Though I came into this car shopping experience with a sad heart, simply looking for a cheap vehicle to get me from point A to point B, it became a lot more meaningful when I first laid eyes on the 2012 Hyundai Elantra that day in the showroom. It’s combination of sleek styling and a long list of features at a highly competitive price won me over hard. Once I saw that car, it wasn’t about just getting any car. It was about being a baller in that car. I was thinking about that Elantra every day until I finally got my own over the weekend. Should you be interested in my experiences with the vehicle so far, click through to read more!
Going into the Hyundai dealership that day, I had my sights set on the 2012 Hyundai Accent. It’s a nice entry-level sedan at a cost cheaper than almost every other entry-level sedan on the market. However, once I saw that black 2012 Hyundai Elantra, it was game over. As someone who has had bad to indifferent views on Hyundai in the past, seeing the new Elantra was like having a cold glass of water splashed on my face. While looks are subject to opinion, I feel like the newest Elantra is prettier and more exciting-looking than all the other cars in its class, including the 2012 Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Nissan Sentra. To me, the new Elantra doesn’t look like an entry-level sedan, even though it’s priced like one.
It doesn’t hurt that the trim-level of the Elantra doesn’t feel entry-level, either. The interior finish is excellent, the seats are comfortable and there’s more than enough leg room for everyone. While it’s still summer time in Canada, it’s comforting to know that I now have access to heated seats in this vehicle. Other cool features to me include stereo controls from the steering wheel, Bluetooth support so that I can take calls through the car stereo system as well as an auxiliary and USB port. The auxiliary port works as advertised, but so far I’m underwhelmed with the USB functionality of the car. Outside of standard USB sticks, I can’t seem to make it connect with my iPhone or my iPods. The car’s manual says it only supports specific models, but I own two iPods that are listed in the manual and neither of them work. For the time being, I will load a bunch of songs on a USB stick and I’ll inquire on how to get my iPod to work directly with the car. Overall, I couldn’t find another car in this price-range that packed in as many features as this one does.
On the road, it handles itself well. It’s not the most powerful car, but it accelerates at an acceptable rate and gear changes feel smooth. It take corners just fine and it stops fairly quickly without me having to slam on the brakes. The only thing I’m still getting used to is the car’s size. It’s a bit bigger than my Nissan Sentra, so I’m still trying to get a feel for parking and other nuanced car maneuvers. Where it shines brightest though is in its fuel economy. The car is one of the most fuel-efficient on the market (advertised at 40MPG) that isn’t a hybrid, and so far, it seems to sip gas at a very slow pace. I can’t quantify this with any actual numbers, but for the amount of driving I’ve done so far, I’m surprised that I’ve used up as little fuel as I have.
So far, I love this car. I’m not a car enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination, but I love looking at it, sitting in it and driving it around town. At the price I paid for it, I feel like I got a way better value than if I had bought any other car in its class. According to some car pros out there, they seem to like this car, too. As I type this, I want to just go back into the car and drive for the sake of driving, which I don’t think is a feeling I’ve ever felt before.