New for 2015
The Hyundai Elantra gets a few more colors, reshuffles some features, and drops the Coupe for the 2015 model year. A new style package includes a power sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel, projector headlights, chrome molding, and aluminum entrance sills; a sport tech package adds a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system, 360-watt premium audio system, and Blue Link telematics. New exterior colors: SE and Limited trims get Quartz White Pearl, Symphony Silver, Lakeside Blue, and Shale Gray Metallic; and Sport trims get Monaco White.
The Elantra is a sedan and four-door hatchback that fits above the Accent and below the midsize Sonata in Hyundai’s lineup.
The 2015 Hyundai Elantra is available with two engines, and two six-speed transmissions; automatic or row-your-own manual. The volume engine is a 1.8-liter I-4 that makes 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque, and is good for an EPA-estimated 27/37 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission; 28/38 mpg with the automatic on the SE trim, but on the Limited trim level with its 17-inch wheels only 27/37 mpg. The optional engine is a 173-hp 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 154 lb-ft of torque and gets an EPA-estimated 24/34 mpg with the manual, and 24/35 mpg with the automatic.
The 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan and GT hatchback both received five-star overall safety ratings from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and both are considered 2014 Top Safety Picks from the IIHS.
What We Think
The 2015 Hyundai Elantra line, which consists of a sedan and four-door hatchback, has improved drastically over the car it replaced; going from bottom of the barrel, to competing with the long-running champs. The interior is comfortable and user friendly; one editor reported connecting his iPhone to Bluetooth in about 30 seconds, and he didn’t even have to read the manual. The styling is a bit controversial, opinions are divided around the office, but it definitely looks more like its stablemates.
One complaint we had when driving the first crop of 2011 Hyundai Elantra models was ride quality, something Hyundai has tried to remedy with their 2014 update. Individual power-steering adjustments have been made for every chassis and wheel size configuration, instead of one compromised setting for all versions. Buyers hoping for more sport should consider the Mazda3, as the Elantra is a more mainstream option.
- Fuel efficient
- Versatile hatchback option
- Revised interior
You Won’t Like
- Mazda3 gets similar mileage, and is more fun to drive
- Ride is poor over rough terrain
- Controversial styling
- Honda Civic
- Toyota Corolla
- Nissan Sentra
- Ford Focus
- Chevrolet Cruze