4 out of 5 overall, not to shabby. I don't disagree with anything he wrote other than "high quality plastics."
Straight-line performance wasn't the problem. The 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder comes on boost around 2000 rpm, pulling strong to the redline and making the most of its 201 horses ..... It's certainly enough to make you smile.
Sure, it cornered well and changed direction swiftly
Seems a bit low/harsh, they've specifically undercut those other cars and aim to just bring 'some' sport to the Elantra... like, it's not the 'N' hot hatch or anything. it does what it claims to do extremely well IMO, it doesn't claim to rival a GTI or Focus ST for driving engagement.The Elantra Sport felt merely like a well-sorted car.
That's a nice list. I'm pretty partial to SE-R's (I've owned B13s, B14s, and B15s) and the RX-8 (owned two).No complaints on the steering here. And I come from a long line of Sentra SE-R's, Miata's, RX-7's, etc.
Again, this is CNBC we're talking about here. Not going to take anything they say about a performance car review seriously.
I loved the SE PP. Literally no one knew anything about it so it could surprise a person or two.x2 B13 ('92 & '94), x1 B14 ('98), x1 B15 ('00 SE w/Performance Pack - basically the SE-R for that year though one was not available)
I want another B15 SE. Miss that car.I loved the SE PP. Literally no one knew anything about it so it could surprise a person or two.
x3 B13s ('91 and two '92s), x2 B14 (two Sentra SE 2.0s), x2 B15s ('02 SE-R and a '05 SE-R Spec V with the entire Nismo catalog installed).
A lot of memories with those cars. I still want to pick up a B13 again.
See this might also be aother difference with the Au model then, I have no issues with the steering. It's not got as much feel as my 78' Celica with no power steering lol, and around town it's muted as it should be, but on country roads it comes into it's own nicely. Plus call me crazy but I love the added weight at speed and how light it is in parking lots, it's neat.Steering feel is a huge deal when it comes to both confidence levels while driving a sporty car and the enjoyment of driving it as well. The ES has zero. None. Zip.
I'm sure it was hydraulic as well? That's the main problem with cars these days is that they have gone to electric power steering and with it you lose a lot of feedback. Some manufactures (Mazda) put more effort into tuning it than others to avoid the numbness.i agree that the steering feel isnt great, but its also not as bad as ppl make it out to be. the best steering feel ive experienced in a car was from my 04 rsx s. it was very heavy and sporty feeling.