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I found also that the Hyundai Santa Fe is J. D. Power's top-rated Compact SUV in the 2001 Initial Quality Survey. While the Santa Fe is not an entry-level car by the definition of this forum (although it is an entry-level SUV), it does demonstrate Hyundai's improving quality with one of its new designs. It will be interesting to see how the new-for-2001 Elantra fares. A quote from the Santa Fe press release:
"Hyundai's other products have improved as well," Peterson added. "Hyundai is rated ahead of brands like Porsche, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and hasmoved up substantially in the ratings."
The full press release is at:http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=105&STORY=/www/story/04-30-2001/0001481544
Also, I found that Hyundai Motor America was awarded with J. D. Power Associates' Chairman's Award last April. This award was "presented by J.D. Power and Associates for Hyundai's commitment to quality improvements." It was only the 7th such award by J. D. Power in its history. The full press release is at:
I found a customer survey on carpoint.msn.com. The 2001 Elantra GLS/GT rated quite high on all categories, including Quality (8.9 out of 10) and Recommendation (9.1). In contrast the 2001 Civic rated lower across the board, including 8.0 on Quality and 8.1 on Recommendation.
My personal experience with my 2001 Elantra GLS is that after 9 months it has fewer initial defects than any other car I have owned, including 2 Hondas, 3 Toyotas, and 2 Nissans, and many other makes. The only defect since delivery has been a couple of screw-hole covers that popped off in cold weather. Not a huge problem, compared to the paint problems, squeaks/rattles, and other problems I have dealt with on the Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans, and other cars. So here is one Hyundai owner at least who has found that his Hyundai is as well made as those from other automakers. The 200+ reviewers who rated the 2001 Elantra on Carpoint also seem to be very satisfied overall with the quality of their cars. Also, I follow the Edmunds Elantra and Civic forums closely and it seems to me that most posters are pleased with their cars, while reporting some problems--but the problems with the 2001 Elantra don't seem to be greater in number or more severe than that of the Civic (e.g., 3 Civic recalls to Elantra's 1 to date). That is unscientific of course, but since Edmunds doesn't have a formal survey like Carpoint it's the best I can do with that info without a lot of work to corrolate it.
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