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Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Elantra
Last post on Feb 17, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
#1457 of 1641 P.S. - About Car Selections
Dec 07, 2006 (6:26 pm)
Eldaino - just an afterthought, if the 06 Civic was so great, why replace it with a Rabbit so soon? And also to keep with the correct topic, did you go check the Elantra against both of those cars?
I'd be glad to hear your comparison of the 06 to the 07 Elantra.
#1458 of 1641 Re: P.S. - About Car Selections [percussionist]
Dec 08, 2006 (4:00 pm)
Wow i'm suprised no one asked me about this before! Me and my wife just got married in sept ont the 30th and we wanted to kind of get rid of some major bills, carpayments mostly. She had a 03 mazda protege 5, (handled great, but had a nice set of transmission problems) and she had negative equity on it because she got it when she was younger and optioned it out and needed monthy payments that would be doable, even if they lasted forever (the reasoning behind this is another long story but i'll omit that portion.) We decided to trade in both of our cars and end up with one payment, less gas wasted (yes i know it gets worse milage, but the amount we spend on gas is still less than we did on both cars combined.),and its one less car to insure so our insurance went down too.
We knew no dealer would give us much room with the whole negative equity on her car, but the civics resale value, (even after only a year) helped out a bit to counteract that. We knew though, that we would have to aim for a car that didn't top 18k so that things could relatively stay doable and as far as a car payment and not financing for forever and a day. We wanted a fit, but it was impossible to find one and all the dealers were wanting us to put NON REFUNDABLE downpayments on them without even knowing what color it would be in. We then decided on a civic coupe, but the dealers we went to again were not willing to negotiate on anything. So we went to the vw dealer as an after though and there was our little 2-door rabbit, united grey, 6speed auto, alloy wheels 175000. Perfect. I afterwards realized that i was kinda glad that i stayed out of the civic; as excellent of a vehicle i think it is...its something a lot of people are driving. We've had our rabbit for 3 months and have seen 3 of them: one by my work (a 2 door) one the day we bought ours (another 2 door) and a four door a few weeks ago. We are very happy with the purchase, so i hoped that answered your question. (Man this was way off topic!)
#1459 of 1641 Dealership Experiences?
Feb 09, 2007 (7:00 am)
Honda Civic owners... dealership experience?
Hyundai Elantra owners... dealership experience?
#1460 of 1641 Re: Dealership Experiences? [orbit9090]
Feb 09, 2007 (9:44 am)
Went with my father on his trade-in of an Accord on a 2007 Civic EX Sedan. He was given the keys to one in the color he wanted, around 5:00 PM, and told "as long as you are back by 7, which is when we close, take your time." We have an extended relationship with this dealer, as they have ALWAYS given us good service and sales support.
The sales manager actually conducted our deal, which he gave us blue-book value on the Accord (something I double-checked), and several hundred below invoice on the Civic.
The finance manager asked them if they were interested in the other accessories or warranty deals. Mom and dad said they wanted mudguards, but nothing else, and that was the end of the "add-ons" and "protection package" discussion.
They drove the car the first night, and signed papers the next, and drove away in their 2007 Civic EX (Atomic Blue!) happy as clams.
#1461 of 1641 Re: Dealership Experiences? [orbit9090]
Feb 09, 2007 (10:19 am)
That would really only be a useful comparison if it were limited to the specific dealerships in your area. There are "good" and "bad" dealerships of both makes, actually that's true of all makes. The maker doesn't control the attitudes of the dealerships.
A comparison of corporate experiences might be useful, but fortunately it's not very often that people find themselves having to go above the dealership. Still, there are some makes that, in my mind, offer very poor corporate support based on consistent reports I've read here over the years. Neither of these makes are included.
#1462 of 1641 Re: Dealership Experiences? [orbit9090]
Feb 09, 2007 (11:09 am)
we bought both our civic and hyundai from the same dealership so it was the same for both- excellant. They built a separate dealership for honda-it is now next to the hyundai dealer but the service has not changed
#1463 of 1641 Re: Dealership Experiences? [orbit9090]
Feb 09, 2007 (5:16 pm)
Well my dealership (Elantra owner) has been pretty good. Seven years later and my salesman is still there and he remembered me when I just cruised in their a few months ago just to look. Had to have warranty work done (Exhaust manifold cracked at 115K miles, the only issue I have had) and had no problems with the service. Just dropped it off and picked it up later that day, done no questions asked.
#1464 of 1641 Re: Carpoint survey - Civic engine problems [sirrad]
Feb 09, 2007 (7:07 pm)
I had a 1989 civic that I bought new. Ran it for 9 years and put 225k miles on it. Pretty reliable car, but not without faults. It was not a comfortable car to drive. But dollars and economy were high on my list so I put up with the seat. It only cost me $7500. The Civic was one of the cars I considered on my recent purchase. I test drove both a manual and automatic Civic. I was in awe of the cool looking dash, but the seats were just like my 89. Hate them. No room in the car. No thanks! I test rode a value packaged Accord and liked it. I probably could have gotten one of those for around $18000. A paid a few thousand less for my Elantra. So far I love the Elantra. Hope I made the right decision.
#1465 of 1641 Honda Civic skimpy on features
Feb 20, 2007 (10:12 am)
I have been considering a Civic and have been comparing to other makes.
I am frustrated that Honda provides fewer standard features then the competition. Honda expects people to buy a moonroof in order to get other features found standard on the competition.
For example: The 2007 Hyundai Elantra SE has four-wheel disc brakes, premium wheels, and 6 audio speakers, all for a thousand less than the 2007 Civic LX which uses rear-drums, hubcaps, and only has four speakers. I don't want the wasteful expense of the Civic EX's moonroof in order to get 4-wheel discs, nice wheels, and 6 speakers.
Besides the added expense, a moonroof is practically useless to us here in the Midwest, and it also cuts down on precious headroom.
I hope Honda adds more standard features for 2008.
I would also love a Civic Si Sedan with an automatic tranny and NO MOONROOF!
#1466 of 1641 Re: Honda Civic skimpy on features [orbit9090]
Feb 20, 2007 (11:36 am)
It's actually a difference of $2295 between the Civic LX MT and Elantra SE MT, since there's a $1000 general rebate on the Elantra now--take off another $500 if you already own a Hyundai. And in addition to the alloys, 4-wheel disc brakes, and 6 speaker stereo, the Elantra has fog lamps, variable intermittant wipers, audio controls on the wheel, fold-down rear armrest with beverage holders, 2 power outlets, 60/40 fold-down rear seat, trip computer with mpg meter, dual lighted vanity mirrors, auto on/off headlights, leather covered wheel and shifter, and available PZEV emissions. Newer Elantras have standard XM radio. All for $2000 less than a Civic LX, before any dealer discounting or loyalty rebate. And a moonroof is available on the SE (and even the GLS) if you want one--for a lot less money than the Civic EX.