Hyundai Elantra Review
The 2015 Hyundai Elantra ranks 19 out of 42 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Elantra, as well as reliability and safety data.
Although the 2015 Hyundai Elantra's base engine is underpowered and its ride can be rough at times, according to reviewers, they appreciate its large cargo space, solid fuel economy and easy-to-use tech features.
The base four-cylinder engine in the 2015 Hyundai Elantra lacks punch, test drivers say, but they like the more potent four-cylinder engine in the Elantra Sport and Elantra GT trims for its quick acceleration. The Elantra comes with a six-speed manual transmission. Critics like the available six-speed automatic transmission, which they appreciate for its responsive shifts and effective use of available engine power. The base Elantra gets up to an EPA-estimated 28/38 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Some reviewers write that the 2015 Elantra is surprisingly nimble, while others comment that the Elantra offers controlled handling, but isn’t particularly fun to drive. A few critics report that the Elantra is quiet and comfortable enough for commuting, though many note that the ride becomes harsh and unsettled over road imperfections.
Constructed with a mix of soft-touch surfaces and hard plastics, the 2015 Hyundai Elantra's interior is attractive, reviewers say. They especially like the Elantra's spacious legroom in the back seat, but some say that tall passengers will find headroom scarce wherever they sit in the car. Test drivers say cargo space is abundant for the class in both the sedan and hatchback (Elantra GT) models. They also say drivers can easily adjust cabin controls without taking their eyes off the road, and other tech features like the navigation system are user-friendly. The 2015 Elantra comes with a six-speaker audio system, a USB port and satellite radio. Optional features include a rearview camera, a touch-screen audio system with a 4.3-inch display, a navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth and a sunroof.
- "Although the 2015 Hyundai Elantra remains a solid choice for a small sedan, some newer rivals have eclipsed it in regards to refinement and comfort." -- Edmunds
- "While a game changer when it first came on the scene, many manufacturers have caught up to the Elantra's stuff-for-the-price ratio, while also offering a better overall driving experience." -- Kelley Blue Book
- “Of course, you can juggle options and payment plans all over the place, but cash-conscious buyers could find that the Hyundais wind up being your bargain choice." -- AutoWeek (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
The Volkswagen Golf has been completely redesigned for 2015, and like the Elantra GT, it offers great cargo space for the class. The Golf also pleases reviewers with its athletic handling and comfortable, high-quality interior.
Like the Elantra, the Mazda Mazda3 offers great fuel economy and is available in sedan and hatchback body styles. The Mazda3 is available with a number of tech features that are rare for the class, such as blind spot monitoring, and critics love its nimble handling.
Details: 2015 Hyundai Elantra
The 2015 Hyundai Elantra seats five and has front-wheel drive. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, while a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are optional. The Elantra comes in SE, Limited, Sport and Elantra GT (hatchback) trims. The Elantra Coupe has been discontinued for 2015, but other Elantra models see few changes for the 2015 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2015 model years.
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