I was hesitant to buy this car at the start, but quickly fell in love with it. Price, economy and warranty are just plain unbeatable. I was trying to purchase a 3-5 year old Camry or Honda and got into a brand new Elantra for the same money.
The backseat room is awesome - very roomy for a smaller car. I do handyman work and the hatchback has beena lifesaver. I can fit 8 foot dimension lumber completly inside the car and close the hatch. I love the keyless entry to the hatch - very convenient.
The windshield wipers leave the "crossover" smudge in the driver's view. It should be in the middle or reversed to the passenger side for safety. Sun visor needs extensions. Rubber coating on trim rips off in a "wand type" carwash. One spot on mine looks like a squirrel chewed it!!
Bought this car new with only 13 miles on the odo. Now have logged 11,700 on it. Only had a couple of issues first being wiper blade had hardened and they replaced that free saying " Ya sun exposure tends to do that when blades aren't used on the lots. Sorry about that." Second was a cluth slip around 8k but it did it only once and the dealer shop couldnt find any issues. I love the space and the decent performance from the best engine in the small car class. Downside is sacrafised fuel economy. But its alot better than previous cars ive driven. I do have my own plans for the car later in life.
Hatchback space, comfort and room esp for a small car
New Elantra comes out in 2007. So we shall see what improved. I only have to say better fuel economy would have been nice. Mines average 25-26, but im still satisfied.
With 10 months of ownership/23,000 on the odometer (yes, it's quite a commute), car has done everything we've expected. Avg'ing 35 mpg on the highway. Not shabby. Sufficient get up and go for merging/hwy passing. Outside of oil changes and the suggested 15k "checkup", car has not seen the dealership for anything other than the passenger seat recall (15 minute visit for recalibration). IOW, initial quality has been exceptional. Originally was crossing my fingers on this Korean product and hoping for the best (Had my doubts but the discounted pricing in comparison to the Japanese products reflected this) but Hyundai has dispelled these misgivings. Highly suggest car if "value" is high on list.
Sunroof is great. Leather seats are quite comfy for us. Options out the wazoo for the price. Hatch comes in reeeeal handy during the Home Depot/Lowes home improvement trips. At 6'2", 220lb, plenty of room for a commuter.
For some strange reason the FM reception is not that great with this stock radio/cd unit in comparison to my other vehicles. Limited range. Also, if handling (Mazda Zoom-Zoom grippin' style) is high on your list, might not be your car. Sorta like a cat crossin' a creek when it comes to cornering.