We have both Hondas and Hyundai's in my family and like them both. The
Hyundai's have proven to be nicely made, reliable cars. The Honda's are a
little better appointed and use nicer interior materials. They are generally
faster, with a lot more 'Zoom' if that floats your boat. The Hyundai's are
an outstanding value and will do the job. My 5 year old Santa Fe is coming
up on 60 K and has been incredibly reliable. Same for my sister's Sonata and
my cousins Elantra. However, I really enjoy unleashing the 3.0 in my wife's
Accord EX every once in a while.
If you're trying to conserve cash, the Hyundai is definitely the way to go.
You won't be disappointed.
The current Elantra may not match the Civic for handling or performance, but
it is close in refinement and quality. Long-term reliability is somewhat of
a question mark, but Elantra will likely still be more reliable over the
long term than a Detroit 3 competitor. I know quite a few owners of 2001
and newer Elantras who love their cars because they have been surprisingly
more reliable than they expected.
Although it will be several years yet, I have considered an Elantra Touring
wagon for my next car... unless Honda decides to resurrect the Civic wagon
(the Fit is too small for my liking).
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