Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sacramento, Ca
2007 Hyundai Sonata Platinum Edition 2012 Hyundai Elantra Ltd w/Tech Pkg
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Are you talking about Hankook Optimo 426? Our stock Hankooks suck. They grip OK on dry pavement, but wet traction is horrible. The traction control kicks in way too often. Have to take it slow when it's wet here with the Elantra. My GMC with Michelin MTX's corner better on wet streets than the little Elantra. And the road noise is the worst I've ever experienced. The car itself, is great.
I suppose I'll be the first to reply.
The Elantra, in my humble opinion, is not the best-handling car I've ever had, but then again, I'm getting more used to it every day.
I came from a long succession of older used cars, some good, some not.
'91 Honda Civic. Slowest car ever, though.
'91 Toyota MR2 - awesome ride.
'89 Honda Accord Lx-i - the one I traded in for the Elantra!
Why? Because they all had a low center of gravity. The Accord drove like it was on rails, even with the cheap tires I had on it. It had some play in the steering, due to age, and it was less powerful than other cars I've had, but I still drove the crap out of it.
If you're wondering about my credibility as a speedy driver, I still have 4 tickets on my record. That's not even all the times I've been pulled over and let go for being a decent-looking female.
The stupid Accord was a total cop-magnet, which is partly why I got rid of it after a year. I could go on about how many times cops stopped me just to pin false accusations onto me (drunk driving, drugs, weaving - so ridiculous!)
As I've said in another post, I almost wiped out, in the Elantra, on a set of sharp curves that I used to take every day to work. Never once came close to wiping out in the Accord. However, I've gotten used to the Elantra and don't fishtail anymore.
It's ridiculous to compare a 1989 Accord (even with how loaded it was: alloys, alarm system + keyless, floor lighting, spoiler, sunroof, aftermarket stereo sys, etc) to the excellent features on the Elantra. The stability control alone has saved my butt on several occasions. I wouldn't to back to the Honda. But I do miss that sneaky handling.
I drove from Sacramento to Calistoga today (Sat) via Hwy 128. It was wet and 128 has a lot of turns up and down hill and all around.
LOL! I live right down the road from you in Elk Grove and have the same car althrough mine is an Alabama built I know this road and it can be a challenge.
I still don't see a many Elantra's in our area. Did you buy yours locally?
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