The redesigned Elantra is relatively roomy, sparing with fuel, and features intuitive controls.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder returned an excellent 33 mpg overall in our tests but delivers leisurely acceleration and buzzes unpleasantly as revs increase.
The Eco version feels more responsive but comes at a $3,000 price premium.
Although handling is secure, there isn't much driving excitement.
The ride is mostly unobjectionable, but sharp bumps tend to come through noticeably.
Road noise is elevated as well.
Inside, the front seats in our tested SE are short on lumbar support, though the power seat in the Limited is better.
Active safety features and a Sport version with a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder are available. For 2020, the Elantra got a freshening that included suspension tweaks that improved ride comfort, and more sound insulation which reduced engine noise.
The six-speed automatic has been replaced by a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In addition, all trims come standard with forward collision warning, city speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist.