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#39 of 259 2007 Elantra Makes it to Texas!
Oct 20, 2006 (1:17 pm)
I had the privilege of getting to drive one of the two Elantras that made it into the nearest Hyundai dealership in Austin, TX. I was very impressed with the vehicle in the test drive. The one I got to drive was the GLS with the preferred options package and automatic. I have been researching this vehicle for a month online, even went to the Korean website to get details of things that won't make it to the USA version.
The vehicle is "rock solid" quiet, and a pleasure to drive. Pictures don't do the vehicle justice. One of our vehicles is a 2005 Camry LE V6, and not only is the new Elantra equal in cabin space, it is just as quiet when being driven. The engine seemed to have plenty of pep to me. I inadvertently got it up to 75 in a 60 zone and didn't realize it. The steering feedback seemed fine to me. We plan on purchasing an Elantra Limited in a few months, when it will be possible to get one WITHOUT a Sun roof! You need a sun roof in Texas about like Minnesnowda needs another snow flake in winter.
#40 of 259 Re: 2007 Elantra Makes it to Texas! [bambad7]
Oct 20, 2006 (1:31 pm)
Not sure why you wouldn't want a sunroof in Texas. I'd think it would be pretty useful 7-8 months out of the year, and also cracking it in the summer to let heat out when parked. But then I'm a fresh-air guy. I had the windows open on my rental last week in Austin even though temps were close to 90.
How was the handling of the Elantra vs. the '05 Camry? I hope it was crisper, and the ride not as floaty as the Camry's.
#41 of 259 Re: 2007 Elantra Makes it to Texas! [backy]
Oct 20, 2006 (7:48 pm)
The deal with sunroofs in Texas: There is a shade that keeps the sun from coming directly into the cabin, sure, but there is a small air space between the shade and sunroof itself which gets hotter than he||. That little pocket of hot air bleeds through the shade (which isn't very well insulated) and into the cabin. A sunroof heats up a car quite a bit.
#42 of 259 Re: 2007 Elantra Makes it to Texas! [doohickie]
Oct 20, 2006 (8:07 pm)
After the interior hits 150 degrees from the sun pouring in the car's eight other windows, what's the difference?
#43 of 259 Re: 2007 Elantra Makes it to Texas! [backy]
Oct 21, 2006 (11:54 am)
That's what window tint is for. Seriously.
#44 of 259 Re: 2007 Elantra Makes it to Texas! [doohickie]
Oct 21, 2006 (4:34 pm)
Except on the windshield, and (in many states) the front side windows.
I suppose you could put heavy window tint on the sunroof glass too, right?
#45 of 259 Re: 2007 Elantra Makes it to Texas! [backy]
Oct 22, 2006 (9:57 pm)
Look, I'm just telling you the way it is. In Texas, in the heat of the summer, a sunroof results in a net heat gain in the car, both when parked and when driven.
#46 of 259 HELP !!!!!! Pat and Karens or whoever
Oct 23, 2006 (4:01 am)
This old guy is thoroughly confused by this mess in the Hyundai Elantra section. What on earth happened ???? Why ??? This has to be one of the biggest messes I have ever seen. What happened to the normal comments, etc that have been here? What happened to: MPG,hatchbacks,etc and the other "regular" questions? If someone has to look through multiple pages of lists to find anything, the whole thing will fall apart.
Just my opinion. van ?????????????????????????????????
#47 of 259 Elantra Arrived - My Impression
Oct 23, 2006 (5:15 am)
Two Elantras (black and gray) were at a local dealer this morning as I did my drive-thrus of various lots. I was VERY impressed with this vehicle. It looks nothing like the Corolla and the interior was very upscale. Frankly, I like the interior far better than the Civics as the Civics emerg. brake looks intrusive and silly when engaged and the two-tier dash is awkward. The Elantra also looked very spacious with high quality materials. I loved the black dash with faux aluminum trim. The buttons were very large and it just looked more expensive than the $16k on the window. The interior IMO is executed much better than big-brother, Sonata. The exterior is very Lexus IS like. A huge upscale improvement for this car and this is going to reestablish the Elantra as the top seller for Hyundai.
#48 of 259 Re: HELP !!!!!! Pat and Karens or whoever [lightfootfl]
Oct 23, 2006 (7:53 am)
Those discussions are still there. Everything is on one page at this link: Hyundai Elantra. If you go read my post at this link pat, "2007 Hyundai Elantra" #1248, 17 Oct 2006 9:14 am you'll see the best way to keep up with new posts now.
If you have questions, drop me an email or post them in the Forums Software discussion. We don't want to disrupt the conversation here.
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