The 2006 Elantra is still the old style introduced in 2002 (I believe).
We just bought a 2006 Elantra GLS sedan on Christmas Eve. It was a
Christmas gift for my wife.
We started looking at new cars last March; scrutinized and test drove
the new Sonata, Camry, Accord, Civic, Kia Spectra, and also the Ford
Five Hundred of all things. We really never considered an Elantra at
that time. But, after spending tons of time looking and test driving,
as well as renting a 2006 Sonata GLS V6, we decided to take a look at
the Elantra after all. After some discussion, we decided to pay cash
for a car, rather than financing. Therefore, we went "down market" a
bit from what we previously considered, excluding the Civic and Spectra
of course. We liked what we saw in the Elantra, and I was impressed by
the overall apparent build quality, ride, and value for the money. We
got a decent deal (at least I think so) at $13,750, including fees,
tax, and license.
We do have plans of buying another new car, perhaps in late November or
December. And, if our experience with the Elantra is a good one, we
most likely will go with the Sonata. Both my wife and I really like
the Sonata as well. Since we keep our cars for at least 10 years,
sometimes much longer, the more rapid depreciation rate of a Hyundai
really doesn't concern me. No doubt, this will change in the future
given the quality of their current products and as they become more
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend an Elantra. Of course, we've owned it
for less than a month and have very few miles on it. It has a nice
feel to it, and drives well in town and on the highway. Overall, my
wife and I are impressed.