There has been a difference in the powertrains offered by Kia and Hyundai even though the two companies share much of their technology and qualities.
The Kia Forte received a CVT automatic a few years ago and the Hyundai Elantra continues to use a traditional torque converter and automatic transmission. Now, it appears the Elantra will receive the CVT for the 2020 model year to give you the drive you’re looking for and a boost in what you want when you choose a vehicle at this level of the market for your drive.
The Improvements You Expect to Enjoy
The expected difference when you see a car that has a CVT automatic transmission attached to the engine is a boost in fuel mileage. With the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine, this added fuel mileage will be beneficial to those of us looking to pay less for the drive we enjoy. So far, the numbers allow us to see the SE model will improve from 29 city/38 hwy mpg to 31 city/41 hwy mpg while the SEL, Value, and Limited models will improve from 28 city/37 hwy mpg to 30 city/40 hwy mpg to give you the savings that will make a difference over time.
The Eco Might be a Goner
With these new fuel mileage numbers, the Elantra SE is essentially as efficient as the Elantra Eco which had a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine and a dual clutch seven-speed automatic in the past. This means the Eco might disappear from the market for the 2020 model year. The reduction in the number of trims isn’t a bad thing for the Elantra, which makes it easier for us to have more of what we want when it’s time to get out on the road and take a drive.
Another Way to Go
Another choice when it comes to the Elantra Eco which could continue when it’s time for the 2020 model year would be to add the CVT to the Eco model as well. This means the car could offer a much higher level of fuel mileage for the drive than the SE trim if you were to choose the Eco. Right now, we don’t know much about what might happen with the Eco model, which might need to be a decision that’s made based on the sales that have already taken place for the Elantra Eco.
Looking Forward to the Elantra
Now that we know the 2020 Hyundai Elantra will be offered with a CVT automatic transmission, which will increase the fuel mileage enough to make this car one that’s even more to our liking. As it comes closer to the time for the new Hyundai Elantra to show up and give us what we want to enjoy when we drive, we’ll learn more about whether the Eco will continue and what the other engines offered for this car will be able to achieve with the new CVT attached to the engine when you drive.