Bang for your buck. Don’t you just love it? I’m always on the lookout for the best possible deals, and the 2015 Hyundai Elantra seems like a solid contender for king of the bangs. Getting more for what you paid for is the name of the game these days, and auto makers are being as cutthroat as ever, one-upping one another in available trims, accessories and performance.
The crowded compact sedan segment has undergone a major makeover these past few years, with automakers turning their compacts into smaller versions of the more expensive large sedan class. What we’re getting now is a well-appointed smaller car with all the trim and isn’t as gas guzzling as the larger sedans. I’ll take fuel savings any time of the day, thank you very much.
The Hyundai Elantra looks like the offspring of a Sonata and an Accent. With curved lines on the body and an aggressive front fascia that won’t be mistaken for cute, this compact Hyundai was made for the frugal everyday driver in mind.
Exceptional Fuel Savings
The SE and Limited versions of the 2015 Elantra share the same 145 horsepower 1.8L DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 28/38 mpg/cty/hwy for the 6-speed manual and the 27/37 mgp/cty/hwy for the 6-speed automatic. Standard transmission for the Limited is Hyundai’s 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Active Eco System, which is optional for the SE.
There’s also the Hyundai Elantra Sport, which has a beefier 173 horsepower 2.0L DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 24/35 mpg/cty/hwy. You can either save more juice while feeling like a real race car driver when you choose the Sport in manual, or you can pay extra for the 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Active Eco System found on the Limited.
Now, if you want your car to just sip fuel, go for ones with the base 145 hp engines (SE, LIMITED) and kick it oldschool with the 6-speed manual. The SHIFTRONIC is actually pretty damn good too, as it only sacrificed a point, so if you can’t drive stick, go automatic. Either way, the fuel economy on the Elantra with the base engine is pretty good for the class.
Bells, Whistles and Safety
This car is a Hyundai, so expect almost every little accessory as standard. That’s just the way they roll. If you want all of it however, go for the Limited version because almost everything on the list of features has “standard” on it.
When it comes to safety, the Elantra is dead serious, packing six airbags, Hillstart Assist Control, Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Lock Braking System, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Daytime Running Lights and even a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The only safety feature that’s not standard is the Rearview Camera, which is optional for the SE. There’s a host of others you can ask your Hyundai dealer about, like crumple zones, EBD and what type of airbags were installed. The Elantra was also awarded a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating by the NHTSA, the highest possible score.
The seats on the 2015 Elantra are built with environmentally friendly soy-based foam. This renewable resource has a smaller carbon footprint and has lesser impact on the environment as compared with traditional seating materials. Coupled with the engine’s exceptional fuel economy, this car is a sound choice for those who want a hybrid, but can’t afford one yet.
When purchasing your next car, always go over every single detail. Fuel consumption, safety, interior finish and warranty are the first ones I always check. Hyundai has really done well with the 2015 Elantra. The interior materials are soft to the touch and look good, using hard plastics and touches of leather and chrome. It also has five star safety rating and is fuel efficient yet powerful enough to pass other cars on the road. This is a good car, with a pretty good set of credentials at a steal of a price tag.