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2015 Hyundai Elantra

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2015 Hyundai Elantra Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra offers up the style and sophistication of a more expensive car, while still remaining a bargain, proving that you don't have to pay an arm and a leg just to have stylish, feature-laden transportation.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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. The Elantra's interior also has a few cheap feeling bits, and there's no premium audio option.

What's New for 2015

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.

Driving the Elantra
Driving Impressions

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra splits the difference between the sporty-driving Mazda3 and Ford Focus, and the more mainstream and comfortable Chevrolet Cruze and Nissan Sentra. A 6-speed...

... manual transmission comes standard, or you can opt for a 6-speed automatic. The transmissions do their best to make the most of the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder's 145 horsepower, but if that's not enough, the Elantra Sport sedan, the Elantra Coupe and the Elantra GT hatchback are all available with the 173-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. Elantra GT, SE and Limited models come with 3-mode, driver-selectable steering, designed to improve feedback in sporty driving. The GT and Elantra Coupe also get stiffer suspensions for more aggressive driving. Yet even in everyday traffic, all Elantras are comfortable and well insulated from road and wind noise, especially for a compact car.

DRIVER SELECTABLE STEERING MODE
The 2015 Elantra's Driver Selectable Steering Mode allows the driver to choose from three settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport, and is available on the GT hatchback and the SE and Limited sedans.

HEATED REAR SEATS
One of the more surprising standard features on the Elantra Limited sedan is the heated rear seats. Usually extra-cost even on luxury cars, it's almost unheard of in this segment, and just one more way Hyundai is turning up the heat on the competition.

2015 Hyundai Elantra Details
2015 Hyundai Elantra photo Interior

Although the 2015 Elantra competes as a compact car, the roomy interior gets it classified as a midsize car by the EPA. The comfortable interior features some higher-end soft-touch materials, but there's also some low-end feeling plastic on the doors and switches. The front seats are properly shaped for leisurely or aggressive driving, and while rear legroom is only adequate for the sedan and Coupe, it's downright generous in the GT. Fold-down seats augment the large trunk in the sedan and Coupe, and if you haul extra gear but don't want an SUV, the hatchback-only GT is a good pick.

Exterior
2015 Hyundai Elantra photo

Hyundai says the 2015 Elantra's "Fluidic Sculpture" design evokes water flowing around rocks. Whatever you call it, the curves and swoops combine elegantly with sweeping headlights and taillights, looking upscale without feeling gaudy or over the top. Aside from having only two doors, Coupe versions are distinguished by a large, trapezoidal mouth and twin tailpipes in the rear. The GT hatchback receives a similar treatment up front and a sloping roof that looks rather fashionable.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base-level Elantra SE sedan comes standard with a manual transmission, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, and a telescoping steering wheel. Also standard are upscale features like keyless entry, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, aluminum-alloy wheels, and a 172-watt 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/satellite radio with USB/iPod inputs. Coupe and GT models feature heated front seats, and GT models come standard with a glove compartment that can be chilled. Coupe and sedan models have six airbags, while Elantra GT versions add a seventh for the driver's knees.

Optional Equipment

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan has two upgrade paths from the base SE model. There's the Sport, which gives you the more powerful 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, or the Limited, which adds more luxury, but keeps the less powerful engine. A new Style package for SE models adds a moonroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, projector headlights, and chrome and aluminum accents. The revised Tech package for Elantra Sport models adds navigation and an upgraded audio system, plus Hyundai BlueLink. The Limited gets a new Ultimate package, which adds navigation, a sunroof, upgraded audio, dual zone climate control, and push-button start.

Under the Hood

The Elantra SE and Limited sedans both get a 145-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, while Elantra Sport sedans, the Elantra Coupe, and Elantra GT all get a 173-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. We think the better bet is the 2.0-liter engine. It offers significantly better power, at the expense of only a moderate hit to fuel economy. Transmission choices are between a 6-speed manual available for the sedan and GT hatchback. A 6-speed automatic is available for the sedan and GT, and oddly is the only transmission available for the sporty looking coupe. The automatic comes with an Eco mode to further enhance fuel economy, and manual shifting mode for a bit of added sport.

1.8-liter inline-4 (SE, Limited sedan)
145 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
130 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 mpg (manual), 28/38 mpg (automatic), 27/37 mpg (automatic, Limited)

2.0-liter inline-4 (Coupe, Sport sedan and GT)
173 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
154 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 mpg (manual, Sedan & GT), 24/35 mpg (automatic, Sedan), 24/34 mpg (automatic, Coupe) 24/33 mpg (automatic, GT)

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2015 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 383 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Great little big car - 2011 Elantra Limited

By on Sunday, July 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Styling, price, features, fuel efficiency,reliable"

Cons: "road noise, handling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Little big guy

"I'm the second owner of my Elantra Limited which has just over 63k miles. I purchased this car used at roughly 25k miles. Because of my job I needed a car with better gas mileage than the one that I was driving. (which was a Buick Lucerne.. that I loved) I however didn't want to give up the comfort features that the Buick provided. What initially caught my eye was the styling. I love all the swoops here, there, and everywhere on the car. It's a looker. In the time I've been driving this car all the exterior components have held up very well. There are minor scratches from the parking elves but other than that I haven't seen any loose trim or anything. It's all just as it was the day that I bought it. Then I got inside and realized there was more room in there than I originally imagined it would be. I'm a 6'0 tall 200 (ok..207) pound man and I'm more than comfortable. Even coming from the full size Buick that is basically a rolling couch. What I was really surprised by was the amount of space in the rear seats. Having test driven the Buick Verano, Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla I think this has the most room in the back. It's not BMW 7 series space back there but with very little adjustment to my seat back I can sit behind the driver seat and have MORE than enough leg room. Like my knees don't come close to touching the seat back. I have pretty long legs and I'm not cramped at all. The claims made my Hyundai that it is a mid sized interior, in my opinion, are correct. The seats in the limited are leather but it's not that soft supple leather that I've had in my other cars. Its much firmer. At first that was something that I didn't like that much. When I thought about it later I realized that the seat leather being firmer may make them stand up for a longer period of time. So far that seems to be the case. They look great to this day. Anyway, they are comfortable enough for me. The side bolstering isn't hugging the heck out of you, but they do a good job keeping you in place when cornering. I frequently drive between the bay area and Los Angeles and I have no problem driving that far comfort wise. The features you get for the price is pretty good. Cruise control, bluetooth (with voice controls), heated seats front and back, xm radio, usb port for music, aux port, 2 lighter plugs (one for you and another next to the passenger seat), manual shift option, and a good sound system. (It has bass that you can actually hear). The radio is simple to use and has enough adjustment features to keep most people happy with the sound. It also comes with a CD player with MP3 capabilities. All the lighting that comes from the dash is in a blue color that I find really pleasing to the eye. Everything works like the day I bought it except for the CD player. That stopped working around 10k miles ago.I didn't bother to get it fixed because I rarely if ever used it in the first place. (if you have USB access there is no need for a CD player. Your choice, 700 songs to access or 15.) If I ever want to replace it they have them on Ebay for $50 bucks, but I don't see that happening. As far as reliability is concerned, for the most part all I've had to do is put gas in it and get oil changes. 90% of the work I've had done is because I'm replacing a consumable (brakes, tires, oil changes, etc). There were two things that I had issues with but they were taken care of under warranty. (Thank you 60k mile warranty) The first thing was that every now and then I would go to turn it on and it wouldn't want to turn over on the first try. Then on the second try it would. It was the catalytic converter.. I think. Anyway it was fixed for free so I didn't care. The second thing, and you'll see this issue for this model, it had this clicking noise. The noise would only happen when coming to a stop and when shifting from park to drive, or vice versa. Turns out they knew about it (they had to add a thicker washer to something or other) and they fixed it and I haven't heard it since. It didn't effect driving at all. It was just annoying. The driving experience is fun. Its peppy with enough power to do what you need it to do without straining. You're not winning any drag races but I've never not had the power that I needed when I wanted. The road noise is a bit more than I would like, but this is coming from someone that drove a Buick. Now the handling.. (sigh). It is a well known issue that the back end on the Elantra is.. active. The rear has a bit of a bounce when hitting road imperfections. It can definitely be disconcerting if you haven't experienced it before. You will probably read about it in the other reviews. Don't let their telling you it's the end of the world make you not buy this car. I spent something like $200 for front and rear KYB shocks and struts and the bounce is gone. It's not that serious. I'm not a car fix it guy either. I just went into one of the Elantra forums online and the other drivers had already found a solution to the problem. Most people didn't even get all 4 shocks. Most just did two shocks at a cost of around $70. Either way, the Elantra bounce is a quick fix. Overall I have to admit that it's one of my favorite cars ever. I'm 45 and all I do is look at cars online. I research them, drool over them, and wish for them. I've owned well over 15 vehicles in my life. This is the only one that I've had that I refuse to trade for another one. I usually only keep my cars for a short period of time and then I try something else. It's too much fun to drive for me to let it go. It has a personality. Where else am I going to find a car that is pleasing to look at, doesn't break down, has features coming out of its tailpipe, costs a measly $25 bucks to fill up, and gets me an average of 32-38 mpg w/o being a hybrid of some type? You could do a heck of a lot worse my friends."

Little big guy

Not a safe winter driving car, otherwise nice car

By on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Roomy, great price, nice looking car."

Cons: "No traction in winter weather"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I love the look of my car, its roomy and overall its a nice car, unless you have to drive it in winter weather. You mention the word "snow" and it will slide sideways. After 3 winters we are trading it in for something safer."

Reliable

By on Friday, June 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,014

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "mechanically reliable"

Cons: "odometer replacing, chipped paint roof rails"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This is my second Hyundai. Former: 2005 Accent. Had 125K+ miles w/no problems. Someone totaled my car. :( but was awesome despite it being called "the beer can". And I could park it in the smallest spaces. So I bought the Hyundai Elantra Touring as a replacement. Not as happy. Pro: Don't get me wrong, mechanically it is very reliable. I've replaced the tires, brakes and I get it serviced like clockwork. Con: The lemon of an odometer. After my 3rd year, I've had to replace annually it because the heat/sun wipe it out. It's very frustrating because the odometer is not set with the last setting. So when I get oil changes, no one ever adds the sticker mileage in the door with the odometer (even after explaining). And so recommended services are all out of whack. In addition, the roof rack rails are chipping paint. It's cosmetically tacky. But I keep the car, because again the car mechanically reliable."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Solid purchase

By on Sunday, May 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfortable drive, style, features"

Cons: "Backseat comfort, interior materials are avg."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I purchased in May of 2015 and have since taken it to 2 road trips and accumulated 6k miles on it. I can honestly say its a solid purchase. Comfortable, full of features, looks amazing. Its fuel economy is "OK", only because it was rated at 27-37 city/hwy mpg, but I calculated 24-26 overall in mostly city/some highway driving. I love the driver selectable steering, the transmission is okay, you can on some occasions feel the transmission shift harshly, but rarely. Having been on those road trips, I've noticed some things. My passengers and I both agree that the back seats are not comfortable on long road trips, they're leather so I'm not sure this could be said about cloth seats. Our butts and backs were very sore at the 2 hour mark, stretching at each rest stop was a must, but the two front seats were Okay for the road trip. The car has a soft touch dash, and I thought that this material should have been distributed on the top part of the door trims and the lower part of the dash (i.e. above the glove box) as these are areas where people will be touching (I would be fine with a hard plastic dash) Perhaps this material belongs there to provide sound insulation? I am unsure. A/c compressor gave out at 10k miles, but per the dealership this does not happen to most Elantras, mines was one in a couple hundred thousand to have that happen. Towing and service were covered under warranty. Many Cali road trips later and this car remains a solid purchase. It's not that fun on the road like my old college car honda fit, but it sure is a lot more comfortable. Its also full of features and has a large interior volume. As I leave the car I always have to take a second look because of its amazing style both front and back. Will keep for the next couple years."

Second Best Car I've owned

By on Friday, May 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Grerat price"

Cons: "Blessed mine came with a spare tire, some don't."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The car is awesome, Navigation and DVD with backup Camera, is too cool. Gas mileage is great at 450 mile Range per tank."

Have owned this vehicle since buying new.

By on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun car to drive and enjoy."

Cons: "Speed tires have a tendancy to make noise."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"New 70,000 Pirelli tires installed About 10,000 miles ago and rotated every 6,000 miles at Discount Tire. Oil Changes as scheduled. Just took it to Florida in March and averaged 39.4 MPG driving and average speed of between 70 and 75 MPH. No accidents or paint problems."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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