Purchased new after gave Pontiac Vibe to daughter (LOVED that car) Elantra is LESS THAN. Commute 60 miles turnpike driving. Cannot drive on highway w/windows open without car shaking, Noise level is intolerable, like being in a wind tunnel. Angle of driver's seat tilts your knees up, not adjustable and very uncomfortable for me (5'9"). After one winter paved highway driving, front bumper paint started chipping off. Dealer #1 said repainted before purchase. Selling Dealer denied - says it is my fault, "drove thru gravel. Same commute Vibe 6 years - no chipping. No response from Hyundai Customer Relations. You have lost a customer(and all her huge family) Hyundai.
A paint job that lasts more than six months without chipping with regular road use.
Ability to change angle of front seat.
Design so car doesn't shake when windows open on highway.
I've had my GT for about 4 months now. At first the car seemed sluggish, but as I put a few miles on (now 4,000 miles) performance is great and MPG equal to the EPA figure. Couple tricks I learned: When in manual, start in 2nd. Only use sport steering mode on windy days. I use sport most of the time and keep it there. I went from a 2000 Grand Prix thinking there was not going to be enough room for 4 adults in comfort. I was wrong. Took a weekend trip with 4 adults and nobody complained about room plus room for all our luggage. Sometimes going uphill, seems to be searching for the right gear, so I switch to manual mode and works better.
I only have a couple hundred miles on the odo but here is my initial review. Comfortable but the seats could be a little wider and have more leg support. It has the smoothest shifting manual I have ever driven which is good because I prefer automatic for a daily driver. Picked the car up for 15,900 after rebates. It has the style package with Leather. Ride is fantastic and I love the selectable steering feel. Gas mileage has been 30mpg in mixed driving and its not even broken in. Bluetooth and voice activation work perfectly.
Smooth shifting, Infotainment system, Ride, Power and Fuel economy and of course price.
Wider seat with extended leg support. Otherwise don't change a thing.
We have a 2006 Elantra GT (and are keeping it for a while longer), which my wife loves to drive, so when it came time to replace our 2006 Sonata (another great car, BTW), we looked at the 2014 Elantra GT. Not only does this year's model have 173 HP, but the 6 speed auto is delightful.
We got the Pano sunroof, leather (Driver seat is power) and dual zone air.
The car is quiet, smooth, darn good power and decent on fuel. a couple of thou on the odo so far, not a single glitch. The styling is great and space is terrific. Bigger than the Mazda 3 and more reliable than the Focus. We wanted power seat and this was the only one that could do it at a decent price.
6 speed auto
good engine power
Sound system has bluetooth for iPhone music as well as phone calls
With dealer incentives, I was able to get an excellent deal on this base model Elantra GT which was already a good value before the incentives. I only have 100 miles on it so far, so this is more of a first impressions review, and the first thing I note is that I really liked the exterior styling. The Windy Sea Blue is really beautiful in the sunlight. On closer inspection, the fit and finish quality is outstanding. It's a very 'solid' car. Shut a door, and there is a reassuring thud of solidity. Interior controls are a bit busy. Still trying to figure things out, but the voice recognition is very helpful. 29.5mpg so far, but it's mostly in-town driving. Fun car to drive, and I'm happy!
Exterior styling, interior comfort, fit and finish quality, center console, storage capacity (especially fold-flat rear area), voice recognition and Bluetooth features, ECO driving option, dynamic steering modes; 3 12-volt outlets (one in the rear); AUX and USB inputs w/ ~700MB onboard music storage
Contrary to what some reviews say, I have an actual spare tire. Also, I'm 6' tall, and when I sit in the backseat I have almost 3" of head clearance.
13 buttons on the steering wheel! Not sure what changes to suggest, the voice recognition helps deal w/ some of the confusion. I can see where a larger touch-screen would be helpful for viewing and toggling through the various screens. Rear visibility is ok, but the rear camera package would be helpful. Glove compartment and armrest storage could be better designed.