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Review of my 2018 Elantra #4782609
06/09/18 10:34 PM
06/09/18 10:34 PM
Joined: Apr 2013
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The Northeast
mclasser Offline OP
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I've had my Elantra Value Edition for about 6 months/3k miles now. I thought I'd share my impressions of the car thus far:

EXTERIOR: Very handsome. The body has nice curves and fluid lines, and the panel gaps are tight. LED DRLs make the front end really pop. The 16 in graphite colored rims are attractive. At 5.3 in, there isn't much ground clearance.

INTERIOR & SEATS: Quite comfortable. I'm 6'2 and still don't need to move the seat all the way back. The cushioning is a tad on the firm side (I've heard that seats in Korean-built Elantras are firmer than US-made ones for some reason). Ergonomics are good, especially with the telescoping steering wheel that you can set to your comfort. Rear legroom, though, could be better. The headroom is good. Interior fit and finish is good. I haven't noticed any rough edges or misaligned panels. There're some hard touch plastics but they look & feel fine. Front material quality carries over to the rear as well. The glovebox is roomy and damped; center console is medium sized.

HVAC: Hot heat and cold A/C. I've been leaving the climate control @70 AUTO and the system cools down the car quickly. Three-setting heated seats work nicely as well.

NVH: Surprisingly quiet on the road for an economy car. Wind noise on the highway is subdued. The sound deadening is good since I don't hear the engine when sitting at a light. The suspension reminds me of old double wishbone Hondas -- soft enough to take bumps with ease and firm enough to keep things planted on the highway and when cornering. My old '05 Elantra used to easily get thrown around by crosswinds but not this one. I'm not a fan of the cheapo Kumho tires, though. They make an annoying hum on certain road surfaces and sound hollow. I noticed the rear tires came with a lot of balancing weights from the factory.

STEERING & BRAKES: Because of electric steering, the steering feel is very numb. It is very light at low speeds, making parking lot maneuvering easy. It is easy to spin the steering wheel all the way to lock, and when you do, there's an unnerving clunking noise. The SPORT mode tries to artificially firm things but it's still devoid of any real feel. The brakes are excellent. The pedal is nice and firm with little travel distance. I'm used to Hondas and their mushy feeling pedals.

TECHNOLOGY: This is my first new car in five years, so I think I'm overexcited about the features in this car. I really like the BSM & RCTA w/arrows showing the direction of the object. The Smart Trunk is a neat feature when your hands are full with shopping bags. The infotainment system is awesome with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touchscreen is quick to respond and display quality is crisp. I have the base sound system, which is just okay. Certain music sounds tinny, even after fiddling with the settings. The daytime resolution of the backup camera is fine but it's rather grainy at night (maybe there's pollen covering the lens?). Luckily, the car's small enough to not really have blind spots or visibility issues. This is my first car with push button start, and I'm loving it so far.

POWERTRAIN: I primarily chose the Elantra over the competition because it's one of the last cars left with port fuel injection and a regular A/T. The 2.0L 147 HP engine is just adequate. When you mash on the gas, it sounds noisy and unrefined; definitely not as smooth as other 4-cyl cars I've driven over the years. These Atkinson cycle engines characteristically sound like a diesel when you pop the hood at idle. The 6-speed A/T overall is smooth, but sometimes gets confused when in slow city traffic. Fuel economy is wonderful. I've beaten the EPA highway estimate and crossed 40 MPG several times.

LIGHTING: Nice blue lighting for interior knobs and buttons, with a cool white light for the instrument cluster. The front door handles light up when the proximity key is detected at night. The dome lights are bright, but murky yellow halogens (will upgrade to LEDs soon). The DRLs are bluish-white LEDs, while the headlights are 9005 halogen projectors. Output is just okay; I'm looking into LED upgrades ATM. I haven't used the H7 reflector high beams much.

MAINTENANCE: The listed OCI is 1 yr/7500 miles. QS is the "recommended" oil because of their longtime relationship w/Hyundai. The book says 5w20 & 5w30 are acceptable. I will dump the FF soon and replace it with 5w30 in the hopes it'll maybe quiet down the clicking of the Atkinson cycle engine. To my knowledge, Hyundai doesn't use a special break in oil like Honda does. Drain plug and oil filter have cutouts and are easily accessible. I plan to use syn oil & OEM filters for the life of the car. I thought about running an extended drain filter like FU or M1, but there's so much hullabaloo about Hyundais rattling at startup with non-OEM filters that I don't want to risk it. The spec'd ATF is Hyundai SP-IV and is listed as a "lifetime fluid" LOL. I'm going to change that sucker @30k miles. Like most cars nowadays, there is no ATF dipstick. Coolant is LL and doesn't need to be touched for 10 yrs. Electric PS means no fluid for me to turkey baster out like my other cars. Air and cabin filters are easy to get to as well. Interestingly, Hyundai recommends using a fuel additive every year if you don't exclusively fill up with Top Tier gas. I'll toss a bottle of Techron in every year for good measure anyway. The spark plugs are good for 105k, and are easy to get to, along with the coils & PCV valve. The timing chain should be good for the life of the car.

All-in-all, I am pleased with this little car. It offers a lot of bang for the buck and is a testament to how far Hyundai has come over the years.

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps anybody in the market for an economy car smile


Last edited by mclasser; 06/09/18 11:00 PM.

2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 5K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 56K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 211K

Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782615
06/09/18 10:41 PM
06/09/18 10:41 PM
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Posts: 36,414
Great Lakes
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Great Lakes
The new Elantra is a great looking compact car. Always liked them.


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (FF)
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782619
06/09/18 10:47 PM
06/09/18 10:47 PM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,168
Northern Ontario, Canada
Danno Online content
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Northern Ontario, Canada
Awesome writeup. Good looking car.


2016 Sorento SX V6 AWD
2015 KIA RIO SX
2010 Mazda 3 2.0L
2009 Venza V6 AWD
2013 Sonata 2.4L RIP in write-off crash
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782637
06/09/18 11:08 PM
06/09/18 11:08 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 249
Port Aransas, TX
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Port Aransas, TX
Thanks for the review. My wife has 2014 Elantra Limited. She loves it and it seems to be a high quality car.

Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782714
06/10/18 04:08 AM
06/10/18 04:08 AM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 10,375
ROCHESTER, NY
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ROCHESTER, NY
Thanks for the write up/review; this is what I am looking for. I think that I have narrowed down the next vehicle to the Elantra for my daughter. Just not sure if the trimline will be the SEL or VE as she could care less about the Sun Roof & Push Button Start w/Smart Trunk.

However with the VE, the Heated Seats & Auto Dimming Mirror are compelling. I also like the fact that the base engine(2.0L-147 hp/132 lb.ft.tq.) which has enough power, is available without a TURBO, Direct Injection or Start/Stop and can be had with a regular 6 speed automatic tranny. All together, this pushes the fuel economy toward 40 mpg.


"Retired"
-----------------------------------

'80 Firebird FORMULA V8/4bbl-purchased "NEW"
'15 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
'15 Honda Civic LX
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782716
06/10/18 04:29 AM
06/10/18 04:29 AM
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Posts: 9,553
Kendall, FL
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Kendall, FL
Nice review. Enjoy your Elantra for years to come. Great car.


'18 Sportage LX AWD
Pennzoil HM 5w20

'13 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T
Castrol GTX Magnatec 5w30
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782725
06/10/18 04:56 AM
06/10/18 04:56 AM
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 9,172
North Carolina
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North Carolina
I have a '13 and a '17 for my son. Happy with both.


13 elantra 70k 5w30 QSUD
03 chevy avalanche79k synpwr 10w30
01 saturnsc1 185k synpwr rebuilt
17 mazda cx-5 5600 miles m1 0w30
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: Char Baby] #4782749
06/10/18 05:58 AM
06/10/18 05:58 AM
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Posts: 10,375
ROCHESTER, NY
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Originally Posted By: Char Baby

I also like the fact that the base engine(2.0L-147 hp/132 lb.ft.tq.) which has enough power, is available without a TURBO, Direct Injection or Start/Stop and can be had with a regular 6 speed automatic tranny. All together, this pushes the fuel economy toward 40 mpg.



In addition, I also like the fact that the Elantra has 4 wheel disk brakes('cept the base model) a manual parking brake handle. They just work!

Last edited by Char Baby; 06/10/18 06:00 AM.

"Retired"
-----------------------------------

'80 Firebird FORMULA V8/4bbl-purchased "NEW"
'15 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
'15 Honda Civic LX
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782779
06/10/18 07:03 AM
06/10/18 07:03 AM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,267
Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte, NC
On my '13 Elantra, I ended up swapping out the rear shocks and going with KYB Gas-A-Just. Was a night and day difference in ride quality. I am hoping that they have since resolved the issue with the factory shocks that led myself and many others to have to make the upgrade.


'90 F150 XLT Lariat
'13 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE
'03 Ford Focus ZX3
'06 F150 King Ranch
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782782
06/10/18 07:07 AM
06/10/18 07:07 AM
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The Midwest
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The Midwest
Good looking good in that shade of red.

I test drove the Sport model earlier this year. Only the Sport model has an independent rear suspension. It is a very good one designed by a former BMW M engineer. It handled very good and didn't have a harsh ride.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782784
06/10/18 07:14 AM
06/10/18 07:14 AM
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Posts: 1,857
Texas
Bud Offline
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Texas
Nice review and very nice looking car. Enjoy.


2016 Honda Pilot EX-L with NAV.....Mobil 1 0w20 AFE and Ultra XG7317
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782867
06/10/18 08:46 AM
06/10/18 08:46 AM
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Posts: 508
Denver
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Denver
we have an '10 Elantra and while not the best looking car it gets the job done quite well.

Last edited by marine65; 06/10/18 08:49 AM. Reason: wrong year car

2006 Nissan Sentra 195K miles
2010 Hyundai Elantra 85K miles
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4782951
06/10/18 10:40 AM
06/10/18 10:40 AM
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Posts: 18,807
Dallas,Tx USA
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Dallas,Tx USA
Looks awesome in red! That's the first red one I've ever seen.


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W20

Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4785610
06/13/18 08:33 AM
06/13/18 08:33 AM
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North Carolina
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Originally Posted By: mclasser


INTERIOR & SEATS: Quite comfortable. I'm 6'2 and still don't need to move the seat all the way back.

POWERTRAIN: I primarily chose the Elantra over the competition because it's one of the last cars left with port fuel injection and a regular A/T. The 2.0L 147 HP engine is just adequate. When you mash on the gas, it sounds noisy and unrefined; definitely not as smooth as other 4-cyl cars I've driven over the years. These Atkinson cycle engines characteristically sound like a diesel when you pop the hood at idle. The 6-speed A/T overall is smooth, but sometimes gets confused when in slow city traffic. Fuel economy is wonderful. I've beaten the EPA highway estimate and crossed 40 MPG several times.

MAINTENANCE: The listed OCI is 1 yr/7500 miles. QS is the "recommended" oil because of their longtime relationship w/Hyundai. The book says 5w20 & 5w30 are acceptable. I will dump the FF soon and replace it with 5w30 in the hopes it'll maybe quiet down the clicking of the Atkinson cycle engine. To my knowledge, Hyundai doesn't use a special break in oil like Honda does. Drain plug and oil filter have cutouts and are easily accessible. I plan to use syn oil & OEM filters for the life of the car. I thought about running an extended drain filter like FU or M1, but there's so much hullabaloo about Hyundais rattling at startup with non-OEM filters that I don't want to risk it. The spec'd ATF is Hyundai SP-IV and is listed as a "lifetime fluid" LOL. I'm going to change that sucker @30k miles. Like most cars nowadays, there is no ATF dipstick. Coolant is LL and doesn't need to be touched for 10 yrs. Electric PS means no fluid for me to turkey baster out like my other cars. Air and cabin filters are easy to get to as well. Interestingly, Hyundai recommends using a fuel additive every year if you don't exclusively fill up with Top Tier gas. I'll toss a bottle of Techron in every year for good measure anyway. The spark plugs are good for 105k, and are easy to get to, along with the coils & PCV valve. The timing chain should be good for the life of the car.


Great review and welcome to the Hyundai family. I am 6'3" and Hyundai does make these "tall driver friendly". I am also a big fan of the "firm" seat. I find these more comfortable for long trips, etc, especially with my SI injury.

As for the MPFI, I can't blame you for that choice but Hyundai does have the GDI engine down. You can go with either option without issue. However, that Techron/Top-Tier fuel requirement is mostly for the GDI engines. I guess they only want to print one "instruction" in the manual so cover their bases but it is less important for the MPFI engines.

Hyundai "in house" oil filters are surprisingly good (and manufactured by Mahle). After a OCI, they remain looking near new (dirty but straight pleates, etc). You can easily find them for less than $10ea looking around.

Personally, since it is a 4.3l capacity engine, they are actually really good with 7.5K intervals on conventional oil. Syn is better, sure but this is an easy-on-the-oil engine. Your choice.

I would not do extended intervals why under warranty. Hyundai will wiggle through ANY warranty work without proper intervals and maintenance. Biggest complaint against the company in my book but they do have a better than average warranty and a lot of questionable owners. I helped a Sonata owner out at work and when I had to put 3.5 quarts of "top-off" oil in their car at 22K miles, I asked them when was the last time they changed the oil. Their response.. "You have to change the oil? But they have the 100K warranty, I am good until 100K right?". Then I introduced them to their owners manual.


'15 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 - Havoline 5w-30 & OEM
'14 Subaru Outback 2.5 - NAPA 0w-20 & Wix
'01 Toyota MR2 Spyder - Havoline 5w-30 & Wix
'82 Chevy C10
Re: Review of my 2018 Elantra [Re: mclasser] #4787841
06/15/18 10:10 PM
06/15/18 10:10 PM
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Posts: 2,404
St. Louis
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St. Louis
Nice review.

Regarding engine noise I am not hearing it unless it is very cold. Open the hood yes you hear some noise. In drivers seat at idle I need to look at Tach at times to make sure it is on. I tend to accelerate slowly so maybe that is the difference.

Re: Filters, I did just installed a Fram Ultra XG9688 and Chevron Supreme 10w-30. Very quiet.

Motorking put all my concerns to rest in a response to a pm. I had concerns about using Fram Ultra. His reply:
Quote:
Our filters exceed all hyundai specifications.


Highway mileage is as good 5w-20 or 5w-30. Interstate and country roads 140 miles trip was 46.5 miles on readout. My best on same trip was 47 mpg with Valvoline Premium Conventional 5w-20, but was less than the Chevron Supreme on the way home.

Unlike you I have no bells or whistles (which I prefer). Very happy. Would buy again.


Truth alone triumphs, not untruth.

2017 Elantra SE
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