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2015 Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra places in the middle of our compact car rankings. It has lots of cargo space and a fuel-efficient base engine, but its back seat is small.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo space
  • Good fuel economy from base engine
  • Limited headroom
  • Sluggish acceleration with base engine




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Hyundai Elantra Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Elantra a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra is a good used compact car that comes as either a sedan or hatchback. The interior has nice materials, but the rear seat can be tight for adults. Although the Elantra boasts nimble handling, its base engine is underpowered.

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We’ve analyzed 69 Elantra reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

How Much Is the 2015 Hyundai Elantra?

Based on almost 1,300 used car listings on our site, the average price of a 2015 Hyundai Elantra is close to $12,600. Prices range from $9,800 to $15,600 and vary based on the vehicle's trim, mileage, and condition.

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How Much Does the 2015 Hyundai Elantra Cost to Own?

Over the course of five years, expect to pay around $23,000 to insure, fuel, maintain, and repair a 2015 Elantra. These estimated costs are about average for a used compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Elantra?

The base price for the 2019 Elantra is just above $17,000. That's quite a bit higher than the average price of a used 2015 Elantra, which is around $12,600. However, the 2019 is part of the latest generation, which offers many performance and interior improvements that you won't get with a 2015 model. The 2019 Elantra also offers more standard features, including a rearview camera and a 5-inch infotainment display, as well as available features that you can't get in the 2015, such as wireless device charging and driver drowsiness monitoring.

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You can't buy a new compact car for the price of a used 2015 Elantra.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Elantra Is Best?

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra is part of the car’s fifth generation, which launched for the 2011 model year. There are no significant differences between the 2015 and 2016 models, so choosing the 2015 Elantra will likely save you money.

The sixth-generation Elantra debuted for 2017, and it boasts dramatic improvements when it comes to cabin materials, engine options, and available tech and safety features. The average price for a 2017 Elantra is only about $800 more than that of the 2015 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Elantra?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Elantra a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Hyundai Elantra Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2015 Elantra, as of the date of this review.

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Which Used Hyundai Elantra Is Right for Me?

The sedan version of the 2015 Hyundai Elantra comes in three trim levels: SE, Limited, and Sport. The hatchback body type is only available as the Hyundai Elantra GT trim. Of the sedan models, the top-of-the-line Elantra Limited is the best choice, as it offers a more upscale cabin and a standard automatic transmission. Drivers in search of livelier performance should test out the Elantra Sport sedan or Elantra GT hatchback. Depending on the edition, these models feature a peppier engine, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, and chrome exhaust.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, Mitsubishi, and Smart have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Elantra?

The 2015 Elantra was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In IIHS crash tests, it earned the top rating of Good in four out of five categories, as well as the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Elantra five out of five stars overall. It also earned four stars in the rollover and frontal crash tests.

Standard safety features include hill-start assist control. A rearview camera is available in some used models.

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2015 Hyundai Elantra Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Elantra or 2015 Toyota Corolla?

In the compact car class, the 2015 Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra are a close match when it comes to fuel economy and reliability ratings. The Elantra has a more powerful base engine and nimbler handling. You also get more cargo space with the Elantra, especially with the hatchback body style.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Elantra or 2015 Honda Civic?

Both the Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra are good compact cars to buy used. Between the two, you are likely the spend less to buy an Elantra, and you'll be able to carry far more gear with its spacious cargo areas. On the other hand, the Civic has better safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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2015 Elantra Performance

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Elantra Drive?

The Elantra is a composed front-wheel-drive car, with nimble handling and a comfortable ride. The standard 145-horsepower four-cylinder engine gets great gas mileage, but it isn't very quick from a stop. Spirited drivers who don't mind spending a little more at the pump will prefer the brisker 173-horsepower engine of the Elantra Sport and Elantra GT. For both engines, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic transmission is optional.

Does the 2015 Hyundai Elantra Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Elantra engine gets an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which is one of the highest fuel economy ratings for a nonhybrid in our compact car rankings. The stronger engine in the Sport and GT models isn't quite as efficient, at 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway.

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2015 Elantra Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Elantra Seat?

The 2015 Elantra seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery is available, and some models may have front and rear heated seats. Tall travelers will prefer the roomier rear seats of the five-door hatchback instead of the four-door sedan.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Hyundai Elantra?

The Elantra has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connections. There are three tether anchors in the back seat, as well as a set of lower anchors in each of the outboard seats. These take more elbow grease to use, partly because they are recessed deep in the seat cushions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Elantra sedan's LATCH hardware the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2015 Hyundai Elantra Features

The Hyundai Elantra sedan comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, cruise control, and air conditioning. Available features include a touch-screen audio system with a 4.3-inch display, Bluetooth for hands-free phone integration, a navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, dual-zone automatic climate control, and proximity keyless entry.

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2015 Hyundai Elantra Dimensions

Hyundai Elantra Cargo Space

At 14.8 cubic feet, the Elantra sedan's trunk space is above average for a compact car. The Elantra GT hatchback has even more room for gear, with 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats and up to 51 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats down.

2015 Elantra Length and Weight

The Elantra sedan is just under 15 feet long, and it has a 2,773-pound curb weight. The GT hatchback models are shorter, at around 14 feet long, but they are a bit heavier than the sedan, tipping the scales at 2,855 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Hyundai Elantra Built?

Hyundai built the 2015 Elantra in Alabama.


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