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2008 Hyundai Elantra

Does anyone have any other information about the 2008 Elantra? When will they start showing up on the lots? The link is the only information I could find so far. I guess there will be some added features. code=&crpPage=summary.jsp&mode=&year=2008&myid=&revlogtype=21&section=reviews&mo- de=&aff=national


  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    here is all you need to know about 2008MY Elantra for the US market:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    Well, everything except the prices. ;) I suppose those will be out shortly.
  • Didn't see a date in the linked article. Anybody know when they'll be showing up?
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Is the 2008 a new design?
  • nthenthe Posts: 414
    the LTD model will be no more, but they will have a option package for the SE that add leather. The SE will have ESC standard.

    The GLS will start at 16,895 for an automatic with air conditioning and a radio. The SE starts at 17,845 for the automatic.
  • nthenthe Posts: 414
    probably in the next couple months, or less.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    2007 is a new design so 2008 is mostly a carryover with minor enhancements and re-packaging. next year we will see a variant of the Elantra hitting the market, as a 2009 model year - that's being discuss in another forum. And by then we should see a facelift.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    Thanks for the info. Does that mean the SE 5-speed stickers for $16,845 including destination? If so, that's not too big a markup from 2007 considering the extra equipment.

    BTW, since the SE gets ESC and brake assist standard, does that mean it also gets traction control standard (which I really like on my '04 Elantra)?

    I don't see the value proposition of the GLS when for about $800 more (after some negotiating) you get the 16" tires and alloys, ESC, brake assist, traction control (maybe), telescopic wheel with audio controls, leather wheel and shifter, availability of the black interior, and trip computer.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I don't think we'll see a facelift for the Elantra until at least the 2010 MY, or fall of 2009. Hyundai typically does the refreshes after 3 years.
  • nthenthe Posts: 414
    yes, that would be the MSRP for the SE manual. The SE also comes with TCS standard too.

    hopefully hyundai will make more of the cloth interior SEs, cause the SE have been very hard to find for 07. my dealership had 1 (one of the very first elantras we got last Oct).
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    That's interesting, I've seen a pretty even mix of GLSes and SEs when I've checked the lot of my local dealer over the past year.

    I predict you'll see the SE be the #1 seller for the Elantra line for 2008, at least for retail sales (Hertz tends to buy GLSes).
  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    I've noticed some of the local dealerships have the 08's advertised on their web pages so they have either arrived or will be shortly.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    And I see has pricing posted. Also colors. I see that the SE is no longer available in Seattle Blue. That's my favorite color on the Elantra. :(

    One thing I've noticed is that the markup over invoice has increased quite a bit on the Elantra over the past few years. When I got my '04 GT, MSRP $17.4k, the markup was about $1400. Now I see it's less than $1000 on the base SE with a MSRP of $16.8k. So not only have list prices gone up quite a bit in the past few years, but there's less room for dealers to work with on discounts. Still it's a great value, but I don't expect to see fully loaded Elantras for $13k anytime soon, as was possible not long ago.
  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    Haven't had a chance to drive the new Elantra yet but yes have noticed that the prices have gone up, may be a sign that the Elantra's are beginning to catch up with the class leaders. Funny thing is I still see some 06 Elantra's in stock which kind of surprised me. Hope to test drive the Elantra next week as I've narrowed my choices down to the Elantra, Sonata and Rondo.
  • nthenthe Posts: 414
    we just got one yesterday.
  • nthenthe Posts: 414
    this has happened will most cars. the invoice has increased faster than the sticker to appear to keep prices the same. The elantras are a better car than they were just a few years ago, so naturally they are more expensive.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I agree they are better (except the driver's seat :( ). But I wonder if some buyers are having sticker shock over the Elantra's pricing, compared to just a year ago. It was a big jump in a short time. When prices are compared to the likes of Civic and Corolla, the Elantra is a great deal. But I have a feeling buyers have been conditioned to expect a huge difference in price between an Elantra and a Civic or Corolla. It's still a significant difference, but not as big as it used to be.
  • I'm a buyer for a manufacturing company and here's my take on the price increases. The increase in price is probably due mostly to a couple of things. Supply and demand is one reason. The car is better and more people are buying (demand), thus reducing supply. The second reason is because, over the last 3-4 years, metal prices have skyrocketed worldwide. I've noticed it as I purchase a variety of different types of steel for my company. I'm sure car companies are trying to defer increases in retail prices as long as they can. I'm a little suprised car prices haven't gone up more significantly.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I don't think it's because more people are buying the Elantra. Elantra sales to date for CY 2007 are nearly 5,000 units less than in CY 2006. Maybe fewer cars are being shipped here, but I don't see any lack of supply on dealer lots. Maybe metal prices have something to do with it, but I think a bigger factor is the strength of the won vs. the dollar, the increase in labor costs in the ROK (multiple strikes in the past few years), and the startup of manufacturing in the U.S., with its higher labor costs (which doesn't directly affect the Elantra but affects pricing for two popular models). And of course there's more standard equipment on the Elantra than there used to be, with ABS, 4-wheel discs, and six airbags added across the lineup since 2006.
  • I was unaware of the sales figures between CY06 and CY07 and your reasons are certainly valid as well. I offered two possible reasons of many and were based on activity over the last 3-4 years rather than just one. I'm also not very knowledgable of what is going on in the car industry in particular. I deal in a different commodity altogether. Good discussion :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    So, what is the percentage increase of auto-grade steel over the past 3-4 years? Is this increase because the number of suppliers of corrosion-resistant steel have dwindled? I remember seeing that the cost of steel comprises about $400 of a $30,000 car, or probably less than that for an Elantra. So if the price of steel has doubled, that could account for $100-150 of the Elantra's price increases over the past few years.
  • As I said, I don't know what goes on in the car industry. I have no idea what car manufacturers pay for their steel, who they buy it from or what type of steel is used. All I know is, the machine shops I purchase steel parts from have doubled or tripled their prices over the last 3-4 years, depending on the type of steel used. Their shop rates and setup times haven't changed over that time. I do know the main culprit for the steel price hikes during this time period (especially during 2004) has been China. Their expanding economy has caused them to import incredible amounts of steel, depleting the world supply. Recently, for us, steel prices have moderated as we are finding steel inventory at mills and distrbutors has been going up a little.
  • mariogpmariogp Posts: 20
    What's up with this.. Now they bumped the milage rating down.. it used to be ..28/36 now is 25/33.. wich is more acurate.. That's the kind of milage I get..
    I know it's only 3 miles... but this can be deseving.
  • mike91326mike91326 SoCalPosts: 251
    All 2008 and later MY cars must be rated using the EPA's new MPG standards. All 2008's have a lower rating than their 2007 counterparts.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    If it makes you feel any better, the EPA rating (under the old, looser rules) for my '04 Elantra is 24/32, and it's basically the same engine but with some tweaks (also tweaks to the automatic transmission). So the 2007+ Elantras do considerably better in FE than they used to.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I saw a few 2008 GLSes when I checked my local Hyundai dealer's lot today. They looked the same as the 2007s, except for one thing: the window sticker. Prices are up for 2008, so that a GLS AT with the Preferred Package and mats now tops $17k. When I think that a little over 3 years ago, a fully-loaded Elantra GT AT with leather and moonroof was only $17.4k MSRP, that is a big price jump in a short time. Maybe that is why sales of the 2007 Elantra haven't been higher?

    BTW, if anyone is interested in a 2007 Limited 5-speed, this dealer (Metro Hyundai, Bloomington, MN) has one, in silver. I bet that's a pretty rare car now. It's also the first 5-speed Elantra I've ever seen.
  • What don't you like about the seats in the 2008 Elantra vs. the 2007 model? I've test driven the 2007 and like it but just heard about the new safety features available in 2008 models so am considering that also now, even though they have no rebates.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I was comparing the driver's seat of the 2001-2006 Elantra, which had an 8-way seat with dual height adjusters and lumbar support, to that on the 2007-8 Elantra, which has a single height adjuster and no lumbar adjustment. I like the seat on the old Elantra better. But the new Elantra SE has a telescopic wheel, which makes up somewhat for fewer seat adjustments. And the 2008 SE has ESC standard, which is really great.
  • satyamsatyam Posts: 4

    I m from Toronto ON Canada.

    I m relatively new to this forum. Right now i m looking to buy new car and after reading all forums and based on my requirement I narrow down to Elantra / Mextix or Vibe

    All 3 have some advantages over other. Elantra wins over price and features as well as interior.

    I need advise on choosing model and year. I m looking to have Auto + Power everything + 4 disk break + ABS

    I have also seen used car listing for 2007 model, If i get everything in one year old car can i consider buying it? here it makes almost $4K-5K difference.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    If driving a car that got a "Poor" score on the IIHS side crash test is not an issue for you, you should look at the 2004-2006 Elantra with ABS. The ABS cars from that era had 4 wheel discs also. ABS can be a little hard to find, however. But if you are looking for the 5-door, the GT models (available in Canada?) were typically more loaded than the GLS and might have ABS (my 2004 GT does). Another plus is that the 2001-2006 Elantras with ABS also have traction control--that is not available for 2007 and available only for 2008 on cars with ESC.

    Obviously, it's much easier to find a 2007-8 with ABS since it's standard (or is it, in Canada?). Going for a slightly used 2007 might be the way to go; they are almost identical to the 2008s except the 2008 SE has ESC with traction control standard (here in the U.S. anyway).
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