2007 Hyundai Elantra SE Review
No Longer a Surprise
The all-new Hyundai Elantra is a compact sedan that competes favorably with the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Rabbit. Power comes from a 138-horsepower inline-4 engine that feels quicker than it should be, while turning in respectable EPA fuel economy figures of 28 mpg city and 36 highway. At higher speeds, the steering feels a little wobbly on center, but handling in general is good with a surprising amount of feel around corners.
The interior is quite impressive, with plastics and other materials that would be at home in an Acura or Lexus. Our “Purple Rain” test car (make your own Prince reference) came standard with front-side air bags, curtain air bags, ABS, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, six-speaker stereo with CD and mp3 jack, and a trip computer. The seats are covered in a nice, suede-like material while the steering wheel is wrapped in leather (although the latter might make your hands a little clammy). Instruments and stereo controls are lit in classy cobalt blue, like in Volkswagens and certain Acuras. With an as-tested price of $16,780, the Elantra offers impressive value, especially when Hyundai’s lengthy warranty is factored in.
One of these days, the introduction of an all-new Hyundai won’t be accompanied by shocked reactions of “I can’t believe how nice this is!”—we’ll just expect it to be. With the Elantra, that day is almost certainly just around the corner.
Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty; 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty; 7-year/unlimited rust protection; 5-year/unlimited mile towing assistance.