It took six years for Hyundai to fix the mess in 2011 when they got a big humiliation and big fine due to mistakenly calculate highway mileage rating of Hyundai Elantra fifth generation. They promoted the car for 40-mpg when it actually only 38 mpg. Now, after carefully double-checked their math, Hyundai finally introduce their sixth generation 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco with the real 40 mpg.
In order to catch the mpg goal, Hyundai bravely made changes under the hood. From 2.0-liter, Hyundai swap it down with 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Surely, it helps the math a lot for mpg but smaller engine means sacrificing power. Indeed, the power is down 19-hp to 128-hp.
In order to reduce disappointment, Hyundai also swaps out torque-converter 6-speed automatic used in standard Elantra with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and equipped strong midrange torque delivery on Eco. As the result, Eco successfully increase the torque by 24 lb-ft to 156 lb-ft. The shift is quicker and efficiency is improved. Yet, Hyundai needs to do something with the transmission due to its clunky low speed behavior. However, it is not a big deal because the lurching will disappear after the car pass 15 mph.
A good powertrain is not enough to make the car good. Hyundai understand it well by making the chassis helpful in the performance as well as comfort. A test shows 15-inch tire package give more comfort than the 17-inch package. What makes us a bit down is the over boosted steering.
Eco made better deal with equipment and technology packages. Include in this model is keyless entry and push start button, heated seats, automatic climate control, blind spot warning, backup camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Support. That nice package is offered in low price premium. This is something that other cars in this class do not have. In Elantra lineup, Eco stand in the top in this category.