We have owned 2 Hyunda's previously and were very pleased with with both cars.
Excelent reliability and performance.
Then we bought this 2009 elantra (brand new) and have been very disappointed.
While the car always starts fine, runs great and gets great gas mileage it is plagued with bull crap electrical problems.
1. Check engine light keeps coming on. Had it in for this several times. Dealer can't or won't fix it.
2. Tire pressure light kept coming on.
They seemed to fix that, so far.
3. The theft alarm keeps randomly coming on.
Just did it again this morning. Multiple trips to dealer, no fix.
4. Winshield washer quit. Tank full, pump runs, no water.
Will take it back in again.
Install a passinger side door lock.
Had I noticed that tere was no keyed entry on the passinger side I would most likely not have purchased the car, at least not before checking out other brands.
This is very inconvienent since I do not carry the electronic door opener and somtimes need to open the passenger door.
I know that almost all new cars are like this and it's just another way for them to reduce the manufacturing cost, but come on, lets get real here!
2009 Hyundai Elantra SE PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
The AC is inadequate. On 95 degree days, it is still warm in the car. This is a common problem for Hyundai. I had to have the windows tinted to help. I was in a head on accident and the air bags didn't go off. Another common problem for Hyundai. I'm waiting for a recall announcement. The idiot lights come on sporadically (ESC,ABS,TPMS). The longest one has stayed on was over an hour. I don't know if the ABS and ESC are working. Another common problem for Hyundai. The car has over 50K miles on it and we have not had any problems with it not running or starting.
We get about 25 miles to the gallon but do mostly city driving.
Improve the AC. Fix the air bag problem (unfortunately, there has to be numerous accidents with air bag failure before the government will force them to fix it). Fix the dash light problem.
2nd hyundai! Been highly impressed by both cars! Had for 2 years just traded it in for the new 2011 elantra ltd.
Been a pleasure to drive and own!
Very impressed with the gas mileage.
Best mpg at 39.7 mpg based on filling up the car and doing the math on a calculator this was in NYC traffic 90%hwy and 10%city.
Average mpg I receive when i do about 50/50 driving was 28 mpg still pretty impressive since I am not light footed.
Pros: Performance, MPG, Price, Radio, USB, Blue Lights, tons of features, interior space, many storage comp'ts, quiet interior,
Cons: Whine from radio (most wont hear), loud rattle from rear window hitting large bumps
Best bang for the buck!
Very comfortable to drive in although my right leg gets a cramp when I am stuck in traffic for over 45 minuts I am 6'3 though.
Radio system is excellent, impressive performance have no problem passing people on the hwy, great mpg
USB connectivity, blue lighting, fog lights on gls model, tons of interior space.
Did have a high pitch whine (most people won't notice) noise from radio when car was on for over 30 mins techs could not find it and on heavy bumps a loud rattle from the rear wish i see throughout these reviews.
I bought this car new in July 2009 for my daily commute and to run kids around town for music lessons, sports, you name it.
The positive reviews, incredibly low price, and long warranty make this basic piece of transportation ideal for my needs now.
MPG varies from 28-33 combined depending on the weather, really expected much better.
It took a long time to get adjusted to the clunky, sticky manual transmission; nothing like the Mercedes 230 or VW Golf sticks I used to drive.
I tried to find an American brand vehicle of similar cost and quality but nothing came close.
The low, low price and complete lack of mechanical problems is great, but the high torque and quick accelleration with the 5-speed stick provides as much fun as a middle-aged suburban dad can hope for, plus the iPod connection and XM radio keep the kids occupied.
There is already a new Elantra model, but used car buyers in the rust belt should know this thing is terrible in winter weather driving conditions, I don't know if its the weight distribution or the tires but I'm buying real winter tires next year.
The cheap-feeling plastic interior scratches easily and the wierd stretchy seat fabric gets and stays dirty looking.