My nephew was first looking at a used Honda Civic. After I told him he could get a fully loaded Elantra GLS with traction control and ABS for $13,352 (w/ a $1250 mfr. rebate), we took one out for a test drive with 4 adults and AC running. It had a great take off with 4 adults in and the AC running. The 10 year power terrain warranty is better than what Honda, Toyota or Nissan offers. Gas mileage is in the upper 2os for city and mid 30's for highway. The fit and finish is really good and the ride is comfortable. There is --NO WAY-- you can find a better package for this kind of money. Out the door ( with tax and everything included ), it was $14.8K.
Great mileage, almost everything included for $13,352.
If you are looking for a sporty, economy car, this is it! The others in its class don't even compare, especially on price and warranty. At 6'5" and 230lbs, I just do fit (more headroom if I'd not gotten the sunroof), but what a great commuter car.
Great factory stereo, and interior ergonomics. Large cargo area.
Nothing of importance, just fix airbag stickers on visors.
My primary concern when buying a new car was warranty. That led me to Hyundai. I drove the Elantra, and the 06 Sonata. I liked them both, but went with the lower payment. I'm impressed with the car and am enjoying it. I get great mileage, and a comfortable ride. If you're looking for a good car that's priced right, and has a fantastic warranty to back it up drive one. Best part about the warranty is you can make the 10 year 100k mileage bumper to bumper (less wear items) for only 700 bucks. A no brainer in my book. I
Fuel mileage, standard options, comfort
This car desperately needs an always hot power port so I can charge my cell when the keys are out of the ignition, trunk release on remote, cd player and slightly better speakers, quieter ride. (I say that with reservations because I've driven V6's for the last 10 years so maybe it's just me.)
I bought this car because I needed something cheap to get me through college. I am so pleased with my purchase. It's a basic car, but the warranty makes me feel comfortable having it for the next however many years. My only complaints are that the keyless entry does not come with a trunk release, and that a CD player is not standard. Also, sometimes I find that I have to absolutely slam the trunk before it will latch, so check that out when you're looking.
Fuel econonmy; price
Trunk release on the keyless entry, CD player- I mean seriously, who uses a cassette player anymore?