I have a 05 Elantra GT, package 8
Friends have made comments about looking like a SAAB at 20 feet, 20 mph.
I use mine for my outside sales job, and I put 100-150 miles per day on the car. Very comfortable- good supportive seats, very user friendly controls.
It needs a power plug with constant power, so I can run a laptop or cell phone charger with the key in the OFF position.
Addition of a power plug in the center console storage (like the Corolla) would be nice.
No daytime running lights: only feature I would absolutely add to car.
It rides well, easy to get on highway, incredible on gas: 37 hwy with stick shift. Gets @ 27 in city traffic. (Info from trip computer)
I think this is a very well built car with a reasonable price.
Customers who I take to lunch will note it is a "classy looking" car.
It is a lot bigger on the inside than it looks:
Trunk is huge for the car: with seats up:
Large carryon luggage for 2 people, sales material: 2 small suitcases, catalogs, marketing material. It all fit with room to spare.
The rear is roomy: I put a 6'1" man in the back for a 1 hour trip, and he had plenty of leg room- the front seats were not all the way forward.
Go for moon roof with ABS and traction control: it's not that much more expensive, and there is an insurance break for the ABS.
Moon roof is quiet on highway: at 70 mph a conversation is still possible with passengers without raising your voice.
In Baltimore: insurance is $1600 year, business use class, driver age over 25.
You can't get near a Honda or Toyota for this price: 14,975 on the road.