36 reviews
2008 Hyundai Elantra
2008 Hyundai Elantra
Available Price Range $3,133-$8,817 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 28 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 Hyundai Elantra

Our Take

The Elantra compact sedan should appeal to the safety-conscious even more for 2008, as an electronic stability system becomes available on the uplevel Elantra SE. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Chevy Cobalt.Redesigned last year, the Elantra is the fourth generation of Hyu... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Engine noise
  • Highway comfort
  • Uninspired styling
  • Highway acceleration
  • Gauges hard to see in the daytime

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2007
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six airbags and ABS standard
  • Gas mileage in the 30s


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Great Value

by captain Jim from Vista, CA on March 19, 2010

I am enjoying the car very much. It is solid, fast and delivers 30-35 mpg. It has all the features I need in the GLS model - and then some. I specially enjoy the low noise level at high speeds - unlik... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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