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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$16,734
BASE MSRP
$17,250
Quick Take
Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the 2015 Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans. Read more »
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cohesive and well balanced while clearly standing out from the rest of the segment

Autoblog »

this is definitely not a toylike small car

Edmunds »

the one car in this reinvigorated class that actually looks like anything at all

Car and Driver »

while some features, like the headlights that stretch nearly to the A-pillars, can look odd by themselves, they all work together to create an attractive whole

Motor Trend »

not a single bad angle

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$17,250 $22,600
MSRP $17,250
INVOICE $16,734
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4-Door Sedan Manual SE
Gas Mileage 27 mpg City/37 mpg Hwy
Engine Regular Unleaded I-4, 1.8 L
EPA Class Mid-Size Cars
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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2015 Hyundai Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV (Alabama Plant)
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV Limited
Regular Unleaded I-4, 1.8 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 20,766 $ 21,700
2015 Hyundai Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited (Ulsan Plant)
4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited
Regular Unleaded I-4, 1.8 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 20,766 $ 21,700
2015 Hyundai Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)
4-Door Sedan Manual SE
Regular Unleaded I-4, 1.8 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 16,734 $ 17,250
2015 Hyundai Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE (Alabama Plant)
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE
Regular Unleaded I-4, 1.8 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 17,629 $ 18,250
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The Basics:

Now at the front of a segment where it once barely registered, the Hyundai Elantra wears a stylish look and a full feature set that outshines stalwarts like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

Now offered in sedan and five-door hatchback guises, the Elantra is a great example of how quickly South Korea has learned from Japanese automaker successes and rewritten their playbook. However, the former Coupe model--only in the lineup for two years--has been dropped, leaving the Elantra as a two-car affair.

Last year brought a relatively mild rework to the Elantra lineup. The accomplished styling of the current car received new front and rear ends, with LED fillips around the headlamps on Sport and Limited sedan models. The rest? It's still a convenient metaphor for Hyundai itself, more interesting and more accomplished than ever. The Elantra wears a complex set of curves that collect in one fell swoop toward the rear end, where the boomerang door cuts give it a shove forward. It's an energetic look backed up with a daring cockpit, with the hourglass of the center console a defining shape that just happens to function perfectly as a comfy knee rest.

The Elantra remains lean and efficient, with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine standard in the base SE sedan and the Limited. Rated at 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque, this powertrain's fairly smooth and accelerates respectably through a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. There's a new 2.0-liter four in the Elantra Sport, with 173 hp.

Generally, the Elantra doesn't feel as energetic or engaging as the best drivers in the class. Its throttle is slow to respond to inputs, and its steering could be quicker and more responsive: it's been improved with better on-center feel, but it isn't especially natural in its feedback. Ride quality is fine, though, and the Elantra soaks up road noise as well as, or better than its competitors, with noise levels about as low as some mid-size sedans. That's an important metric for the Elantra, since its interior space spills over into mid-size territory.

The Elantra's an excellent value on many fronts. By its spec sheet, it's a mid-size vehicle, and it shows. The sedan's front seats could use a little more bolstering and lateral support, as in the coupe, but on either, they're surrounded by ample space in all directions. In back, the leg room is fine for adults, but head room can be tight, even for medium-height passengers. The Elantra's interior has lots of useful cubbies and storage bins, including a covered one that sits ahead of the shift lever: it also contains the aux jack, a power point, and the USB port in an easy to reach module, perfect for connecting smartphones.

Last year, all Elantra sedans were rated at five stars overall by the NHTSA, and were IIHS Top Safety Picks, with an "acceptable" rating in the new small-overlap test. The IIHS is ratcheting up its standards, though, and we expect the Elantra won't have the features necessary to carry over the Top Safety Pick award for 2015.

The Elantra sedan lineup now includes the SE, Limited, and Sport models. All Elantras come with power windows, locks, and mirrors; keyless entry; and (on automatic models) air conditioning; cruise control; Bluetooth with audio streaming; and telescopic steering. All versions can stream audio via the Pandora app and a USB connection. A 4.3-inch touchscreen radio with a rearview camera is now standard on the Sport and Limited sedans, and an option on the SE.

As for the hatchback, updated information hasn't been released just yet. Stay tuned--and in the meantime, read our most recent Hyundai Elantra GT review.

Likes:

  • Makes a styling statement
  • Very good fuel economy
  • Sleek hatchback GT is fun to drive
  • Rides more smoothly
  • Smart list of standard features

Dislikes:

  • Throttle can seem sluggish (1.8L)
  • Tight back-seat headroom
  • Better steering feel still isn't the best
  • Coupe model has been axed
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