2008 Hyundai Elantra
There are 41 user reviews for the SE trim shown below
- GREAT fuel economy, good acceleration, great comfort
- No bluetooth in my model, fuel tank spills over when fueling
Purchased As Used
I purchased this car over 2 weeks ago, and have put almost 2000 miles on it already. I researched cars for at least 2 weeks before deciding I wanted to buy a Hyundai, mostly for the warranty. I initially looked at the Hyundai Accent, but they seemed a little cramped. The dealer I was at had this car for the same price as a new Accent, and I liked the features on this one much better (other than no bluetooth in mine). I bought a 4 door sedan, with 14,000 miles, power windows, locks, cruise, a/c, and (most importantly) manual transmission.
This is a GREAT car! I traded in my 2001 Ford Taurus (which I adored) for this car, and I am not sorry!
The Elantra is smaller than my old Taurus, however, it does not feel cramped inside. I am a large woman, and my boyfriend is very tall (6' 4"), but neither of us are uncomfortable in the front seat of the car. I have plenty of room side-to-side, and he has more than enough headroom (as opposed to his mother's Cobalt, he turns his head to the side or hunches over to fit). The back seat is roomy enough for 2 kids, and they love the fold-down cup holder.
Fuel economy is amazing. I am very adamant about resetting my trip meter with every tankful of gas, and the last time I got fuel, I put in 10.2 gallons of fuel. Ihad gotten 379 miles on the previous tankful. I know I consistantly get more than 33mpg, and that is more than enough for me. I do a lot of country driving, living in Western New York, so it's always a mix of 'highway' and 'city' driving.
The trunk is large enough to hold more than 5 large duffel bags, despite looking small from the outside.
The ONLY 'complaint' I have about this car is with the fuel tank. When fueling, you have to be careful not to 'top it off'...something I was used to doing with my Taurus (and every other vehicle I've owned or driven). However, if you do that with this car, the gas will immediately start flowing out of the tank, down the side of the car and onto the ground. After the second time, I just decided that once the nozzle shuts off, it's done, no matter if it's at a whole dollar or not.
My mother just bought a 2008 Ford Focus about a week before I got the Elantra. She wishes she had held off and gone with me to get an Elantra. Mine has more features, better gas mileage, and is more comfortable than hers, yet ultimately cost less.
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