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#1585 of 1634 Re: Elantra Noise? [whatstar1117]
Dec 15, 2007 (4:44 pm)
FWIW, the 2007+ Elantra isn't a subcompact, but a compact outside and mid-sized inside.
#1586 of 1634 Re: Elantra Noise? [whatstar1117]
Dec 15, 2007 (9:43 pm)
Hello again... I'm starting to think the 4at will be just fine on the hwy. I'll take both out to the highway soon. You know,I live in Mobile Al. and I have not seen many Elantra SE's on the dealer inventories within a 60 mile radius ..They were mainly GLS's with one or two Limiteds and a couple of SE's in Pensacola Fl. Here in Mobile theres a nice quicksilver Limited 07 manual with gray leather and all the extras on the showroom floor looks nice.. 1000$ rebate too.Too bad its not an auto if I go that way.
I also test drove a 08 Honda Civic LX manual 5spd. today. My observations:
Sits lower than the Elantra a minus for me anyway , Engine is revy and smooth throughout its rev range to redline, although I seldom need to go to redline. a plus, The emergency brake handle digs into my knee when my leg is at rest on the gas pedal. Annoying, a minus.The road noise is excessive IMO surprising and disappointing a definite minus. It handles wonderfully, steering precise to the point of being touchy if not careful still a plus I think the Elantra has less road feel but its still precise enough for me.I did not like the dash layout I like the Elantra's more...more traditional ( hey I'm 52 YO I like analog!) Back seat area with 60/40 split is better than Civic LX's one piece with no center armrest. I'm going with the Elantra.....for now anyway!
PS . FWIW I also drove the Honda Fit Sport 5 spd man. I like it more than the Civic LX 5 spd. .
#1587 of 1634 Re: Hyundai Elantra engine growl /noises [macsan]
Dec 17, 2007 (9:15 pm)
I have a 2007 SE 5M and although at times it seems like there should be another gear, there is by no means any annoying noise. Engine revs about 3000 RPM at 70 MPH averaging 32 mpg combined city and hwy (summer).
#1588 of 1634 Re: Hyundai Elantra engine growl /noises [priv8warrior]
Dec 17, 2007 (11:26 pm)
Thanks for the reply, I FINALLY had the opportunity to drive an automatic GLS today on the highway. I did not see what all the fuss is about in some of these car mags. The noise level inside was very quiet. I was doing 80 and taching about 2900rpms with no noise from the engine but a mild hum, very nice. Compared to the new Civic , it blew it away in quiet and comfort. Plus..The emergency brake lever on the Civic dug into my right knee... very annoying ( a deal breaker)! I was surprised at how noisy the Civic was on the hwy. The Honda Fit which I also drove was quieter and smoother on the highway IMO.
#1589 of 1634 Re: Hyundai Elantra engine growl /noises [macsan]
Dec 18, 2007 (7:53 am)
The Fit was quieter and smoother than the Elantra, or the Civic? I've driven all 3 on the highway and to me the Elantra (AT) was far and away the quietest (and smoothest riding), with the Civic 2nd and then the Fit (the Fit was pretty noisy IMO, with engine noise (MT) and tire noise mostly.
#1590 of 1634 Re: Hyundai Elantra engine growl /noises [backy]
Dec 18, 2007 (10:03 am)
Thanks for the reply. I agree, out of the three I found that the Elantra was the most quiet, it was very nice i"ll admit. I meant to say I preferred the Fit to the Civic even in the noise dept. I drove them in separate highways, one(Civic) was busy and with more traffic than the other. The Fit auto was driven on a stretch of I-10 that was relatively smooth and long...and on the same stretch as the Civic..so that probably affected it .... However I didn't like the driving ergonomics of the Civic ( weird dash to me) and the fact that the emergency brake handle dug into my right knee!
Right now I'm deciding between a Fit Sport Auto or an Elantra SE auto and so far the Elantra is neck and neck with the Fit.
Elantra: 1. Larger vehicle , more comfortable on long trips
2. Better warranty
3. More features ie armrest, dead pedal, lit mirrors etc..
4. Reliability has gone up according to CR
5. 14 Gal gas tank vs. 10.8 on the Fit
Fit: 1. Great handling , more fun to drive
2. Great cargo flexibility
3. Smooth high revving Vtec engine
4. I like the way it looks! ( compared to the relatively plain Corolla like look of the Elantra) I drive a PT Cruiser .. so there ya go!
5. Slightly better gas mileage
I've seen your name in the Honda Fit forums, do you own both? Which do you favor? My primary family car is a Chrysler T&C EX . Thanks .........Macsan
#1591 of 1634 Re: Hyundai vs Fit [macsan]
Dec 18, 2007 (10:29 am)
Mac, if you can wait a while, Hyundai is coming out with a very good-looking Elantra hatch / wagon that goes by various names at this point. I think you can find pictures on this board. The cargo room should beat the Fit, and the looks also.
By the way, I DO NOT want to restart the discussion on what a hatchback is compared to a wagon. That is just tedious!
#1592 of 1634 Re: Hyundai Elantra engine growl /noises [macsan]
Dec 18, 2007 (10:51 am)
I don't own a Fit now and would not buy the current Fit, mainly because of an uncomfortable driving position for me. But the next Fit, due here next fall, looks like a winner and I have put my name first on the wait list at my local dealer for a 2009 base Fit AT. If it turns out I don't like that car, another option is the Elantra Touring (the wagon/hatch mentioned above) or a couple of others I'm considering.
#1593 of 1634 Re: Hyundai vs Fit [dovid2]
Dec 18, 2007 (11:02 am)
Yeah , I heard about the Elantra Hatchback due out in March perhaps... I heard it keeps the same engine (beta II) as the current Elantra. Not a bad thing. I've also seen pics of the newly redesigned 09 Honda Fit Sport on Car and Driver magazine . Its supposed to have more HP. (122) and is slightly larger--not much. It retains the 1.5 but is tuned for more H.P. and Torque.
My trade /sell will be the PTC and its an 03 with 34K on it. I can wait .. my wife however, maybe not! She'll be driving it to work. (I'm a new SAHD!)... help! I'm goin crazy!
#1594 of 1634 Re: Elantra Noise? [backy]
Dec 18, 2007 (2:23 pm)
Quite right; a compact midsize. I know there is another dicussion of Elantra vs Civic but I gotta throw in that after our disapponting experience with our 2002 Civic ( our 6th Honda), our only decision was chosing between the Sonota and Elantra. Both are great cars and huge values.