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2015 Hyundai Elantra: Used Car Review

Editor’s note: You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2013, 2014, 2016 or 2017 Hyundai Elantra review.


The 2015 Hyundai Elantra is available in 4-door sedan and GT 5-door hatchback body styles. The 2-door coupe model, available in previous years, is discontinued for 2015. The compact, 5-passenger 4-door sedan continues with the striking Fluidic Sculpture styling as seen in its larger sibling, the Sonata. It’s value-packed with roomy comfort, loaded with design flair and tasteful-looking materials and has a long list of standard and optional amenities that aren’t often found in the compact-sedan class. Adapted from the European-market Hyundai i30 model, the GT 5-door hatchback gets its own sporty sheet metal and offers up to 51 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seat folded down. See the 2015 Hyundai Elantra models for sale near you

Even in base SE trim, standard sedan fare includes 15-inch alloy wheels, hill-start assist, a driver blind spot mirror, SiriusXM satellite radio and BlueLink connectivity. SE models options include a 4.3-in touchscreen with a backup camera and Pandora internet radio. A Sport sedan model brings sport suspension, quicker steering, 17-in alloys and a 173-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is also standard in the well-equipped GT hatchback.

The 2015 Elantra, whether it’s the sedan or GT hatchback, is a good used-car value, because it delivers sophisticated styling flair, roominess, lots of standard features, comfort and fuel efficiency at a reasonable price.

What We Like

Improved soundproofing; roomy interior and trunk; interior materials, fit and finish; good fuel economy; GT’s hatchback versatility; acceleration of 2.0-liter engine

What We Don’t

No spare tire in some models; measured acceleration with 1.8-liter engine; hatchback has cramped rear headroom

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Hyundai Elantra SE and Limited sedans use a 1.8-liter double overhead camshaft 16-valve 4-cylinder engine making 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. It’s available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.8-liter is EPA-rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 36-37 mpg on the highway. All Elantras are equipped with front-wheel drive.

The 2015 Elantra Sport sedan and GT hatchback are upgraded to a direct-injected 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder, which produces a healthier 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. It also runs regular unleaded and is available with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter is EPA-rated at 24 mpg city/32-35 mpg hwy, depending on the application.

Standard Features & Options

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan is available in SE, Limited and Sport trims. The GT hatchback comes in a single, well-appointed trim.

The SE sedan standard equipment includes 195/65R15 tires, 15-in alloy wheels, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, BlueLink connectivity, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an MP3 decoder with SiriusXM satellite radio and iPod/USB jacks, cloth upholstery, a split fold-down rear seat, an outside-temperature display, a trip computer, power locks, windows and heated mirrors, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes with brake assist, dual-front and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags and stability and traction control. Optional equipment for the SE consists of 205/55R16 tires, 16-in alloy wheels, a 4.3-in color touchscreen display with a backup camera, a garage-door opener, fog lamps, heated front seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity, remote engine start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and auto head lamps.

The Limited sedan trim adds an automatic transmission, Bluetooth, a 4.3-in touchscreen display with a backup camera, a power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, a steering wheel with audio controls, fog lamps, heated front and rear seats, a front center armrest and 215/45R17 tires on 17-in alloy wheels. Popular Limited options include a 7-in display screen with navigation, a power sunroof, dual-mode automatic air conditioning with clean-air ionizer, auto head lamps, a garage door opener and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Sport sedan brings all of the SE standard content and upgrades to a 173-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 215/45R17 tires on 17-in alloys, sport suspension, quicker steering, a rear spoiler, a power sunroof, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, automatic head lamps, fog lamps and a 4.3-in touchscreen with a backup camera.

The GT hatchback includes the same standard items as the SE sedan and adds the 2.0-liter engine, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, 172-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 6-speaker audio with Bluetooth and SiriusXM, fog lamps, a cargo cover, roof rails, 205/55R16 tires on 16-in alloy wheels, a cooled glove box, a sliding armrest, under-floor cargo storage and the BlueLink emergency communications system. Options include navigation, leather seating, a power driver’s seat, a power sunroof and a 17-in wheel/tire package.


The 2015 Elantra sedan was one of the best-selling compacts, so there should be a good supply of used examples available for purchase at moderate prices. GT hatchbacks are in shorter supply.

To get a good idea of the 2015 Elantra’s price range, check out You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are for sale in your area.


As of the writing of the report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had issued no safety recalls for the 2015 Elantra:

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Elantra sedan and GT hatchback a 5-star overall rating with four stars for frontal impacts, five for side impacts and four for rollover resistance.

The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2015 Elantra sedan a Top Safety Pick but gave it only Acceptable ratings for small-overlap driver-side front impacts. It did, however, rate the sedan as, Good for side- and moderate-overlap front impacts, as well as roof strength, head restraints and seats. It didn’t rate the 2015 Elantra GT hatchback.

Hyundai sold the 2015 Elantra with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty (for original owners and CPO used buyers only), a 7-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty and 5 years/unlimited miles of roadside-assistance coverage. In a non-CPO resale, the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty reverts to a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty for a subsequent owner.

Hyundai certified pre-owned vehicles can’t be more than 5 years old or have more than 60,000 miles. Every certified pre-owned Elantra undergoes a 150-point inspection. Each receives the balance of Hyundai’s 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Roadside assistance is extended to 10 years/unlimited miles from the vehicle’s original date of sale. Also included are three months of SiriusXM satellite radio and a vehicle history report.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Ford Focus — Available as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback, the Focus is fun to drive and gets updated styling for 2015 with an attractive Aston Martin-like grille. Despite the refresh, interior room and trunk space remain lacking compared to the Elantra. The standard 160-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is available with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy is near the top of the class, especially with the optional 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder turbo engine, EPA rated at 30 mpg city/42 mpg hwy in the SFE trim. The sensational Focus ST model sports a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder, but suffers from torque steer.

2015 Toyota Corolla — All new in 2014, the Corolla is now more stylish than before and offers a roomier interior, however the driving experience remains plain vanilla and the Corolla’s interior lacks the flair and features of the Elantra. A 132-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder is standard, while the LE Eco model features a 140-hp 1.8-liter and continuously variable automatic with up to 42 EPA-rated highway mpg. A 6-speed manual and conventional 4-speed automatic are available on the base model.

Autotrader’s Advice

Even though it may not be the fastest or best-handling small car, the 2015 Elantra is very stylish inside and out, is well-equipped and offers impressive fuel economy. The Elantra sedan offers a 14.8-cu ft. trunk that’s roomy for its class and a cabin that’s quite spacious. The Sport sedan and Elantra GT 5-door hatchback come with a larger, peppier 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and are more fun to drive. The GT hatchback also offers European style, sportier handling and great cargo versatility. Always look for a vehicle that’s been well-maintained. Selecting a Hyundai certified pre-owned Elantra is a smart choice, because the buyer can assume the remainder of the outstanding 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Also make sure all applicable recall repairs have been performed by the dealer. 

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