i'm with evan, though i gave it an 8.
with it lowered, better tires and the famous sway bar, it's great. power isn't too bad for me either. not like i got this car aiming to take down some sport compacts. at least it's pretty fast in its class, so it works for me.
I don't know why you all are complaining about the power. When I put my foot down it takes off and goes from 50-150 pretty damn fast. Unless you're drag racing, I don't see the need for much more power than that.
Anyway, I gave mine an 8 for fun factor. I figured a Ferrari would be 10, so I had to shave a couple of points off. I still consider my car to be so fun to drive, it's criminal.
yeah this is my first car and i love driving it and being in the driver's seat handles decently just need that sway bar and shes pretty quick so i can't complain that much about it... hopefully i can make her a bit more faster though
I picked 6. Lack of power, more importantly, lack of quick acceleration is what I would like. The 2.4l Theta in the 3253lb Sonata felt good, imagine that in a 2800lb Elantra (I expect the new Elantra to be slightly heavier than it is now). So, that's what we have to look foward to.
I rated it 7- the middle of the pack, I guess. I test drove a lot of cars before I settled on the Elantra, and I guess in this segment, the Mazda3 wagon gets a 10. Suzuki Aerio gets a 9 on fun but scores a lot lower in several other areas. Elantra is right in that range of 7-8. It rates higher than most simply because it is such an unexpected pleasure to drive. The dealer was too cheap to throw in floor mats on my Elantra 5-door, so I bought some today (at another dealer) and the sound level in the cabin is noticeably lower.
This car just keeps on surprising me with how much fun it is to drive and how well designed it is. I've most recently been splitting time between a Ford Aspire which I sold last month after almost 10 years, and a Ford Escort wagon that used to be our primary family car and now is the kids' car. I thought the Escort was pretty good, especially in comparison to the Aspire. But it doesn't hold a candle to the Elantra which has pretty good pull off the line and a nice, sweet note in its engine. The Escort seems to be huffing and puffing just to get up to the speed limit. (Granted, it is 10 years old an has 112k miles, but still...)