This version of the Elantra was a well-rounded competitor with rankings near the top of our small-sedan Ratings. An easy car with which to live, the Hyundai combines nimble handling with comfort and a well-controlled ride. The car also offers a neatly laid out and well-equipped interior. However, the coupe-like stylling dictates a beltline that swoops upward toward the rear. This can impede the view to the rear quarters.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2007. Side air bags standard from 2001. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2011.
Road Test

This version of the Elantra was a well-rounded competitor with rankings near the top of our small-sedan Ratings. An easy car with which to live, the Hyundai combines nimble handling with comfort and a well-controlled ride. The car also offers a neatly laid out and well-equipped interior. However, the coupe-like stylling dictates a beltline that swoops upward toward the rear. This can impede the view to the rear quarters. The 148-hp, four-cylinder engine delivers solid performance and very good fuel economy. The cabin is well finished and the rear seat is relatively roomy, though road noise is rather pronounced. While the Elantra coupe is simply a two-door version of the high-scoring sedan, Elantra GT hatchback is noticeably different and scores significantly lower in our ratings.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (145 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (173 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (166 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Backup camera started to work intermittently whenever I washed the car or while driving in the rain. Eventually it just completely stopped working”

Kenneth W., IL (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Repeats songs from ipod when on shuffle”

Roger E., MD (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone was configured by dealer sales person, worked fine for first 2 weeks, now the system just hangs up. Have started to go through manual, but no success so far”

John W., OR (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Bad sound quality cheep sounding”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The reception is poor because they want you to sign up for satellite radio. I want a better antenna to listen to FREE radio”

Anonymous, TN (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“radio would cut off unexpectedly - radio replaced problem eliminated”

Anonymous, NC (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“Sound quality is bad”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“The Voice control does not discern even the best english. Hyundai Customer Care is not interested in upgrading the system even at my expense”

Anonymous, TN (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Driver's door, upper trim nicked in lot. Noticed on acceptance of vehicle”

Anonymous, NL (2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

“A metal piece fell out of the driver's side mirror. This did not affect the adjustment of the mirror. The dealership replaced the mirror under warranty; no questions asked”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“When I get out of car and use remote to lock doors, sometimes it will instead automatically open the trunk. Often I did not notice until I returned to car to find trunk was left open”

Raymond C., NJ (2015 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“With the sunroof open the deflector vibrated vigorously from 40 km upward. The dealer said it has happened a few times that the springs supporting the defector were too weak or even too strong. It was warrantied very quickly and with a smile”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Dealership did a poor job tinting windows; had to return with the vehicle in less than a month to have the job partially redone. Same dealership also damaged protective cushioning between dashboard and windshield”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“When the car hits a bump in the road, the back end of the car sways to one side or the other - as if separated from the front end. Hard to describe without feeling it for yourself. The feeling is more pronounced with those sitting in the backseat”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

“During manufacturing an electronic cigarette was left under driver seat carpet which was rattling. Dealer found and fixed the problem”

James K., OH (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE Unsure)
Wind noise

“At highway speeds the air noise around the front doors is very loud”

Anonymous, SC (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“Car is very noisy due to cheap low tires, 1 of which blew without provocation within 1st 346 miles, the other, on a mild bump at 3000 miles, both at speeds <50mph”

Anonymous, PA (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“We hear the outside noise of wind and other cars passing”

Bernard K., FL (2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“When fueling automatic shut off cuts of fueling prematurely several times before Frank is full”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“car stopped running”

Peter O., CT (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Cylinder 3 fuel injector had to be replaced. MIL came on with less than 500 miles on vehicle”

Sean Z., NJ (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Very thin later of paint. Paint chipping away in spots and rust staring to form there”

Steven C., IL (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“cracking and peeling around the rear windows in the curve up towards the roof”

Marcus P., FL (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“My local dealer must have added cheap pin-striping decals to the car. After Approx 6 months these pin-striping decals are already starting to fall off. Also the positioning of the front grill was poorly located and get easily damaged in tight parking”

Raymond C., NJ (2015 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“Dealer advised disc brakes pads were worn and need replacement. Replaced front pads around 36000 miles”

Anonymous, CT (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“The rear rotors wear was far above the front rotors which needed no attention. Rear rotors had to be replaced”

Peter R., ON (2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Had a rowing sound during hard braking about three times 1 day several months ago. I took the vehicle back to the dealer for inspection. What ever caused the problem apparently was corrected. No further problems since”

Anonymous, TN (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE Unsure)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“High and low beam switch failed ( stalk on steering column). Fixed under warranty once part was ordered and received at dealer The engine failure was the fuel pump at about 32,000 miles. Required towing and warranty repair at the dealer”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“The stopped working”

Ralph P., PA (2015 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“The shocks are too stiff. When I drive over a divet in the pavement or a sunken manhole cover I feel a jolt. I don't get a very gratifying ride. My ride isn't cushioned. The suspension loses it's composure when I drive over a hole”

Anonymous, NC (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

“Despite being checked on several occasions, by the dealership under warranty and repairs made. After a period of time the vibration and noise returns on the on ramps while accelerating to freeway speeds”

Marcus P., FL (2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Car jerks when you slow down to a stop at stop signs or red lights when engine and transmission are cold. Dealer could not find anything wrong with it. Still jerking when cold. Will take back to dealer”

Anonymous, SC (2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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