2015 Hyundai Elantra

What's new for 2015? Aside from some minor changes to options packages, the 2015 Hyundai Elantra carries over unchanged.

If you're interested in buying a compact sedan, high fuel economy and good value are probably right at the top of your list of requirements. And wouldn't it be nice to get something stylish and entertaining to drive as added bonuses? If that's your thinking, Hyundai may have you covered with the 2015 Elantra.

For starters, the 2015 Hyundai Elantra does indeed represent a pretty good value. The large number of standard features Hyundai includes is welcome, and you can even add niceties like Bluetooth and a rearview camera without breaking the bank. The Elantra also comes with a roomy trunk, excellent warranty coverage, and, although it's always a subjective discussion, sharp styling that gives the Elantra one of the most distinctive looks you'll find in this class. Overall, the 2015 Hyundai Elantra is capable enough to be recommended as a top choices in the segment.

Exterior Highlights
Available in SE, Limited and Sport trim levels

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra comes in three trims levels: SE, Limited and Sport.

Standard SE features include 15-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, a trip computer, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split-folding rear seats and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface.

There are two options packages available for the SE (only with the automatic transmission): the Popular Equipment package and the Style package. The Popular Equipment package adds 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls, a 4.3-inch touchscreen audio interface and a rearview camera. The Style package adds a sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel and LED headlight accents.

Except for the sunroof, the Limited comes with those options as standard and adds 17-inch wheels, foglights, LED taillights, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), heated front and rear seats and Blue Link telematics.

The Sport trim level loses the heated seats and Blue Link but otherwise includes all of the above, along with a 2.0-liter engine, the sunroof, a sport-tuned suspension and keyless ignition and entry.

For the Limited trim level, the Limited Ultimate package adds the keyless ignition and entry plus a larger 7-inch touchscreen display, dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system and an upgraded audio system. For the Sport, the available Tech package is similar and also adds in Blue Link telematics.

Swooping lines and attractive surfaces in interior, 7-inch touchscreen and navigation system, spacious interior, large trunk

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra pulls its exterior design inside, with lots of swooping lines and attractive surfaces to match the generally pleasing aesthetic of the car. The center stack integrates well with the numerous other curves throughout the cabin, while the buttons and knobs are easy to find and feel generally sturdy. While there are some hard plastic elements here and there, they are convincingly grained to look a bit better. The available 7-inch touchscreen and navigation system are easy to use thanks to large virtual buttons and an intuitive menu layout.

The Elantra's interior is spacious. The backseat is roomy and great for kids. The Elantra sedan features a large trunk when compared to its rivals -- 14.8 cubic feet -- and the liftover height is low.

Standard safety features for all 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedans include antilock disc brakes, hill-start assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is optional on the SE and standard for the Limited and Sport trims. The Blue Link emergency telematics system (standard on the Limited and optional on the Sport) provides services such as remote access, emergency assistance, theft recovery and geo-fencing (allowing parents to set limits for teenage drivers)

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