Elantra is the best economy car available on the US market
The major issue is the clutch. I've read similar reviews on the clutch. After 30k it'll start slipping and rocking the car. Heard there's a manufacturer's error and you have to live with it. Even the aftermarkets can't solve the problem. Dealer asked $800 for clutch assembly or told me it'll blow up soon causing more cost.
LCD clock intermittently fades out and comes back. The dealer refused to change.
AC odor. Again another design issue. Use chemicals to clean it out.
This car will have serious damage on it in case of an accident. You may probably survive thanks to the airbags, but the car just cannot.
You can make a dent if you put a gallon of water on car. So be careful there.
The paint is cheap, but not bad OK.
It's a nice looking economic car. So can't expect acceleration to be jaw dropping. After 60 mph, there's not much power left. So watch the traffic carefully.
The only thing missing inside the cabin is a little comfort. The short rides are fun, but the long rides become pain in the all over body.
- The cushion seats must have been more comfortable, but heard the leather ones are better.
- The engine and wind noise definitely must be eliminated.
But forgetting all these small issues, I love my car and I'm not planning to sell soon. It seems it'll go beyond 150k easily.
It makes 22-23 mpg in city and got around 30 mpg highway. I know my car needs the sparks and tune up. So these numbers will raise a little more.
After 2001 Elantra is the best economy car available on the market.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th November, 2005