One of the few downsides of this job -- and there aren't many -- is that I spend a lot of time second-guessing myself. I'll pass a less-than-positive judgement on a car, then spend the next four weeks wondering if my review was as fair as it should have been. One advantage of the Web over print is that if I decide I was wrong, I can change it.
One of the cars that's been bothering me is the Hyundai Elantra GT, the new-for-2013 hatchback edition of Hyundai's compact Elantra. The Elantra GT is actually Hyundai's European-market i30, and it has a styling and size edge over the Elantra sedan -- but the one thing that really put me off about the car was the suspension tuning.
I love Hyundai, but the suspension and steering systems on their front-wheel-drive cars have a ways to go. Five years ago, when Hyundai was best known for bargain cars, I didn't care much -- but now that they are going mainstream, I'm giving them more careful scrutiny. Still, ever since I wrote that review -- which, by the way, was conducted at a press preview -- I've been asking myself if a less-than-optimal suspension setup should really have that much of an adverse affect on the car. So I'm spending the next week with an Elantra GT as my daily driver. We'll see if my opinion changes after seven days, more freeway time, and (of course) a run on the About.com Top Secret Curvy Test Road. (And if I was wrong, I'll be the first to admit it -- and change my review.)
Incidentally, I drove the Elantra Coupe at the same press preview, and I liked it quite a bit better; I thought it was an excellent execution of what a compact coupe ought to be. That said, I complained about the Coupe's suspension setup as well... -- Aaron Gold
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