Most carmakers call their environmentally friendly products "green." At Hyundai, the company uses a different primary color: "Blue."
At least, that's the case with the 2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue, a new model that was added to the Elantra lineup this year. The Blue's green cred isn't that it's a hybrid or diesel, but rather, that it achieves an EPA rated 26 mpg city and 35 highway. It's also the entry-level Elantra.
What makes the Blue Elantra so green? Well, a "smart" alternator management system (Hyundai's words), engine components that generate less friction, changes to the engine's calibration and the transmission's gear ratios, and a shift indicator. Oh, and there's unique "Blue" badging.
A five-speed manual paired to a 138-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder doesn't hurt, either.
The price of entry for this entry-level sedan is inexpensive: My tester based at $14,145. Standard features included ABS, side curtain airbags, front side airbags, 15-inch wheels, A/C, a tilt steering wheel,...Read More »
|4-Door Sedan (1)||MSRP||Invoice||MPG City||MPG Hwy|
|Manual Blue Specs||$14,145||$13,758||26||35|
|4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS (2)||MSRP||Invoice||MPG City||MPG Hwy|
|4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS Specs||$16,895||$16,385||26||34|
|4-Door Sedan Automatic SE (2)||MSRP||Invoice||MPG City||MPG Hwy|
|4-Door Sedan Automatic SE Specs||$17,845||$17,113||26||34|