Great styling and warranty, loaded with features, good handling, fuel economy and reliability
By trmichaels on
2013 Hyundai Elantra Limited PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
The car is elegant and stylish, inside and out. The tan interior is classy. The Civic was my second choice, but a little too boring (the Corolla even more so). The Elantra has the combination of handling, styling, and fuel economy that were my three main requirements. It's fun to drive. It is nice to look at. The features are many, especially on this trim with the NAV package. The navigation system/stereo/touchscreen is simple to use (you hardly need the manual) and is loaded with convenient features. The integration of XM radio, Internet music sources, external media and phone functions is seamless and convenient. The warranty rocks. The dealership treated me right. Excellent documentation.
The interior is gorgeous at night with the copious blue lighting (including on steering wheel controls). The headlamp and taillight LED "light-pipe" technology is stunning. I've never seen this on a car before, and it really stands out. I'm not sure how to describe it, but when you read "LED," don't think individual dots that light up, think more of a curvy, frosted piece of plastic that follows the headlight and taillight outlines and lights up fully, like a glowstick, in red on the taillights and white on the headlights. Bluelink feature allows me to start the car from my cellphone - who needs to buy an aftermarket remote start? NAV system (GPS, radio, phone) is awesome and simple to use.
It could use a few more storage cubbies - I don't seem to have convenient places to put things (even my phone won't fit in the central cubby hole). Make Pandora and smart phone features compatible with Android - not everyone has or wants an iPhone. Add an instant fuel economy indicator. The stereo's sound is disappointing (and I have the top of the line model). Spotify integration would be awesome. Change the mileage/fuel level readout area to match the rest of the dash light colors and resolution - it looks less refined that the rest. Add Honda's "lane-watch" camera. But overall the car is great. These are minor complaints.
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