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    In sum: more style, room, and Fahrenvergnuegen for less gas and money. How much longer can Hyundai offer twice the car for half the price?

    The Impala and Malibu crowd will inevitably make preposterous claims about its "feel" or "touch" — things that can't be measured because they don't actually exist, except in their heads. The irony is that the longer they keep trying to lower its brand image, the longer Hyundai sells their superior products at a price far below their value.

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      Art Newell

      Sam you hit the nail right on the hubcap. I always read reviews about Steering Feel ‘numbness’ and wonder if that term would be better reserved for how your butt feels in the new seat after a four-hour long haul? That is quantifiable in my world, but in the steering wheel, not so much.

      And does my hand recoil from the touch of a slick surface somewhere in the ca? No. But here’s my beef…a car review with not a single word posted on the mpg’s recorded during the time the Gear Head Du Jour was behind the wheel.

      I wonder why the editors put up with more ‘cut and paste’ from the company press releases taking up space in another car review? All that’s on the internet, or printed on those nice glossy give always at the dealership. Do they only pay for these reviews by the word and don’t care about the content?

      As for the design, “looking like this or looking like that”, let’s see how people vote with their wallets. I really don’t care about what a reviewer thinks about that, he’s not buying the car in question, I am.

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    We test drove a 2011 Elantra yesterday. It was a Limited model. We own a 2011 Sonata so we had a good gauge to measure with. The new Elantra is anything but compact. It had plenty of interior room for two larger Americans. The car “felt” much more expensive than the sticker price. The exterior styling turns heads — it did ours! It’s like a little brother to the Sonata. Acceleration was just fine for our liking – it had a quiet and refined ride that surprised me. Overall, it seemed a great car to me — 40 mpg highway is a big wow. Considering price, all the room, mpg’s and driving fun, this car is a winner big time. We are placing our order — a Sonata and baby Sonata in the driveway will peek the neighbors curiosity — and make us a happy Hyundai family — all 100, 000 warranty miles.

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      I so agree with you! I just bought one (Hyundai Sonata) this last Saturday, and I have never been so crazy about a car before! I am so happy! Let’s just say great gas mileage, hot style, and unbelievable price!

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    John Beck

    I have had the 2011 Elantra GLS for over 1200 miles now. I bought it as a commuter car because of its advertised 40 mpg. I have been keeping close track of the highway mileage, which I travel >90% highway and <10% city. My average mpg has been 33.4 over the 1200 miles traveled. I took it in to a Hyundai service center and they said I am getting what is expected. The Hyundai consumer affairs agrees that 33.4 mpg is okay and within their range. So, the moral of the story is buy another brand of vehicle that actually gets the advertised mpg.

    Disappointed and would not recommend

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    Bay area driver

    I have had the 2011 Elantra GLS for over 1200 miles now. I bought it as a commuter car because of its advertised 40 mpg. I have been keeping close track of the highway mileage, which I travel greater than 90 percent highway and less than 10 percent city. My average mpg has been 33.4 over the 1,200 miles traveled. I took the Elantra into a Hyundai service center and they said I am getting what is expected. The Hyundai consumer affairs agrees 33.4 mpg is okay and within their range. So, the moral of the story is buy another brand of vehicle that actually gets the advertised mpg. I am disappointed and would not recommend it.

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      Just an FYI . . . Your car is still in a break-in period. The engine and transmission are still ‘tight’ and are not fully broken in yet. Give it until 5-6 thousands miles and you should easily see another 3-4 mpg increase — getting you right at the 40 mpg range. Keep track of your mileage and you’ll see the increases as the car gets through the break-in period. This is normal for all vehicles (motorcycles. too).

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        Kingston Canada

        I purchased a 2007 Honda Civic as was initially terribly disappointed that it’s fuel economy performance wasn’t even close to the ratings. I did find — and this was news to me — that after a significant “break-in” period the performance did improve. It took something like one-to-two years (we drive only perhaps 7,500 miles per year). But now we are bettering the vehicle’s ratings. For example, during one stint last summer, we achieved 46 miles per U.S. gallon on the highway, as compared to the rating of 41.

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      We just purchased a new 2011 Elantra touring in February. On our first out-of-town trip, we got 41.7 mpg. We get between 23-29 mpg in town. Just wild about its looks, handling and mileage.

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        I brought my 2011 Elantra GLS in Austin, but my home town is in Dallas area. So, the first trip the car had was long distance. It didn’t kick into 40 mpg until one and a half to two hours of driving. I asked my man-friend and he said it’s because the car re-calculates every so often over a period of time (or something like that). What I would suggest is to take it out and drive it to a friend or family in another city. Once the car kicks into 40 mpg, it stays there if you drive it right.

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    The car performs as it is stated on the Monroney sticker . . . 33-47 MPG Highway. It depends on the individual driver and how they drive. Obviously you must be pushing it on the highway, Hence the 33 MPG… Plus your car only has 1,200 miles. It takes at least until 5,000 miles before an engine reaches its maximum potential. Also, how are you measuring it? Hopefully not from the Trip Computer.

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    I own a 2011 Elantra Limited and it is great. nothing compares to to it — nothing.

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    I can’t believe my Elantra Limited did not come with a spare tire. Instead, it has a Tire Mobility Kit, which is only good for punctures and totally useless if it is damaged by hitting a pot hole. Which happened to me with only 650 miles on it. After hitting one on a Sunday the tire was flat by the time I got home (which luckily wasn’t too far). I had to have the car towed to the dealership to have it replaced, it was totally shot ($175.00 and $89,00 for an alignment. Thank God the alloy rim wasn’t damaged that would have cost $375.00). What B.S. So my advice to anyone considering a Limited model is to look into any other car that comes with a spare. It will save you a lot of time and money.

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      The Elantra 2011 GLS does not come with a spare tire. Hyundai’s roadside assistance will come out and change your tire, but if you don’t have a spare, what’s the point?

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        Ditto!!! What's the point??? Had I known the car did not come w/ a spare tire and it was an option, I would have definitely opted for one! I just bought my new Elantra 2 weeks ago, had a flat tire at 500 miles and called roadside assistance. The person who responded to the call couldn't help me because he didn't know what to do without a spare tire!!!
        Do all the new Hyundai(s) lack spares or just the Elantra?

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    Isn’t the spare tire option only like $100-$150? I’d just consider adding it as an option.

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    I bought a (Hyundai) Elantra GL a week ago, and I am very happy I chose it instead of a (Toyota) Corolla or (Ford) Focus. Fuel consumption is great and it’s loaded with options not available on other brands with the same price. Hyundai is an underdog no more.

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    Bruce. P

    I have had my limited version for three month’s now and I love it. Comes with many standard features that would be options in other cars. My wife and I have taken long drives with it already and are quite impressed. I would gladly and have recommended this car to anyone.

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    Joe Bessier

    Drove midsize cars for a long time. Bought the limited. Wow, great car. Nice ride. A lot of room for a 6-foot-3 driver. Great style. You wont be disappointed. 42 mpg when I put Mobile One in. For $1,880 800 more get the limited/ Really makes the car nice.

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    F. Barnekoff

    I read most of the ‘official gear head’ reviews for the 2011 Elantra and not one of the ‘experts’ mentioned the lack of a spare tire. As mentioned in other comments on this page, the cut and paste reviews focused on ‘feel’ and ‘grand prix’ performance short comings. What it seems to take to be an professional car reviewer is the ability to cut and paste manufacturers’ marketing tripe within an ‘independent review’ without considering how the typical car buyer would evaluate a car.

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    Homer Ferguson

    Blog after blog contains caveats that the actual highway mileage is far below 40 mpg. However, one posting caught my eye: the blogger stated that he got this mileage with A/C off. I wonder whether the EPA testing was without A/C, since A/C is an option?

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    Love the new design. Get several compliments weekly. Only issue is that there is no spare tire. The salesperson or dealership did not notify me before hand and I complained about it. They said there was a sealant. However, I heard that this actually ruins the tire. I thought it was illegal to sell a car without a spare tire. Especially these days. Elantra reports that they are in the process of making a model fir the spare tire. So if enough people call and express their feelings they may offer a free tire. Kind of like a recall. Hyundai really dropped the ball there.


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