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2008 Hyundai Elantra

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Review

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The 2008 Hyundai Elantra carries over largely unchanged form a major redo last year. The spacious and fuel-efficient Elantra can comfortably and safely pack in a family of five and its cargo. From front to rear, the 2008 Elantra's sharp styling, roomy interior and quality-conscious engineering qualifies this fourth-generation version as a fully contemporary yet affordable sedan.

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 25/33 city/highway EPA fuel economy numbers trump the Volkswagen Rabbit's, for example. If safety is your issue, the 2008 Hyundai 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 (at least with the manual transmission) if your daily drive demands constant gear shifting, as the five-speed does not have the smoothest operation in our experience.

What's New for 2008

The SE Premium plus leather package replaces last year's Limited trim. The SE also receives electronic stability control and brake assist, while a tire pressure monitoring system is now standard on all models.

Driving the Elantra

Driving Impressions Zippy little engines are no longer a surprise in economy cars, but the Elantra's 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 138-horsepower Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) 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 wheel's left side, 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.

2008 Hyundai Elantra Details
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 seat splits 60/40 for added convenience and an auxiliary jack and power outlet allow for plug-in accessories.

Exterior

The impressive exterior styling, with its clean lines and sculpted body sides, borrows design characteristics from the larger and more expensive Hyundai Azera. 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

In addition to the front, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, all 2008 Hyundai Elantras feature anti-lock brakes (ABS) with four-wheel discs, active front head restraints, remote keyless entry, power locks and windows and heated power mirrors. The SE's generous list of standard equipment includes air conditioning, tilt/telescope leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, fog lights, rear window defroster, alloy wheels and a 172-watt sound system with XM Satellite Radio. Standard safety features for the SE include Electronic Stability Control and Brake Assist.

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. Other options on the SE include a power sunroof, heated seats and leather seating surfaces. On the GLS, options include cruise control, fog lights, 172-watt sound system with XM Satellite Radio, illuminated vanity mirrors and extendable shades on the front sunvisors.

Under the Hood

A competent 2.0-liter super-clean engine powers the Elantra and scores 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: 24/33 (manual), 25/33 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4 (PZEV)
132 horsepower @6000 rpm
133 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/33 (automatic)

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2008 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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