Last post on Jun 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM
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Hyundai Elantra, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, Hatchback, Sedan
#3 of 7 Re: What made you buy the Touring, and seeing the new Elantra, any regrets? [pupcrazy]
Jun 09, 2011 (1:03 pm)
I have the 2010 ET and am thrilled with it. I definitely do not like the new design of the Elantra: too short in height, poor head and leg room in the back. Rear sloping roofs are dumb. I'm thrilled to have a wagon that has a straight roof line, fits a ton of stuff inside, and comfortably fits 4 adults. I am now crossing my fingers in hoping that H sends us the Sonata Wagon in 2012. My only concern with that car, again, is how short in height it is. I really don't like stuffing myself down into a car. Getting in and out of my Vibe and HET are perfect due to their high stature.
#4 of 7 Re: What made you buy the Touring, and seeing the new Elantra, any regrets? [maxx4me]
Jun 10, 2011 (5:09 am)
The Sonata Wagon = the I40 Estate wagon which is being released in Europe. If "we" are looking for the "perfect" hatch or wagon we (myself included) should be emailing H & asking them to release the I40 here.
Within the H family there are 2 choices at this time:
1. The Accent 2012 hatch (should arrive very soon). This car may be around the same size as the "old" Elantra hatch which was discontinued around 2007. I had one of these & it was my favorite new car purchase.
2. The Elantra Touring
Within a year there may be 3 H choices:
1. The Accent 2012 hatch
2. The Touring replacement which may be the 2012 Elantra Hatch. If H models the hatch after the Elantra sedan (and not the Touring) they may have a killer combination: A very good riding auto with great mileage and very usable space.
3. The I40. If H release this in the US and it can get the same (or close to) mileage as the current Sonota this auto will be da bomb! I do agree with the comment that it sits lower than the Touring. However, I think higher profile means less mileage. Based on the photos I've seen it will have cavernous cargo space.
"I am now crossing my fingers in hoping that H sends us the Sonata Wagon in 2012. My only concern with that car, again, is how short in height it is. I really don't like stuffing myself down into a car. Getting in and out of my Vibe and HET are perfect due to their high stature."
#5 of 7 finally bought it
Jun 10, 2011 (7:12 am)
After many, many months of looking at different vehicles, I finally did buy the Elantra Touring. I'm enjoying it, with just a few "buts" -- I still can't get the most comfortable seat configuration, and it's making my right leg feel a bit strained; and I still wish that my purchase timing was better -- I'm sure that a redone model will come out in the next year, with better mileage, but honestly I was under my own deadline and couldn't wait. So I really couldn't do anything about that.
And I'm still having a little difficulty parking it well the first time! It's just bigger than my old Civic, which swung perfectly into any spot. Underground garages, with their pillars everywhere, are a pain. It's a learning curve, I know... Good thing I didn't get the Tucson or the Santa Fe, huh? LOL!
But I'm liking the extra little height this gives me, it's roomier than my old Civic, nice cargo space and it's a very nice looking vehicle. I have only about 1300 miles on it, so the mpg isn't where I hope it'll be in another 1000 miles, but it'll get there.
With the heat wave we've been having, I wish there were air vents in the back so that my occasional passengers (like my pup!) could be cooler quicker.
#6 of 7 Re: What made you buy the Touring, and seeing the new Elantra, any regrets? [delaluz]
Jun 10, 2011 (3:33 pm)
The new Accent hatch is considerably shorter than the old Elantra hatch (I own one of those) and has less interior room (the old Elantra had a mid-sized interior per the EPA). But the Accent hatch might have more cargo room since the old Elantra hatch was a "fastback". I still like the looks of that old Elantra though. My son takes it to college now so I don't get to drive it much anymore.
#7 of 7 Re: finally bought it [pupcrazy]
Jun 10, 2011 (5:18 pm)
pup: you'll get used to parking it. The ET has the best visibility I have ever seen in a car. I too cannot drive my wife's ET for too long, since I require at least another inch on the gas pedal. Anyway, let's get that H Sonata Wagon here. It will clean up given the current wagon phobia gripping auto "enthusiasts"