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After a more thorough refresh last year, changes for the 2015 Hyundai Elantra mostly poke around the edges. There are three new option packages, plus a smattering of new colors. Otherwise, the Elantra is the same sharp-looking compact we've come to know and love.
The Elantra sedan gets a slight exterior makeover and a new Sport trim. A new 2.0-liter engine replaces the 1.8-liter in the GT, Elantra Coupe and Sport sedan. Other changes include revised wheels, updated navigation radio with Pandora app, Hill Start Assist and Driver Selectable Steering made standard on some trims. The GLS sedan trim is renamed SE, while the Coupe is reduced to a single trim.
In addition to the sedan, the 2013 Elantra is now available as a 2-door Coupe and 5-door hatchback called the GT that replaces the wagon-like Elantra Touring. All are front-wheel drive and offer 5-passenger seating. The Elantra GT is the first Hyundai to feature a driver-selectable steering mode that can make the steering response feel firmer or softer with the touch of a button.
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan gains Hyundai's ActiveECO system that modifies engine and transmission controls for maximum fuel economy and smoothness. All Elantra models get recalibrated steering systems for better on-center feel, while cars equipped with the GLS Preferred Package gain fog lights and a passenger-side sun-visor extension, as well as a rear cargo cover and premium cloth interior on Elantra Touring models.
After a slight facelift for 2014, the 2015 Hyundai Elantra compact gets only a few tweaks this year, mostly rearranging option packages. But that's OK, as its style, fuel economy, interior space, features, and warranty continue to make it a tough act to follow. Both its quality ratings and resale values are as good as the leading compact cars, and the Elantra's full lineup of sedan, coupe and GT hatchback models is a real threat to compact cars like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. Your practical side will appreciate the 38 mpg on the highway, or you can tickle your inner enthusiast with a sporty 173-horsepower engine. Both camps will appreciate the Elantra's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
By CincyGus on Thursday, August 16, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought a 2013 Elantra on July 30th, 2012. This is my 4th Hyundai (Previous Sonata, Elantra, Tucson and now this Elantra). I was actually looking at the new Veloster and after a test drive was told the new sytle Elantra was cheaper and rode better so I test drove it. While it's missing a few bells tech bells and whistles of the Veloster, the bigger and better ride with the same mileage and a $1800 savings convinced me. I negotiated to 19100 from the 20,200 sticker prior to trade in and discounts being applied. Since getting it my first tank achieved 38.5 mpg, Second was 39.1 and half way through my 3rd tank at 39.5. I can't be more thrilled. I do a 72 mile commute each way daily and stepping up to this kind of milage from the 25mpg I was getting is saving me approx $65 a week in gas. Time 4 and I'm paying about $50 a month for this new car. I am driving with the eco mode on and happy with the acceleration in all but the busiest of traffic in that mode. Certainly plenty good to merge into traffic safely. If I need a little more throttle response I'll turn eco off for a merge and then back on. I'm getting the mileage above running at 70-73 mph on the highway. If I slowed it down to 65, I'm pretty sure I could improve it another .5-1 mpg or so. The one other thing I love about this car is the steering. It is sensitive and crisp and sharp and has a very tight turning radius. It handles well on the country road if you take it for an afternoon stroll and shines when pull into the pump and fill it's 10.5 gallon tank and reset it's 410+ mile range. The only negative comment I have is the sliding armrest in the middle can not be slide forward if your using the drink holders directly in front of it with anything much taller than a standard soda can or small drink with a straw. My 10" tall coffee traveler cup is too tall and makes the armrest and elbow rest at best. Everything else about the design of this car and it's copmfort level and adjustability I love. Plenty of seat adjustment, wheel adjustment, comfortable if not luxurious. As usual, Hyundai hit another Homerun with a great value, reliable, loaded with more options than anything in it's price range and dependable car. Highly reccommended."
36 people out of 36 found this review helpful
By Elantra Owner on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks Great"
Cons: "Low gas mileage, terrible OEM tires, slips in snow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Bought the 2012 Elantra Limited brand new. Car slipped everywhere in light snow. Now with 15,000 miles, all 4 tires with 1/32 treadwear. Both Hyundai and Hankook will not stand behind them. The car is only 9 months old. Hankook warrenty very misleading in new car literature. Beware. No way we ever see anything close to 40 mpg. 33 is the absolute tops we ever were able to get, on the interstate that is. If you are OK with low 30s gas milage, and buy them without OEM tires, it might be a car for you."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By JGRIZZLE on Friday, October 11, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "MPG, Quick, Warranty"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Purchased new in Feb. 13....Saw a review that mentioned the mpg not being as good as rated. I would have agreed at first. I think the car has had a break in period. My last long interstate trip I was getting 39.5 mpg without using the ecoboost function. And my long trip through the mountain roads to work I rarely go under 30 mpg. Some reviews say the car accelerates slow, but I have had a lot of vehicles and this is the quickest four cylinder I've owned that wasn't a sports car. So far I have no complaints and you can't beat that warranty. Love the heated seats!!!"
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful