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2007 Hyundai Elantra SE Review


No Longer a Surprise

A three-quarter front view of a 2007 Hyundai Elantra SE

In short: A very affordable, luxurious small sedan.

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 Hyundai Elantra interior is beautifully crafted and looks like it belongs to a Lexus

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.

Prince fans take notice. The Hyundai Elantra features Purple Rain paint
The Hyundai Elantra features comfy seats and a spacious back row The Hyundai Elantra's four-cylinder engine is surpisingly quick

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.

The Hyundai Elantra has a little bit of Lexus in its exterior too

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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.

Base Price: $13,395 /As tested: $16,780

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter inline-4
Horsepower: 138 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 136 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Curb weight: 2,747 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
177.4/69.9/58.3 in
Turning circle: 33.9 feet

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake distribution

Suspension: independent front and rear

front air bags, front side air bags, side curtain air bags

0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
Top Speed: 120 mph (governed)

EPA City: 28 mpg
EPA Highway: 36 mpg

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(Updated: 02/06/12 NW)

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