This is an amazing car. Small on the outside, very big on the inside, lots of ergonomic and useful small touches like the simple climate controls and abundant storage options in front and in the cargo area. Mileage easily beats EPA estimates. Got 36 mpg on the freeway on my second trip. Fit and finish and design is top-notch. Parked next to an Audi A4 Avant and could see the car was bigger inside (about the same length in the passenger and cargo areas and much taller). So it's not an Audi but it's half the price. Compared to our 2007 Accord, it is superior in space, comfort, looks, driving dynamics, fuel efficiency, and price. A no-brainer.
Huge passenger and cargo space. Great fuel efficiency. Balanced steering, between Mazda and Honda in tightness. Advanced stereo system. Very nice styling. Height-adjustable seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel in Preferred Package.
5th gear on the automatic. Keyless ignition. Leather steering wheel as an option for the GLS trim. This is not some freebie dream list but what I would have been willing to pay a bit more for.
2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
I've driven my new car about 1,250 miles & love it. It's comfortable, handles well & is fun to drive (and I'd been driving a MINI Clubman). Its brakes are excellent; its headlights are better than the MINI's; the controls are easy to operate. On the downside, you really feel road bumps (which I expected), the engine is a bit coarse (no surprise either), and the sunroof whistles loudly when fully open at 40 mph and above. But at a price of $19k+, w/ a lot of room, reputation for reliability & standard features, the competition can't come close: integrated iPod, XM radio, heated seats & mirrors, sunroof, fog lights, trip computer. You'll need to add Bluetooth, however, as a dealer option.
Mixed chrome & matte finish alloy wheels; lots of interior hidden storage; auto off headlights; EZ Pass works from hidden storage compartment; exterior and interior styling -- tiny lights at corners of rear bumper -- from the front, the car looks modern, from rear, it looks retro; lumbar support.
Daytime run. lights; standard Bluetooth; 5 spd. auto trans.; leather seat, auto climate control/headlights & push button entry/start options; better gas gauge/trip computer (gauge & computer say you're very close to empty, but car only takes 11.8 to 12.2 gallons (w/ 14 gal. tank) & only went 315 mi.
I love this car! It rides well, fits all of my stuff, bikes, painting canvas etc and looks great. On the highway, it really cruises and in the city, short stops have felt seamless. For the money, I would (and did) pick this car over all others in its class.
I drove a 2000 Elantra wagon for the last 10yrs. I loved it so I purchased a 2010 touring. This time I got 5sp Manual GSL to save $1200 on purchase price and to get better gas mileage and performace. Paid $15000 vs $11700 ten yrs earlier. I since added Rosta after market cruise $400 and trailer hitch $100. Heated seats cost $250 each aftermarket. Whats better with my new car. Faster, Handeling, brakes,radio,headroom,gas mileage, power door locks on key fob, storage areas. Whats worse, stiff ride,jerkiness of manual shifting vs automatic,tires, no lumbar support. Both cars dent too easily. I love the rear loading area. I call it my covered pickup truck. Getting use to firm ride. Fun to drive
Cargo area, lights do shut off automatically after 30 secs, Ipod connection, good pickup, well built
Softer ride, stronger sheet metal, factory cruise with 5sp, low rolling resistance tires like my old Michilin NRG tires. They lasted over 90000 miles and gave me 2 mpg better gas mileage. 6 sp transmission or variable. More quiet. Increase towing from 700 to 1000lbs. Better gas mileage. More colors
We bought this because CR is in love with the vehicle. The car (as the i-30 elsewhere in the world) has garnered all kinds of awards over the past 3 years. Compared to my Pontiac Vibe (Corolla), the ET has better fit and finish, excellent visibility, transmission, and is unbelievably quiet. The dash layout is simple and attractive, the Bluetooth is voice interactive and a must have, and the air conditioner is far superior to any other car I have ever seen. The ET is much more comfortable for rear passengers than the new Tucsan. If the reliability holds up as CR thinks it will, I'll be buying Korean products instead of Japanese from now on. Buying this car is a no brainer.
Bluetooth speakers are easy to hear and speak; rear seats are quite roomy; storage tray in cargo area is Styrofoam and easy to clean and provides sound dampening; as quiet cabin like a luxury car; easy to change the oil; great visibility all around for the driver; lights turn off after 30 seconds
Give the driver at least one more inch of legroom; put a storage compartment on the lower left side of the dash and one in back of the center console for rear seat passengers; put a mute button on the steering wheel for when phone calls come in on Bluetooth; don't put Hankook junk tires on the car