?When I bought my new Elantra in 2003 it was a difficult locating a unit
that had both ABS and a manual transmission. One dealer even told me that
ABS could only be had along with an automatic transmission. He was wrong
and I eventually found one. Now that Electronic Stability Control is
available I wonder if it can be had along with a manual trans?
My manual Sonata 2010 has ABS and ESC. ABS works very well.
Not sure just how much ESC actually delivers. At least while driving on
ice/snow it still feels like a typical FWD without any electronic gizmos.
Quite a contrast to my wife's Subaru with AWD but without ESC. That
one sometimes feels like it's cornering on rails.
A couple of years ago I tried it in the snow in the parking lot at work. I
just hit the gas and tried turning in a circle. "The ESC made a huge
difference in keeping the car tracking. Turning it off, it wanted to plow
Some months later, I had to make a quick lane change at 65 mph on the
highway. The road was wet and I pulled left as hard as I could, then right
to stay in the other lane. It was like being on rails. My Buick would have
gone sideways into the center median.
I never drove a Subaru AWD so I can't compare, but I'd never buy another car
The ESC on my Sonata is quite noticeable when activated. It feels like
the engine is cutting out and you can feel the brakes coming. Also the
light on the dash flashes when activated. If you haven't felt it, then
likely you have exceeded the limits for activation.
ESC does not give you any significant performance advantage as you still
have only two wheels driving. It just helps keep you out of trouble.
AWD can't be compared to FWD/ESC as AWD DOES give you more performance
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