Review of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited

By John Hayden

Peppy, Pretty and Perfectly Priced – The 2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Even in the value-hungry compact car segment, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited stands out as a great buy. A favourite with drivers in the Maritimes seeking good-value vehicles, the Elantra is a top seller.  And  there are good reasons for this leading position, backed by easy auto loans from reliable local dealers like Hayden Auto.

Usually ranking third (after the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla), this snazzy model moved into top place in November 2019. A related version is the five-door Elantra GT hatchback.  Additionally, the Elantra Sport has a 1.6 litre turbo-four engine with an independent rear suspension.

Smooth Driving with Snappy Wheel-Feel 

The basic Essential trim has a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder that churns out 147 horsepower. Matched to  six-speed manual transmission,  this can be upgraded to the CVT. Topping the range is the Ultimate, while the Sport is available with a six-speed manual shift or a seven-speed-clutch automatic.

With four trim options, the six-speed automatic was replaced with a CVT, which Hyundai renamed IVT. It also replaced ‘Continuously’ with an ‘Intelligent’ Variable Transmission. But whatever it’s called, it mimics the feel of a regular transmission, with no bounce-back rubber-band feel.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited offers Plenty of Storage Space

Just slightly smaller than the trunk of a mid-sized car at 14.4 cubic feet, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited has plenty of front-seat storage space. For added convenience, a useful array of nooks hold smaller items in place.  Its generous glovebox and ample console storage area handle larger items, together with large door panel bins.

Safety First with All-Round Visibility 

Rated as very safe by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it earned top marks in crash tests. This isn’t surprising, as Hyundai has always packed its models with as many safety features as possible:

  • driver monitoring system;
  • automatic emergency braking;
  • forward collision warning;
  • blind-spot warning;
  • rear cross-traffic warning;
  • lane-keeping assist; and
  • lane departure warning system.

Passenger Comfort with Fuel Economy

Upholstered in leather, both front and rear seats are comfortable, with an eight-way power-adjusted driver’s seat. A height adjuster for the passenger seat makes it easier to get in and out of the car. For drivers, it’s a relaxing drive, with light steering and a confident highway stance that tucks in neatly around corners.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited was rated at 7.4 L/100 kilometres in combined city/highway driving with the six-speed automatic, while the CVT drops that to 6.8.

Easy Vehicle Financing for Feature-Packed Model

The Hyundai strategy is to offer plenty of goodies at affordable prices. Depending on the exact model, they include a wireless smartphone charging pad and Infinity premium sound system, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, and dual-zone climate control with automatic defogging.

Substantial, solid but not heavy, the 2020 Elantra transmission ensures a notable performance. It earns extra bonus points for its navigation system icons on the seven-inch display, which are right on the map, rather than tucked away in the settings menu.

Who Buys the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited?

Designed for commuters rather than racers, its modest under-hood set-up is  quiet, unless pushed to the limit. This matches the Elantra owners’ trend towards elegant discretion  rather than flash and fun. Generally, they want automobiles that are practical ways of getting around.

Older (average age: 54), and price-sensitive, 77% of Elantra buyers avoid vehicles with high upkeep.  Furthermore, they prefer vehicles that consume less fuel.  Furthermore, with a lower median household income than other compact car owners, almost half of them are women, who don’t want to pay more for an environmentally-friendly ride.


Elantra drivers want value-rich cars  that accelerate fast with responsive handling. Moreover, they also  want fast and easy auto loans from trusted dealers like Hayden Auto.

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