Comparo: 2009 Huyndai Elantra vs. 2009 Kia Spectra | The Truth About Cars

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Comparo: 2009 Hyundai vs. 2009 Kia Spectra

In the last ten or so, Hyundai decided it’d be fun to things that resemble that people want to In the process, the Korean automaker struggling brother Kia. As expect, the company offers the model in any current car range: the fuel-efficient compact car.

In American buyers hunting in market segment can choose Hyundai#8217;s Hyundai Elantra and the Kia . Is it a distinction without a difference, in the tradition of General Motors? have a look to each respective brochures#8230;

The Elantra’s is surprisingly substantial, printed on paper stock and bound an actual binding. The Spectra’s is just standard gloss with two staples. The Elantra is full of “black pearl,” white, and “quicksilver” Elantras in front of fountains and driving jewel-like cityscapes. The Spectra has “spark” blue and “spicy” red racing along winding between keggers and climbing

Clearly, the Elantra is aimed at the of people that pretend to stock options, while the is aimed at the sort of people pretend to have social But does the reality match the dream?

The Spectra pulls off its looks to a much greater than the Elantra pulls off the thing.

Neither car takes any of chances; the Spectra manages to be handsome in that simple and sort of way that makes a coupe acceptable. The Elantra, misses the point. Sure, it has curves and little accents and head lights and all that But while the cars the Elantra to roughly emulate look and feminine, the Elantra itself across as heavy and dumpy.

The is the ill-fitting designer knockoff in Hyundai’s closet next to the denim jeans.

The socially-awkward manager-in-training and the wannabe chick show their in their interiors. The Spectra it’s sort of respectable inside the cabin, feeling like a Cobalt and looking slightly nicer. The switchgear functional, the controls are intelligently out, the steering wheel is bereft of buttons, and the plastics get too depressing until you start them out.

The Elantra’s however, can’t cash the the exterior attempts to write. may be available, the automatic gearstick may through the gates to get to each and the center console may have an two-tiered shape to it. But the seats and underneath are Spectratastic.

Which is to say The Elantra’s interior is only enough to “premium” to make its to the Spectra jump out at you all the more.

the Elantra and Spectra are twins the skin. The same two-litre cylinder engine motoivate transportation devices, pumping out at 6000 rpm, and 136 lb.-ft. of at 4500 rpm. Fortunately, the four-banger is as tasty as bi bim bop. The revs freely, produces adequate thrust, and makes a noise higher up in the rev range.

There’s a four-speed automatic but the gear ratios just mesh with the engine Keep the standard five-speed though, and you#8217;ll be humming and the Sprites in no time.

I repeat: cars need three The five-speed transmission Hyundai with this engine is a fit with the mission of the car, you to exploit every bit of the engine’s when you’re feeling and adventurous while still acceptable gas mileage when you

As you’ve probably guessed by its better in the Spectra; the SX trim includes a “sport-tuned” suspension not on the Elantra, whose handling seem specifically designed to such good-natured hoonery. an Elantra with the five-speed on the lot is which is a shame since the automatic trades all the relative fun of the in exchange for a marginal increase in economy.

The standard suspension in both the and the Spectra feels identical the driver’s seat, which is to say a too soft for the Spectra to feel yet not quite plush enough for the to keep up the premium-car pretenses. The of grip are acceptable for the mission of car, especially considering prodigious body lean spoil the handling long the eventual understeer kicks in. quality may be on the fast track to the but judging from their driving dynamics, the Elantra and the are still playing the discount game.

So, here#8217;s some about cars for you: the Elantra is an uglier Kia Spectra costs a grand more in for four-wheel ABS, power and locks, and an alarm. Neither car accelerates, brakes, appears or superior than anything in the compact car category. Deciding the two is roughly akin to cross-shopping or wallpaper paste brands.

One may be slightly more expensive and a different package design, but the product inside is more or identical.

Kia Spectra

If I had to recommend either of cars to someone, I would them towards the Spectra. slightly cheaper and slightly looking than the Elantra, and are the only two hairs worth If they prefer the lumpen and the blippy key fob that comes the Elantra, it#8217;s only a greenbacks more.

This, of assumes the Elantra and the Spectra are the two under consideration.

Were the undecided economy car buyer with a wider lens, I recommend just about else above either of vehicles. The Cobalt is a better gets significantly better (in XFE trim), and GM#8217;s selling it at prices (for ominous but there you go).

The Honda Civic and Toyota both get superior mileage to the and Spectra while looking better and (in the case of the Civic) an interior heads and shoulders the Koreans. The Mazda 3 only out to the Elantra and Spectra on price, and that sits in a 3 will pay the premium it demands. Need I

Saying all that, there are no terrible compact cars in the United States market any However, there is still a and there are still cars to be at the bottom. And here they


Hyundai Elantra  Price as Tested $14,545 **

Kia Spectra #8211; Price as $13,385 **

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