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The 2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport is a well-appointed compact sedan that provides some near-premium amenities for the modern day super-commuter.

The Numbers

  • MSRP: $24,735 after $810 destination fee and a $1,325 option list (Tech Package and floor mats)
  • 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission (tested)
  • 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft. of torque
  • 24 mpg in the city
  • 35 mpg on the highway
  • 28 mpg combined
  • 14.8-cubic feet of cargo room in trunk

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Our tester came with an automatic transmission (a 6-speed manual is also available in most other trims), carpeted floor mats ($125), and the Technology Package ($1,200), which includes a 7-inch touchscreen navigation display, premium audio, and Blue Link telematics system.

Hits

  • Controls are laid out very well
  • Navigation/infotainment system with Blue Link telematics is extremely easy to use and has great app functionality
  • Smart use of dashboard materials makes the cockpit feel upmarket
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and seating surfaces add class to an otherwise boring segment
  • Standard driver’s side convex side mirror detail, a compartment to place sunglasses in the headliner, and a well thought out charging/storage area for smart devices make the commuting experience very civilized

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Misses

  • Steering feels heavy
  • Significant road noise when going at highway speeds
  • Rear trunk lid is quite high, but the standard backup camera will ease anxiety when reversing
  • Securing a child seat in the rear seat’s LATCH anchor system creates a tight fit for anyone over 5-foot-2-inches sitting in the front seat (especially if using a rear-facing child carrier)

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Value Retention

In regards to value retention, the Elantra sits in ninth place (out of 19) within the three-year-old intermediate compact entry segment by holding 52% of its value in 2015.  The Elantra slightly underperforms the segment value retention average score of 53.2% for 2015.

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Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “2015 @Hyundai #Elantra approaches premium amenities for the commuting masses.”