Consumer Reviews Summary
11 of 12 (91%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2015 Hyundai Elantra Overview
- Received a new engine and other updates in 2014
- Up to 38 mpg on the highway
- Available in two body styles sedan and hatchback (covered separately); coupe models have been discontinued for 2015
After getting significant updates last year, the 2015 Hyundai Elantra returns with plenty of fuel economy, style, and passenger room.
In 2014 the Elantra got new styling features that evolved the styling slightly; it retains the same familiar “fluidic sculpture” concept found on other cars in Hyundai’s lineup like the Tucson and Accent. Updates included new front and rear bumpers for sedan models, LED taillights, and projector beam headlights. For 2015, a few new exterior colors are available and that’s the only change.
The Elantra’s base engine is a 145-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 130 pounds-feet of torque and is found in SE and Limited trims of the sedan. Sport models get a more powerful 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 154 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or automatic and all Elantra’s feature front-wheel drive. Sport models also get a few suspension upgrades for a more engaging driving experience, including thicker front stabilizer bars and stiffer shocks. Fuel economy tops out at 28/38 mpg city/highway in SE models with the automatic transmission.
Inside, the Elantra offers a lot of interior space for passengers, so much in fact that the EPA actually considers the Elantra to technically be a midsize car. Fun fact: the Elantra has more passenger room by volume than a Nissan Maxima. There is also a long list of standard features especially for a car of this price. Air conditioning, cruise control, a telescoping steering wheel, power windows and locks, satellite radio, iPod/USB connectivity, and 60/40 split folding rear seats all come standard. Changes for 2015 include the reshuffling of some of the Elantra’s options packages, which add items like push button start, navigation system with 7-inch display and a rearview camera, leather upholstery, and heated rear seats. Both the sedan and coupe offer 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
The 2015 Elantra impressed in crash testing, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. Standard safety features include a full complement of airbags, all-dish antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.