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#230 of 259 Re: Elantra SE manual test drive [herotakesafall]
May 04, 2007 (6:53 am)
FWIW, the 2007 Spectra has been updated, and its NHTSA crash test results are improved from prior years. No word yet on the IIHS tests for the 2007 Spectra. The interior has been tweaked also--I think it may have an aux input now but not sure.
#231 of 259 Re: Elantra SE manual test drive [percussionist]
May 08, 2007 (8:36 am)
"I realize I made a mistake - the EPA estimate for highway driving is 36mpg, not 38. Although I will point out that for 2007, Hyundai did claim mpg was a significant improvement over the previous model. "
which, according to the epa tests, it is. 06 elantra was 24/32
May 08, 2007 (11:38 am)
If I can get anywhere near 25 mpg in town and 35 on the highway for a mid-size class car with over 130hp, I'll take that all day long! The Elantra is not a small car.
#233 of 259 Re: Elantra MPG [prosource1]
May 08, 2007 (11:56 am)
I get that now on my '04 Elantra automatic with its 24/32 EPA rating, so I'd think it would be pretty easy to get 25/35 in the real world with the '07.
#235 of 259 Re: Black interior? [tmport]
May 15, 2007 (4:36 pm)
Those pictures are pretty accurate. I own one (blk int/silver ext) and not all of the pieces are black. The carpets (including rear deck), larger part of the dash, the leather on the wheel and shifter, the perforated-looking parts of the door panels along with smaller areas of the door panels, and the majority of the interior controls are pure black. Picture 9 of 21 from your links makes things look a bit lighter than they really are.
The majority of the seat fabric is very dark gray, but not pure black. The other door surfaces, pillar covers, lower dash covers, and overhead are a medium/dark gray. The middle console cover (where the radio, clock, etc are) is darker than the lower dash gray, but not black. The lighter gray pieces you see (the shifter surround, the climate control panel) are actually a gray/honeycomb surface that looks really good.
Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a big difference in the texture of these surfaces (radio surround vs. door armrest vs. door inset vs. dash).
I'll post some pictures (for comparison's sake) when I get home.
#236 of 259 As promised...
May 15, 2007 (9:59 pm)
As a reference, I'll point out what items in the pictures are completely black.
(click the images for a larger view)
The bag hanging from the hook
The movable cover inside the shifter path
The face of the controls and radio surround
The leather on the steering wheel and the wheel buttons
The back of the front seat and the visible floor mat
The steering column and the control faces
The "perforated" door insert and the window/lock controls
Only the barely-visible door inset panel (as above). This image was brightness-corrected to give a more accurate feel for the upholstery color.
The window switches
Overall, it looks worlds better (to me) than the official gray interior and looks even better offset by the chrome and silver accent pieces. It looks like Hyundai used slightly lighter colors in the areas more likely to fade from UV (dash) or get a lot of wear and tear (lower door panels).
#237 of 259 Re: As promised... [harlqn]
May 16, 2007 (4:03 am)
Thanks a lot! Your description and those pictures are really helpful. It definitely looks like it's more of a black/dark gray interior than simply a monotone black interior, which should suit me fine. I also don't especially love the lighter gray interior, though I certainly don't dislike it.
#238 of 259 Re: As promised... [harlqn]
May 24, 2007 (8:03 pm)
Seems like ALL the cars are using black or gray interiors lately...I hate that. Although, I had a charcoal gray '87 Nova with gray interior, and I could live with it, since I had to.
I had a question: what color does the dash light up in at night? I can't stand the red lighting on the Mazdas, makes me think I'm looking at brake lights all the time. My Corolla has pale green illumination. What color does Hyundai use? It's hard to test drive at night, so how would you find out if you can live with the lighting unless you ask someone who has one!
Thanks in advance!
#239 of 259 Re: As promised... [irismg]
May 24, 2007 (8:08 pm)
Or tan, also available on the Elantra (and my personal favorite).
The gauges on the Elantra are blue with red accents--a very pleasing display, used more and more in cars. VW has been using that color for years. Hyundai used blue lighting on the '01-'06 Elantra GT (which I have, and I like the displays).