'Does everything very well; truly great in several areas: driver/passenger comfort & cargo space w/compact exterior size, both low and hi-speed handling, ease of parking and maneuvering in heavy-traffic, braking distance, driver-visibility, fun-factor & winter-weather driveability (with 5-speed manual tranny), reliability, ease of service, and a long list of standard features. All that and an expectation of good long-term reliability for 19G including tax and title?
I'm pretty happy.
At 54,000 miles, the 5-speed, clutch, & original brakes still work smooth.
Exceptionally roomy & comfortable for up to 4 and their luggage.
The wide passenger door spaces make for easy entry/exit.
Enormous rear cargo space with seats lowered, more than mid-sized SUV's.
The wide hatchback door opens high and closes easily.
Simple, easy-to-use controls, esp. heat/AC and Sat radio; great reception on all bands.
Good headlights, good front wipers/washer & rear wiper w/washers, and large, easily-adjustable power side mirrors enhance my situational awareness.
Very safe with ESC, 4-wheel disc brakes, 6 air bags, and comfortable seat belts.
EASY to change oil/filter & air filter.
Needs 6th gear -- would improve the 32-33 highway mpg.
PW/PDL panel intrudes too far out from door; the panel's hard, sharp-edged door materials are uncomfortable to rest leg against.
Radio display should be further dimmable to preclude need to turn display off entirely at night.
'Too bad for consumers that Hyundai got rid of this model in 2012, as it does EVERYTHING better than their more profitable mid-sized SUV's, and at a far lower price.
The new Elantra Touring GT has less driver/passenger room and FAR less cargo space.
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