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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#2515 of 4451 Elantra Pricing
May 12, 2008 (3:35 am)
I recently bought a friend a 08 mazda3 i touring auto value sedan with 2.0l, alloys, abs airbags, etc, (msrp 18100) For $15500 +tax and title with 100kmi factory bumper to bumper warranty.another $680. There were some dealers that seemed amenable to a mazda6 i value auto (alloys,auto,airbags, abs) msrp 21200 for $15700.
The mazda is a better or at least competitive car and is truly stunning looking at night, the 6 does also, though their designs are pushing 4 years old. Your own research end of month could reveal lower prices.
The 08 Elantra gls auto (17000 msrp) is a compelling buy for 13000 or less, the 20000 sonata 08 for 15000 but once you get considerably above that (or about 16000 or so for the 09 Sonata) you should probably look elsewhere. Hyundai's made big strides in quality over the years and the Elantra is nice but price is their main selling point and if the best price you can get in your area is about 14500 for the gls auto and the hi 15's or so for the SE its well past time to move on.
Both mazdas wholesale used for about $2000-2500 more than the Hyundai 's after 12 months, and will depreciate much less from a decent purchase price over the years. So in addition to higher quality they're worth it.
#2516 of 4451 Re: Elantra Pricing [jfritsch]
May 12, 2008 (6:49 am)
Did you get lost on your way to the Mazda3 Prices Paid discussion?
The Mazda3i is a nice car, but you are overlooking some "selling points" of the Elantra, such as standard stability control and traction control (on the SE), more interior room (especially in back--midsized inside vs. compact for the Mazda3), bigger trunk, standard XM radio, and a smoother and quieter ride. With a $1500-2000 rebate on the Elantra, it isn't hard at all to find a GLS AT around $13-14k and an SE around $14-15k. As for the Mazda3 being "higher quality," not sure where you get that but CR ranks both cars the same for reliability and in fact ranks the Elantra SE over the Mazda3i and has the Elantra SE as its "Top Pick" in the Sedans Under $20k class.
But it was very nice of you to buy a new Mazda3i for your friend. You are a very generous person.
#2517 of 4451 Re: Elantra Pricing [backy]
May 12, 2008 (8:40 am)
Not sure about value for money factor but fun to drive factor Mazda 3 wins anytime against any of sedans in its price range. I had Mazda 3 and moved to Elantra. First thing I noticed was Elantra's body roll. For some reason when you turn it feels like drving boat. Compared to that even my Honda Odyssey gives better handling. Mazda 3 was more fun to drive for me and I did drive it in couple of northeast snow storms without single problem.
On the other hand I do like the bit better fuel economy with gas prices heading north.
#2518 of 4451 Re: Elantra Pricing [mjoshi]
May 12, 2008 (8:52 am)
I think the Mazda3 is fun to drive also, but there are other discussions for talking about the merits of the Mazda3 vs. Elantra, e.g. the Economy Sedans discussion.
#2519 of 4451 Re: Can anyone confirm this is a good deal? [backy]
May 12, 2008 (9:56 am)
Yep, I'm now considering the SE for those features. Maybe even with leather.
I'm discovering they're pretty hard to find in my area right now. I've been told that when the April Consumer Reports mag was released listing the Elantra SE as a "Top Pick" the SE's started flying off the lot. They also tell me that getting more is unlikely, and that the next shipment might be '09s.
I swear. I'm always a day late and a dollar short.
#2520 of 4451 Re: Can anyone confirm this is a good deal? [narek]
May 12, 2008 (9:59 am)
That varies by area it seems. Some dealers seem to have more SEs than others. Might want to shop around.
#2521 of 4451 Re: Can anyone confirm this is a good deal? [backy]
May 12, 2008 (10:12 am)
After I posted that last message I decided to see what Fitzmall may have in other locations. Found my "wish list" car on order for delivery at the end of this month to the Fitzmall location in Bethesda, MD. They will ship it for roughly $350. I can't fly up and drive it back for that.
Not sure yet if that's what I'll do, but it's nice to know I have that option.
#2522 of 4451 Re: 08 Elantra
May 13, 2008 (8:18 am)
Does anyone here live in Houston, TX? Why are all the dealers charging 15K+ for a 2008 Elantra auto + A/C + radio? I read that some guy in NY got this for 13K. Right now the car industry is doing terrible in Texas, with Toyota seeing a 24% decline in full-year profits. You’d think they’d be bending over backwards to make deals.
#2523 of 4451 Re: 08 Elantra [stilgar]
May 13, 2008 (9:17 am)
Have you tried yet to go to a Houston dealer with a "firm offer" of $XXk (whatever your target is), tell them you are ready to buy the car from them today if they agree to your offer, and see what happens? Talk is cheap, but money talks.
May 13, 2008 (12:38 pm)
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