai has announced pricing and fuel economy ratings for the Elantra Eco, a trim level dedicated to the maximum fuel economy thanks to a 1.4-turbo engine. The Eco will allow the Elantra to join the 40 mpg club for around $21,000.
The concept of a trim level dedicated to fuel economy is not new to the compact sedan segment. Actually, if anything, it’s a bit of a stale effort when most of the segment has mainstreamed their highest mpg figures. Nonetheless, the Elantra Eco features a 128 horsepower 1.4-liter turbo with 156 pound-feet of torque that flows through a specific seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. With so many gears and such a small displacement, the EPA fuel economy figures of 32 mpg city and 40 mpg highway are not too big of a shock.
While the Elantra is joining the 40+ mpg crowd, it isn’t the best in the segment. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze achieves 42 mpg highway and 30 mpg city, matching the Eco with 35 mpg combined.
Elantra Eco will wear a starting price of $21,485 after destination charges. The base price is higher than the base SE trim level, but does include more equipment. Features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual climate control and heated front seats are all standard fare at the base price.
The Eco joins the SE and Sport trims that round out the Elantra family.