West Michigan drivers on the hunt for a new small car might be intrigued by the 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE’s price, but we think the Elantra deserves a closer look before you buy it. We compared the basic 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 6MT to the 2015 Honda Civic LX Sedan with CVT to figure out which of these small cars has the edge in key areas of features and fuel economy and found the Hyundai lacking.
Honda Gives Drivers More
Modern drivers tend to expect a bit more out of the features of their vehicles. Power locks and windows – once considered add-ons – are now standard on the majority of vehicles, but with how connected our lives are, many drivers are expecting a much higher level of tech features. And the entry-level Civic LX delivers without needing to upgrade, including standard features like these:
- Bluetooth for both phone and audio
- Customizable touchscreen interface
- Rearview camera (with guidelines)
- Steering wheel-mounted controls
- SMS texting capabilities
- Pandora Internet radio
The 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 6MT’s price doesn’t actually include any of these amenities, and if you’re wanting Bluetooth or a rearview camera, you’ll need to add on the “Popular Equipment” package to the Elantra, increasing its price. It looks like Hyundai is offering a choice, but we like Honda’s upgrade choices quite a bit more, as they give drivers access to real upgrades instead of amenities many drivers expect.
While the 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 6MT price may seem appealing, the Civic bests it on fuel economy for long-term savings:
- The 2015 Honda Civic LX Sedan with CVT earns an EPA-estimated 39 highway and 30 city mpg, for 33 mpg combined.*
- The 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE 6MT only has 37 highway and 27 city mpg for 31 mpg combined.
That’s a difference that will add up quickly.
Test Drive a Civic Today
There’s so much more to the 2015 Honda Civic than its affordable pricing, and we think that when you see all it has to put it in competition with the 2015 Hyundai Elantra’s price, you’ll understand why so many West Michigan drivers choose the Civic.
Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you today for a test drive.