Bought a 2009 Elantra SE automatic and so far, so good. I definitely got more features and more room than a comparable Toyota, Honda, or Nissan (I've owned at least one of each of these; all good cars...
Bought a 2009 Elantra SE automatic and so far, so good. I definitely got more features and more room than a comparable Toyota, Honda, or Nissan (I've owned at least one of each of these; all good cars) for less money. Having said that, time will tell if it was the right purchase.
Car rides very well for it's size, and handles OK. Haven't had to assess the stability control or brake assist features yet, but am confident they will help in an emergency situation.
The 4 cylinder is little "thrashy" when you get on it, but normal driving isn't an issue. Transmission seems to hit shifts as it should and seems smooth enough. I'm certain MPG is dependent on your style of driving, but I'm pretty average I'd guess. I get about 35 MPG on the expressway (70 MPH) and around 29 MPG around town, not too bad.
Fit and finish inside is actually very good. Seats(cloth)are OK for me, but the upholstry cloth seems a little fragile. We'll see. I dearly miss the outside temperature readout, should have been included. Decent trunk and fold-down seats area plus. Rear seat space is bigger than you expect. OK(XM)radio with 6 speakers plus CD is very adequate if not outstanding. Air, defrost,and ventilation all work as they should. Controls are straight forward and easy to use. Blue dash illumination is sorta cool.
Outside, the car is attractive enough, and body panels fit well. I 'm not sure they ever do any good, but noticably missing is the vinyl strip down the side that protects your car from other car doors in the parking lot. Lights do their job with good hi-beams.
All in all, a very pleasent small car that should be a good buy if it holds up well. If not, you always have the 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, and 100,000 on the drive train.
Keep in mind, this is a very inexpensive car. Obviously, there are better cars out there, but they cost significantly more. I think these cars are worth looking at.