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You are in the Honda Civic
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Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
#1292 of 1641 Re: Projected retained value from cars.com [njdevil1]
Dec 22, 2005 (3:18 pm)
hopefully your honda will be trouble free. we had no problems with the hyundais we own or have owned. our first one was a 1988 excel with 5speed. we drove it almost 200,000 miles and then gave it to our son-in-law. he drove it over the 200,000 mile mark. it got totaled when someone drove thru a red light. it still had the original clutch. when my parents bought a new honda accord ex in 1998 they had to have it towed to the dealership a few times because it would not start. the service department finally found a loose connection on the electric seats. we own both a 2005 elantra gt 4 door and a 2005 civic ex se. both with manual transmission overall we prefer the elantra. to us honda stands for Had One Never Did Again
That's impressive! I don't have anything against the Hyundai at all...I just think that Honda builds a much higher quality vehicle. That's my opinion. And for people who don't keep their cars for 10 years, the resale value contest is NO contest. Everyone has different ideas about how long they'll keep their car for. Honestly, I don't know how long I'll keep my current Civic for...I thought I'd keep the 2004 until the wheels fell off, but ended up trading it in after only making 17 payments on it...go figure.
#1293 of 1641 Checkmate - 2006 Civic winner
Dec 23, 2005 (6:05 pm)
The 2006 Civic Is light years ahead of the Hyundai Elanta. Checkmate END OF DISCUSSION.
Ordered a 2006 Civic Si.
#1294 of 1641 Re: Checkmate - 2006 Civic winner [midnightcowboy]
Dec 23, 2005 (6:25 pm)
The Civic should be ahead of the Elantra. The Civic is a brand-new design, the Elantra is five years old. The new Elantra will be unveiled in a few weeks. Then we'll see how they stack up.
Although I would really miss the driver's seat and traction control on my Elantra if I had to swap it for a Civic. Also, the Elantra 5-door beats the Civic 5-door in every way--because there is no Civic 5-door, in the U.S. anyway.
#1295 of 1641 Re: Checkmate - 2006 Civic winner [backy]
Dec 23, 2005 (6:33 pm)
The new Elantra will be unveiled in a few weeks. Then we'll see how they stack up.
I wonder if Hyundai can create an Elantra as safe as the Civic. Honda set the bar quite high, and if Hyundai can match it, GREAT !
#1296 of 1641 Re: Checkmate - 2006 Civic winner [ctalk]
Dec 23, 2005 (6:40 pm)
Yes, Civic has set the bar high so I hope Hyundai is up to that challenge. What they have done with the new Sonata looks good, but the IIHS tests haven't been released yet. One thing we do know is that the '07 Elantra will have ABS and side bags and curtains standard, like the Civic. It will be interesting to see if Hyundai ups the ante and offers ESC on the new Elantra. The other interesting thing about the new Elantra is that it could be closer to the Accord in interior room, than the Civic. Note that the Accent actually has more interior room than the Civic. So the Elantra could pull buyers from both the compact and mid-size groups; it's already a mid-sized car by EPA volume, although just barely.
#1297 of 1641 Re: Checkmate - 2006 Civic winner [backy]
Dec 23, 2005 (11:12 pm)
Agreed on the room. I looked at "compact" hatchbacks, and the Elantra was the roomiest of the bunch. It's either a large compact or a small midsize.
#1298 of 1641 Comfort?
Dec 25, 2005 (6:23 am)
One of the things that sold me on my Elantra (05 GLS ) was the degree of comfort it had . I actually think it has better comfort than the 2000 Altima that I traded in , which is a bigger car by the way . Once you get the seat height, tilt, and lumbar set just the way you like along with the smooth quiet ride it is very nice .There are several other things that sold me on the car which have been mentioned in other posts like price , rebates,style,power,warranty,etc., but I was most impressed with the comfort level . Which to me is more important than being a sreet racer . So I guess my question is even though I think the new 06 Civic is a very nice car also , how does it compare on comfort ?
#1299 of 1641 Re: Comfort? [jkobb]
Dec 25, 2005 (10:28 am)
I found the '06 Civic LX's driver's seat to be OK, but I wished the front edge of the seat bottom could come up just a bit more. Some people (including some reviewers in magazines) have complained about the Civic's lumbar support being uncomfortable, but I didn't notice a problem there in my short test drive. Another complaint on the Civic for some drivers is that their right knee hits the parking brake lever. Again, that was not a problem for me but I am relatively short (5'10").
The thing I keep coming back to on the Elantra is just how well the car "fits" me. It's nothing flashy and the interior design is getting dated, but the driving position is great, the seats are firm and comfortable on long trips, the displays are clear, the switchgear is straightforward and silky, the ride is quiet and smooth for a small car. The Civic is a fine car also, but other than its better fuel economy (especially with the automatic) and "Good" IIHS side impact result, I still prefer the Elantra--and I much prefer its price! If the price were the same or close, I'd opt for the Civic due to its crash safety, fuel economy, and historically high resale value.
#1300 of 1641 Re: Comfort? [backy]
Mar 02, 2006 (11:54 am)
The thing I keep coming back to on the Elantra is just how well the car "fits" me. It's nothing flashy and the interior design is getting dated, but the driving position is great, the seats are firm and comfortable on long trips, the displays are clear, the switchgear is straightforward and silky, the ride is quiet and smooth for a small car.
Wow. I could have almost written that word for word, Backy. And thanks for convincing me to take a second look at the Elantra last fall. It turned out to be a great choice.
#1301 of 1641 Re: Comfort? [doohickie]
Mar 03, 2006 (5:53 am)
we also totally agree with the both of you about the elantra. we always use the elantra on long and even short trips. our honda civic has become a recluse in the garage. we are considering getting rid of it if we like the 2007 elantra. we will see. we have the 4-door gt which is no longer. could you let us know why you like the 5-door.