Trendy socialites, fresh faced college students, and the newly retired can feel good about pulling this car into their driveways all over America. It has something for everyone to be proud of. For a starting retail price of $16.969, this car is well worth it’s value.
It is considered a compact car but there is nothing compact about it. Once I sat in the drivers seat, the car had an impressive midsize feel. I also loved the styling of the car compared to earlier models. It features a sleeker design that the hipster and retired crowd can feel good about. The inside is very spacious. My stepfather is six feet tall and he had no problem getting in and out of the car.
Technology is increasingly important in this day and age, especially in our vehicles where we spend a great deal of time. The Elantra GLS comes standard with Bluetooth capability and has a database that stores all of your contacts in your phone with a quick click of a button. My mother, who is in her seventies, easily operated this function and delighted in the fact that she could make safe phone calls handsfree. For the music fans, the Elantra GLS comes standard with sirius/XM Radio with Auxiliary, iPod, and a USB port.
For those who are concerned with safety, the Elantra has six airbags and side impact beams. It also scored “Good” on the IIHS Frontal Crash Test, which is the highest score one can receive. Compared to other cars in it’s class such as the Chevrolet Cruise and Nissan Sentra, the Elantra surpasses them with a slight edge. The Chevrolet Cruise was a over a thousand dollars more expensive and offered less horsepower than the Elantra. The Nissan Sentra was less expensive but the Elantra offers more horsepower and a better warranty.
On the test drive, I was impressed with the smooth ride and the excellent braking system. While driving the car on the highway, there was no noticeable lag in the transmission. With 148 horsepower, the car had no issues on the pickup and I was easily able to accelerate into traffic safely.
The car does advertise 28/city and 38/highway MPG but after doing some research, many car owners are saying that the best they are getting is 21/city and 29 highway mpg. The responses varied widely and ultimately depends on how the car is driven. Other owners complained that no spare tire came with the car and that was a sour point with some buyers.
If you’re looking for a highly sophisticated ride that comes with loads of standard options, as well as save a ton of money, then you should make an appointment for a test drive at your local Hyundai dealer.