Status: Unchanged for 2020 - The second-generation three-door Veloster arrived for 2019, replete with a more distinctive front end and grille, sculpted hood and muscular fenders. There are also restyled rear roof pillars and a more upright hatch that increases stowage space by nearly 30 percent. A new multi-link independent rear suspension improved ride and road-holding qualities compared to the previous torsion-beam (solid) rear axle. Continuing for the 2020 model year is the base 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the optional 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. A six-speed manual transmission and available six-speed automatic are offered with the base engine, while the turbo can also be had with a six-speed stick or available seven-speed paddle-shift automatic. At the top of the pecking order, the Veloster N's turbo four-cylinder engine delivers 250 horsepower. It's mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching downshifts. A rear high-mount spoiler, aero body cladding, electronically controlled dampers, sport bucket seats and low-restriction exhaust are also N items. There are, amazingly, six Veloster trim levels for 2020 - 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, Turbo Ultimate and the N - with few options: If your 2.0 is missing something, you'll likely have to select a different trim.
Base price (incl. destination): $19,500
Type: Three-door hatchback
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4 (147); 1.6-liter I-4, turbocharged (201); 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (250, Veloster N)
Transmissions: Six-speed manual (base and N); six-speed automatic; seven-speed automated manual (opt. on Turbo)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 25/33/28 (base 2.0, MT)
Base weight (lb.): 2,700