The Elantra SE is a well-rounded package with a roomy cabin, a comfortable ride, nice fit and finish and a quiet interior. It provides excellent braking and very secure emergency handling, aided by standard electronic stability control. Fuel economy is respectable at 27 mpg overall. Acceleration is adequate, if not breathtaking.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This car accelerates and handles very well. No hesitation on acceleration, and handles just fine."

B M., TX (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"For winter driving conditions narrower snow tires are a must. The wide factory tires turn this vehicle into a hockey on ice and worthless in driving through snow deeper than about 2 inches."

CHRIS F., MN (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Dead steering feel makes the car tend to wander with zero feedback at the wheel."

THOMAS Z., NC (2008 Hyundai Elantra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Road noise"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Heated front seats, adjustable height, good cool air, good heated air,"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"The air conditioner is very undersized and can only keep the car cool by running it on max recirculate. Dealer tells me it is operating correctly."

THOMAS Z., NC (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"The A/C is marginal, especially in the back seat, when the temperature gets hot."

VINCENT B., MO (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"the seats seem to be increasingly uncomfortable especially the seat backs"

DONALD S., PA (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Not quite enough leg room with the seat all the way back."

PATRICK M., NC (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Not enough leg room since knee surgery."

MARK J., MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"It is difficult to get into the driver's seat without banging your head -- and I am a short person."

KASSANDRA S., WI (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats and seating position are extraordinarily comfortable. Road and wind noise is annoying and interferes with listening to the radio and music."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Satisfied with comfort but findt he noise annoying when highway driving."

LARRY W., ON (2008 Hyundai Elantra)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I got a great deal on a reliable efficient car with many of the extras, including leather seats, that I would have had to pay $7-10,000 more for from other carmakers."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Elantra)


DENNIS H., AL (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Hyundais were already low-priced back in 2009. I decided to purchase a 2008 Elantra shortly after it made the cover of that year's CR mag as the highest scoring small car (score of 82). I spent about 6 to 8 hours at the local dealership test driving 4 comparable cars (including a Mazda 3 & Civic). The Elantra was the best (and changing the oil appeared to be possible & accessible compared to the others). I brought an add from a Seattle newspaper showing a new 2008 Elantra on sale. I said if they"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"I purchased the Elantra SE, as a result of your testing of that model in 2008. You rated the SE as the highest rated compact, as the SE had features both safety and convenience. I purchased the car sight unseen as the Dealer had no SE models in stock at the time. They also offered a $1000 rebate on the model which was an added appeal."

STEPHEN H., FL (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"This is probably the best car I've had for the price. The car has 200,000 miles and still running very well."

B M., TX (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"I was used to buying luxury cars, however due to unforseen circumstances in 2008, I had to buy a car that was reasonably priced with great quality and warranty. This was it. My car still drives great."

JOAN F., DC (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Rock bottom price for a small sedan, good service and practical features. My first automatic and love the ease of driving. Nice touches such as power mirror adjustments, console compartments, intermittent wipers, fog lights and extra slider shades on the sun visors. Good gas mileage."

Anonymous, NH (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"In the future, I think I would look at a hybrid (gas/electric) car to increase gas mileage."

JANE L., IL (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"dealer had to make monthly sales quota"

TOM P., MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Something is wrong with the electronic system. Passenger window control doesn't work intermittently; tail lights don't go off intermittently; battery gets drained completely intermittently when no lights are left on."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Liked the layout of the inside, like how many storage spaces inside are available, like the size of the trunk in relation to the size of the vehicle."

MICHAEL D., WA (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

"Mechanically, this car has been a very reliable vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It is hard to see potential obstacles in the rear, i.e. backing up."

Anonymous, UT (2008 Hyundai Elantra)


DENNIS H., AL (2008 Hyundai Elantra)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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