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2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco to Start at $21,485

Fuel sipper features a 1.4-liter turbo-four

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco will be the third model in the compact's lineup and the automaker recently announced its starting price of $21,485 (including the $835 destination fee).

As previously reported, the 2017 Elantra Eco is targeted towards fuel efficiency. Hyundai claims the new model returns and EPA-estimated 32/35/40 mpg city/combined/highway and the efforts to reach those numbers go beyond revised aerodynamics or low rolling resistance tires. For starters, the Elantra Eco is powered by an exclusive 1.4-liter turbo-four making 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission not offered on other Elantra models.

For comparison, the base and range-topping Elantras are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. That engine (in the base model) returns an EPA-estimated 29/33/38 mpg city/combined/highway when paired with the six-speed automatic.

The Elantra Eco's pricing and features place it right between the base and the Limited models, which start at $17,985 and $23,185, respectively. The Eco has a relatively long list of standard features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, blind spot detection, and an automatic hands-free trunk opener. Not bad considering a similarly equipped Elantra SE model is only $400 cheaper.

Look for the Elantra Eco to arrive in showrooms by this summer. Other models expected to launch after the Elantra Eco include a sport model and a GT hatchback.