Hyundai is on a roll toward respectability, with the 1996 Elantra station wagon its jauntiest, comfiest, best-looking low-bucks vehicle to date.
Not bad for a subcompact built in South Korea, a republic famous for kimchi souffles but infamous for producing rattling misfits that would be considered dubious bargains if buyer incentives included 10,000 frequent flier miles per breakdown. You'd be vacationing in Monte Carlo the first week.
Early Elantras wallowed with the worst of them and were hung, drawn and quartered by critics for being raucous and snail-powered with an automatic transmission that jolted occupants to the point of whiplash.
But this Elantra wagon, generally, is a hoot... Read More