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Downsized, but still loving it
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By Dooly
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Went from a large SUV to the Elantra based on a month of researching fuel- efficient vehicles. This one is living up to its hype. I'm saving $200 on gas monthly (was paying $100 a week with my SUV). I thought that downsizing to a car would be depressing actually (have been driving trucks/SUV's since 1995), but the Elantra is surprisingly great. It's loaded with features that you would pay extra for in other vehicles in the same class. Someone listed the front seat as needing lumbar support, but it feels fine to me. As far as room goes, I thought that would be a problem in this car. Man was I wrong! 5 people (plus baby seat) and all their luggage actually fit in the car. BUY THIS!


Best Features

Cruise, pwr wind/doors, remote door lock/alarm (not included with Corolla), and the 172 Watt XM Radio with 6 speakers. As far as safety goes, I think 10 airbags speaks for itself.


Worst Features

Only problem I noticed is that the slow cars in the left lane don't move out of my way like they did in the SUV. I can live with that.


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Uncomfortable
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By Toni
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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We bought this car based on all of the great reviews. It wasn't bad when we did the test drive. But we live 50 miles away, and by the time we got home our low backs were really hurting. Tried driving it a couple of more times, but it is uncomfortable in about 10 minutes. Then met someone else that commented on how uncomfortable the seats are. Now have it parked and trying to sell it. I hate this car!


Best Features

Zippy little car.


Worst Features

Comfortable seats


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5000 Miles
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By hutch7
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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This is a 5K follow up review. So far this has been a very good car. Everyone in my family (all 4 drivers) loves to drive this vehicle. Tight handling, good gas mileage and outstanding ergonomics make the Elantra a joy to live with. Absolutely no problems so far. The first service was free from the dealership.


Best Features

Quiet highway ride, interior ergonomics, blue instrument lighting, really good brakes and tight turning radius. Big on the inside but small on the outside, MPG's


Worst Features

Door panels are made of cheap hard plastic and scratch easily.


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What are you waiting for?
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By devils1977
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Finally went with the SE Elantra after test driving a Nissan Sentra and Mazda 3. The Sentra is ugly and looks like it was made out of legos and the Mazda 3 is not made for anyone over 5'9" (I am 6'0). The Hyundai was the best choice and I am VERY PLEASED. The car has good looks, the 2.0L rides smooth and has a great punch. The interior is nice looking and roomy. The free 3-month subscription to XM radio is also an added bonus and I can listen to the 80's hits station for the whole ride. I HIGHLY recommend this car, it is the best bang for the buck with the best warranty out there. Hyundai is definitely going places, Toyota and Honda should watch their backs!


Best Features

16" Alloy wheels with SE trim, the front grille, excellent handling and XM radio.


Worst Features

None at this moment.


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Can't Beat the Value
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By Steven
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Purchased a 08' with the standard package (AC, Satellite radio, etc.) out the door cost was mid 14K. The car's engine is peppy and if when drive it conservatively we have averaged 30-31 MPG and this is ALL city driving. Could not be happier with the mileage. The car is the roomiest small car out there, we researched and test drove, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Kia, Mazda 3 and 6, Chevrolet Malibu. None of them matched the roominess of the interior or that of the trunk. I am 6' 1" and my son who is the same height can sit behind me in relative comfort. Two large golf bags fit easily in the trunk, something you CANNOT do in the civic.


Best Features

The warranty is awesome 60K bumper to bumper, 100K on the drive-train, FREE roadside assistance anywhere in the US, including hotel rooms and meals if a repair requires you to stay over night. My dealer offers FREE tires for LIFE on the car and other dealers had similar offers, so look around.


Worst Features

Front Seats need a lumbar support, and the engine is whiny on the high end of the RPM scale but this is typical of small engines.


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