Last post on Feb 17, 2010 at 2:54 PM
You are in the Hyundai Elantra
What is this discussion about?
Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
#1596 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [thegraduate]
Mar 25, 2008 (12:23 pm)
Well, if I wanted an exciting ride I'd have a Corvette (and I do want one) but a small sedan for daily use and occasional longer road trips I like quiet and smooth. The Civic is OK but just OK and if you compare it to the current generation Elantra in those categories alone it is no contest. The Elantra handles well enough that it won't fall on its side on curves and again that is good enough. I could speak in a normal voice while conversing in the 2007 Elantra we rented last fall but have to speak over the interior/wind/tire noise in our Civic. I guess I just want peace and quiet now. When I was younger the louder the exhaust and intake noise (cowl induction) was on my SS-454 Chevelle (1970) the better.
#1597 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [targettuning]
Mar 25, 2008 (12:46 pm)
The Civic appeals to people who want some excitement; remember not everyone can AFFORD a Corvette, or can fit their kids in a Corvette, or can pay the gas bill of a Corvette, or insure....etc. So they compromise... and get what they can afford, or fit into, etc... It doesn't make one better than the other, only different.
#1598 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [thegraduate]
Mar 25, 2008 (12:55 pm)
Sorry, I just don't see the Civic as an "exciting" car. The Si maybe, with its 200 hp engine. But a Civic LX? Nope. "Quirky" is I think more apt, with the bi-level gauges. Otherwise it's ho-hum, small-carsville--very well done, but nothing to raise my pulse. Now, if I could have found the quantum torpedo controls on the control panel of the Civic LX I rented a few weeks ago, then that could have been exciting!
#1599 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [backy]
Mar 25, 2008 (1:40 pm)
Comparing a Civic to an Elantra, I'd call the Civic exciting.
Comparing a Civic to a Corvette, not so much!
#1600 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [thegraduate]
Mar 25, 2008 (2:00 pm)
The Civic appeals to people who want some excitement;
Excuse me but if a Civic puts some excitement in your life you must live in a monestary,
#1601 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [thegraduate]
Mar 25, 2008 (2:51 pm)
What is it exactly that makes a Civic LX more exciting to you than an Elantra SE?
* The extra 2 hp (but less torque)?
* The spiffy plastic wheel covers (vs. the five-spoke alloys on the Elantra)?
* The extra noise in the cabin smacking your eardrums?
* The firmer ride (where each bump = excitement... uh, no, we won't go there)?
* The tighter cabin (so you can be closer to those you love, especially in the back seat, with not even a center armrest to keep you apart)?
* The thought that if you go around a curve too fast, you don't have the "electronic nanny" ESC to help keep you on the road? (I guess that could get the heart a thumpin' and the corpuscles a-jumpin')?
* The realization that you'll be on your own as far as paying for any problems anywhere from 2-5 years sooner than with the Elantra?
* The sudden realization that the big blue digital readout in front of you is NOT the outside temperature, the big round gauge in front of you is NOT the speedometer, and now you know why those flashing red lights are coming up behind you?
Or maybe something else?
#1602 of 1641 That "Hondaness"
Mar 25, 2008 (3:32 pm)
It's that certain intangible feeling that one gets in a Honda or a Toyota...something that just can't be put into words. That's what puts these two car makers at the top...the benchmark so to speak. It's like class...either you have it or don't. Hard to explain...but it was in every Toyota that we've owned and now with our Honda.
#1603 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [backy]
Mar 25, 2008 (3:39 pm)
Or maybe something else?
It is something else. Its putting on that huge exhaust that makes the car very loud (and slower), and a stupid looking spoiler that looks like it was made in a high school metal shop, as well as stupid looking lighting effects. So that they can go down the street looking like big wigs in a fast car that in reality will lose to a 3 year old with a big wheel.
#1604 of 1641 Re: That "Hondaness" [sandman46]
Mar 25, 2008 (4:39 pm)
Yes. With the Hondaness plus $2.00 I can get a small beverage at Starbucks.
#1605 of 1641 Re: 08 Honda Civic LX v/s 08 Hyundai Elantra SE [backy]
Mar 25, 2008 (4:48 pm)
The "more excitement" (in my world) comes from more poise in corners, less body-roll, a zingy engine, the exceptional steering, the "no-eyes-off-the-road-time speedo".
As you know I'm not anti-Hyundai (I try to stay pretty level-headed). Extra noise doesn't bother me (one of my vehicles is a 12 year old Honda! ), and space, warranties, and styling don't have anything to do with how exciting a car is to drive, so I fail to see your point about those attributes.