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Five Things We Don't Like On The 2011 Hyundai Elantra (Video)

 
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Finally, here's our last video in the series we did on the new 2011 Hyundai Elantra.

Since we tested that car a few weeks ago, the compact segment has only heated up.

There's a new 2012 Honda Civic, an entirely redesigned all-wheel-drive 2012 Subaru Impreza, and the highly competitive 2011 Chevy Cruze that debuted this year along with the Elantra.

In the compact segment, where gas mileage is increasingly important and most entries can be ordered with all the amenities that used to be reserved to big cars, any little problems can stand out.

And while we liked the new Hyundai Elantra, it wasn't without its share of concerns. Some might be considered little quibbles, while others--like the large rear blind spot when reversing--are more substantial.

GreenCarReports.com editor John Voelcker reviews 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco and 2011 Hyundai Elantra

GreenCarReports.com editor John Voelcker reviews 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco and 2011 Hyundai Elantra

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Our video demonstrates five of the things we didn't much like about the Elantra--following our video showing five things we did like.

Once more, for the record: On our mixed test-drive route covering more than 300 miles, we logged a little more than 34 miles per gallon.

Our route had more highway miles than city driving, but we think that's still pretty close to representative for the six-speed 2011 Elantra.

Regardless of transmission choice--six-speed automatic or the six-speed manual we tested, the EPA rates the 2011 Elantra at 40 mpg on the highway cycle.

And with two new entries rated at 40 mpg launched at this week's New York Auto Show, you know Hyundai will be trumpeting that "40 MPG!" in big letters in its ads.

MORE VIDEO: 2011 Hyundai Elantra: Two-Minute Road Test Review

MORE VIDEO: Five Things We Like About The 2011 Hyundai Elantra

MORE VIDEO: 2011 Hyundai Elantra vs 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Have a look through the five things we weren't wild about on the new 2011 Hyundai Elantra, and tell us whether any of them would be deal-breakers for you.

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.

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  1. So they now allow auto-up in cars? I thought it was a safety issue.
    Also, I like the wording much bettering in this article about the 40 MPG. Rather than saying "all" models, I think saying both the auto and manual makes more sense. Seems like there are really only two models.
     
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  2. @John: Many, many cars have auto-up. It requires a separate safety mechanism with a clutch that stops and reverses the window if it encounters resistance while closing. The extra cost of that mechanism is likely why it's omitted in cars that compete intensely on price, but I didn't have the time to go into that level of detail in the video.
     
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  3. @Voelcker,
    Interesting. I wonder how it is done. I am working with a hydronic valve that senses end of travel just by watching the DC motor current. No additional sensors or mechanisms needed, so very cheap.
    Later
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  4. I just test drove a 2011 Hyundai Elantra LTD and I couldn't see and of the hood of the car. I couldn't see any front part of the LTDs hood. Just the whippers. I test drove the GLH Elantra and didn't notice this. So I'm going back just to sit in the LTD and see if I can see the hood. PS I'm 6 foot 1. And stretched and still couldn't see any of the hood. Don't buy this car unless you can see the hood. I'm betting you can't. Its not safe to drive. I couldn't even park it.
     
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  5. Er... Well... Turns out my 2006 Prius has automatic up as well. Guess I just never pulled up that hard on the switch before (it has five positions). Of course, my wife knew this already.
     
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  6. Sounds like me John, I discovered a month before selling my Smart a feature I really liked and wonder how common it is.
    Turn indicator lane change feature that only requires an initial press and release whereby the indicators blink approx four or five times and then cancel, all this without input from the steering wheel.Nice because you don't have to hold the stalk against spring pressure for lane change just a quick finger dip and forget.
     
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  7. I'd add two more;
    -You can't get a sunroof and a manual transmission on the same car.

    -It's kind of overstyled.
     
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