Last post on Sep 23, 2012 at 10:34 PM
You are in the Hyundai Elantra
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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#99 of 107 Re: Elantra vs Sentra vs Cruze [porper]
Jul 12, 2012 (6:47 pm)
You realize that, despite the turbo, the Cruze has less horsepower than the Elantra? What you were feeling was the low end torque, where the Elantra is very insufficient. But that's why the Cruze was groaning and struggling: the thing's only got 138 HP under the hood.
#100 of 107 Re: Elantra vs Sentra vs Cruze [porper]
Jul 12, 2012 (7:34 pm)
The interior had acres of cheap plastic, along with the shiny, hard plastic dash that so many manufacturers are currently churning out.
Did you actually touch the Elantra's dash? The top of it is padded. There's a lot of hard plastic parts in the Elantra's interior though... just like in any new inexpensive car these days. Your rental must have been a base GLS; the GLS with Preferred Package has padded inserts in the doors that help schazz things up a bit.
Mileage wasn't anything extraordinary, although it didn't seem too bad, either.
You had the Elantra for a weekend, and you didn't measure fuel economy? If so, what was it?
Driving it (Sentra), we had the feeling of going down several notches in quality.
I don't know what you drive today, but I've leased a 2010 Sentra S for 27 months now and I've found it's a solid, comfortable car--if not too exciting. Also, it's the only car I've owned/leased this long that has had absolutely zero problems--zilch, nada.
The Cruze still has the same hard, shiny plastic dash that the other cars have,...
So you didn't touch the dash of the Cruze either, it appears.
Road stability was much, much better than the other two cars we had driven, as was the steering.
That's interesting... one of the things I don't like about the Cruze after driving it many times as a rental is that the steering seems vague on the highway. That, and the tight rear seat. Otherwise I think it's a pretty nice little car, tons better than the old Cobalt. Makes a nice rental, if I'm not carrying any passengers in back.
#101 of 107 Re: Elantra vs Sentra vs Cruze [porper]
Jul 13, 2012 (9:16 am)
"The Chevy Cruze 1LT brought a welcome change from the other 2 Asian cheapos. Climbing into the car, you at last experience a feeling of solidness, strength, and quality. Not a whole lot of it, but certainly way more than we found in the other two cars."
Let me get this straight, y'all climbed in and sat down and felt strength, quality and solidness. Solidness of what...the seats? The thunk of the doors closing? You didn't drive the car yet so how was this solidness measured? For the quality, was it the quality of the seat fabric or the switchgear? Since the car wasn't driven yet, the ride quality could not be judged...quality has different meanings to people. And for strength, how does one quantify this? Not trying to be mean or nothing, but I just don't understand your logic here. I agree with much of what you've written, just not which cars had more or less of these attributes. Personally, I felt the Elantra was a notch above the Cruze and Sentra but felt the seating was most comfortable in the Sentra even though it's the oldest model.
Think the Verano is the sleeper in this group though the mileage and price are its two negatives. From all I've read, it seems to be the lux econo ride here though. We're in the market for either a subcompact or compact since our current ride is getting too costly to keep on the road. The a/c is about to quit and with over 108k on the clock, just want it gone.
#102 of 107 Re: Elantra vs Sentra vs Cruze [sandman_6472]
Jul 13, 2012 (9:42 am)
The solidness was probably measured by the heavy lead weights in the chassis. The thing is pretty heavy.
Actually, weight sometimes does lend to that solidity feel. However, it also add to...well, weight. Which takes power to drag around.
#103 of 107 Re: Elantra vs Sentra vs Cruze [sandman_6472]
Jul 13, 2012 (11:54 am)
Think the Verano is the sleeper in this group though the mileage and price are its two negatives. From all I've read, it seems to be the lux econo ride here though.
I consider the Verano to be in a different class than econoboxes like the Cruze, Elantra, and Sentra. If you max out one of those, you get to the bottom of the price range for the Verano. I see the Verano competing more with cars like the ILX.
#104 of 107 Re: Elantra vs Sentra vs Cruze [porper]
Jul 14, 2012 (7:31 pm)
I was going to craft a really humorous response to porper's Elantra vs Sentra vs Cruze review but after seeing that he registered to this forum on July 12, 2012 and posted his/her one and only post immediately after registering I decided it wasn't worth my time.
Reading his likely fabricated review wasn't worth my time either.
There is always at least one in every crowd and/or forum.
A 2012 rental Elantra with 40K miles. Really!
#105 of 107 Re: Elantra vs Sentra vs Cruze [sunstate2013]
Jul 15, 2012 (4:19 am)
yes, it was like they went swimming for the very first time and wonder why they ended up all wet
#106 of 107 Re: Elantra vs Sentra vs Cruze [sunstate2013]
Jul 15, 2012 (5:17 am)
I've seen rentals of late with 40k miles... rental agencies seem to be hanging on to cars longer these days. The thing that raised my eyebrows was driving a car for a weekend and not commenting on details on fuel economy, and especially saying a dash is "hard plastic" when clearly it's not.
#107 of 107 Re: POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA [kate007124]
Sep 23, 2012 (10:34 pm)
I am not sure what else you could do. But I would like to say one thing in the defense of this car.
When I was learning to drive I drove my brother's old 1995 Saturn, as he was away in college. Later, I bought it from him. I loved that car. But eventually the car got old and not as reliable as it once was. And with my life changing I needed a new car. Well, I ended up getting a 2012 Hyundai Elantra, and I must say that my new car is amazing. I have recently moved to a city with no highways. But in the city that my car was purchased in the only driving I did was on highways. I remember looking down one day and my MPG was at 34.8. This was only a few months after purchasing the car. In my new city my car now gets 25 MPG or less, but I have a lot of stop-and-go and pretty much no highway driving. But as soon as I take a trip back to the other city, my MPG goes right back up to 30+. I have owned this car since the end of April, and I have not had one problem with it so far, especially none with my MPG. And let me add in that I am a young driver, so I am not by any means the best driver in the world. Still, my MPG has been fine since day 1 of my purchase.
Also, after my grandmother saw my new car she went out and bought the exact same one, with a few more upgrades then mine had. And she has not had any problems with her MPG either.
I do not know what you could do to try and fix your problem. But I can tell you that the MPG problem is not from the 2011 - 2012 changes in the car. I am sorry you are having such problems with your car. But I hope you can resolve them because the 2012 Hyundai Elantra really is a good car to have.