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Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
#1586 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [targettuning]
Mar 24, 2008 (12:22 pm)
The Elantra is more cushy. The Civic is more sporty.
The Elantra is more relaxed. The Civic is more high-strung.
The Elantra is more boring. The Civic is more exciting.
The Elantra has a slower-responding, "big-car" feel. The Civic has a quick-on-its-feet, agile feel.
Targettuning likes a more comfortable ride and doesn't like the quick-handling Civic . TheGraduate's dad likes the sportiness of the Civic and didn't want a "boring" car.
The Elantra is indeed quieter, bigger, and softer riding than the Civic. But, that doesn't mean "better" for everyone. Just like quick-ratio steering and more agile handling is "better" for target.
For people like my folks (who have a problem-free 2007 with 42k miles) the Civic is fun. My dad said he loves the "point and shoot" feel of the Civic. I've driven it, and it is fun to scoot around in; much more fun than my Accord (even though my Accord is a good deal quicker in the straight line).
My folks got their Civic EX 5AT for a little under invoice ($17,280) , and got blue-book for their Accord when they traded in. The Elantra is a value-buy, but then the Civic isn't priced like a Rolls-Royce either.
#1587 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [thegraduate]
Mar 24, 2008 (12:30 pm)
For sportiness and a quick-on-its-feet, agile feel, I'd go for a Mazda3 vs. a Civic LX (or Elantra).
And I don't mind boring if it includes "boring" through ice and snow with the help of ESC and traction control.
#1588 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [backy]
Mar 24, 2008 (12:37 pm)
That's what I had given the advantage to (Elantra) to the poster's intial post. They were asking about snow-driving. As far as safety goes, I know my dad's Civic has 4-channel ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Front, Side, and Curtain Airbags, and I think the ACE body structure. It's a darn safe car, all it really lacks is the VSA (VSA, VSC, ESC, whatever ) But, at the moment, the Elantra leads the competition because it has stability control available. If the Civic comes in with it standard on all models, Hyundai will have to step it up and deliver on the GLS!
I can't help but imagine the Civic will have this for the MMC. Let's hope.
And, the Mazda 3 has SO MUCH road rumble with the 17" tires I couldn't stand it (the i version has 16" wheels and aren't quite as bad). The Civic sort of meets the Elantra and the 3 in the middle.
#1589 of 1641 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE
Mar 24, 2008 (3:24 pm)
okay today I had chance to test drive Civic & Elantra one after other and last back to my Mazda 3 Hatchback. To be honest neither Elantra nor Civic came anywhere close to Mazda 3. I was planning to trade-in Mazda 3 (call me confused) for Elantra or Civic but after test drive probably I'll have to think twice. My Mazda 3 gives me 25-26mpg during winter time city driving in upstate NY. Well between Elantra and Civic, Civic seemed to be better in terms of layout but road noise is more pronounced on Civic compared to Elantra. On other hand engine noise is more on Elantra compared to Civic so after driving both cars I'm now more confused. Seems probably try and drive Corolla next.
#1590 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [mjoshi]
Mar 24, 2008 (3:28 pm)
Make sure you have coffee and plenty of sleep before driving the Corolla.
May I ask why you are considering ditching the 3? I've always liked them, except for the tire noise and vibration in the cabin (my experience is with a 2004 3s and a 2007 3i - the 3i is seemingly better than the s).
#1591 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [mjoshi]
Mar 24, 2008 (5:27 pm)
I don't know why you'd want to trade in the Mazda3s hatch, but neither the Civic nor Elantra sedan is anywhere close to it. Nor is the Corolla, as you'll find out. The Matrix XRS, maybe now you are getting a little closer. Or if you can wait until this fall, the Elantra Touring will be out, which will give you the hatch/wagon configuration, sport-tuned suspension and steering, short-throw B&M shifter, and 17" alloys option (16s standard). So, much closer to your 3 hatch than the Civic or Elantra sedans, but with more interior and cargo room than you have now.
Or just hold onto the 3 hatch for awhile and wait about 18 months for the next-gen 3?
#1592 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [backy]
Mar 25, 2008 (3:00 am)
I've 04 Mazda 3 S and I personally am happy with the car. The problem is it is stick shift and my wife dont know how to drive stick. She drives Honda Odyssey which is almost 5 years old and with gas prices heading north we were thinking it is not worth hauling it around town. We were looking for something more fuel efficient. Mine is first gen 3 (04 model) and I probably can stick around longer with it.
One more thing I was offered $15300 yesterday at dealer on Elantra SE with mudguard and floor mats. Honda Civic LX seems to be coming down to $16984. So there is price difference of $1600. But on other hand when you compare that to depreciation TCO as per Edmunds it depreciates $8,840 over 5 years period whereas Elantra depriciates $12,546 at end of 5 years. So in that terms do you think Civic is better value ?
#1593 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [mjoshi]
Mar 25, 2008 (4:06 am)
She drives Honda Odyssey which is almost 5 years old and with gas prices heading north we were thinking it is not worth hauling it around town.
If its 5 years old then most likely its either paid off or nearly paid off. If thats the case if the Odyssey is still running good then you should keep it. The gas savings in switching to a newer more fuel efficient vehicle will not offset the costs in getting a new car.
But on other hand when you compare that to depreciation TCO as per Edmunds it depreciates $8,840 over 5 years period whereas Elantra depreciates $12,546 at end of 5 years. So in that terms do you think Civic is better value ?
Somehow that doesn't sound right, percentage wise my Elantra didn't depreciate that much in the fist five years,
Mar 25, 2008 (5:09 am)
I drive the Civic and the better half drives the Mazda...keep your Mazda and minivan. The amount in savings won't be worth it when all is said and done so just be patient for awhile and revisit your plan after the summer driving season ends.
I've come to the conclusion here that we all have our preferences when it comes to the Civic, Elantra, 3 and Corolla and none of us are going to change our minds from what I can see. Each vehicle has +'s and -'s and there isn't one car overall that has what we all want or need. But I think within a few years, that one vehicle may emerge...and I for one can't wait.
What is Toyota thinking? Saw a brand new Corolla LE yesterday with the nice alloy wheels but the B pillars made it look like last years CE...what gives? Is the LE now the base CE model?
#1595 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [mjoshi]
Mar 25, 2008 (7:40 am)
Take those depreciation numbers with a grain of salt. For example, four years ago I bought a loaded (as loaded as you could get then) Elantra GT for $13,200 + T&L. Right now Edmunds.com estimates that I could get about $8000 for that car in a private-party sale, about $7000 for a trade-in. So the car has depreciated either $5200 or $6200 in four years, depending on whether you would trade the car in or sell it yourself (I sell my cars myself). Do I think that in the next year, my car will depreciate another $6000-7000 or so? I don't think so. If Edmunds.com's predicted depreciation for the 2008 Elantra SE were to come true for you, it would be worth less than $3000 after five years. I think that is utterly ridiculous, unless you plan on trashing the car and driving it into the ground in the next five years.
Also consider that you are not comparing apples to apples in comparing the price of an Elantra SE to a Civic LX. The SE has much more equipment than the LX. A closer comparison would be the Elantra GLS with preferred package to the LX, or the SE plus moonroof to the Civic EX.