2010 Hyundai ElantraJohn Y - Santa Fe, NM05/18/2016
I've owned this car for one year now, and have had no major problems. I've put almost 20k miles on since I bought it. Routine oil changes and a transmission flush are basically all I've had to do, oh and new tires. I think I had to replace a couple belts recently too. Handles well enough in the snow with standard all-season tires. There isn't a lot of passenger room - two adults up front and a teenager in back is pretty crowded, but most of the time it's just me and the small children in car seats, and two car seats work okay. I definitely wouldn't want to try 3 though. I mostly use the car for commuting to work and it's great, good gas mileage (33 mpg average, mostly highway).
It's a great car for a good price. It gets awesome gas mileage and it's super comfortable for car rides. I find it really spacious on the inside, lots of trunk space. I've had a little trouble with the USB port, but usually restarting my phone fixes that. Some people online have complained about cabin noise, but I don't see it being any noisier than any other comparable sedan. It has a very smooth ride. Altogether I've really enjoyed my car so far.
My wife's Civic died unexpectedly, so we had to replace it. The Elantra had more bang for the buck than Civics, Corollas, Sentras and the domestic rivals. It is supremely comfortable, plenty of amenities, handles well, and is economical. As a bonus, it is very attractive. If you are in the market for an economical and reliable vehicle, don't overlook this gem. You will be pleasantly surprised!