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2022 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

Long time Hyundai buyer.

Richard Wendt, 10/13/2021
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
46 of 46 people found this review helpful

Having bought or purchased about 12 thus far, I appreciate their value and features for the money. We picked up our new 2022 Elantra SEL last evening. Coming down from a 2020 Santa Fe there are some significant differences, as one would expect. Roominess is fine for leg room but that comes after one wedges one into the cabin. I banged my head just after it was delivered to me. I am tall so I have over the years gotten used to that. Squatting down to get into a car is probably what has led so many to SUVs. But we don’t drive that much any more and it was hard to justify the cost of the larger SUV. The engine, transmission seem more than adequate. The handing is superb. The safety features and other features are outstanding. The ground clearance is concerning, and has three less inches than our previous Santa Fe. The interior is disappointing. Too much hard plastic. I don’t get it. Styling may be too futuristic for my old eyes. But that is just me. Neither a knock or praise. Purely subjective, Let me throw a curve ball for anyone interested. If it were solely up to me, I would have gotten the Accent Limited. But my wife insisted on all the safety equipment. As the saying goes, happy wife, happy life. Finally, Hyundai, please fix the cheap plastic interior. I’m not alone. I would expect the lower level Accent to cut corners but not the bread and butter mainline sedan. The Sonata has ceded the sedan segment to the Elantra by virtue of the huge price differential. Many people may not agree but this is the 44th new vehicle I have bought or leased. If only as much attention had been given to the interior as the exterior they could mop up their rivals. If only, if only…..

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5 out of 5 stars

New '22 Elantra SEL w/convenience package

Bob, 11/13/2021
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
22 of 23 people found this review helpful

Got the blue Elantra SEL with dark rims and it looks excellent. Got 41+ mpg driving home. Digital display with three setting is cool and the wireless charger is a hit with the kids. Hard to part with my 2012 Elantra GLS with 163,500 miles that still runs great.

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2022 Elantra SEL - Convenience & Premium Packages

HAPPY, 03/20/2022
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
9 of 9 people found this review helpful

What I like…..and there is a lot on this Upgraded SEL: Exterior styling is unique and eye catching, Love the black on black interior with Electric Shadow exterior, Full 10.25” Digital Color LCD Gage Cluster that change with driving mode, Color LCD Infotainment Touch Screen Display, 3 Mode push button IVT transmission selections, Lane departure steering correction gently moves you back into lane, blind spot notification in side mirrors when cars from behind passing on highway, Side mirror turn signals, Larger 17” wheels and upscale alloys, “THE BOSE SOUND SYSTEM”!!!!, “Wireless” Apple Car Play with Wireless charging….no more cords!!!, Rear passenger legroom longer than Sonata, Hyundai Warranty cannot be beat! Blue Link free for 3 years, Roadside Assistance FREE for 5 years….tow, jump, gas, trip interruption, etc….no need for AAA, Free Sirius XM for 3 months. Driving: Excellent steering response, nice and tight, no issue with merge speed-ups on short highway entries….select Sport Mode for quicker speed increase, Low RPM’s at highway speeds….that’s how it gets 41+MPG Highway, Not luxury car interior quiet but not noisy either…easily hold conversations, Things Hyundai should have “included” with the Convenience & Premium Package: LED Headlights vs Halogen Projectors, Halogens seem adequate, but LED’s would be way better. The Limited Elantra version gets the LED headlights, All interior, trunk, and exterior lights and turn signals should be LED and “not” filament lightbulbs!!! Overall: IMO this car as outfitted is the best bang for the buck in its class. The hi-tech features, warranty and excellent MPG separate it from the pack. With Covid… Toyotas and Hondas with similar trim are sparse, if even available to test drive or buy. In addition, of the 4 local Hyundai dealerships in my area, all are pricing at MSRP and not marking up prices due to scarcity. No negotiation, but hey, not scalping either in these times of shortages and inflation. Very pleased with my purchase. Time will tell on durability, but with the warranty’s, I feel comfortable with my selection.

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5 out of 5 stars

Love at first drive

FaNatic, 01/20/2022
N 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
12 of 13 people found this review helpful

To be clear, I'm referring to the Elantra N and not the base model. Picked mine up a few weeks ago and man, is this car a hoot to drive. Great brakes, fantastic handling, a solid manual implementation and a very responsive engine make this car VERY tough to beat at its price point---especially if you can snag one at MSRP (which is admittedly difficult right now). The Civic Type R will probably end up being a hair faster, but the price of admission will be at least $10k higher after dealer markups and that car won't have anywhere near the same personality as the N does. The interior has dual 10 inch screens (digital gauge cluster and infotainment), comfortable bucket seats, and everything is customizable in N mode, where the car takes on a new and radically different personality...and did I mention the exhaust? My goodness, they tuned this exhaust note beautifully, and it makes what is hands-down the best 4-cylinder sound that you'll find in the segment. If you care about how your car sounds and you want to average 30mpg+ (I'm currently over 32 in mixed driving), this car should be at the top of your list. Will the suspension be a bit too firm for some? Perhaps, but the joy that this car brings me makes it easy to forgive the few faults that it has, and I'll definitely be keeping it as long as I can. Get an N car before they're gone, folks. Mr. Biermann just retired and soon your only options will be automatic and electric. For now, I'll enjoy his parting gift to automotive enthusiasts everywhere. Thanks, Al.

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5 out of 5 stars

Is proving to be an very good car.

Up North a tad., 01/16/2022
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Preferred model (base heating controls, but heated leather steering wheel instead) I have had Honda and then moved to Dodge/Chrysler cars including a bunch of Neons (BMW engineered the engines in them). This one has been very quick, quiet, full of working technology that is improving and keep an eye on me - proved I'm not as good of driver as I thought. Wonderfully comfortable and the slanted gauges (toward driver) and the separation bar have proven to be fantastic (certainly for the driver). Gas mileage in my petrol only model is shockingly good 5.3L/100km city 7.9L/100km winter (in my case, normal mode). Smooth, quiet interior that feels (and is) very large and open - back seat is a tad boring but comfortable with lots of space. Trunk is also enormous - bigger than many compact SUV they say and easier to load (not as tall of course). Hard plastics are common but they use really interesting mixed textures - so they look nice and are a surprise to touch and find they are hard. My "air" defrost (they offer the elements in the windshield) work really well, and I keep it rotated between the two defrost modes for winter. The safety and details like rust/stone protection is very good too. This model has the camera and not the radar on the front (on the rear sides it does). They have proven just fantastic and have both been good "at watching me" but also made me a better driver by ringing bells and alerts until I recognized and corrected mistakes I was not aware of. Just packed full of so many safety features (include a STRONG roof - Hyundai or Kia had an ad with a bunch of cars on top of each other to show they recognized how important roof strength is). I am also impressed - the rear hump; the salesperson said that came from the platform being made for an SUV - and it could have been made flat but was not as strong; so they kept it in. The cross path is a surprise (like gas mileage) I just love it as I no longer need to rely on "the Force" to tell me when someone is zooming past (don't they see the reverse lights?) when backing up. The lane keep and warning if someone is beside or in the lane I'm wanting to move too - I wonder how was driving without them. If you look at the engine etc - you can see quality mountings and the engine is floating so it will move properly in a collision. Zero rattles an noise (stunning) SO very quiet, first car I can listen to the radio without it being annoyingly loud .. also this platform is just stellar .. it drives so nice .. does not come across like my Civic or Neons at all .. just endlessly confident control with no "drama unfolding". I could be zipping around and the person in the back if a sleep would not know it. Great brakes (first car with ABS), just a pleasure to drive. The iVT .. it has been a big surprise (considered a Jetta for its real auto .. but too expensive); it protects itself at launch (depowers) but once off the line you have ample power and its simulated gear changes are quick and reliable ... I have noticed it will engine brake somewhat which is a critical bonus in winter as it keeps you off the brakes more for planned stops. STYLING - "everyone" told the the exterior was oh so wrong - so, I saw no problem when buying it except I knew it was hard to do that with metal (impressive). Upon washing and being with it - it very quickly was apparent it is stunning from all angles, the sides "suck in" so you are farther away (door dings should be less) much like racecars - you can see it from the back where the rear glass in inside the outer edges by gosh 4" (the door handles are almost hidden in). The wide back reminds me of like the back of a Honda NSF. Just endlessly interesting to look at to be impressed. SUMMARY - absolute would recommend over the other excellent cars I looked at - Corolla (sedan), Sentra, Jetta, Forte (older platform), new Civic was just out and many $1000 more (much like the Jetta Highline). Highly contented, great gas mileage, high safety, and pretty large actually (107" wheelbase). OTHER MODELS - the Hybrid - very tempting just they are usually sold out. The N-Line, you get the dual clutch (real trans) and turbo (200hp instead of 148hp) if you want for a normal Civic/Jetta price. Both of these also have the "true" independent rear suspension as well.

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