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