The Best Car Money Can Buy?

In ESSAY on May 16, 2012 at 11:13 am

The Best Car Money Can Buy?

With a 40-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look and tremendous value for money the 2012 Hyundai Elantra apparently has left the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla behind.

Bayo Akinloye

“If it’s possible, a single car shows exactly how far Korean automakers have come, and how much trouble they’re causing for Japanese car companies. That car is the Hyundai Elantra, one of the best compact sedans available today, and one of the strongest new-car values in recent memory,” said Marty Padgett, a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.

With the influx of Korean cars in Nigeria, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra strolls in with all the bragging rights. With its redesign in 2011, Hyundai cut back on the Elantra’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to 1.8 litres, though still as strong. With 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque, the car performs well. According to a review “quality is excellent, though, and the Elantra soaks up road noise as well as, or better than its competitors, with noise levels about as low as some mid-size sedans”.

The 2012 Elantra has changed “the order that held true for most of the past 25 years”. According to an automobile specialist, the default recommendations of Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla no longer hold true. The Elantra is much improved in gas mileage, roomier, and better refined.

As Padgett reviewed: “From some angles, the Elantra looks like it’s about to leap ahead; the rear door cuts in particular seem to keep the body in constant visual motion. The interior could be even a little more successful, as it tames some of the swoopy lines that could look overdone in the Sonata. In particular, the hourglass shape of the center console is fresh and distinctive, a purely Hyundai design cue from a brand that’s had few visuals all to itself in the past. It’s a look that brims with confidence”.

The car’s inside has plenty of handy cubbies and storage bins, plus a covered one that sits ahead of the shift lever: it also contains the aux jack, a power point, and the USB port in an easy to reach module, perfect for connecting smartphones.

“All Elantras come with those features, and others that make it one of the best-equipped base vehicles in the segment. Even the base GLS has power windows, locks, and mirrors; keyless entry; and (on automatic models) air conditioning; cruise control; and telescopic steering. Options can turn the Elantra into a luxurious sedan; the navigation system has one of the largest LCD touchscreens in the class, and it’s beautiful to look at and to use, with voice recognition for phone, audio, and destinations, plus real-time traffic and weather. Bluetooth and audio streaming are standard, too; a rearview camera comes with the navigation system, and to top it all off, the Elantra earns the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick designation,” Marty Padgett concluded in his review.


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