Z and I have been meaning to get a new car for a while now…
We I finally got off my ass and did some test driving last weekend.
We went to Honda, Mazda, and Hyundai.
We didn’t get to drive a Honda because, well, even though we were there for 25 minutes, NO ONE CAME AND TALKED TO US. UGH.
We went to Mazda after and test drove a Mazda 3 which was on our list of potential cars to get. It was awesome and honestly, we thought that it was the car to get. We were so impressed.
And then we went to Hyundai to test drive the Elantra and it was so much better.
They’re both comparable cars but the Elantra has more room in the front and back compared to the Mazda 3. The dashboard is a lot nicer/makes a lot more sense. There’s a sunglasses spot in a subtle, hidden area…which is perfect for me as I always have/wear sunglasses. The steering wheel on the Elantra has a larger turning radius, which is awesome. The Hyundai sales guy was pretty old, compared to the Mazda guy…but he was much more thorough, talked about safety and all the little features. He took us to a parking lot and we got out the car and he just talked. And it was awesome.
The only drawbacks of the Hyundai were it’s lack of fun/cool colors. But I kid you not, in 2 years, these babies will be everywhere. They’ll be the new Corolla/Civic.
Oh yeah, we’re also getting standard/manual transmission which I think is awesome. Neither of us know how to drive manual but we’re both willing and eager to learn. We each drove my brother’s manual Civic for about 30 minutes with minimal stalling (not our first time driving manual). I’m fairly sure I’d be able to get the Hyundai back home from the dealership if I had to, with only a few stalls.
So anyways, that was all last Saturday and Sunday.
We visited a few more dealerships today to get the best deals…but everything is pretty comparable. The Mazda has a $2000 cash incentive and a new graduate incentive…but Hyundai doesn’t have any of those for the Elantra. You know why? Cuz they’re just selling so damn well. They don’t need to promote anything! Good for them…”bad” for us…and also good for us :)
I hope we get it within the next 2 weeks :)
2013 Standard/Manual White Hyundai Elantra
We’re planning to put a 15k downpayment and 3 year purchase finance at 0.9%…which is ridiculously awesome :D
This is our practical, 10 year car. In a few years, when we need 2 cars and/or have a house, I’m going to buy/lease a nicer car. Mitsubishi Lancer? Subaru Impreza? Mazda 6? Something fun.
Anyways, really excited for it all!