2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring
There are 7 user reviews for the SE Automatic trim shown below
- Lots of room everywhere, good on gas, warrany...
- Lack of color choices (good luck finding carbon gray), why no 16" wheels, needs 5th gear...
Purchased As New
Always wanted a station wagon for my needs, long weekend get-aways with lots of hiking/camping gear and a full car of friends. I got sick of our Mazda 3 (sedan) noisy hwy. ride and after a few trips in rental Elantra sedans, which I found to be quiet and well-build all around cars, decided to check out ET and decided that this was the car I wanted. I looked at other wagons/hatches from WV and Mazda 3 but the price was at least a few grands higher + I didn't want Mazda again. I was really looking for '09 touring with "16 wheels, as those would be less punishing on long road trips as compared to more sportier 17" onces, but had no luck finding one. Didn't want metal wheels with wheel covers neither (not that anything wrong with them, just my preference for alloy wheels) that come with '10 GLS, so eventually settled on the SE and "17 wheels. Color choices are very limited too, had no luck finding anything than red or silver (I hate silver), so got the red one instead.
On our first trip, NYC-Rochester (~720m) the very next day after the purchase, I got 33.3MPG with c/control on ~62 avg speed. Excellent. MPG drops to ~28 in the city. The ride was comfy, though not as quite as in Elantra sedan, still a lot less noisy than in our Mazda. I would imaging that "15 or "16 wheels would add to slightly less bumpy ride and perhaps a bit more quieter too. This is not to say that I am not happy with SE, it is very agile, handling is sharp - not far off from Mazda's, and it even picks off faster than my Mazda used too. I am still getting used to all the space around me as apposed to Mazda's rather tight sitting. Takes time to figure out the elbow/ foot placement and such. Three adults had no problem fitting into the rear seat with plenty of leg room to spare.
To sum up, it is a great car with firm yet not punishing and quieter ride than my Mazda 3 was with respectable MPG and a lot of room. Hyundai really came a long way in quality and looks department and is less pricey than its competitors' offerings are.
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