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2010 Hyundai Elantra

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Review

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A value-packed and inexpensive alternative to the segment-leading Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, the 2010 Hyundai Elantra makes a great first (or even second) car. The spacious and fuel-efficient Elantra can comfortably and safely pack in a family of four (five in a pinch) and its cargo. From front to rear, the 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 26/35 city/highway EPA fuel economy numbers trump the Volkswagen Rabbit's, for example. If safety is your issue, the 2010 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 around. Also,the Hyundai's resale values are nowhere near those of Toyota or Honda.

What's New for 2010

A new, high-mileage Blue Edition joins the lineup touting a 35 mpg highway fuel economy figure. All models now feature iPod/USB auxiliary inputs and additional chrome accents around the grille and rear deck.

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 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 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.

2010 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 2010 Hyundai Elantras feature anti-lock brakes (ABS) with four-wheel discs, active front head restraints, rear window defroster, remote keyless entry, power locks and windows and heated power mirrors. The GLS' generous list of standard equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, fog lights and a 172-watt sound system with XM Satellite Radio. Additional features for the SE include alloy wheels, Electronic Stability Control and Brake Assist, as well as a tilt/telescope leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

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 and heated seats. On the GLS, the only available option is the power sunroof.

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
138 horsepower @ 6000 rpm (132 horsepower PZEV)
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm (133 lb-ft. of torque PZEV)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 Blue (manual), 26/34 (automatic)

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2010 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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