2008 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Review: About as good as it gets

2008 Hyundai Elantra - Consumer Review

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GLS Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
About as good as it gets
By wiccanferret on


2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


We've had this car since it was new and it now has 52k miles on it. Despite what other reviewers have said, you won't find a car that has lower maintenance costs. So far, the only things I've had to worry about, as per the owner's manual, were oil changes and an air filter. That's it. Oh, and the battery went out after 4 years, which is better than your average stock battery, especially considering the Texas heat this year. This car couldn't be cheaper to run, period. The gas mileage is decent (35 mpg) and the power and handling are phenomenal for this class of car.

Best Features

Excellent power. Ridiculously cheap to maintain. Spark plugs every 60k and timing belt every 90k is nearly unheard of in a compact. Excellent stereo for stock. Very accurate cruise control. Perfect ergonomics. Seats still very comfortable after 52k miles. Best rear seat room in its class, was the main reason I purchased it. It has more back seat hip room than most mid-size cars, even though it's a compact.

Worst Features

Hyundai already did it...they made it better looking. Unfortunately, the newer Elantra also has a peakier four cylinder engine, which does not appeal to me. Considering the maintenance costs and dead solid reliability, I'll be keeping my 08 indefinitely.
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