Hyundai Elantra vs. Competitors for Sale in Hyannis, MA


There’s a lot of competition in the compact sedan class, but the 2020 Hyundai Elantra makes a compelling case against its rivals. It’s back with new safety and driver-assist features, a more efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT), and plenty of passenger amenities that make for a more enjoyable drive. The 2020 Elantra is a winner for its many standard high-tech features, excellent value, smooth and comfortable ride, quiet cabin, and class-leading warranties. But how does it stack up against competitors like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda3, and Kia Forte? We’ll find out below.

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Pricing and Warranty

Undeniably, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra is one of the best new-car buys out there. All models come standard with abundant modern technology while still having a low base MSRP – the lowest in this bunch save for the related Kia Forte, which is priced a mere $10 less.

The Hyundai Motor Company is well known for having “America’s Best Warranty.” Buyers of the 2020 Elantra get a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty, and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. On the other hand, Toyota, Honda, and Mazda only provide a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty – nearly half as much as Hyundai’s.

Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy

Most 2020 Hyundai Elantra trims come standard with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine mated to an all-new “intelligent” CVT for truly exceptional fuel economy that’s improved from the last model year. The Eco trim gets a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the Sport trim comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. This turbo four makes 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, beating out the maximum power of most class competitors’ engines. The Eco trim’s turbocharged 1.4-liter is the most fuel-efficient of the Elantra’s engines, getting an EPA-estimated 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. Most non-hybrid offerings from competitors struggle to come close to these mileage numbers.


All cars in this class do a fine job protecting their passengers, but some go above and beyond the average expectations. The 2020 Hyundai Elantra supports its status as one of the safest vehicles in its class through accolades like the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This is the highest safety designation from the IIHS, and the related Kia Forte is the only other vehicle in the class to receive the honor. But, unlike the Kia Forte, even the 2020 Hyundai Elantra’s base trim comes standard with driver aids like a blind-spot mirror. Another unique feature not found on rival compact sedans is Hyundai’s safe exit assist, which alerts occupants if a vehicle or pedestrian is approaching either side of the car when someone is attempting to exit it.

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