"best reliabilty,MPG, safety, features for the money"4.5 starson by baybenj
Pros: Incredible safety features standard, ESC etc, real life MPG is above expected, adequate power, smooth ride, tons of space, decent looks.
Cons: I would have liked to seen engine and transmission options, interior color options, and a very super sound system option. Poor choice of name: this not an old Elantra.
Summary: I am a confirmed Toyo head and have known a number of Hyundai owners, all of whom I did not believe that they were "Really loving" thier Hyundais, until I came across the Touring. This car reminds me of German engineering executed by Japanese craftsmen, sort of a cross between a VW and a Toyo. I am in love with this car and may change my mind miles from now, but the price is right and the few criticisms I've read mostly refer to its lack of "Sporty" handling, seems to handle very well for all but the most extreme situations. If you are wanting raw anything for less,buy the Genesis.If you want great drivabilty, MPG, flexible tunes, cargo room, reliability/warranty,good looks,safety, all for under $18K there is not a better deal out there. I still have a 2003 Corolla, which we enjoy as old faithful, but a new one costs more and has fewer features. Why not take a chance on Hyundai? We have and so far so good. Only time will tell us if it will be as reliable as predicted, (don't want to jinx myself),but all reports have Hyndais rated well in this area. Hyundai should have released this car under its' european badge the " i30" as many confuse this with the sedan that only shares its' engine. I think they would sell more i30s than Elantra Tourings. It helps that this car is one of the better looking cars of this class without plastic glued on fenders and fake wood interior. It is certainly, in my opinion, a great looking, well rounded choice for most folks.