Test Driving the Hyundai Elantra Eco

Remember when I shared that my Super Heroe’s Half Marathon weekend wasn’t off to a great start?

There was lost luggage and a delayed flight and a wee car accident. Oh my word, it wasn’t looking good.

The car accident wasn’t me, thank goodness, but that’s how I ended up with a Hyundai Elantra Eco for my trip. The driver delivering the car had a small fender bender in the other vehicle, and this was the replacement.

While I’d never wish ill on anyone and car accidents are no fun, it turned out ok for my daughter and I because we got the Eco. Silver lining, right?

And we loved it!



This eco-friendly car gets 35 MPG, combined. That’s not the best, but it’s respectable, and my VISA appreciates saving a bit on gas.

It’s roomy. There was plenty of room in the trunk for our bags (when mine finally showed up!) and the back seat easily fit three people.


Claire said it was also comfortable and had plenty of legroom. This Sedan is a nice option for families looking for a reliable vehicle around $22,000.

It also came with a rearview camera, which is a must for me. Too many kids running around my house means I need all the help I can get in the safety department!


Another nod to safety was the blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. I think this might be my favorite aspect of this car.

If you are drifting a bit or start to make an ill-advised lane change, the little cars in your side mirrors light up and flash. DON’T DO IT, GIRL.

I appreciate that. Ahem.


This one came with a fancy radio touch screen!


While most of the newer vehicles have XM radio, I don’t think I’ve been in one that also had a touch screen option. In this day and age of swiping, this next step seems to make sense.

In fact, I discovered it by accident when I automatically went to change the channel with my finger, and it WORKED.

It also had Android Auto and Apple CarPlay- which meant I could use my phone and some apps through said touch screen. Very cool.


Funny enough, the Apple CarPlay.


It was a bit intimidating, and I wasn’t sure what to expect when I plugged in. After doing a little more research on it, I think it’s something I would love, but on the first pass I wasn’t comfortable with it.

Thanks, Hyundai and DriveShop, for loaning me this car during my recent Disneyland trip. 

Hyundai Elantra Eco test drive and review

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Patty Holliday

Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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