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: Are the 2012 Elantras difficult to reverse/backup?

Sock Monkey
07-10-2011, 04:43 AM
I'm 5"3 and I'll be test driving the 2012 Elantra tomorrow. I saw in a YouTube review that one of the qualms the reviewer had with this car is that its difficult to reverse in because the backside of the car is up higher making it difficult to judge space. That guy was 6 feet (he mentioned it when he tested the backseats).

I have a petite frame too— heck even the Honda dealer salesman said that the 2012 Honda Civic LX seems too big for me :S . I started out wanting a Honda Civic and have been swept off my feet and fixated onthe 2012 Elantra (GLS). But since my height may prove to be a problem, I may have to get Limited (does the rear camera come with the nav package only, 'cause I don't care much for maps— I understand that the touchscreen will be required for this feature).

Thanks for your help!

07-10-2011, 09:49 AM
It seems to me that more and more car manufacturers are choosing exterior appearance over an unobstructed view out of the back (back sides) of their cars. I think I can see the Elantra being one of those cars in this case.

With that said, you should be able to find a position in the seat that works for you and then after driving the car for a while you'll "just know" where the car is and how much room you have. That's certainly what has happened for me and the various vehicles I've driven (including a big Uhaul type box truck for work).

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07-10-2011, 10:10 AM
As an owner of a 2011 Elantra, I personally found these cars to be extremely easy to back up and wondered why they would bother putting in a camera, I was driving a Grand Caravan before this maybe its just easier because of the size of my previous car.
When you test drive you will see that the height of the seat is adjustable and hopefully it will accomadate your size.

Good Luck!


07-11-2011, 06:40 AM
i didnt find it hard at all. i think the visibility out the back is pretty good.

07-11-2011, 08:57 AM
Are the 2012 Elantras difficult to reverse/backup?
Only if you suck at driving. Try backing up a full size work van with no windows in the back or sides. If you have a problem with the Elantra, you shouldn't be driving.

07-11-2011, 09:53 AM
Woke up on the wrong side of the bed again?

How'd the test drive go (or is it today)?

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07-11-2011, 10:08 AM
Woke up on the wrong side of the bed again?
Not at all. I just find it funny that people think backing up a compact car could be difficult. We're not talking about a windowless, full-sized work fan here, we talking about a small car.

Drivers today are so unskilled that they are actually worried about backing up. ABS, traction control, backup cameras, automated parallel parking, blind spot warnings, backup sensors, etc. All these things have made the skill of actual driving almost non-existent anymore.

07-11-2011, 10:11 AM
Comparatively I agree, backing up an Elantra will always be easy, as I mentioned I used to drive a big work truck. But for those who haven't driven big vehicles (or perhaps are brand new to driving) I could see where some cars would be harder to back up than others especially as visibility is concerned.

But, as always here on EXD, there's no need to be mean about it.

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07-11-2011, 10:45 AM
I don't think I was mean about it. I answered the question truthfully:
Q: Is it hard to back up?
A: Only if you suck at driving.

I didn't say the original poster couldn't drive or that they suck at driving. I simply said, the only people that would have a problem backing up an Elantra are ones that suck at driving. If the original poster is a good driver, they shouldn't have a problem. I don't think anyone that is qualified to drive should need a backup camera for an Elantra.

07-11-2011, 01:39 PM
^"Qualified" is a pretty loose term. People that conduct the DMV tests are unfortunately just that........people! They make mistakes like everyone else. Take it for a drive and back it up somewhere. If you don't like it, move on to something you're comfortable with.

02-10-2012, 12:24 PM
i understand where you coming from..i previously drove a kia sorento which for suv terms has a higher sit behind the wheels and had to get use to reversing with the elantra due to the lower seat and the design of the elantra which has huge blind spots. fortunately for me my elantra comes with rear parking sensors and camera...but then again i'm a lousy driver, my wife who is shorter than me got used to the car much quicker than me lol