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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 439 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
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Great car

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dependability"

Cons: "Little slow"

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

"I purchased this car about 3 years ago with 26K miles. This was the best purchase I have ever made. Something to remember is that it is a 4 cylinder so when the air conditioning is running, it is a little bit slower. Also I've noticed the air conditioning seems to get a little warm at stop lights but the dealer found no issues. I live in FL so the air conditioning is on almost year round. All and all, this is the most reliable car I have had."

Love my elantra

By on Sunday, August 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive, great value"

Cons: "a bit cramped in the back seat"

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

"I was a little skeptical when I bought my Elantra used in 2009, but I have been pleasantly surprised. So far I have only had to have new brakes and tires. The car has been super reliable, and I have really enjoyed it. I would recommend this car to most anyone and what a great value. If you are looking for a super roomy car or a car with lots of rev then it may not be for you. Overall just a great dependable car. Also, I love my sunroof!"

Very reliable

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price, comfort, reliability"

Cons: "Can be sluggish on hills,"

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

"I'm the original owner and have only done regular maintenance and I have more than 185,000 miles on it. I have never had any major problems or issues. I have just done tune-ups, changed my belts and change my oil regularly. The only problem is I have had to buy tires more often than any other car I've own. I would buy this type of car again and would recommend it."

reliable and roomy!

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "easy and fun to drive! roomy!"

Cons: "some road noise."

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

"We bought this car at the 45k mark, it has 113k. Its a manual 5 spd. Has really good power, for a 4 cylinder, hugs the tight curves really well. It does have a bit of road noise in the front, but thr radio volume assends as you go faster, so its not bad, really. Plenty of storage in the trunk, you'd be surprised! Roomy in the backeeat. now, we have done regular oil changes, and outside of tires, NOTHING ELSE! We are overdue to change the timing belt, its on our list, for next week. They recommend it at about 68k. This is an extremely good midsize car for the value, and the reliability is outstanding! Not to mention, great gas mileage! Really all around great car, and affordably priced."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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!"

6 people out of 11 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"

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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