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Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra is ranked in the middle third of the hypercompetitive compact car class. Its good safety and average reliability ratings are offset by a weak base engine and cramped rear seats. 

Pros & Cons


  • Ample cargo space
  • Good fuel economy from base engine


  • Limited headroom
  • Sluggish acceleration with base engine
  • Harsh ride

2015 Hyundai Elantra Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Elantra a Good Used Car?

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

Used 2015 Hyundai Elantra Performance and Interior

There are two different engines available for the 2015 Elantra. A 145-horsepower four-cylinder engine comes with the SE and Limited models, and a 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine is in the Sport and GT hatchback models. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is available. With the automatic transmission, the base Elantra gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy decreases by 1 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission. The stronger four-cylinder engine gets 24 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway.

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The 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan has an attractive cabin that features a mix of hard plastics and soft-touch surfaces. It seats five and is available with leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats. Taller drivers and back-seat passengers may find legroom tight in the Elantra sedan. There’s a good amount of rear-seat legroom in the Elantra GT, though. The second-row outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the middle seat has a tether anchor.

The Hyundai Elantra sedan comes standard with a USB port and satellite radio. Available features include a touch-screen audio system with a 4.3-inch display, a navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, a proximity key, and Bluetooth.

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Used 2015 Hyundai Elantra Prices

The price of a used 2015 Hyundai Elantra ranges from about $11,700 for the base SE sedan to around $15,300 for the Elantra GT hatchback. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 65 professional reviews for this 2015 Hyundai Elantra overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Elantra?

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra has an average predicted reliability score of three out of five from J.D Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Elantra?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Elantra a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all crash tests except the small front overlap test, in which it scored the second-highest rating of Acceptable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Elantra five out of five stars overall. It earned four stars in the rollover and frontal crash tests.

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

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Should I Consider Another Used Elantra?

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra is part of the car’s fifth generation, which launched with the 2011 model year. There were no significant updates between the 2014 and 2015 model years, so you may choose the 2014 Elantra to save money.

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Which Used Hyundai Elantra Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra has three trims: SE, Limited, and Sport. The Hyundai Elantra GT is the hatchback model. The base Elantra SE comes with a 145-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo with a CD player, cruise control, satellite radio, and USB port. The Limited has a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Features include leather upholstery, a power driver's seat with lumbar support, heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel, and a 4.3-inch color touch screen. Hyundai Blue Link is also included; it connects your vehicle telematics to your smartphone. The performance-focused Elantra Sport features a 173-horsepower engine, a six-speed manual transmission, a sport-tuned suspension, and chrome exhaust. The hatchback GT trim is similar to the Elantra Sport. The Elantra Limited, with its more upscale cabin and standard automatic transmission, is the best choice.

Even with its average predicted reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned Elantra. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Hyundai Elantra and Other Cars to Consider

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

The 2015 Honda Civic is one of the best-selling compact cars in the world. It earns good ratings for reliability and safety. Its base engine is more potent than the Elantra’s, and it earns near-perfect predicted reliability. The Elantra sports a nicer interior, but the Honda is still the better choice.

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

The 2015 Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra both deliver good fuel economy. The Corolla outshines the Elantra with its roomy rear seats and almost-perfect predicted reliability rating. The Hyundai has a slightly more powerful base engine and better handling, but the roomier Corolla is the better choice overall.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Elantra or 2015 Ford Focus?

The 2015 Ford Focus, like the Elantra, is available as either a compact sedan or a hatchback. The Focus outperforms the Elantra thanks to a more robust base engine and sharper handling. However, the Elantra offers more overall cargo room in hatchback form. What really makes the Elantra the better choice is its higher predicted reliability score; the Focus earns the lowest possible score of two out of five, which should be a red flag for potential buyers.

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