Before you sign for the Elantra talk to your insurance carrier. Elantras built before 2022 do not have an engine immobilizer. A popular TikTok challenge shows punks how to pull out the ignition and steal the car, usually wrecking it. Many carriers won't write new policies on Elantras or will charge an eye-popping premium. While the 2023 has the immobilizer, many carriers put it in the same risk pool as those that don't.
As far as the car goes, it is geared for fuel economy and the acceleration, while adequate, is pretty tame. I do get great gas mileage -- 33 in the city and 44 mpg on the highway.
It is among the roomiest compacts. The Atkinson Cycle 2.0 engine seems, so far, to be durable -- a trait that can't be said for other Hyundai engines.
The engine is pretty tame at only 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, but at 8.2 seconds zero to 60 it runs as fast as its peers. If you usually carry four onboard, or live in the hills, you will notice the modest torque.
The CVT transmission pretty good, for a CVT. It seems to slip on initial acceleration. Welcome to CVT land. They all do it.
Otherwise, the car seems well put together, particularly for the price.