Talking Cars 291: Driving the 2021 Hyundai Elantra
Plus, how larger wheels affect ride quality, fender benders, and how the Alaskan climate affects a car
Main theme: We discuss our first drive impressions of the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra. This seventh-generation of Hyundai’s compact sedan is longer, lower, and wider than before, and it has a more grown-up feel. We give our early findings about the powertrain, ride and handling, interior comfort and space, and the usability of the controls.
• Because many cars today don’t have exposed bumpers, how much damage can be done to things like the grille and headlights during minor fender-benders?
• Are you considering adding side-impact testing to CR’s child-seat program?
• Is it true that you typically get a softer ride with a car that has smaller wheels compared with one that has larger-diameter wheels and tires?
• I'm thinking about buying a 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid that spent most of its life in Alaska before ending up in Florida. What are the potential problems I should be aware of on a vehicle that spent so much time in freezing-cold weather?
As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.
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• Favorite Cars of 2020, episode 288
• Tesla Model Y Test Results, episode 287
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