Hyundai is back with the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4T, and it boasts a 40-mpg EPA highway rating. Little is known about this, but Hyundai also suffered a scandal a few years ago with their overstatement of EPA ratings saying that the Elantra’s EPA rating is 40mpg but tests consistently showed otherwise leading to an investigation which then lead to Hyundai having to restate the actual EPA tested ratings as 38mpg opposed to their boasted 40mpg. For 2017, Hyundai boldy claims that it has already achieved the 40mpg rating without any overstatement and out tests have indeed proved it; well done Hyundai.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4T Might Lack in Some Areas, But Other Elements Make up for Those
Like the 2016 Elantra, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4T is just an economical trim from the same line of vehicles and looks-wise, aside from smaller 16-inch rims, the Eco is no different from any other Elantra. To save from any reintroduction, the Elantra still looks suave with its flowing lines large grille, and chrome accents signifying class making it look like it costs more than it actually is. Under the hood is a tiny 1.4-liter turbo four that puts out just 128hp but has more torque than the naturally-aspirated Elantra. The powertrain is finished with a dual clutch transmission in a front-wheel-drive layout like the other Elantras.
On the inside, most of it resembles the base 2017 Hyundai Elantra. The cabin is quiet, the interior is decent with a focus on making the interior look more upscale than what it costs which is great for first impressions but the materials may degrade quicker over time. Like the previous Elantra, the 2017 model year still uses adhesive as part of the body construction making it lighter and Hyundai has since solved major issues stemming from the use of adhesive since the 2017 model year.
Driving performance of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4T isn’t spectacular but the surprisingly underpowered engine and lighter body as well as the readily accessible torque plateau makes the Elantra Eco a quick car. It’s a half second quicker in the 0-60 run against the 2-liter naturally aspirated Elantras and that’s something to brag about especially when having “eco” on the badge. Talking about eco, the Elantra Eco performs way more than expected with EPA fuel economy reaching 32 city and 40 highway with our own tests topping at 38mpg which is above average making the Elantra true to its “eco” badge.
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