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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.
Favorite Features

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
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 391 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

mileage

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I love everything about this car except the mileage. I am only getting 17 and 21. I was promised better when I bought the car."

mileage

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I love everything about this car except the mileage. I am only getting 17 and 21. I was promised better when I bought the car."

One of the better cars I have owned.

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,054

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great car, good on gas, looks great, good drive"

Cons: "Sound system, CD player"

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

"This small car is fantastic! The only problem I have had is with the CD player. To replace with a refurbished one, new not available, two dealerships wanted outrageous prices. I went with an after market one. Mechanical problems, none! Appearance is still great, since I take proper care of same. VERY happy with the car and don't plan to get rid of it. Have averaged around 32 to 35 mpg. Keep my foot out of the engine!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Lots of miles, no problems...

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 188,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Dependable,dependable,dependable."

Cons: "Headlamps seem to go fairly quicky."

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

"Pushing 200k, original owner. Never had a mechanical problem. Oil changes between 5k-9k for first 75k miles, now just do it with regular oil every 7500 ike clockwork.Replaced timing belt at 125k as precaution. Changed plugs at 100k. Everything else is original. Doesn't burn oil or leak anything. Think I paid ~16k for it from Porter Hyundai in Newark, DE. Getting 33 mpg, mostly highway driving. Only thing that ever happened was alarm used to go off for no reason. Fixed it by putting a penny on top of hood sensor and reclosing hood. Not a peep since. I don't like the styling of new Elantras, thats only reason why I would not buy another."

I MISS MY ELANTRA!!!

By on Friday, March 07, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Totaled in accident

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great value, very roomy, reliable, low cost to own"

Cons: "flimsy plastic parts, not very quiet"

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

"I owned this car for about 4 yrs, bought it used from rental fleet. First off, this car NEVER broke down. For as long as I had it, the only time it was in the shop was for rotors and brakes replaced w/in the 1st 4 months I had it, which was my stupid fault for not checking before buying. Needless to say, this car was always ready to go and up for whatever. I took long road trips up and down the east coast and never once had issues. Surprisingly, it handles pretty well in snow too - I couldn't believe it! It also has a LOT of interior space, I could and did fit 5 adults comfortably plenty of times. The blue interior lights looked pretty cool as well. Great on gas, a bit rough at high speeds though. Minor issues I had were passenger window regulator failing and tie rods being replaced. Overall, this was a great car for the value."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

worth every penny

By on Thursday, February 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "mileage and comfort and reliable - it's all good"

Cons: "timing BELT - that's ugly"

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

"this has done exactly what is was expected to do.... it drives great, gets good mileage and hasn't needed any unexpected repairs I sure would like to see them change from timing belts to timing chains.... 60K change of the belt was not nice !!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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