And the Elantra Sport model will return!
Hyundai recently revealed the redesigned 2019 Elantra at the launch event for the Sante Fe in Park City, Utah. The reveal came as a bit of surprise and the design changes are positive. Although Hyundai revealed details about the car including its engine options, it didn't tell us about pricing. Now the Korean automaker has published pricing information for the 2019 Elantra and it even undercuts its corporate sibling, the recently revealed Kia Forte.
The base Elantra engine is the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the Forte, producing 147 horsepower. The 2019 Elantra SEL trim with the six-speed manual transmission starts at $17,100, just undercutting the Forte FE that starts at $17,690. The automatic transmission adds $1,000 while the SEL and Value trims ring in at $19,400 and $20,400, respectively. We drove the previous generation 2018 Elantra SEL, and we recommended paying the extra $1,000 to get smart key access, and a nicer material for the steering wheel as well as a few other upgrades, though we don't know if the trim levels will remain exactly the same for 2019.
The Elantra Eco also returns for 2019, starting at $20,950, powered by the same 1.4-liter turbo-four mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch producing 128 hp. At the top of the range, the Limited trim starts at $22,600, adding more luxury and tech features.
Although Hyundai has yet to officially reveal it, the Elantra Sport will also make its return with a 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT. Pricing starts at $22,400 for the manual or $23,500 for the DCT, but we'll have to wait until later this year to see it in the metal.