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2002 Hyundai Elantra Review
A bargain with a reliable warranty.
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The 2002 Hyundai Elantra receives a fresh restyling in the previous year and continues to top the segment in style and price. The European-themed GT model was unveiled in 2001 as well. The GT is the sporty companion to the sedan, having the versatility of a comfortable, cargo-carrying hatchback. The five-door addition to the lineup offers superior handling and comfort. The suspension is tauter and utilizes higher-rate springs.
The 2002 Hyundai Elantra comes with a superb warranty and will cover the powertrain for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Corrosion coverage lasts for five years or 100,000 miles, and roadside assistance is available for five years. A lockout service and towing is also included. Even if the automobile sells within 10 years, the warranty will continue to cover the car. This is one of the best warranty programs in America. Among the segment leaders, such as Ford Focus and Honda Civic, it continues to be a worthy selection in sedans and hatchbacks.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Elantra GLS, Hyundai Elantra GT
The 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT debuts its five-door hatchback body style. It boasts standard equipment, such as 15-inch wheels, disc brakes, suspension tuning, leather-trimmed interior, CD player, and foglamps. To compensate for misstated ratings, it's offering owners three programs: extended warranty, 10 years roadside service, or extended powertrain coverage.
The 2002 Hyundai Elantra has a distinctive exterior design enhanced by strong character lines and chiseled, European-looking style. It utilizes a 102.7-inch wheelbase, with a 177.1-inch length, 67.7-inch width, and 56.1-inch height. Exterior features are all-season tires, rear defogger, variable intermittent wipers, temporary spare tire, and full wheel covers on the GLS models. The GT adds a rear window wiper to the list, while the GLS wears 15-inch steel wheels, and the GT has alloy 16s. The GLS models choose from eight exterior colors, and the GT has five exterior color options.
The 2002 Hyundai Elantra’s interior space increases to allow better passenger comfort due to the redesign. The cabin holds five passengers with a 60/40-split three-place folding rear seat. Having the folding seat in rear expands the available trunk space to 11 cubic feet. The GLS standard features include a trunk light, four-speaker audio system, air-conditioning, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, cloth bucket seats, front reading lights, and tilt steering wheel. The upper-level GT adds two more speakers, lumbar support, leather steering wheel, leather buckets, remote trunk release, and CD player. An additional feature of the GT is the beautiful illuminated gauges that have a purple glow.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Hyundai Elantra offers a two-liter, four-cylinder engine producing 140 horsepower with a standard manual five-speed. An optional automatic four-speed transmission is available. The manual shifting is frisky and spirited, giving it an exciting driving experience. The acceleration is smooth, yet has a slight growl when taking off. After it gets moving, it's very quiet, and takes turns and corners that are easy with minimal body lean. The small car can cope well with any rough spots, thanks to the vehicle’s suspension. The GT hatchback is noticeably tauter in handling, but the ride does not suffer enough to hinder comfort, and the easy-to-read illuminated gauges add ease to nighttime driving.
The 2002 Hyundai Elantra includes dual front airbags, front seat pretensioners, child safety locks, center seat belt, child seat anchors, four headrests, and brake force distribution. The NHTSA awarded five stars in passenger protection, four stars in driver protection, five stars for front-impact crash safety, and four stars for rear-impact crash safety. It didn’t measure up to the testing of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and received ""poor"" ratings in every area.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Solid build
- Powerful engine
- Low price
- Many standard features
You Won't Like
- Unusual styling
A bargain with a reliable warranty.
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