I am pondering my next vehicle. My 99 Accent doesn't owe me anything
and I could go to another one but I am also looking at an Elantra
based on more creature comfort and more capacity. What I was
wondering is how the Elantra holds up compared to the Accent. Given
it's towing capacity is the frame and running gear signifcantly
stiffer so the car handles rough roads better? In short, is it worth
the couple of thousand to move up? Are there onthre issues I need to
think about as I drive around 500 mi/ week on business?
That's what I did, although I was moving up from and Excel. To say the
difference is huge would be an understatement.
What issues are you having with the Accent on rough roads? For that
matter, what constitutes a "rough road" in your neck of the woods? So
far, my '04 Elantra feels solid on all surfaces.
Depending on the current rebates and the exact model you choose, the
difference may be smaller than that. It was in my case in purchasing a
GT vs. an Accent with as close to comparable equipment as possible.
I would think that fuel economy would top your list. The Elantra with a
5 speed will get mid-30's on the highway @ 65 mph. The Accent should get
2-3 mpg more under the same conditions. In terms of comfort, the Elantra
is quite good, but I don't know how it compares it to an Accent.
hyundaitech made a comment about handling rough roads that I took to
be part of why I get so many wheel alignments. ;-) I don't have
problem with handling and I really drive the car IYKWIM. One of the
things aboutthe Elantra that caught my eye was the towing capacity is
quite high, better than the SUV's. To get that I'm thinking they need
a stiff body and substantial running gear. I see that as good. What
I was fishing for is a comment on how well they hold up if they are
used to tow small trailers of stuff like camping gear or small boats.
I'm also looking for bigger wheels than the Accent because of
low 30's would make me very happy. most of what I do is pop on and
off expressways all day.
The Elantra comes with standard air & power windows, both options in the
Accent. Considering a base GLS Elantra is under $2k more than an Accent, I
think it is the way to go. The 2.0L motor provides considerably better power
than the 1.6L in the Accent & gas mileage is only a few miles per gallon
less. The Elantra also has considerably more interior room & cargo space, a
big issue if you're using it for any family purposes & not just a commuter
car. The Elantra is just as sturdy the as the Accent in its construction.
Plenty of them are used as taxi cabs in South Korea. I wouldn't think twice
about stepping up to an Elantra over an Accent! Financing over 60 months
your payments won't be that much more for what you are getting in my
opinion. Best of luck!
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