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2009 Hyundai Elantra

2008 Kia Spectra

  2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2008 Kia Spectra 4-door Sedan Auto EX Open Doors
MSRP
$14,120
$12,895
Invoice $13,735 $12,345
MPG
City/Highway
23/33 23/32
Rating
7.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
6.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line The 2009 Hyundai Elantra is one of the most practical—albeit bland—small-sedan choices, while the new Elantra Touring hatchback adds a little more spice. Read Full Review The 2008 Kia Spectra is still a lot of car for the money, but with it’s a bit outclassed by a host of more refined and updated small-car models. Read Full Review
Likes &
Dislikes

Likes:

  • backseat spacious enough for adults
  • Smooth ride
  • Roomy trunk
  • Responsive acceleration, even with automatic
  • Respectable fuel economy ratings

Dislikes:

  • Unexciting exterior styling (sedan)
  • Sedan doesn’t feel at all sporty
  • Coarse engine sound when accelerating

Likes:

  • Impressive interior space
  • Smooth, settled ride
  • Responsive steering and handling in SX models

Dislikes:

  • Dull interior design and subpar materials
  • Disappointing fuel economy
  • Engine noise when revving or accelerating hard
  • Anti-lock brakes aren’t offered on much of the lineup
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