I looked at what the tech package includes and there isn't any mention of different/more storage bins. tech package is all audio, video and electrical stuff.Love the car but I miss the little storage bins on my Accord. Anyone know if the tech package has storage in the top part of the center armrest? Could it be retrofitted to the GLS? If not, anyone have any ideas how to mod it to use the waste space? Everything else in the car is soooo well thought out that it seems incredible that they missed out on this one.
Quite awesome you drove all those cars that are very much like the Elantra before buying the Elantra.Have had our '13 GT for all of a day, but impressions so far:
1) Fantastic styling. Hands-down the best looking car in its class
2) Really nice interior, particulary given the price. Great variety of textures and finishes, upholstered panels where other cars have plastic, etc. Have a look at the interior of, say, a Chevy Sonic or a Mazda 3 and you'll see what I mean.
3) Best batch of standard features in its class. Lots of nice touches like fog lights and heated seats and remote-adjustable mirrors and electric windows and door locks that can cost you a bundle more on other cars.
4) Quiet, smooth ride. Now I may be a bit out of touch here (my previous cars include a lowered Miata that I autocross and vintage Mustangs that look great but will make you deaf). The Elantra GT is a world apart in terms of ride quality and being quiet enough to actually hear a conversation spoken at normal volumes.
5) Practicality/usefulness. Will see how close we actually get to the (possibly overinflated) 39mpg mark, but so far the car seems to be a real fuel sipper. For hauling stuff home, the rear seats that actually fold flat (as opposed to "well, almost" on many other cars) make for (once again) best-in-class capacity. It's almost like the car is saying "I dare you to buy so much crap that it won't all fit". A challenge my wife may be a little too willing to take. Which brings me to...
Hate is such a harsh term. Let's just say I've found one minor annoyance:
1) Digging through the various Satellite Radio options requires a bit of a stretch, and too much time spent looking at the screen. Best to find the channels you want and pre-set them; trying to do this while driving is almost as stupid as texting.
That's it, for now. Will have to do some more driving to see if anything else becomes apparent. I have to say that after a good deal of shopping and test driving (Chevy Sonic, Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic, Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Hyundai Veloster, Hyundai Accent), I'm extremely pleased with the Elantra GT.
Glad to hear from a real Elantra GT owner once again. Wicked color choice btw, seen the picturesLoving this car, particularly I like the mechanical feel of the shifter (some people hate it), low end torque under light throttle, quiet smooth ride, and the panoramic roof (can't wait til summer!)
Dislikes; Drive by wire, when I want full throttle, give me full throttle for **** sakes!! That being said, full throttle performance sucks, it should be faster than my old Sunfire GT, at least the numbers suggest it should! Also, have yet to come even close to the posted fuel economy numbers!! Even shifting like a granny, best I've gotten MIX, 8.6L/100km (27MPG). Have yet to go on a strictly highway drive yet... so we'll see. But still, the city numbers are supposed to be 7.XL/100km, and I haven't gotten close to that :/
Hyundai USA has sent out a memorandum and they have updated the Marooney stickers, however, they still don't come close. I drive a predominately highway commute and after 11.5k miles, my manual GT gets 29.88 MPG mixed. The best tank I have ever had is 32.6, worst is 27.1. I have used the App Gas Cubby to store all my fuel fillings.32/39 are the numbers they boast... and 27 is the best I have gotten so far. I'm not going to officially complain until summer, cause generally cars use more fuel in colder weather. And I take in affect I have a bit of a lead foot sometimes.
Owned mine for a week now and still very pleased with it. First tank I got 32mpg (indicated, never did manual calculations) with my commute to work being 10 miles(each way) on a freeway at 80mph.Owned ours for 4 days now. Love almost everything. I don't hate anything but I think the wheelbase could have been a tad big bigger... 1 or 2 inches more and the backseat would be much better for carseats/passengers. I feel like my 02 Elantra GT had more room in the back, and it probably did. The suspension doesn't really bother me much since we didn't buy the car for the performance factor. But I'm used to sportbikes and SUVs so car performance has been somewhat lost on me since my younger years.
That's interesting, because I think my Elantra GT is exceptionally quiet. Do you have the roof rack by chance?I've had mine for a total of 9 days. Love it so far (but who doesn't always love their new car) with the exception of the road noise. I understand it's not a luxury car so you lose some of the in cabin quietness so I just turn the radio up a bit. Bluelink is a great feature and I love that I can start the car from my phone. the only downside to this is it can take up to 2 minutes to communicate with the car itself. They should have just provided an auto start feature on the key fob.