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2001 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

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2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Source: The Car Connection

More than meets the eye.

by Fred Staab

Small cars have been ignored for quite awhile by many manufacturers; cast off as money-losers in favor of high-profit SUVs. Some aging platforms have been forced to soldier on long after their time has passed. This situation has left the door open for Korean manufacturers such as Hyundai to fill the gap.

With some Hyundai dealers reporting 100-percent increases in 2001 model year sales it seemed time to take a look at one of their more popular models, the redesigned Elantra.

Our champagne-colored Hyundai Elantra GLS test car came equipped with only a few options, including California emissions, carpeted floor mats and cargo net, for a grand total of $216 in extras. With a base price of $13,299, you might think things would be looking pretty bleak.

Happily, you’d be in for a surprise. The biggest headline in the Elantra story is the large list of standard equipment. Our test GLS had power locks, windows and mirrors included. Air conditioning was also standard, along with an AM/FM cassette-radio with four speakers. There were also variable intermittent wipers, a tilt steering column and a 60/40-split rear-folding seat – all at no additional cost.

Making a model like the GLS is cheaper for Hyundai than offering a hundred options and essentially custom-building cars for not much profit. And offering this level of equipment as standard also makes purchasing an Elantra simpler, since you don’t end up having to buy additional option packages just to get A/C, for example. If you do desire more equipment, a six-speaker 100-watt AM/FM/ CD player, cruise control and power sunroof are available options.

Upscale bod

Hyundai completely redesigned the exterior of the Elantra for 2001 by making its design lean more toward upscale-European than basic economy.

Up front, they installed molded trapezoidal halogen headlight units that also incorporate turn signals; the small oval grill is an integral part of the hood. The sheetmetal flows toward the tail with a crisp detail line, finishing with a rear that appears to take its cues from Acura and Lexus. The fresh body panels result in a slippery 0.333 coefficient of drag.

The overall shape tends to avoid the low hood, tall trunk, wedge-like design that seems to have taken over the pens of many economy car designers. The wheelbase has been increased to 102.7 inches, meeting its goal of adding more headroom, hip room and rear legroom.

Unfortunately during its body makeover some of the heft seems to have been removed from the sheetmetal that makes up the doors. It was very easy to flex the door panels, especially the rear ones. Not that this will diminish the ability of this car to transport you comfortably and efficiently — but it might help you build a collector’s edition of parking-lot dings suitable for swearing.

The passenger cabin has been freshened, too. The dash is a sweeping one-piece, molded design that seems to put an end to the squeaky interiors of Elantras of the past. Doors make use of two-tone trim, and offer red safety lights instead of the more common reflectors found in many more expensive cars. Interior materials and fit and finish are much improved over the 2000 Elantra although there is still room for greater refinement. The seats, covered in a somewhat funky patterned cloth, came with driver’s side lumbar support and, surprisingly, driver and passenger-side airbags standard. The Elantra is the only car to offer this as a standard safety feature at this price point. The 35 inches of rear legroom is generous for a compact car, providing plenty of room for all passengers.

On the road again

The Elantra’s 2.0-liter, double overhead cam, 16-valve four offers up 140 horsepower — unchanged from last year. However, the engine block has been ribbed for strength and reduced noise. Acceleration is acceptable for an econocar, acceptably strong when merging into highway traffic or changing lanes. The Elantra’s road manners can’t be described as sporty, but did include good steering feedback and a minimum of perceivable body roll.

The Elantra travels on Michelin P195/60R15 radials supported by a four-wheelindependent suspension system made up of MacPherson struts with offset coils at the front, and struts with multi-links and coil springs in the rear. Stopping is handled by front mounted 10.1-inch discs with diminutive 8-inch, power-assisted drums bringing up the rear. An optional four-wheel four channel ABS system also adds disc brakes at every corner and is definitely worth considering.

Interior noise was unusually low for a car in this class, with an absence of squeaks or rattles. At idle the Elantra was whisper-quiet and smooth, perhaps due to the addition of hydraulic engine mounts for 2001, though things got a bit more boisterous during hard acceleration and highway cruising. The smooth-shifting automatic transmission makes use of Hyundai’s Intelligent Vehicle Electronic Control to optimize gear selection for better acceleration. Fuel economy comes in at 24 mpg city and 33 highway, substantially lower than a similarly-equipped Honda Civic rated at 30 mpg city and 38 highway; however the Elantra also supplies you with 25 extra horsepower and costs about $4885 less.

Too, Hyundai offers a very comprehensive value-added warranty package, at no additional charge, which includes limited bumper-to-bumper coverage for five years, or 60,000 miles; a limited powertrain coverage for 10 years or 100,000 miles; and 24-hour roadside assistance for the first five years of ownership.
The warranty package alone is probably the main reason you will see a lot more Elantras on the road.

 

2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sedan

Price:$13,299 base, $13,515 as tested
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 140 horsepower
Transmission: Four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 102.7 in
Length: 177.1 in
Width: 67.7 in
Height: 56.1 in
Curb weight: 2698 lb
EPA (city/hwy): 24/33 mpg
Safety equipment: Dual front airbags, front-seat side airbags, anti-lock
brakes optional
Major standard features: Air conditioning, cruise control, power windows,
locks, and mirrors, AM/FM cassette four speaker stereo, rear-seat trunk pass-through, rear defroster
Warranty: Five years/60,000 miles

 

Copyright © 2001 by the Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility up to 5 model years old w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
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Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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