Plants First, Fish Next

The original intent of this journal was to chronicle the trials and tribulations of the struggling twenty-something, as I searched for love and happiness in the small city-burb of ManchVegas, NH. Now, I'm thirty-something, I've found love in many forms, happiness in even more, and now the struggle is just... well... life. And finding time to do the million and one things I want to do- including writing.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Why do you think I have this OUTRAGEOUS Accent?"

"... you silly English kin-ig-it!"

My original thought was to look into the VERY inexpensive Accent.

Seriously, the hatch version starts at $9,985.  However, it only comes in a 3-door (2 passenger doors and a hatch) version, and I'd really prefer true back-seat doors.  Also, it's cheap because it's, well... cheap.  The base model doesn't even have ABS as an OPTION.  Now, I know how to break so they don't lock up, but resale wise not having that pretty basic standard feature is kinda crap.  Needless to say, the Accent was eliminated from my list after about 3 minutes of research.

Onto the Elantra Touring.

Base Model MSRP: $15,995 (no additions)
EPA Milage: 23/31

The Elantra is Hyundai's compact sedan, the Touring is the hatch version.  It comes will all the safety features standard (unlike the Accent) and some of the perks I want in a car like keyless entry.  The only possible add-ons would be cruise control and MAYBE steering wheel audio controls.

Too bad it's totally a mom-mobile:

Reviews on the Elantra SE are quite favorable, though.  Enough to make me think about looking at the sedan model:

Pretty sexy, no?  With a starting price tag of $14,830 (more than $1K lower than the hatch) and EPA mileage 29/33, it seems to be a better buy.  But is it really?  Let's compare (thanks, Hyundai website!)

Elantra GLS, MT

Elantra Touring GLS, MT



EPA mileage 29/33

EPA Milage: 23/31

Anti-Trap trunk release

not an option

Auto Headlights w/ off

not an option

Remote Trunk Release

not an option

A/C option

A/C standard

Trip Computer

not an option

So, the only thing I'd *loose* is standard AC.  I'd gain the standard remote doors and trunk.  Some of the options, like Cruise Control, remain the same.  So, unless the AC is $1K, the sedan IS a better buy then the Touring.  Reviews? Consumer Reports video:

Popular Mechanics Review of Hyundai Elantra

End result: Accent is off the list as is the Elantra Touring, but the Elantra sedan has made the list; the only sedan in a sea of hatches.

Potential Cars:
1. Honda FIT
2. Kia Soul
3. Hyundai Elantra
? Ford Fiesta
? Nissan Versa (& Cube)
? Mazda MAZDA A2 (& A3 5-door)
10. Toyota Yaris

Kia Rio 5
Toyota Matrix
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Elantra Touring



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