With 10 months of ownership/23,000 on the odometer (yes, it's quite a commute), car has done everything we've expected. Avg'ing 35 mpg on the highway. Not shabby. Sufficient get up and go for merging/hwy passing. Outside of oil changes and the suggested 15k "checkup", car has not seen the dealership for anything other than the passenger seat recall (15 minute visit for recalibration). IOW, initial quality has been exceptional. Originally was crossing my fingers on this Korean product and hoping for the best (Had my doubts but the discounted pricing in comparison to the Japanese products reflected this) but Hyundai has dispelled these misgivings. Highly suggest car if "value" is high on list.
Sunroof is great. Leather seats are quite comfy for us. Options out the wazoo for the price. Hatch comes in reeeeal handy during the Home Depot/Lowes home improvement trips. At 6'2", 220lb, plenty of room for a commuter.
For some strange reason the FM reception is not that great with this stock radio/cd unit in comparison to my other vehicles. Limited range. Also, if handling (Mazda Zoom-Zoom grippin' style) is high on your list, might not be your car. Sorta like a cat crossin' a creek when it comes to cornering.
After 3 months of highway driving, there was a very noticeable vibration in the steering wheel at speeds greater than 100 Km/hr. The rack & pinion was replaced free of charge, but I was charged for an alignment. Two weeks later, the vibration was back. This time I was charged for a wheel re-balancing. The CD player was repaired three times in a year. The tires were bald after 40,000 Km. There is excessive brake and wind noise. The driver's front headlight bulb has been repalced twice in 40,000 km (I seldom drive at night, so only the running lights are on).
Great acceleration in 2nd gear. Starts first time at -20 degrees Celcius.
The Elantra should come with proper tires (e.g. BFGoodridge Traction T/As), not the cheap, sub-standard Michelin Energy MXV4 Greens. All the torque is in 2nd gear. The car needs more torque in third gear.
I have mostly enjoyed my Elantra GT (we have another GT, and '03 model). I live in the mountains of West Virginia, and do a lot of driving due to working 45 miles away. My GT is fun to drive on the twisty roads, and returns excellent gas mileage. The stereo works great and keeps me entertained enroute. My only complaint is that I have some vibration on braking, due to warped brake rotors. I am surprised at this, with only 12,000+ miles.
Sound system; fuel economy; fun to drive.
Better braking systems. I tried to get a vehicle with abs, but dealer could not find one.