Funny thing is that the Kia Rio just went from GDI to MPFI for the 2020 model year. I guess GDI isn't all its cracked up to be?
You're right. That's your guess.
And that's my opinion. They probably switched back because of cost, or they could accomplish the same thing without the extra complexity and expense. The high pressure fuel pump, and direct injectors are expensive not just for the guy who has to replace them years down the road, but also for the manufacturer. Hyundai isn't changing it because they feel bad for the people that didn't do extra maintenance and got extreme carbon buildup after 7 years.
I guess we'll see how they hold up after 30+ years. That's how long I expect a car to last. It's hard to say now. Nobody has put enough miles and years on them to find out. The 2 fuel pumps total $1000 Canadian for the parts and I already know some of them are failing on these cars.
I know you've put like 200k on yours Wemay and that's pretty good, but in less than 10 years it's not proving a whole lot yet.
Anyway, we got off topic. I would avoid the 2013 model since they have an extremely high rate of engine failure and last I heard the Elantra's weren't in on the recall like the 2.4/2.0t. My friends co-worker had to fight with Hyundai to get them to replace his for the piston slap. They didn't want to because it wasn't under warranty or recall but he did win in the end.