What the Elantra is really Like (very good overall)
By basst95 on
2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
Overall, this is a very good car. Your view of this car will vary depending on what type of vehicle you are coming out of.
You need to take a good test drive of the Elantra before making a final decision. The materials in the car are on level with an economy car but the styling overshadows some of the hard plastics. The fit and finish are on par with cars at least a class up. There is no other car that packs the value of the Elantra. As a package daily driver, you cannot go wrong with the Elantra GLS w/preferred pkg.
The Elantra's handling is well balanced and the short front overhang amplifies the nimble feeling. The power is ample for this size car which is aided by how smooth the 6spd transmission operates (auto). If you are stepping up from a compact - the Elantra will feel upscale.
The interior space and trunk space are mid-size.
Unless you want all the premium adds (SAT, leather, etc), the best value and comfort is the GLS w/preferred package. The best trade off was not dealing with the rougher ride and road noise of the 17" wheels on the Limited. If the supsension was a bit more high tech (independent rear vs. torsion beam axle) the Limited would be ok.
16" alloys are stylish and handle well.
If you are downsizing, you will feel some minor trade-offs (ride, power). You may have to get used to the A-pillar that is a bit wide when looking at turning traffic. The overall driving characteristics are more euro but soft enough to allow you to go for miles (though i wish the seat support was a little longer in the thigh). You will need to level your expectation on how the steering is a bit over-weighted on center or how the supsension is comfortable but you definitely feel the road bumps.
Also, I have heard the Nav is somewhat hard to see in sunlight glare on the Elantra Limited.
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