I bought this new for under $15k, and am delighted with the features, low cost of ownership, and overall quality of the car.
I love the problem-free driving, nicely peppy engine, comfort and interior space (I am 6'5"). The car still looks new inside and out.
I have had a few small issues as follows:
*Driver's seat makes a clicking sound in the lowest position
*Rear window sometimes made a crackling/popping sound when going over laterally uneven ground, but this went away last year after I put some product on the weatherstripping
*Driver's side window made a popping sound when rolled down--it was sticking to the stripping. Silicon lube fixed it
Otherwise the car has required zero repairs.
I bought this car new in July 2009 for my daily commute and to run kids around town for music lessons, sports, you name it.
The positive reviews, incredibly low price, and long warranty make this basic piece of transportation ideal for my needs now.
MPG varies from 28-33 combined depending on the weather, really expected much better.
It took a long time to get adjusted to the clunky, sticky manual transmission; nothing like the Mercedes 230 or VW Golf sticks I used to drive.
I tried to find an American brand vehicle of similar cost and quality but nothing came close.
This makes the 2nd Elantra I have owned, & don't think I would own any other vehicle.
Mine has 72,000 miles on it & other than replacing both fog lights (due to driving in snow & on salted roadways), I haven't touched it for anything other than tires, brakes, air filter, & the other routine maintenance that is suggested in the manual.
I get EXCELLENT gas mileage--with a combo of city & hwy miles I get at least 32 mpg with every tank.
It drives smooth, & it fires right up in cold weather.
Roomy interior, lots of nooks & crannys for storage, & an awesome factory stereo system are just some of the plusses on the inside.
I would recommend this car to anyone who needs a good car for less $$$
The only reason I've gotten this vehicle is because my wife trashed our 2007 Toyota Camry SE-V6.
Can't afford the same level of car so we settled on Hyundai Elantra, 09, brand new at the time.
Now, fast forward 70K miles and here are my reviews:
The transmission starts to rattle a bit now as shifting up can be adventurous at times.
Keep in mind I take care of my religiously so it's not a matter of not maintaining it.
Electrical problems starting to surface.
TPMS will show up for no reason.
Overall drive is stoic but comfy.
Performance is ok (typically for a small sedan, don't expect much.)
You get what you pay for, don't be fool by the marketing, adequate car but Civic it isn't.