Today's Rave: 2012 Hyundai Elantra interior

Today's Rave: 2012 Hyundai Elantra interior

When you have a car that costs less than $17K, it's really easy to cut corners in order to get the price where you want it. A few cheap touch points here, bad color combos there ... and a whole lot of boring blah on the center stack. I'm pleased to say that Hyundai did not go that route with the all-new 2012 Elantra. I'm currently driving the base GLS model with a manual transmission, and I love it.

Granted I've only had it for 24 hours, but I haven't actually found anything wrong with it just yet.

My favorite: The aesthetically pleasing center stack. The trapezoidal design, the intuitive placement of buttons and the bright blue back lights all combine to create one attractive and functional base of operations. And remember, this is just the base model. It only gets better if you level up and add a navigation system.


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  • Drove the 2011 model when I took my then girlfriend up to Chicago to propose to her at the Chicago Auto show. Absolutely loved the car. Felt a little tight on the inside but I like small cars so it was no biggy for me. Loved the HVAC controls too.

  • i love how they manage to work all the controls in and make them look good. like pieces of a puzzle that just fit.

  • Might be necroposts to topics otherwise covered,but since this also involves Hyundai, which is also Kia:

    The Dec. Car & Driver reviews the Veloster, and besides using Hieronymus Bosch (apparently not the spark plug mfgr.) to illustrate the article, said that due to the lack of power, they always had to keep the foot to the floor, and while it was supposed to get 28/40 EPA mileage, they only got 25.

    I don't know if you keep it to the floor like they usually do, but it seems like this consistent variance between EPA and observed would be a problem.

  • HVAC controls are far more better then toyota

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