Saturday, October 25, 2014


Both sedan and hatchback Hyundai Elantra models are powered by either a 145-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder or a 173-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder in Sport and GT trims, each mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The Elantra is best for drivers who value first-rate fit-and-finish, whizz-bang features, and a sensible price.

The 2015 Hyundai Elantra comes with a four-cylinder engine that some critics say could use more power, though most agree that the more powerful four-cylinder engine found in Elantra Sport and Elantra GT models provides competitive acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while an optional six-speed automatic transmission earns praise for its responsive shifts and making good use of the engine’s power. 

The bigger engine hustles the Elantra into traffic gaps with more gusto than the 1.8-liter four and netted 27 mpg in our testing, exactly the same as the slower Elantra Limited. Few Elantra drivers will notice that abrupt road imperfections trigger secondary vertical wheel motions and body float; what will matter to them is that, on the whole, the suspension feels compliant.

The base Elantra gets up to an EPA-estimated 28/38 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Some reviewers write that the 2015 Elantra is surprisingly nimble, while others comment that the Elantra offers controlled handling, but isn’t particularly fun to drive.The Elantra is quiet and comfortable enough for commuting, though many note that the ride becomes harsh and unsettled over road imperfections.

Every 2014 Elantra wears mildly enhanced fog lights and new wheel designs. In addition to its direct-injected 2.0-liter four—with its 28 horsepower and 24 lb-ft of torque advantage over the 1.8-liter four in the SE and Limited—the Sport also employs a thicker 23-mm front anti-roll bar (versus 22 mm) and stiffer dampers. Front spring rates are identical to those on non-Sport Elantras and the rears are barely stiffer, but the steering ratio is quicker and the electric assist retuned for less friction for better accuracy. Unlike other Elantras, which offer selectable steering modes, the Sport has just one setting.

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