When it debuted in the early 1990s, this sedan met with a poor reception as it had a reputation for unreliability and poor build quality. However, the 2004 Hyundai Elantra is a much better model and serves as a good-looking car that offers a good value for the money. It has a reputation for being solidly built and a relatively powerful engine for a car of this size. When combined with a whole host of standard features and Hyundai’s legendarily long warranty and its low price tag, this car makes an almost unbeatable bargain.
The 2004 Hyundai Elantra serves as a competent compact sedan with a surprisingly spacious interior. It offers a good amount of standard equipment while still keeping the price low. Buyers find the cabin roomy and comfortable and surprisingly quiet as Hyundai has made extensive use of sound-deadening materials. However, the big winner has to be Hyundai's incredible warranty, which continues even when the car passes from buyer to buyer, although with some limitations. Although not as refined as some of the other cars in this class, such as the Ford Focus or Honda Civic, this well-priced sedan wins over buyers with its value, and it even comes as a hatchback, which makes it more versatile. Many shoppers look for hatchbacks, especially one that delivers such good fuel economy. All of these advantages make the 2004 Hyundai Electra a great automobile purchase. Take one out for a test drive and see how much fun and excitement it has to offer.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Elantra GLS, Hyundai Elantra GT
The Hyundai Elantra looks slightly refreshed this year, with the appearance of a new hood, rear and front bumpers, headlights, taillights, grille, and deck lid. Revisions to the interior concern the instrument cluster, center console, vents, and climate control. The GLS base model offers keyless entry as a standard feature and the GT model gets a Kenwood audio system as standard equipment.
The 2004 Hyundai Elantra comes as a sedan or a five-door hatchback GT model. Optional extras for both models include a power moonroof while all of the models come standard with 15-inch steel wheels and a rear spoiler. Various exterior color choices personalize the appearance of the Elantra. Enhancement packages upgrade the exterior.
The Hyundai Elantra comes with standard features that include power steering, power door locks and mirrors, one-touch power windows, and remote keyless entry. Other features include a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, air-conditioning, dual vanity mirrors, and a stereo. The GT model (the five-door hatchback) includes leather-trimmed interior, four-wheel disc brakes, fog lamps, and a Kenwood CD/MP3 audio system, as well as European suspension tuning. Optional extras for both models include cruise control and a CD player as well as a number of extras which can be dealer installed.
Performance & Handling
The Elantra provides an attractive and relatively well-designed car option, and models with the manual transmission offer the best acceleration and the added benefit of being cheaper. It gives a stable drive, and the steering responds relatively well. However, its main advantage remains its price combined with its reasonable build quality. If you want a compact car with reasonable fuel economy and a decent amount of standard equipment, then the 2004 Elantra definitely deserves a look, especially as it has thrown off earlier build-quality issues that plagued the first models.
The GLS sedan, as well as the GT sedan and hatchback, comes fitted with a fair-sized engine: a two-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a manual five-speed transmission or an automatic four-speed transmission. EPA fuel economy rates at 23/31 mpg city/highway for the manual transmission and 21/29 mpg city/highway for the automatic transmission.
Safety features of the 2004 Hyundai Elantra include dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, rear and front headrests, child safety locks on the rear doors, and electronic brake force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Elantra GLS: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Elantra GT: 23/31 mpg city/highway
- Solid build
- Extended warranty
- Extremely low price
- Numerous standard features
- Powerful engine
You Won't Like
- Poor impact test score
- Anti-lock brakes remain optional
The best value for economy class automobiles because of its low cost, numerous features, long warranty, and solid performance.
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