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Very nice, honest review. As the previous poster has mentioned, your new Elantra is specifically designed to operate best on 87 octane fuel. The number rating indicates the rate of fuel burn, and a lower number indicates a "quicker" burn. The lower octane will actually allow for slightly quicker initial start ups, and better throttle response right off of the top of the pedal. Your Elantra has an all aluminum casing engine (both, engine block and cylinder head) and dissipates heat extremely well. You should never experience any type of difficulty with the lower octane rating fuel!!! I've had some experience with recent Hyundai products, and the A/C - Climate controls have an engineered "light" operating feel, to avoid the somewhat "notchy" or "stiff" feel that some older vehicles have had (in that area). Rest assured, . . . from my experience at least, they should hold up just fine!!! Keep in mind, that your all inclusive "bumper to bumper" warranty (60K mile) will cover any issues related to that type of an item (if it ever presents a problem). When you come to a point of upgrading the tires, I would HIGHLY recommend looking toward the "Kumho ECSTA LX Platinum" tire in your proper size. They are very affordable for a highly rated tire, have excellent traction in ALL weather conditions, and will completely improve and enhance the ride quality of your vehicle without any negative tradeoffs. They are extremely "quiet" and "smooth", and provide a much better handling and tracking feel than the OEM type tire. Kumho has an extensive model line of tires in your size range, just be sure to research the "ECSTA LX Platinum", specifically. They are the absolute BEST tires that I've ever purchased or driven on, and I've driven quite a few different vehicles with a variety of tire choices. Give the tires about two weeks to "scrub-in", so to speak, before experiencing the highest level of performance and ride quality from them. These tires are great in heavy rain, winter weather, dry summer conditions, and have perfect wear patterns (just rotate them as recommended). Many tire shops will rotate them for free (if you've purchased them there), for the life of the tire, . . . just be sure to ask to know for certain. Good Luck with your new Elantra ! ! ! (andy)Report it
Generally, the Elantra, as with most cars , is designed to operate best on lower octane gasoline. The other levels of gasoline are not really higher grades of fuel.Report it
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