2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
I previously leased a 2010 Elantra GLS.
Wow, the 2012 Elantra Limited is a huge improvement.
I shopped around, and did my research.
There is no better car available for $23k.
I liked the styling of the Mazda3 but the ride is terrible.
(Who cares about "handling" when that Mazda rattles your teeth on smooth pavement?)
If you want a compact car with leather, nav, and a backup camera (essential features for me), then this is your car.
+ The exterior styling.
I love looking at my 2012 Elantra.
+ The navigation system is responsive and well-designed.
Also, there is no cyber nanny:
You or your passenger can utilize the navigation system while in motion.
+ The cabin feels very refined for a compact car.
+ The trunk has good space.
I'm glad that they excluded that spare tire for the sake of more space and light curb weight.
I live in a big city, and l'll call Hyundai's free roadside assistance if I get a flat.
+ Mileage is good.
Moderate acceleration in city driving = 30 mpg for me.
+ The car smells great with leather.
Here are the things that I don't like:
- The glove box doesn't open properly.
I have to give it hard push before it opens fully.
- My driver's seat makes this ticking/squeaking noise when I put pressure on certain areas. This is some problem with the build quality. The seat adjustments all work, but when I lean against or lean forward, there is some annoying ticking noise that indicates some chafing parts in the seat.
- The tilt of the navigation system could be optimized. It has a slight upward tilt.
It's not bad, but it could be better.
- The backup camera colors should be optimized.
At night, the colors are overexposed.
Everything looks too whitish.
I couldn't agree more with your comment on handling; the road conditions where I live are such that handling has to take a back seat to ride comfort. So how is your car on the highway? Much wind and/or road noise? Maybe your dealer could take a look at the noisy seat; that would be annoying to me as well!