By James Bergeron
Day 1:

2007 Hyundai Elantra GL Comfort
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Another week, another car. This week, it’s the 2007 Hyundai Elantra GL Comfort Auto – quite a mouthful of a name. This car is the final installment of Hyundai’s recent revitalization, having been proceeded by the Santa Fe, Accent, Entourage, Azera, Sonata and Tucson. The Elantra competes in one of the hottest segments in Canada the – compact sedan segment – so it certainly has its work cut out for itself.

My first impression of the Elantra was interesting. I acquired the Elantra in the evening and stepped into a halo of blue interior lighting: a little bright in my opinion, but I’ll get to that a little later. My tester is the GL model with the Comfort package and automatic transmission, potentially a big seller for Hyundai as it does provide a good number of features in an affordable package.

2007 Hyundai Elantra GL Comfort
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The drivetrain isn’t the most impressive feature of the Elantra, but it does the job. The vehicle is propelled by a 2.0L, 138hp engine that produces 136lb-ft of torque mated in my tester to a 4 speed automatic transmission.

The Comfort package on the GL adds a few goodies that ensure that it competes with the likes of the Mazda 3 in terms of features. Included are cruise control, AM/FM/CD/MP3 with six speakers, heated front seats and remote keyless entry with alarm are some of the extra features found on the GL Comfort.

Unfortunately, to acquire such things as anti-lock brakes and side airbags, a move up to the Comfort Plus package is required (for an extra $1300), bumping the price up to an almost identical level to the Mazda Mazda3 GS sedan as well as the Honda Civic LX, both of which have similar levels of equipment to the GL Comfort Plus.

I believe I know the compact car segment fairly well, especially after having personally shopped for a car in this segment just a few short months ago. It should be interesting to see how many new tricks Hyundai has learned since it designed the previous Elantra.

2007 Hyundai Elantra GL Comfort with Auto
MSRP as tested: $20,440

For more information on Hyundai and the Elantra visit Hyundai Canada

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