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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 New for 2007

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 449 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
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Best Car I've ever owned

By on Sunday, July 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 10.0
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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: "Everything is good about this car."

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

"My first Elantra was a 2005 Fire Engine Red, Sun/Moon Roof, Power Windows, Brakes, Steering, Automatic Transmission, Aluminum Alloy Wheels, fully loaded I loved this car to the 9's. Perfect size for me. Before I purchased it, I went on-line and read up on other cars in it's field(ie) Honda, Toyota, Kia, but I had a feeling about this car based on it's spec's and reviews. This car saved my life when I was hit by another car right into my drivers side door. The reinforced steel bar embedded in the door frames kept me from being killed. What happened? I traded it in for a 2010 Elantra, got 46,000 miles on it and still moving out. You can't go wrong with a Hyundai! Excellent buy."

One of the best cars I've ever owned

By on Saturday, June 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

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
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reasonable price, very reliable, comfortable."

Cons: "More driver's seat adjustments."

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

"I bought this as a "throw away" shop car. I was definitely wrong, this is an excellent vehicle. Most reliable vehicle I've ever owned much better than all the exotic cars I've had including Porsche. It just keeps running and running, comfortable to drive, plenty of power, very good handling, braking, and gets 31.5 mpg in combined city and hwy driving. I've taken it on some long trips (Cincinnati - Denver and back) and lots of local driving. Only thing I'd like to see is a seat that tilts up and down to reduce pressure on back of legs. I'd definitely buy another and recommend to anyone."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

500,000 miles - Here I come!

By on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 240,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have 240,000 miles on my 2010 Elantra. Very Reliable. My commute is 182 highway miles. I drive 40,000 miles per year. I change the oil every 10,000 miles. Either Mobil 1 or Amsoil- their best synthetic."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Bought wife a 2013 Elantra I loved it so much !

By on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

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"

Cons: "None"

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

"Can't say enough wonderful things about this auto. Best decision I ever made. So much more interior than you'd expect with a compact sedan. As mentioned above, bought my wife the new 2013 Elantra when it came out. She loves hers, as well !"

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've owned

By on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 182,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliability, owner cost, mpg"

Cons: "some wind noise, no lumbar in driver seat"

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

"Bought my Elantra brand new. I'm a traveling nurse and needed something reliable and easy on gas. I put over 20k miles a year on my car. It has never broke down or left me stranded. I have done nothing but the maintenance the owners manual suggests. This by far is the cheapest car to maintain that I've owned. It's great on gas and has the pick up when you need it. I put good winter tires on mine and it handles winter weather with no problem. I never planned on owning it past 100k miles, but now it's more of a mission on seeing how long this car will go. I feel completely comfortable driving this car all over the country."

16 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Great condition car, 2008 HY Elantra, great on gas

By on Sunday, November 1, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Value, easy to drive, sun roof!"

Cons: "A couple scrapes"

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

"2008 Hyundai Elantra, looking to get best deal for trade in. Tires and brakes were repaired in the past few years. No ongoing concern. Loved it as first car out of college, just ready for something new."

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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