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MSRP: $17,250 - $22,600
Invoice: $16,734 - $21,610
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Hyundai Elantra Interior

Test drivers note that the 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan has an attractive cabin that features a mix of hard plastics and soft-touch surfaces. They appreciate the Elantra’s large trunk and optional features like the user-friendly navigation system. However, some reviewers write that headroom is in short supply for back-seat passengers.

  • "The 2015 Hyundai Elantra pulls its exterior design inside, with lots of swooping lines and attractive surfaces to match the generally pleasing aesthetic of the car." -- Edmunds 
  • "The comfortable interior features some higher-end soft-touch materials, but there's also some low-end feeling plastic on the doors and switches." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Elantra blends an eye-grabbing design with the high level of standard features for which Hyundai has become known." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Elantra's gauges employ Hyundai's trademark crisp white illumination with blue trim, and an eye-catching LCD trip computer comes standard in every Elantra. Materials quality is average-plus." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan seats five and is available with leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats. Some reviewers say that taller drivers and back-seat passengers may want more headroom in the Elantra sedan. A few also comment that there’s an acceptable amount of legroom in the back seat, while others report that there’s a surprising amount of rear-seat legroom, particularly in Elantra GT models. 

  • "Interior space remains plentiful, with a slightly confining roofline that impedes second-row headroom being the Elantra's only flaw when it comes to passenger comfort." -- Left Lane News 
  • "The Elantra's interior is spacious, but taller drivers may have difficulty getting the seat as low as they'd like. As such, headroom up front can feel limited for those over 6 feet tall." -- Edmunds 
  • "The front seats are properly shaped for leisurely or aggressive driving, and while rear legroom is only adequate for the sedan … it's downright generous in the GT. " -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The sedan's back seat reveals its compact roots with limited headroom for tall folks, but legroom is generous by segment standards." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Interior Features

The Hyundai Elantra sedan comes standard 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, proximity key, push-button start, Bluetooth and a sunroof.

Critics appreciate the available navigation system, noting that straightforward menus and large on-screen buttons make it easy to use. Some also like the stereo’s sound quality, and say that the Elantra’s controls are logically arranged on the dash, which makes them easy to adjust without diverting attention away from the road.

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  • "The available 7-inch touchscreen and navigation system are easy to use thanks to large virtual buttons and an intuitive menu layout." -- Edmunds
  • "The new 4.3-in touchscreen is a nice standard feature on fancier models, but technophiles will want the full 7-in navigation system, which gets updated software for 2014." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "In the GT's case, the center stack controls are nicely separated by function and require little eye time away from the road to operate." -- Road and Track (2013)
  • “The audio system itself is pretty good, with six speakers, 172 watts, and AM/FM/Sirius XM/CD/MP3, USB jacks, Bluetooth, and all the usual fun stuff. … It sounds on par with other members of its segment, and for most people will be just fine." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan has 60/40 split-folding rear seats and 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Elantra GT hatchback has 23 cubic feet of space, which expands to 51 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Elantra sedan offers more trunk space than most competitors, and some critics say that its trunk is as roomy as those found in many midsize cars. The Elantra GT also earns praise for its spacious cargo hold.

  • "Fold-down seats augment the large trunk in the sedan … and if you haul extra gear but don't want an SUV, the hatchback-only GT is a good pick." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Elantra sedan features a large trunk when compared to its rivals -- 14.8 cubic feet -- and the liftover height is low." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space measures a midsize sedan-rivaling 14.8 cubic feet." -- Left Lane News
Review Last Updated: 9/2/14

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