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2007 Hyundai Elantra

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2007 Hyundai Elantra Review

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As part of Hyundai's program to update or introduce several new models, from its flagship Azera to the entry-level Accent and a luxury sedan coming in 2008, the Korean manufacturer has rejuvenated and revitalized its mid-size Elantra four-door sedan. For 2007 it's been given a high priority on safety, and it's now a spacious, fuel- and budget-conscious car that can comfortably pack in a family of five and its cargo. From front to rear, the Elantra's new styling, interior and engineering qualifies this fourth-generation version as a fully contemporary and economical sedan, and it's available in three trim levels: basic GLS, sporty SE and upscale Limited.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like this car if high mileage is a must and regular is your gasoline of choice; its 28/36 city/highway EPA fuel economy numbers trump the Volkswagen Rabbit's, for example. If safety is your issue, the Elantra offers front, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, plus antilock brakes (ABS), as standard equipment.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like this car if your daily drive demands constant gear shifting, as the SE's five-speed manual transmission tends to be notchy.

What's Significant About This Car?

This year's Elantra is taller and wider than its predecessor, with more space than the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. Challenging competitors for price, value and quality, the Elantra has a new chassis, many appealing features as standard equipment and it's included on the "Greenest Vehicles of 2007" list of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Driving the Elantra

Driving Impressions Zippy little engines are no longer a surprise in economy cars, but the SE's 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 138-horsepower CVVT ULEV engine, teamed with the five-speed transmission, is particularly impressive, especially on...

uphill climbs. Quieter than one might expect, engine noise is drowned out by wind and tire noise when the windows are rolled down. Ride and performance are average, with handling far more responsive than the previous version. A comfortable car to drive, the Elantra feels secure and reliable, and its owners will likely appreciate its straight-forward predictability and control.

Audio System Controls
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are a huge convenience and are standard with the Elantra SE. Nestled neatly into the left side of the wheel, the flush-mounted buttons for Volume, Seek and Mode are within easy reach.

Ample Trunk
The generously-sized trunk stretches into the car and, with the 60/40-split rear seat folded down, the space is even larger.

2007 Hyundai Elantra Details
2007 Hyundai Elantra photo Interior

The interior is comfortable, functional and spacious, with well-padded seating, but not necessarily an example of modern style. The SE's somewhat dated-looking velvety seat fabric, the instrument panel with its expanses of plastic and the over-designed door panels appear a little old-fashioned. Otherwise, the roominess, headroom and rear-seat legroom are welcome in a car of this size, the trunk is exceptionally deep and large, the rear seats split 60/40 for added convenience and an auxiliary jack and power outlet allow for plug-in accessories.

Exterior
2007 Hyundai Elantra photo

The impressive exterior styling, with its clean lines and sculpted body sides, borrows design characteristics from the larger and more expensive Azera. With increased width, the 2007 Elantra has a wider stance than the 2006 model, and the short decklid covers a generous trunk. Prominent among the pleasing exterior appearance features is the grille, with three horizontal bars, finely integrated headlights and a two-bar air duct with corner lamps.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The SE's generous list of standard equipment includes air conditioning, tilt/telescope leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry with alarm, power locks/windows/mirrors, a sunglass holder and rear window defroster. In addition to the front, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, other safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with four-wheel discs, active head restraints and available fog lights.

Optional Equipment

If carpeted floor mats are all you want to add, you'll pay just a little extra for them, but most buyers will likely want the four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and lockup torque converter, as well. The only other options on the SE are a power sunroof and heated seats. On the GLS model, the optional cruise control also includes fog lights. Optional on the Limited is a more powerful audio system, and XM satellite radio is available on all three trim levels.

Under the Hood

A competent 2.0-liter super-clean engine powers all three Elantra models, scoring high on the EPA's Green Vehicle Guide. The combination of Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and dual overhead camshafts gives the engine a very broad power spread, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. The manual transmission helps get the most out of the engine.

2.0-liter in-line 4 (ULEV)
138 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/36 (manual and automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4 (PZEV)
132 horsepower @6000 rpm
133 lb.-ft of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/36 (automatic)

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2007 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 427 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Looks great, nice color! Cheap parts let it down.

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice price, looks great! AC in the glove box!"

Cons: "No GPS, paint issues, some cheap parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Purchased on Saturday for a great price. Noted issues with paintwork straight away particularly on spoiler and roof rack grooves. Also noted peeling of the chrome paint on the inside passenger door handle. Car drives well and appreciate the cargo space - have a lawnmower inside with room to spare!"

BAD INVESTMENT

By on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"BOUGHT CAR NEW. TRANS WENT OUT AT 20000 PLASTIC PARTS BREAKING CHROME PEALING. DEALER CAN'T EVEN FIX GAS FLAP. RIDES AND HANDLES LIKE A TRUCK. BIGGEST JUNK PILE I EVER OWNED. WOULD RATE LOWER IF I COULD."

This has been a great reliable vehicle!

By on Thursday, March 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have had this car since new and couldnt be happier with it. I expect it will drive past 200,000 and or will drive it till the wheel fall off. I have had no issues at all with my car to date. Not a drop of oil underneath at 102,000. Very very happy customer."

This car was near bulletproof

By on Saturday, February 21, 2015

I don't own this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Mileage,reliability, incredible heater and AC,"

Cons: "Noisy, not the best in snow, trunk space is small,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I had this for a company car for 2 years. It had 100k miles on it when I took it over. I racked another 154k onto it. Only oil changes. No other manufacturer maintenance. Aside from rear shock breakdown which led to rear tires cupping prematurely, due to continuously having 60-70lbs of equipment in the trunk, this car was flawless. I had no other issues or breakdowns. Interior noise is a little high, the driver seat was getting a little uncomfortable due to the high mileage but otherwise everything else on this car was incredible. I'd have never chosen a Hyundai previously but this car changed my mind. Great vehicle."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Dependable, low cost off ownership, keeper

By on Friday, February 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Low cost of ownership, dependable, looks good"

Cons: "Could have a bit more power but it has not been a"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have taken good care of the car and it has taken care of me. Reliable, low cost of ownership and it still looks good and runs like new after 125000.00 miles. I'm still getting my money's worth. Used it for business for a couple years and now use it in retirement."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

What a reliable hunk-a-chunk

By on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 184,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Cost of ownership, durability"

Cons: "easily stained cloth (grey),"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Hi there, I was checking the value of my elantra online and thought I'd leave a review. I purchased my 2008 Hyundai Elantra with 31k on the clock in 2011. It was a previous rent-a-car but I wasn't too scared, I needed a reliable, fuel efficient vehicle in a pinch. I paid too much, 13k. Now let me tell you, I've done nothing but consumables (brakes, tires, wipers, batteries, and oil changes between 4k-10k miles apart. Rarely was I not at full throttle or taking it through fields or hopping curbs and whatnot. This car refused to complain, breakdown, anything. I didn't do the timing belt (recommended at 60k), or any other fluid flushes (oil only). The motor finally broke (spun a bearing and a broken rod or something like that) Guess what, used motor with 51k for $600, $800 labor including fluids, timing belt, etc. to install and I expect to be back on the road this Friday. The car cleans up pretty well too. It's not a prestigious vehicle but I've been pretty darn lucky and can't wait to get another 180k+ out of this motor. Wish me luck. Oh, the interior plastic bits haven't held up too well, the knick knack holder above the radio stays open, the sunglasses holder drops down randomly, and passenger side sunvisor doesn't like to stay put but there's a good chance that my abuse and the Florida sun didn't help them either. Have a great day!!!"

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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