Review: Hyundai Elantra Sport

unnamed (6)We recently spent a week with the 2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport. 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

From first look at the exterior, we loved the sleek look of the Black Elantra Sport. The inside was just as impressive, with leather seats and a great modern dashboard. The silver accents throughout the exterior and interior really kept up with the new and modern design.

INTERIOR

Trim options for the Elantra include gray, beige, and black. We loved the black trim in our ride. As far as space goes, the Elantra gave way for plenty of leg room in the front- which is important for my husband and his comfort in the driver seat.

Fun Fact: The Elantra has so much room, it’s actually classified as a midsize car instead of a compact.

In addition to the roominess in the front for myself and hubby, our two girls in the back also had a smooth and  spacious ride. With our toddler and 8 year old sharing the back seats, there was still room between them, with an armrest ready for sippy cups and water bottles if needbe.

The trunk was also very roomy, giving way for our larger stroller as well as plenty of bags on our food shopping trip and other moments where plenty of space was needed. Those we gave a tour to were quite surprised at the amount of trunk space, which is so important for a family with small children.

Also a great bonus– front and rear heated seats! Elantra was actually the first car to offer this- and we love that this option exists as I always felt bad about turning mine on when my oldest in the back did not have the option to warm up with them as well.

As usual, our 8 year old daughter’s favorite feature was the power tilt and slide sunroof, which is definitely one of the premium options we recommend that adds a more spacious feeling to a car.

 

THE RIDE

The ride was smooth- in fact the hubby said this was officially his favorite vehicle so far that we have reviewed as far as acceleration goes. While the Sport is super family friendly and safe- he definitely enjoyed the sporty aspects:

  • 173 Horsepower
  • 35 MPG Highway
  • 2.0 L GDI DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission or available 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System
  • Sport-tuned suspension and steering
  • Traction Control System for when things get slippery

THE TECHNOLOGY

  • Drivers blind spot mirror
  • Brake Assist (BA) senses emergency braking and immediately applies the maximum braking force to help you stop in time.
  • Electronic push button start
  • Dual Zone Climate control kept the car comfortable for both us and the kids
  • Rearview camera
  • 7-inch touchscreen or 4.3-inch color touchscreen
  • 360-watt premium audio system

As a frequent passenger, one thing I immediately noticed about the GPS that I loved is that I was able to enter a new destination while we were in motion. I know many navigation systems don’t allow a new address to be entered unless the vehicle is stopped, so this was great because my husband did not need to pull over in order for me to enter our next destination. Of course, Hyundai asks that a driver is stopped if he or she needs to enter a new destination if there is not a passenger in the car to do so.

THE RESULT

Overall, the Hyundai Elantra Sport was yet another vehicle that we loved as a family of four. As a family on a budget, we love to find sedans that are not only affordable and great on gas, but still feasible for a family of four. The Elantra Sport starts at $21,600- and when building our own on the Hyundai site and adding on the Tech package- came out to around $24,625- still a great price for the technology and look you’re getting with this car.

Recap of our favorite features:

  • Driver’s blind spot mirror
  • Brake Assist (BA) senses emergency braking and immediately applies the maximum braking force to help you stop in time
  • Ability for passenger to input new destination in navigation system while in motion
  • Plenty of legroom in front, with lots of space in the rear
  • Great trunk space
  • Rear heated seats
  • Traction Control System
  • See more safety features here.

 

For more information about the Hyundai Elantra Sport, visit www.hyundaiusa.com. Thanks to DriveShop as always for the chance to share our drive experiences with our readers!

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