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a great little wagon without the boring!

by from Danby, VT on May 21, 2011

My last three cars were, in no particular order: 1992 Alfa Romeo 164-S, 2000 Toyota Corolla CE and a 1998 Volvo V70 AWD. The Elantra touring is not as sporty as the Alfa (what a great car! I never sho...
My last three cars were, in no particular order: 1992 Alfa Romeo 164-S, 2000 Toyota Corolla CE and a 1998 Volvo V70 AWD. The Elantra touring is not as sporty as the Alfa (what a great car! I never should have sold it...) not as comfortable or as unflappable in foot-deep snow as the Volvo (you could use the seats of that car for living-room furniture and feel like you spent thousands on the finest chairs available.. In fact the notion of buying a junk V70 just for the seats has occurred to me...) but man does it beat that old Corolla in every way possible! Heck, it beats the NEW Corolla in every way possible! the exterior is bland, but verry cohesive, the interior is simple, comfortable (the front seats are a definite step above the segment norm in both comfort and support.), and well put together. It also happens to be cavernous! For a small car the ET offers hugely spacious rear seats (the rear bench is a little firm and flat for long trips, but leg, head and hip room in the rear is excellent, and there's room to move and breath back there), and ignoring the don't-quite-fold-fully-flat seat backs, a giant cargo area for such a small car. The stock stereo sounds great, if not overly powerful (you pretty much have to max it to defeat wind noise with the windows down on the highway) the suspension is taught and well controlled, and you can easily startle yourself with how fast it will comfortably negotiate twisty roads. Body movements are very well controlled and at-limit handling (with the ESC off) is easy to manage. The engine power is adequate, nothing to write home about, but the excellent 5 speed stick makes it fun to wring all the juice out of. The biggest let-down is the somewhat numb-feelng electric power steering, the feedback is there, you just have to pay close attention to notice it. It's far from boring on a good streach of twitys, and though you won't pass a Mazda 3 or Golf GTI on the corners, you'll pass them when they stop for gas. I'm averaging 30mpg, and I'm not what you'd call a conservative driver. The ET has excellent ergonomics, excellent visibility, very good headlighs, teriffic brakes, great usibilty, an is a well executed and well-priced package. Even my base GLS model manages to kick out the blahs while keeping the bank account happy. All in all, if you need an afordable compact wagon and don't want to be bored to tears while owning it you can't do much better for the money. Did I mention the killer warranty, long list of standard safety features or low insurance cost? Yeah, those are nice too.
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Well Rounded Car

by from Bellingham Wa on December 17, 2010

I spent many months researching cars, my main requirements had to be value, good mileage, roomy enough for my family, reliable, looks good, and a hatchback/wagon. It fit all those things. It gets a ma...
I spent many months researching cars, my main requirements had to be value, good mileage, roomy enough for my family, reliable, looks good, and a hatchback/wagon. It fit all those things. It gets a max of 30 mi/gallon on freeway, and about 26 overall. It feels spacious inside but is not a big car, but lg enough for my family of 4. The cargo is roomy. My only complaints is the seats could be more comfy, the steering wheel feels like sand paper, and the road noise is somewhat loud. But overall a good car with free roadside assistance and good warrantly.
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One Sweet Car

by from Washington, DC on December 22, 2010

This car is exceptional. It's a great size for the city and was very comfortable on our trip from DC to Boston. It's a step up from the Honda Fit we had, with comparable quality. I get about 24mpg cit...
This car is exceptional. It's a great size for the city and was very comfortable on our trip from DC to Boston. It's a step up from the Honda Fit we had, with comparable quality. I get about 24mpg city and 34mpg highway. The SE model has a remarkable features at a bargain price.
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Love This Car!!!

by from Sussex NJ on June 13, 2011

I've had my 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring for about six weeks now, and I've already put 2,700 miles on it. With three jobs, I spend quite a bit of time driving to and from work, and this car 'almost' m...
I've had my 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring for about six weeks now, and I've already put 2,700 miles on it. With three jobs, I spend quite a bit of time driving to and from work, and this car 'almost' makes me not hate having to leave my house at 10 pm six nights a week! I did quite a bit of online research before deciding on this particular car. I knew I wanted a hatchback, small wagon-type car, and good gas mileage was an important factor. And, as I explained to the salesperson, since I can either afford a car payment Or frequent repair bills (but not BOTH) five or six year projected reliability played a huge part in my decision. Next came the 'fun stuff'.... and this car has those in abundance! I chose the dark silver/gray color, which looks good even when it's not freshly washed/waxed. I love the looks of this car. Even for a wagon, I think it looks 'sporty and stylish.' The interior is beautiful! I've read some people complain of 'cheap looking interior features' but I can't imagine what they are complaining about. Maybe I am so impressed because my last car was a 1997 Jetta, but I truly think the interior is well laid out, and impressive looking. I have the model that comes with moon roof, heated leather seats, IPOD integration and steering wheel controls... I am in heaven! I live in the a rural area of NJ and this car handles all the up-and-down hills and around-sharp-curves like a champ. On highways, I am more than pleased with its pick-up, cabin quietness and smooth engine performance. I don't know exactly how many miles I'm getting to the gallon, but what I do know is that I used to have to fill up my Jetta every four days, and now I can go SIX days between visits to the gas station. This is saving me over $100 per month in fuel costs! Between the fuel savings and the fact that this car will not be in the shop every month.... I am truly grateful for this car and to say I love it is putting it mildly! PS: I've had several Toyotas, a Honda and a VW in the past, and believe me, they have NOTHING on my Hyundai!!!
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Best overall package

by from Indiana on February 21, 2011

Tested the Mazda3 and the Kia Forte 5-door before buying the Elantra Touring. Quality beat the Kia and roominess and price beat the Mazda. Mine is a stick shift, which contributes to a sports-car feel...
Tested the Mazda3 and the Kia Forte 5-door before buying the Elantra Touring. Quality beat the Kia and roominess and price beat the Mazda. Mine is a stick shift, which contributes to a sports-car feeling, along with nimble handling. Power is not great, but okay. Exterior and interior design are nearly elegant for an inexpensive car. Better than expected mileage. Bluetooth and XM are great. With the deal I got, I feel like I beat the system.
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2010 Elantra Touring

by from SC on July 13, 2011

Just turned 30,000 miles in 13 months. Car has been near perfect. Fun to drive, handles well, and is averaging about 30.6 mpg for all driving together.
Just turned 30,000 miles in 13 months. Car has been near perfect. Fun to drive, handles well, and is averaging about 30.6 mpg for all driving together.
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Gives me room

by from Hemet, CA on May 11, 2011

The Elantra Touring is not as quiet and comforable to ride in as a number of sedans in the same price and size class. Having said that, it has roominess for passengers in the back seat, and storage fo...
The Elantra Touring is not as quiet and comforable to ride in as a number of sedans in the same price and size class. Having said that, it has roominess for passengers in the back seat, and storage for transporting things that could never be found in similar price and size class sedans. This is why this model was chosen. Gas mileage around town has been consistently in the mid-twenties, which is good for the capacity of the vehicle.
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Secret nice car only you know.

by from Los angeles on January 11, 2013

I have 2011 Elantra touring with 5 speed manual. the Manual shifter is surprisingly short throw ans sporty. Handling is really good for a wagon. I got moon roof leather , heated seats, roof rack , 17 ...
I have 2011 Elantra touring with 5 speed manual. the Manual shifter is surprisingly short throw ans sporty. Handling is really good for a wagon. I got moon roof leather , heated seats, roof rack , 17 inch alloy wheels for what I would have paid for base civic. I go suring and snowboarding so the roof rack comes in handy. Gas mileage is average for the economy car but really good for the interior volume it has. Engine is somewhat not as refined but it is economy car overall. So far I am very happy and it is a kind of a secret weapon that only the driver knows how good of a car it is for what you pay for.
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Lots of car for the money and practical

by from San Antonio, TX on April 16, 2012

The Hyundai Elantra Touring is a very stylish and practical car for the money. Lots of room and cargo handling ability without all the weight, gas guzzeling and room required for my previous SUV. In f...
The Hyundai Elantra Touring is a very stylish and practical car for the money. Lots of room and cargo handling ability without all the weight, gas guzzeling and room required for my previous SUV. In fact I have the same amount of room, about 65 cu ft of cargo space as my suv had. I get around 29mpg with mostly highway mileage and more on long trips just on the highway, about 34mpg. Plenty of power for around town and hauling freinds or loads when needed. At about a very low price I got a totally loaded car with auto trans and all the power options.
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no more Hyundai

by from Allentown, Pa. on March 12, 2012

!st and last time Hyundai owner. Had car 14 months, has numerous creaks and rattles, AM band on the radio has lots of static, car pings and knocks on regular gas, Hyundai warranty is limited to whatev...
!st and last time Hyundai owner. Had car 14 months, has numerous creaks and rattles, AM band on the radio has lots of static, car pings and knocks on regular gas, Hyundai warranty is limited to whatever error codes they find, anything else is "we had 3 people look at it and no one hears anything".
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