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2015 Hyundai Elantra

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/18/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra adds a new Style Package, the SE trim, an Ultimate Package for the Limited grade, and a Tech Package for Sport models. Four new exterior colors are added to SE and Limited variants while the Sport gains one. The coupe has been discontinued, but on the GT four-door hatchback, the Tech package is now $350 cheaper.


Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra is a compact car sold in three grades and slots above the subcompact Accent and below the midsize Sonata. Though the coupe model is gone, a hatchback called the Elantra GT is also available.


Two four-cylinder engines are available in the Hyundai Elantra: a 1.8-liter I-4 with 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque or a 2.0-liter with 173 hp and 154 lb-ft. Both engines are paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, however, the larger 2.0-liter is only available in the Sport grade. The Elantra GT gets the 2.0-liter engine as standard.

Fuel economy is mediocre for the class with the 1.8-liter achieving 27/37 mpg city/highway with the manual and Limited variants and 28/38 mpg with the automatic. Elantras with the larger 2.0-liter engine are rated at 24/34 mpg with the manual while opting for the automatic nets 24/35 mpg in the sedan and 24/33 mpg in the GT.

Handling is acceptable and solid on the road but it doesn't inspire confidence like the Mazda3, Kia Forte, or the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta. Acceleration, however, is a weak point on cars equipped with the 1.8-liter I-4 due to its fuel economy-minded tuning and transmissions with wider gearing. Steering feel has improved over the pre-facelifted Elantra with better feel and response that before.

Interior space in the 2015 Elantra is generous despite the stylish exterior design, with enough space for four passengers and a large 14.8 cubic-foot trunk. Tech and convenience features such as heated front and rear seats, a navigation system with a seven-inch touchscreen and available leather upholstery make the cabin feel upscale and premium. The long list of standard and available features make the Elantra a good value proposition with the car's pricing maxing out at just under $25,000 (including destination) for a loaded Limited model, or just over $26,000 for a loaded Elantra GT hatch.

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra remains a viable choice in the compact car segment, offering a roomy, well-appointed interior, and a generous list of standard and optional features. In a Comparison Test of 2014 compact sedans, we said that the Hyundai Elantra scores well in areas such as styling, features and value. However, it falls behind competitors due to its mediocre driving dynamics, weak 1.8-liter I-4, and average fuel economy. In a 2014 First Test, we noted that its gas mileage is no longer competitive among compact cars, putting the Elantra "near the bottom of the list."

You'll Like

  • Stylish exterior design
  • Generous interior space
  • Strong value proposition

You Won't Like

  • Weak 1.8-liter I-4
  • Uninspiring driving dynamics
  • Mediocre fuel economy

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Corolla
  • Honda Civic
  • Mazda3
  • Kia Forte
  • Ford Focus


2 star


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