Hyundai Elantra

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by B.E. Coyote, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    Anybody buy one recently? Did you get much off MSRP?

    Wife decided that will be her next car but I am reading articles that people are paying over MSRP. :eek1

    They have 0% interest for 5 years so I am not expecting much but over MSRP doesn't sound right.
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  2. jdiaz

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    My local dealers have 100s of Elantras in stock. Come to Chicago.
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  3. Ursa Major

    Ursa Major Bemused

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    0% for 5 years doesn't match with selling over MSRP at the dealer level; I suspect the "over-MSRP" anecdotes are dealer sourced BS. If you do happen to live in a strange Hyundai-obsessed geographic vortex, do a fly and drive vacation to Southern Cal, they're discounting them nicely around here, like every other compact car. Check out www.truecar.com for your zip code, it should give you a starting point on what to pay and who to talk to.
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  4. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    I bought mine in May of 2011 when the MD body style was first introduced. The pipeline was very slow to fill with most of them flying off the lot in a few days. Stories were rampant that people were taking any color or trim level and paying over list price then too. And yet, I still got the exact car in the trim and options I wanted in the color of my choice and paid under MSRP for it. Go figure. :deal

    Don't buy in to the hype. In the last few months, supply finally seems to be outstripping demand as dealers now have solid inventories. IMHO, only a fool would pay above MSRP when supplies are limited. You would have to be certifiably deranged to do so when inventories are full. :norton

    P.S. I still like the car very much. I've had zero problems and would buy another without hesitation.

    Edited to add a big +1 to all of Ursa Majors points. I live in a big metropolitan area and used TrueCar to find the best price. It was easily worth the effort of driving across town for the lowest price and the exact car I wanted. The TrueCar service was included in the one month long online subscription to Consumer Reports that I used to do research. Best $6.95 you can spend when car shopping.
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  5. Oshiat

    Oshiat Been here awhile

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    Wife bought one last year, we paid somewhere between invoice and MSRP but I honestly dont remember what. She totally loves the car. Its fun to drive and sporty looking, but it aint no hot rod. The gas mileage also isn't what they advertised. It gets high 20s to mid 30s depending on how driven. We are supposed to get a debit card from Hyundai to make up the difference between advertised and actual at the end of each year.
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  6. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    Only 2011-2012 models with the 29 city/40 highway ratings qualify for the fuel rebate. You have to register online, print of a sheet and then drop by a dealer for them to verify your mileage. Only then does Hyundai send you the debit card. Then you drop by a dealer periodically as the miles pile up and they put more money on the card. It's good forever, no limit on miles or time. It might even transfer to subsequent owners, its been too long since I did it to trust my memory.

    I drive primarily in town and usually average 29-30 with a worst tank ever of 27. On the freeway for long trips, I've seen a best tank of 38.8 MPG (manually calculated, not using the display. I now keep track of every fill on an iPhone app) with a lowest of 33. For me, 34-37 highway is routinely achieved and I'm not a hyper miler. It really depends on terrain, temperature, quality of the fuel and how mellow I am with the go pedal. I usually get the best mileage using cruise control.
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  7. i_4ce

    i_4ce wants a WeeStrom

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    So does that mean the 2013s get better mileage or did they drop the rating on them?
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  8. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    They dropped the ratings. On some models like the Elantra, the rating wasn't very far off, maybe 1-2 MPG. On other models it was farther off, like 3-4 MPG, hence a bigger rebate.

    Apparently other makers are also having problems hitting some of the fuel mileage ratings advertised on the window stickers. Some news reports on one of Fords new hybrid models says it misses by over 10 MPG. AKAIK, only Hyundai and Kia stepped up to make it right with owners by giving them direct reimbursements.
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  9. B.E. Coyote

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    Well we ended up with a Sonata Limited for well under MSRP. Damn nice car, nicer than we are used to anyway, wife is as happy as if it were a Mercedes.

    If it is reliable it should be a great car.
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  10. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    Congrats! After she puts a few miles on it, check back in and give us an update!
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  11. Cheddarhead

    Cheddarhead Been here awhile

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    Bought a Sonata in 2009. It now has nearly 90,000 miles on it.

    Base (GLS) model with 4 cyl engine and auto trans. I would have gotten a 5 speed manual if one could have been found.

    Much nicer / more interior quality than the Fusion / Accord / Camry I was originally shopping for. Easily the best car I've ever owned as far as fuel efficiency (28+ in town, 33 on longer trips), cabin fit / finish / sound level, etc. Trunk is caverous. Only gripe is that the OEM tires (Michelins) lasted less than 55K and one of them would lose 5-7 psi consistently.

    Will buy another...just wish I could get another new one for the price I paid for this one ($14.5K iirc).

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  12. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    One of the wife's co workers just got rid of her 5 year old Sonata. It had 345,000 trouble free miles.:deal She has a long commute. She got a used Buick that already has had some headlight problems, causing her to leave it parked over night at the office.:lol3
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  13. a1fa

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    bump. any updates? we test drove elantra tonight, and liked it, but had to pull out for the night due to unsuccessful negotiation. the dealer is asking $17.7 for a 2013 elantra gls with preferred package with $2000 off (hyundai incentives). I walked away, because according to my calculations, the car should've been $15.7 out the door. advice appreciated.
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  14. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Can't say anything about the Elantra, but I drove a rented low-mileage '13 Sonata on an 1800-mile road trip earlier this year and wouldn't own one. It was mostly fine, but did not handle water well. The accessory drive belt would squeal and the battery light would come on when splashed by just normal puddles, and the brakes got wet way too easily and went to total shit while they were wet. And the Toyota-induced "safety" updates to throttle-by-wire systems prevent riding the brake to dry the rotors while driving down the road, but that's likely to be true for everything that doesn't have a cable-driven throttle these days.
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  15. NikonsAndVStroms

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    Did you try the Forte? It should be basically a different flavor of the car and I think Kia is a bit better in bang for your buck, and driving feel.
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  16. Tweaker

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    I rented an Elantra last year and thought the radio was horrid. Bluetooth worked ok though. The rest of the car was ok but meh. Overstyled, they try too hard.
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  17. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    I had the same observation, however, it's all useful for $17k, I was hoping I could snag it for $15.5....
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  18. NikonsAndVStroms

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    Have you tried the Cruze yet? Seemed like a nice car when I drove it with the 1.4T
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  19. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Not yet.. lots of complaints about squeaks and bad plastic...
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  20. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    bump... the Hyundai salesman called on Thursday, asking what it would take to get me back to buy an Elantra; 2013 Elantra GLS auto; with the Preferred package... I'm firm at $15500.
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