Paula Says: Hundai Elantra - still economical

Hyundai Elantra
It's still highly economical

This new Hyundai Elantra is perfectly sized for me. It is compact and easy to maneuver, gets good fuel economy and is comfortable and quiet enough to be a good long distance car.

What I did not like about it was the steering. I got used to it eventually, but it requires a strange and unanticipated level of effort to make minor corrections on the highway. Manual steering would be easier, and I speak from experience; my last car did not have power steering.The view to the rear is limited. I give Hyundai credit for offering a rearview camera as an option, but it is only available as part of a costly navigation system. I also noticed that air conditioning is not standard on the base GLS model with the manual transmission. It is included if you order the automatic transmission.

As for fuel economy, I immediately warmed to that 40 mile per gallon rating. However, more typical results seem to be about 33 miles per gallon in mixed and primarily suburban use. That, however, is still not bad. Overall, we averaged nearly 35 miles per gallon. Given the right circumstances and a few more miles on the odometer, this car will probably get to the 40 mpg mark, but most people, I think, will have to settle for less, as we did. It’s still highly economical.Copyright © 2018, CT Now