2001 Elantra New Car Test Drive
Hyundai's Elantra has been redesigned for 2001. They've made it larger and roomier. The four-cylinder engine is larger and more powerful than last year's, and remains better than many other subcompacts.
Elantra's list of standard features indicates its anything but a rudimentary vehicle. Keeping loyal customers continues to be tied to a surprisingly complete warranty. The Hyundai Advantage extends bumper-to-bumper coverage to five years or 60,000 miles, while the powertrain is warranted for 10 years or 100,000 miles.
Hyundai's warranty wouldn't mean much unless the Elantra were reliable and owners could count on this compact. In fact, if the vehicle were difficult to live with then all the guarantees in the world would not mean much. Fortunately, the Elantra is much improved and continues to improve in fit-and-finish while providing decent performance. The Elantra continues to make great strides in changing perceptions of small Korean cars.
The previous edition Elantra proved that Hyundai was making an unqualified mark on the economy car market. This year's improvements to the car along with the extensive warranty Hyundai instituted, advanced the brand in many car buyer's minds. Hyundai continues with the third generation by maintaining Elantra's solid position of offering a sensible, well-equipped subcompact at a reasonable price.
Only one trim level is available, the GLS four-door sedan. The sedan retails at $12,499 with the 5-speed manual, and $13,299 with an automatic. (The wagon has been dropped from the lineup for 2001.)
Elantra GLS includes such popular features as air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and door locks, thick cut-pile carpeting, a tachometer and six-way adjustable driver's seat. Better still, Hyundai is providing more features, while retaining a very reasonable price.
With the reasonable base price, and judicious selection of options, a buyer can tailor the Elantra to taste without breaking the bank. We appreciate the available 5-speed transmission that came on our test car. Our vehicle was equipped with the most popular of the factory options, cruise control and keyless entry, which adds $400 to the price. Other options available include a moonroof, alloy wheels and stereo upgrade, which can bring the price to $14,134 with the $435 destination charge. Adding the optional ABS, brought the price to $15,284.