2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

Whether you’re a stay-at-home dad shuttling pre-teens, a business woman  darting from one end of the city to the other for meetings, or a grad student driving for Uber and Lyft to help pay for school, you have two things in common. You’re probably exhausted at the end of the day and you’re racking up way too many miles on your car.

 

Which is where the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco can make a positive impact on your life by significantly decreasing the number of times you’ll need to refill at the pump. The compact sedan is specifically designed to achieve higher fuel economy and it does so with gusto, returning some 40 miles-per-gallon.

Sitting on narrow 15-inch wheels, the Elantra also screams no frills and few thrills; but it’s also extremely functional. The interior lay-out is simplistic and straightforward. Controls are easy to use and there’s no pondering the instrumentation. What’s more, for the price point, the materials used are on par for this budget-friendly class.

Surprising equipment flourishes include heated seats, push-button start and dual-zone auto climate control. The seven-inch touchscreen-based  infotainment system supports navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard safety features include blind-spot warning and a backup camera. Additional safety tech will cost you several thousand dollars more.

With seating for five, the economical Hyundai is both roomy and supportive enough for adults to sit comfortably in both the front and back seats. There’s also adequate space (14.4 cubic feet) for luggage, sporting equipment or shopping bags—before you fold the seatback.

 

The 128-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four cylinder  engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. While that figure sounds low, keep in mind the Elantra Eco is also rather light in weight. This the engine manages easy merging and reasonably swift passing maneuvers.

While the Elantra Eco’s performance potential won’t set your hair on fire, its price and petrol consumption will certainly warm your heart. Our test car delivered 32 miles per gallon in the city and as I mentioned before, 40 on the highway.

Pricing for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco starts at $20,550.

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