- A larger and markedly more powerful direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder highlights changes to the 2014 Hyundai Elantra lineup.
- The 2.0-liter "Nu" engine is the basis of a new Sport trim for the 2014 Elantra, standard for the Elantra Coupe and five-door Elantra GT.
- The three 2014 Elantra body styles also get a variety of exterior, interior and technology enhancements.
LOS ANGELES — With stiff competition from a variety of new compact-car rivals, Hyundai unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show a revised 2014 Elantra lineup that gets significantly more power from a new, direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a variety of design and technology tweaks.
A major power enhancement comes from the addition of Hyundai's "Nu" 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is standard for the 2014 Elantra Coupe and five-door Elantra GT as well as the Elantra sedan's new-for-2014 Sport trim level.
Churning out 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm, the 2.0-liter Nu engine makes 17 percent more power and 18 percent more torque than the 1.8-liter Nu engine's 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. The gains come from the increased displacement and addition of Hyundai's GDI direct-injection fueling.
Hyundai said the Elantra Sport with the new 2.0-liter engine delivers fuel economy ratings of 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway when backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Those numbers are down a few mpg from the 28 city/38 highway rating of the 2014 Elantra models that stick with the 1.8-liter engine.
The efficiency numbers run to 24/34 for the 2014 Elantra Coupe with the new 2.0-liter Nu and six-speed automatic and 24/33 for the 2014 Elantra GT. If you still want a manual transmission, your only choice is the Elantra GT, where the self-shifter and the 2.0-liter engine combine for a 24/34 rating.
Meanwhile, the Elantra sedan gets a front and rear styling redo for 2014 that includes projector-beam headlights and a standard rear spoiler for the Sport, while the sedan's interior changes run to a larger available touchscreen, noise and vibration-reduction measures and some design and materials upgrades.
The Elantra Sport trim also brings stiffer dampers and rear springs and adjustable steering calibration for the Elantra SE (formerly GLS) and Limited trims.
In addition to the upsized engine, the 2014 Elantra Coupe gets most of the sedan's interior changes and tech enhancements, as well as the Sport's suspension revisions and a host of sound-deadening and refinement upgrades.
Edmunds says: More power for the Elantra is a can't-miss proposition, and the new Sport trim promises to tighten the sedan and Coupe's handling.