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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 436 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

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

Great car, nearly maintenance free

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

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
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, good value, great gas mileage"

Cons: "Tachs high when climbing."

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

"I am puzzled by the negative reviews on this car. Mine will roll 90,000 by the end of the week, and it's been a dream to drive. I have replaced nothing but tires, brakes, bulbs, filters, etc. After years of very heavy use, my Bluetooth connection is a little shaky sometimes. Position 3 on the heat/AC fan control doesn't work and the passenger window motor is also getting a little iffy. I haven't even attempted to fix these minor things, so I can't speak to the cost, but I should also point out that I haven't had a full service done on the vehicle since it was less than a year old!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Seems to have hea problems

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
3/10

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

"Trim and other problems with the car. I am avoiding buying another one of these again. They also do not stand behind their warranty"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Worst vehicle that I have ever purchased.

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

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

Pros: "Would never purchase this brand of car again!!"

Cons: "Waste of money!! Going today to get a new car."

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

"This is a cheaply made car. Was told by dealership that different items on the car, would have to be purchased regularly. Must spend $700.00 for a timing belt. Door handles have been recalled, etc, Very poor made car. I have done all maintenance and oil changes as suggested."

decent car for the money good on fuel

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "affordable good on gas"

Cons: "cabin is oddly set up not great for short folks"

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

"this car has been very reliable having had only a wheel bearing go bad at the age of 6. sway bar links were bad also but i blame our bad roads. otherwise this car has been trouble free. it has gone from ri to florida a couple times and virginia a few times. you really cant beat the gas mileage this car gets on the highway."

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Very reliable and good in the snow.

By on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great gas mileage, handles nice, comfortable ride."

Cons: "None"

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

"Owned a 99 Corolla before this and it is comparable in size, handling and comfort. Automatic with cruise control, overhead lighting, lighted visors, ergonomic comfort controls, comfortable seats, stylish interior with everything within reach. Owned this since new and have only done regular maintenance to it. Great little car and very reliable though it is a bit sluggish on an uphill climb, but nothing that you wouldn't expect from a small engine."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Ignore 1 star reviews

By on Thursday, April 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, Excellent Handling, Sturdy, Affordable"

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

"The short: Engine= good power; Handling= steady and quick; MPG= average 28-30, even in rush hour; Interior= not cheap, though plastic/vinyl it is sturdy and appealing; Treat your car well and it will last for a long time. I expect this car to easily surpass 250,000 miles in its lifetime. The long: I bought this car about 2 years ago at 55,000 miles. It had one previous owner. Back then it was about $10,000 after negotiation. I'm very pleased with it. The car has never had any problem. I do all the servicing myself and keep the oil regular at 5,000 miles. I changed the manufacturer spark plugs after I bought it; it could have gone several thousand more miles. At 75,000 I changed the transmission fluid and timing belt. The fluid needed changed, but the transmission itself is still flawless. The timing belt was fine. The belt could have waited till 100,000. I performed all of the other maintenance in the manual. I see other vehicles that are hard to service and that fall apart, but this is not one of them. The owners usually are responsible for breaking the car. So, you'd be better off ignoring the 1 star reviews."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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