I've only owned my 13 Elantra Limited for about 3 months, but am thoroughly enjoying my car. I'm sure you will love yours, too! OkieRich is so right with the above advice. My biggest adjustment coming from a Mazda Miata (besides not being able to see the hood) was that clearance on my left side was much less than I thought and clearance on the right much more than I thought. For the first month or so, I would invariably find my left side tires on or very near the the painted parking space lines.Word of caution: ...Acclimate yourself to the... vehicle. [Get] a feel for the distance of the front nose and rear end from objects when parking. And, for gosh sakes, WATCH OUT for those concrete parking lot dividers, curbs, whatever they're called. that front and rear end is lower than you think!
It looked like a piece of large sewer pipe or one of those green/black pots gardeners use for plants. It was dark and raining and came from the right lane into my lane and was bouncing up and down like it was just sizing up where to hit my E. No one was in front of me, I was in the fast lane of a 4 lane highway with no place to go left and a car to the right. Anyway a little buffing and some needle and thread to my bra and I'm good.^ Tire carcass/separated sidewall or tread from a flat, or tractor-trailer? That's the usual culprit that fits that description. Not pretty. I have started increasing my following distance to allow me more reaction time when I see road debris up ahead. Don't always remember to do so if I'm in a hurry. Once of these days, the old habit is going to jump up and bite me in the posterior. And I'll call myself every name in the book when it happens.
Local fabric store? Foam rubber is offered in all kinds of thicknesses/shapes/configurations. You'll just need to buy or make a cover. Big fluffy pillow?Only downfall is that I need to build something for my little dog. These seats sit lower than my previous car and she has a hard time looking out the window.