2013 Hyundai Elantra
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- very attractive futuristic look inside out, nice features, loaded, quite ride
- not much
Purchased As New
About me; I owned audi,vw, bmw, nissan,Chevy both new and used, and like most of us i had high milage used very first car in high school/college , so i have some experience to make a good comparison head to toe , i drove in Asia, Europe and States plus i am an engineer I hope this review will be helpful and you all drive safe and be happy.
I just bought a new elantra limited after checking out Ford focus, honda civic, mazda, and few others. For starters it is best looking under $20K, loaded with features that you don't expect in this price range, big trunk , interior space is good for a compact , material quality is alot better than honda civic.Some says ride is rough but hey, with 17inch wheels with road full of huge cracks , uneven patches and potholes, you shouldn't expect a pillow ride :) Brakes are little touchy, stops very well, you can always get quite ride tires with paying more with better braking distance, not continentals are adequate.
If one to complain, you should go for those construction companies who do all the repairing on interstate/city roads.(no offense)
About mpg, i pushed the limits and drove like holding a new born baby, accelerating very gentle and keeping the speed around 40 miles per hour, i have seen 41mpg on the trip computer.But again it is not very realistic in real world driving so with 65-70% highway 30-35% city , you should be getting around 28-30mpg.
Performance/Engine; Car doesn't feel like 145hp but after about 2000 miles i am sure it will accelerate better but still don't expect a Acura RSX a Camaro performance or a V6 performance.During acceleration engine roars but not too bad, and it sounds like lawn mower somehow :) It takes to get used to electric steering wheel, it is very light , easy to drive in slow speed but on high speeds it makes you little nervous to hold the car in line without making any corrections.Civic and corolla have the same problem.
Reliabilty; Exhaust gas smell coming from manifold sometimes, may be a small leak , not sure and slight burning smell when heat on high , it can be coming outside though.
I hope car goes 60K miles without any major problems.Todays world you can buy a porsche or lexus and still can get manufacturing problems since car companies are buying parts from other companies and they can make mistakes.So thats why we have warranties :)
Comfort; Seats are very firm, i am getting used to, it doesn't feels bad as the day i bought it. I am 5'10 and 180 lbs so there is alot space on the front and the back seat.4 adults around my size can seat comfortably in this car, i don't recommend the 5th.Leather is perforated so it won't stick on you when it is too hot in summer.2 stage front heated seats and 1 stage back heated seats are working alot faster than the ones in new Audi.
Audio system is quite good, it also has 3 months free XM radio,ipod connection,mp3 CD playing and bluetooth phone connection including bluetooth music streaming through your cell phone, you can control everything from the streering wheel including the trip computer.Trip computer shows only basic information.
Vision; it is quite good considering the shape of the car, you will definetly need blind point mirrors on both side mirrors ( you can get 2 for 6-7 dollars online) or you should turn your head to see before changing lanes.In europe they are standard on side mirrors.
For those considering to buy this car, i would recommend the american made one (built in Alabama) not only you can save some jobs for many fellow americans, but also tires (continental) are better than the ones built in South Korea (hankok), especially in winter conditions.
Good luck to you all!
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