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    Default Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    Which would you buy and why? It's a hard choice but I'm leaning towards the Sonata because it has the essentials that I need; cruise control, A/C, ABS, TCS, ESC. But the Elantra has the nice goodies and a nice stereo system. IT'S TOO HARD TO CHOOSE.

    Barbones Sonata: ($18,700)

    – 2.4L 4-cylinder
    – 5-speed manual transmission
    – Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
    – Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    – Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    – Front active head restraints
    – Front, front seat side and curtain airbags
    – AM/FM/XM/CD player/MP3 audio system with iPod®/USB
    – 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel cover
    – Tilt steering wheel
    – Remote keyless entry and alarm
    – Power windows, locks, heated mirrors
    – Cruise control
    – Air conditioning




    Fully Loaded Elantra: ($18,620)

    - Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and Brake Assist
    - Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
    - 16” alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires
    - Steering wheel audio controls
    - Trip computer
    - Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
    - Air conditioning
    - Windshield shade band
    - Fog lights
    - Cruise control
    - Dual front illuminated visor vanity mirrors
    - Front sunvisor extensions
    - 172-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system w/ 6 speakers, auxiliary input jack, and in-glass antenna
    - 3 months of XM Radio service
    - 2.0L DOHC CVVT 4-cylinder engine
    - 5-speed manual transmission
    - 4-wheel independent suspension
    - Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    - Front, front seat side-impact & side curtain airbags
    - ABS with EBD and 4-wheel disc brakes
    - Electric power steering
    - Power windows/door locks/heated mirrors
    - Remote keyless entry with alarm, panic, trunk open
    - Map/room/cargo lights
    - Tilt steering wheel
    - 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
    - Active front head restraints
    - Adjustable head restraints for all seating positions
    - Tinted glass
    - Front variable intermittent wipers
    - Bodycolor door handles, bumpers, rear garnish, side view mirrors
    - Front door map pockets
    - Seatback pockets
    - Chrome accented grille
    - Dual-level storage compartment with armrest
    - Dual front cupholders
    - Rear center armrest with dual cupholders
    - Cigarette lighter/ashtray
    - 12 volt outlet
    - Cabin air filter
    - Blue backlight illumination
    - Tachometer
    - Remote hood, trunk and fuel filler door releases
    - Power sunroof
    - Heated front seats
    - Leather seating surfaces
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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    I have not driven a 5-spd Elantra SE yet, so I can't compare. BUT. . I loved the 5-spd Sonata.

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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    i have driven both....do you want a bigger car or a smaller one...its that easy...if you want a little more room...the sonata is the way to go.

    i liked the 5spd sonata when i drove it...that definetly needs a set of springs though...the foward to backward roll is significant. but man the interior on the new sonatas are very nice!!


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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    Typically, I would pick the lesser car with all features/options. But in this instance,. I think I pick Sonata. Theta > Beta.

    It also comes down to what deals the dealer will do. Often, they will reduce the price more on a loaded car, than a barebones car. An old example is when my dad bought his '89 GMC Jimmy. He wanted a barebones no-frills Jimmy. The dealer ended up giving him a fully loaded (except for sunroof) Jimmy off of the lot, for the same cost it would have cost to order the barebones.

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    Feeding off of the comment above, Tirerack has the H&R springs (1.4"/1.3" drop F/R) for the Sonata at $159, Eibach for $209 (1.2" / 1.2") http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/S...lar=&brand=all
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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    i dont think there really is a stripped down version is there....i mean they come with power everything and keyless...and all of the other stuff just a couple of different things are not there.


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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    The list the OP posted above is for the GLS.

    SE adds:
    - 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R17 performance tires
    - Fog lights
    - 8-way power driver seat
    - Steering wheel audio controls
    - Driver seat adjustable lumbar support
    - Automatic headlight control
    - Trip computer
    - Chrome window-belt moldings
    - Metalgrain interior accents
    - Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    - Leather bolster/cloth insert sport seats
    - Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
    - Rear lip spoiler
    - Solar control glass

    Limited adds:
    - Leather seating surfaces
    - Heated front seats with adjustable temperature control
    - Dual-zone automatic temperature control
    - Auto-dimming inside mirror with integrated digital compass
    - HomeLink® integrated transceiver
    - Chrome insert exterior door handles
    - Premium door-sill scuff plates and Limited badge
    - Chrome-insert bodyside and bumper moldings
    - 6-disc CD changer with Infinity® speakers, subwoofer, and external amplifier (360 watts)
    - 215/55R17 touring tires



    But no, it's not a strippo crank-down-the-windows, AM only, no A/C barebones. Just none of the upper options.
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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    i would be cool with a gls


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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    GLS is also the only trim level that comes with a MT. I do like that they have the 5-spd AT in all trims and engines now. Something about 4-spd ATs just seems antiquated.
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    agree...although i would like to see a manual 3.3


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    Get the Sonata, you'll always regret getting a lower style of car. At least I would. And the Sonata in black is sex.
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    Agree with all of the above. I bought an '09 Sonata GLS and I absolutely love it. Even the GLS, with the limited amount of features (compared to the SE and Limited, anyway) it's still better than the Elantra. The interior is immaculate, it's a nice, quiet ride, and the Theta engine blows the Beta out of the water.

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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    I agree about the Theta being better than the Beta. Because of that I'd go with the Sonata.



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    I'm biased but as somebody who has had both an Elantra & Sonata I can say I'd much rather have the base Sonata. You're getting a lot more value for your $$ in my opinion. It's a lot roomier vehicle, safer and on the highway gets almost the same mileage.

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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    Math again.

    Sonata GLS MT w/ 4cyl = 3,253 lbs, 175hp. 18.59 lbs/hp
    Elantra SE MT w/ 4cyl = 2,723 lbs, 138hp. 19.73 lbs/hp

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    I'm going against the grain, and I'm biased because I have an Elantra SE. I'd get the Elantra over a base model Sonata.

    I'd take a loaded Sonata over the Elantra any day, but I love having a sunroof. That was a big selling point for me.

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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    The Sonata has more junk under the trunk, but the full loaded Elantra will have more interior features, heated seats, sun roof... crap like that...

    Personally I'd go with the bigger engine, I have a fully loaded 07 Elantra, it's really nice inside but the engine is absolute junk compared to a Sonata... it can out run an Accent though...
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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    I'd take the Sonata because even bare bones it has a lot of options. Plus, the chain-driven Theta is a much better engine than the belt-driven Beta.

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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    I thought the Theta was still belt? The Lambda is chain driven, but I thought I remembered a big to-do about the Theta because it had a belt, and the Lambda got a chain. I could be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hyunelan2 View Post
    I thought the Theta was still belt? The Lambda is chain driven, but I thought I remembered a big to-do about the Theta because it had a belt, and the Lambda got a chain. I could be wrong.
    Lambda = V6 = chain
    Theta = I4 = chain

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    Default Re: Barebones Sonata or Fully Loaded Elantra?

    You're right, they are both chain driven. Maybe it was the Mu 2.7 I'm thinking of?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyundai_Theta_engine
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