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#205 of 590 Re: 2011 Elantra Test Drive [netranger4]
Dec 11, 2010 (10:06 am)
FWIW, the Elantra has had mid-size interior room since the Gen 3 debuted in late 2000. I own one of those (a 2004 hatch) and it's been a great car. I appreciate the ability to put 6-footers in the back seat without cramping them. The Gen 4 was even better in back. I can't wait to compare the new Elantra to the last one. How was headroom, thigh support, and foot space in back?
The mpg is very good news. It looks at least 10% better than the Beta II engine, which could get 40 mpg at 55-60 mph cruising with a light foot. And the 45 mpg was on a new engine... Hyundai engines tend to get better mpg with time (maybe that's true with other makes too, but I've especially noticed it on the two Elantras I've owned).
#206 of 590 Re: 2011 Elantra Test Drive [netranger4]
Dec 11, 2010 (2:45 pm)
Drove one today. My impression was that they have managed to put a mid-size cabin into a compact vehicle.
This shows up on the exterior. It looks very "cab forward.
Dec 11, 2010 (3:10 pm)
I am 6', and sit "tall". Leg room was great, I think there was toe room if needed, and head room was OK. I was probably just touching sitting straight up.
probably more than good enough for most buyers, since I expect that if you are regularly transporting tall adults back there, you will probably get a bigger car!
#208 of 590 2010 Elantra Transmission...failed at 2600 miles!
Dec 11, 2010 (6:19 pm)
Please tell me I'm not the only one that this has happened to. I bought my BRAND NEW Elantra on October 8th. Today is December 11th....the car has 2600 miles on it, and the transmission has to be completely replaced. I am OUTRAGED. How could this have happened?
#209 of 590 Re: 2010 Elantra Transmission...failed at 2600 miles! [sarah2175]
Dec 11, 2010 (6:27 pm)
it has to beg the question, so let's get it out of the way right off..
auto or manual, and what do you or they claim it does?
#210 of 590 Re: 2010 Elantra Transmission...failed at 2600 miles! [sarah2175]
Dec 11, 2010 (7:09 pm)
at that mileage, it has to be a manufacturing or assembly defect. IOW, a fluke.
#212 of 590 Saw the 2011 Elantra
Dec 13, 2010 (1:03 pm)
while I had my '04 in for a free oil change. They had four: a silver Limited (buried in snow), a Desert Sand GLS, and two black GLSes. I got to sit in the Desert Sand car as it was sitting idling while they cleared the parking lot of snow.
The first thing I noticed was that the lower dash did not have an orange-ish tint--not that I could notice anyway. It looked tan/camel, and matched the door panels and seat fabric quite well. I thought it looked fine. I think it shows pictures can be deceiving, also that tastes vary a lot.
The driver's seat was comfortable with firm support and good lumbar support. I had it set pretty high. The interior materials looked good to me and seemed of good quality for the class; quite a few padded surfaces including the dash top, door panels (cloth), and of course arm rests and top of center console. The only controls that were disappointing were the two concentric round knobs for fan and temperature; they seemed stiff, not silky smooth like on the two previous Elantra generations. Also, I would prefer a simple knob for HVAC function vs. several buttons--it took me some searching to find the button for "defrost". Once I found it though, it worked well to clear the huge windshield.
The back seat had enough room for two adults my size (I'm 5'10"). There was just enough toe space under the driver's seat for my size 10 tennies, and plenty of leg room. Thigh support was adequate, but headroom was tight--only about an inch clearance for me. The trunk seemed roomy, with the traditional hinges vs. struts.
I thought the Desert Sand car was very sharp; it had the optional 5-spoke alloys. But I also liked how the black cars caught the sunlight with a deep metal flake (I don't like black though--too hard to keep clean).
After looking at the tan and gray interiors, now I think I like the tan interior better, as it's less drab looking than the gray.
#213 of 590 Re: 2011 Elantra Test Drive [backy]
Dec 13, 2010 (9:56 pm)
The thigh support was good, headroom was more than adequate and rear seat legroom was adequate. I'm not a tall person so the dimensions were just fine for my size. The only reservation I had was the control stack.
It seems to visually overpower the dashboard area somewhat. The controls are very convenient to use and noiseless in operation. The day was cold and the heater produced heat quickly.
Overall, I was very impressed with the quality and appearance of the Elantra and am sure it will do well in the competitive marketplace. The one I drove was assembled in AL.