So far, as I expected
By Barabbi on Monday, September 21, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,500
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Price and feature set for the vehicle class"
Cons: "See review. Main con is wind noise w/ windows down"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Most people check car reviews when shopping for and/or checking other's experiences with their vehicles. As such, my review is written as such (including vehicular history to establish personal standards). <<----->>
After my first two vehicles had been small trucks (a used 1990 Ford Ranger and a CPO 2002 Toyota Tacoma), I purchased a 2007 Honda Fit Hatchback when they were introduced to the USA. Driving the car for 148k miles, I got used to its ease of access, maneuverability, (relative)performance for an economy compact hatchback, and most importantly... reliability. However, with the electronics, suspension, and engine beginning to give me (used car) trouble, it was traded in on a "dealer service department loaner / new" 2015 Elantra Sedan SE with 4.5k miles that was in new condition with a good price. <<----->>
Cons of my Elantra SE with stock engine and most upgrades:
1. The car's reported MPG (with the AC running on setting 2 or 3 of 4 in summer) is 4-5 MPG higher than the real MPG. (It reports ~35-37, I get ~32.) I drive mostly highway miles at ~70-75 MPH with what most would consider to be an "moderate" driving style. (Not aggressive, but not overly casual, either.) Further, this is with the ECO option turned on. [Simply know this going into the purchase. Even the service department told me that the car's reported system lies.]
2. Wind noise with the windows down, at >30 MPH, is excessive. [Don't buy this car if you like to drive with the windows down. Use the AC.]
3. Regular maintenance intervals. (My Honda had a 8-10k mile maintenance interval that the car itself kept track of. This Hyundai doesn't keep up with it itself, and has a 5-7.5k interval (dealer or book info, based upon which you believe).) As such, more maintenance over the long term. [Either buy the Hyundai maintenance care package, or make sure to use the coupons you'll probably receive in the email regarding service.]
4. Overall engine performance. In short, the car simply doesn't have comparative performance (with the near same HP as my prior Honda) even with the ECO option turned off. Do not buy the car (with the stock engine) if you are looking for good 0->60 MPH performance. Once at speed, however, there are no issues. [You are buying a family sedan, not a sports car.]
5. ["The Little Things"]
a. If you extend the center console, you lose a front cup holder.
b. In ~6 months of ownership, I've already had a single "entertainment suite" (stereo) glitch that required the car to be powered off and back on to correct. It hasn't re-occurred, but...
c. The 6 speed automatic transmission can sometimes forget that it needs to down or upshift at the correct times. (That's what the manual control of the gearing is for, however. My Honda had the same issue.)
d. Low riding height. (In an area which is ~60% trucks and SUVs, don't expect to see more than 3 vehicles in front of you... ever.) <<----->>
1. Features for the price. (Power moon roof, auto up/down power driver's window, AC that works well in the humid summer, backup camera, night-time visibility while driving, intuitive steering wheel stereo controls, best basic warranty in class, ... the list goes on.) [Note: I can't review the phone controls, as I haven't linked a phone to the car.]
2. Handling. For a "small/medium sized sedan", the car has exceptional handling. (I drive with the electronic steering set to the lowest resistance.)
3. Road noise and stereo quality (with the windows closed). Low comparative noise for such a low riding "economy" vehicle, combined with the quality entertainment (stereo) system, do this "economy" car wonders.
At this stage in the purchase, I do not, in anyway, regret the purchase. (Despite my con list being longer than the pro list. Again, people read reviews to get honest information... especially the cons. Thus, the priority is to include cons first.)"
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