How far out of your way would you drive to save 10 cents a gallon on a catchbasin of gas? Five miles? Ten? Is it bigger to absorb a little added up advanced for a added fuel-efficient vehicle, or save a little at the time of acquirement for hardly worse gas breadth in the future? The affecting allure of arresting beneath ammunition doesn’t consistently accomplish bread-and-butter sense.
The new 2021 Hyundai Elantra and Elantra Amalgam bunched sedans action an ideal befalling to clinically admeasurement how abundant blooming it absolutely takes to go green.
What makes this accessible is Hyundai’s about identical engineering of both models, except for the mechanics of their powertrains. The 2021 Elantra and its amalgam analogue accept the aforementioned anatomy styles, autogenous space, burden breadth and appreciably agnate active characteristics. Their weight administration is about the same, with the amalgam accepting hardly bigger balance. Its array backpack is placed in the rear, allowance account the gas agent up front.
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A contempo analysis drive of the Hyundai Elantra Amalgam forth Pacific Coast Artery in Southern California and close Los Angeles cartage appear a well-designed agent with accomplished handling. It had added than abundant ability for casual slower cars on highways and accelerating assimilate on-ramps. The council is close through the arced anchorage of the Santa Monica Mountains. Its anchor on the alley is abiding and planted.
The autogenous is able-bodied advised except for an odd grab bar adding the advanced seats. The controls are accessible to ability and intuitive. The agent works able-bodied for a abandoned driver or for parents active ancestors associates through their circadian routines. It’s adequate for four adults.
That’s why it makes such a acceptable agent for comparison. Drivers would be appropriately annoyed with either the accepted gas adaptation or the amalgam model.
Both accept agnate ability outputs with a slight application advantage to the gas model. But the amalgam has added torque.
The amalgam powertrain has a 1.6-liter gas agent affiliated to an electric motor. The aggregate produces the agnate of 139 application and 195 pound-feet of torque. The arrangement uses a six-speed automated transmission. The accepted Elantra has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder agent akin to a continuously capricious manual that produces up to 147-horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.
The amalgam represents a 54% access in ammunition abridgement over the commensurable gas-only model.
It has an EPA appraisement of 54 mpg in accumulated burghal and artery active for the abject SEL trim leveland 50 mpg for the added big-ticket Limited, the Hybrid’s two trim levels. The Limited has added equipment, which adds to the car’s weight and reduces ammunition efficiency. The accepted 2.0-liter agent Elantra in the SEL trim avalanche abbreviate with an EPA appraisement of aloof 35 mpg combined.
Fuel costs for the Elantra able with the 2.0-liter agent bulk to $727 annually, bold 12,000 afar of accustomed burghal and artery driving. The hybrid’s anniversary ammunition amount with the aforementioned assumptions is $471, or $256 less. The calculations use the AAA civic gas amount average of $2.12 per gallon.
Now accede the amount aberration amid the two Elantra versions. The gas-only archetypal SEL starts at $21,895, while the electrified amalgam SEL begins at $24,545 with commitment fees included.
The basal band is that the amalgam archetypal carries a $2,650 amount exceptional over the accepted Elantra. If gas prices break current, it will booty 10 continued years to accomplish up the difference. Even at California gasoline prices –$3.17 – it takes it still takes seven years of active to accomplish up the difference.
All of that assumes 12,000 afar of anniversary driving. Drivers who put on aloof 6,000 or 8,000 afar annually will acquaintance abate ammunition amount savings. But those with continued circadian commutes in states with college gasoline prices accomplish up the amount gap added quickly.
Still, application beneath gasoline isn’t a bad thing. Undoubtedly it reduces the driver’s carbon brand and air pollution. Some buyers will adjudge it is account it to acquirement the added big-ticket amalgam because of the civic benefits.
There additionally are added factors that change the about amount differences amid the vehicles. Hyundai’s appropriate appraisement represents a 13% exceptional for the hybrid. But that says annihilation about the discounts that ability be accessible afterwards the cartage hit the market.
Low gas prices accumulated with an adorable starting amount for the accepted Elantra will like accomplish that the faster-selling vehicle. If inventories of the amalgam adaptation accumulation up, it’s accessible Hyundai could abatement them with incentives. A $500 amount dip reduces the aftereffect time by about two years.
Regardless, buyers won’t be aghast with either vehicle. Both are amid the best bunched sedans on the market.
A nationally accepted editor and biographer with continued administration at some of the nation’s better account organizations, including the Los Angeles Times. He is a acclaimed able in the car-buying action and has covered abounding facets of the automotive industry, including free technology, another ammunition cartage and assurance issues. He is the above editor of Trucks.com. Jerry currently writes for Forbes, Transport Topics and added publications.