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MSRP: $17,250 - $22,600
Invoice: $16,734 - $21,610
MPG: 27 City / 37 Hwy
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Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra ranks 19 out of 41 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.

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra is ranked:

Though critics say the 2015 Hyundai Elantra offers ample cargo space, good fuel economy and user-friendly tech features, some are let down by its sluggish base engine and jarring ride.

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra comes with a four-cylinder engine that some critics say could use more power, though most agree that the more powerful four-cylinder engine found in Elantra Sport and Elantra GT models provides competitive acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while an optional six-speed automatic transmission earns praise for its responsive shifts and making good use of the engine’s 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.

Test drivers write that the 2015 Hyundai Elantra’s cabin has an attractive design and is built with a blend of soft-touch surfaces and hard plastics. Some reviewers say that taller occupants may need more headroom in the Hyundai Elantra, regardless of where they sit. However, a few test drivers praise the Elantra for its ample back-seat legroom. The Elantra is available as a sedan or a hatchback (Elantra GT), which both offer an impressive amount of cargo space for the class. Reviewers report that it’s easy to adjust most of the Elantra’s interior controls without diverting attention from the road, and that tech features like the available navigation system are easy to use. 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)

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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.

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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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Review Last Updated: 9/2/14

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