This is my first Hyundai vehicle after much research and i am pleased with my purchase. There are great discounts on this model in my case 3k discount. I wanted a reliable comfortable car with decent room and great gas mileage. The Value Edition Elantra fit the bill. My test drive revealed an uncommonly quiet and smooth ride for the class. Im 6 ft tall and was able to easily find a comfortable driving position. Once warmed up engine was smooth and quiet for a four cylinder. The performance for me was more than satisfactory as im not heavy on the gas. If i wanted more performance i would have opted for the sport version but you also pay more for it in gas and insurance. The sport driving mode gives this car a decent amount of pep if you want it but you take a hit in gas mileage. Regular mode is just fine with me. Ive been averaging 34 mpg in mixed driving. I hit 41 mpg in just hwy driving at one point. In addition this car has a real spare tire, a hand brake as opposed to electronic , real knobs for tuning , volume and other functions! Apple car play works flawlessly as with Bluetooth and phone functions. The fit and finish are top notch. I am impressed with Hyundai and will likely buy another one fir my next vehicle.
the vehicle is awesome.great ride and comfortable on long trips.handling is superb.but had my first problem ever was the lights went out on me when i used my turn signals.and it happened at night.now my elantra is in the shop having a turn signal harness installed.havent even made my first payment yet.very frustrating.
A 2018 Elanta was the last car that I thought I would buy. I owned a 2008 Elantra which was the only new car that I could afford at the time. It was an okay budget car, but I have driven golf carts with better driving dynamics. Ten years later, I wanted something more upscale with better road manners. My research led me to believe that the Civic or Jetta would be my best choices. But the Civic looks to me like a weird insect and the seats are really low. And the new Jetta has promise, but the old maxim of not buying a redesigned car in its first year lead me away. I was thinking of buying the current Jetta model assuming that I could negotiate a great deal on a discontinued car. Then I was on vacation and the rent-a-car place allowed me to choose which car I wanted in the aisle. I saw the new Elantra and thought it would be interesting to see what it is like to drive. I was totally blown away. Inside the car is really nicely designed and looks sporty. The value edition feels like a luxury car. And the way it rides is so improved over previous models. It is quiet and holds the road well. A number of the professional reviews say that it is not fun to drive, which compared to other new compact cars on the market (Golf, Civic, Mazda 3) is probably correct, but I think it is fun enough. It?s certainly a refined driving experience. Gas mileage is really good. I?m getting over 45 MPG on highway drives. The engine is a little slow at lower speeds but not at all a problem on the highway when you are already over 50+ miles per hour. I would recommend taking it for a test drive. Hyundai seems to realize that once you drive you, you will actually like it. I guess that is why they are giving out $40 gift cards with test drives. Hey, that is nice of them as well. I suggest calling around to various dealers to get the best price. It was not too hard for me to get $4500 off MSRP for the value edition.
I enjoyed every mile of my 07 Elantra and have thus far no reason not to expect the same of my 18 model. The 18 model had a 'compact' familiar feel when driving and really responsive like the 07, a strong selling point for me. The 'bad' was in discovering later just how much less cubby hole room the 18 has in comparison! The seat shape however for me is a HUGE plus compared to the 07. I economized to the cloth seats from the leather seats which I do miss as pet/horse hair does NOT just brush off! (I do cover upholstery anyway but it still is evident.) I do not understand why manufacturers tend NOT to use HARD to scuff plastic on door panels and foot areas!?? For glare/reflection reasons a black interior is a big plus, in consideration of dust etc., black is NOT a plus. I currently have just shy of a 1000 miles on my 18 and am really enjoying the driving experience of the 18 model. The cruise control is MUCH more precise and responsive compared to the 07. I am really impressed with the quicker auto shifting (in ECO mode too)! I drive many hills and a big grade frequently. I too enjoy the ability to shift up or down when applicable. The acceleration is much better than the 07 by a good bit! Actually 'shocks' me at times :) My mileage is largely consistent with my profession and I've already noticed a significant difference in going longer between fill ups than the 07, YEAH! Getting used to the computer system has taken some persistence and I'm still learning though 'getting along' better with it. MISS a CD player! I was glad to see a UCB port and an auxiliary plug. The variety of comfort related controls is nice and enjoying my moon/sun roof :)) and the THREE settings for heat in the front seats! The suspension system buffers quite a bit more than the 07 which is very nice, even on wash board roads! However I miss the additional road feel I had in the 07 especially when frequently driving a curvy highway. Pros/cons... can't have it all.... Overall being tuned into details when I am driving, I am really impressed with the performance of the 2018 Elantra. (The leather steering wheel was a bit 'slippery' so I rubbed in a hand lotion with my normal addition of liquid lanolin. Problem solved :) ) Thus far I've only had a chance to get a combined rural city driving and hwy figure for mpg. Though I 'gave up' a leather interior, the performance of the car makes up for it and I walked out paying just 1800 more than I did for my 07 brand new (both having extended warranties)!