2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0 from North America
Love Hyundai, but not the Elantra..
My father just bought a used 08 Elantra, and I must say I cannot drive this car.
I own an 07 Sonata 3.3L V6, which I love. It has good power, it is comfortable, and it has more than enough room...
The same cannot be said for the Elantra. For a 2.0L, it is very underpowered.
I spent a few days with this car and noticed the following: it is hard to find a comfortable driving position, the steering is very light, and there are a lot of blind spots around the car.
The only plus points I can give the car are that for the price of a basic Civic or Corolla, you can get a fully loaded AC/leather/sunroof Elantra. The car does not give any personal reassurance that it is capable of everyday city driving. Personally, I would not take this car on long trips... I do not like the way it acts on the highway. Lane changes are very difficult... given the light steering.
Bottom line: I am not a Hyundai hater, but the 4 cyl does no compare to others. If you want to buy a Hyundai, buy a V6 or V8, which are better than other companies.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2009
I don't know why you wouldn't take this car on a long journey. I took my 2007 Elantra from Ontario to Florida and back for Christmas 08, and it was a good trip. I had no problems at all. At that time it would have had almost 60000km on it.
It presently (22 Apr 2010) has 101000km on it, and it's just going in for it's 96k check up, even though it has no problems. Just getting recommended maintenance done, because like everything else, parts wear. Call it preventative maintenance.