Great little big car - 2011 Elantra Limited
By DJ on Sunday, July 24, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,200
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Styling, price, features, fuel efficiency,reliable"
Cons: "road noise, handling"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I'm the second owner of my Elantra Limited which has just over 63k miles. I purchased this car used at roughly 25k miles. Because of my job I needed a car with better gas mileage than the one that I was driving. (which was a Buick Lucerne.. that I loved) I however didn't want to give up the comfort features that the Buick provided.
What initially caught my eye was the styling. I love all the swoops here, there, and everywhere on the car. It's a looker. In the time I've been driving this car all the exterior components have held up very well. There are minor scratches from the parking elves but other than that I haven't seen any loose trim or anything. It's all just as it was the day that I bought it.
Then I got inside and realized there was more room in there than I originally imagined it would be. I'm a 6'0 tall 200 (ok..207) pound man and I'm more than comfortable. Even coming from the full size Buick that is basically a rolling couch. What I was really surprised by was the amount of space in the rear seats. Having test driven the Buick Verano, Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla I think this has the most room in the back. It's not BMW 7 series space back there but with very little adjustment to my seat back I can sit behind the driver seat and have MORE than enough leg room. Like my knees don't come close to touching the seat back. I have pretty long legs and I'm not cramped at all. The claims made my Hyundai that it is a mid sized interior, in my opinion, are correct.
The seats in the limited are leather but it's not that soft supple leather that I've had in my other cars. Its much firmer. At first that was something that I didn't like that much. When I thought about it later I realized that the seat leather being firmer may make them stand up for a longer period of time. So far that seems to be the case. They look great to this day. Anyway, they are comfortable enough for me. The side bolstering isn't hugging the heck out of you, but they do a good job keeping you in place when cornering. I frequently drive between the bay area and Los Angeles and I have no problem driving that far comfort wise.
The features you get for the price is pretty good. Cruise control, bluetooth (with voice controls), heated seats front and back, xm radio, usb port for music, aux port, 2 lighter plugs (one for you and another next to the passenger seat), manual shift option, and a good sound system. (It has bass that you can actually hear). The radio is simple to use and has enough adjustment features to keep most people happy with the sound. It also comes with a CD player with MP3 capabilities. All the lighting that comes from the dash is in a blue color that I find really pleasing to the eye. Everything works like the day I bought it except for the CD player. That stopped working around 10k miles ago.I didn't bother to get it fixed because I rarely if ever used it in the first place. (if you have USB access there is no need for a CD player. Your choice, 700 songs to access or 15.) If I ever want to replace it they have them on Ebay for $50 bucks, but I don't see that happening.
As far as reliability is concerned, for the most part all I've had to do is put gas in it and get oil changes. 90% of the work I've had done is because I'm replacing a consumable (brakes, tires, oil changes, etc). There were two things that I had issues with but they were taken care of under warranty. (Thank you 60k mile warranty) The first thing was that every now and then I would go to turn it on and it wouldn't want to turn over on the first try. Then on the second try it would. It was the catalytic converter.. I think. Anyway it was fixed for free so I didn't care. The second thing, and you'll see this issue for this model, it had this clicking noise. The noise would only happen when coming to a stop and when shifting from park to drive, or vice versa. Turns out they knew about it (they had to add a thicker washer to something or other) and they fixed it and I haven't heard it since. It didn't effect driving at all. It was just annoying.
The driving experience is fun. Its peppy with enough power to do what you need it to do without straining. You're not winning any drag races but I've never not had the power that I needed when I wanted. The road noise is a bit more than I would like, but this is coming from someone that drove a Buick. Now the handling.. (sigh). It is a well known issue that the back end on the Elantra is.. active. The rear has a bit of a bounce when hitting road imperfections. It can definitely be disconcerting if you haven't experienced it before. You will probably read about it in the other reviews. Don't let their telling you it's the end of the world make you not buy this car. I spent something like $200 for front and rear KYB shocks and struts and the bounce is gone. It's not that serious. I'm not a car fix it guy either. I just went into one of the Elantra forums online and the other drivers had already found a solution to the problem. Most people didn't even get all 4 shocks. Most just did two shocks at a cost of around $70. Either way, the Elantra bounce is a quick fix.
Overall I have to admit that it's one of my favorite cars ever. I'm 45 and all I do is look at cars online. I research them, drool over them, and wish for them. I've owned well over 15 vehicles in my life. This is the only one that I've had that I refuse to trade for another one. I usually only keep my cars for a short period of time and then I try something else. It's too much fun to drive for me to let it go. It has a personality. Where else am I going to find a car that is pleasing to look at, doesn't break down, has features coming out of its tailpipe, costs a measly $25 bucks to fill up, and gets me an average of 32-38 mpg w/o being a hybrid of some type? You could do a heck of a lot worse my friends."
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