I had another day of doing archaeology, and I had to rent a car, again. I got a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, again. If you have read my previous review of this car. I love it, especially when I get to drive on mountain roads. This was one of the first cars I rented last year, and after all the other cars, I was reminding why I enjoyed this car. On this trip, I had to travel about 250 miles on a mountain road.
The car I drove had about 29,000 miles on it, and had some wear and tear that only a one year old rental car can have. It still managed 32 mpg doing 75 70 mph on the interstate. With the 6 speed faux manual transmission, it was a lot of fun on the mountain road. There was almost no traffic along that road, so I got to drive the speed limit the whole way. The speed limit was 55 mph except within the few small towns along the way, however, many of the turns were “recommended” less than 30 mph. I actually had to slow down after about 90 minutes because I was making myself car sick.
This car still had the paid subscription for XM radio, so even though I was driving in mountains with pretty bad radio reception, I was still able to listen to various comedy radio.
I got both kids and their car seats (one booster and one infant seat), and they had plenty of leg room. With the kids out of the car, I got some archaeology gear in the back seat.
For a high mileage year old car, it would make a pretty good used car. A quick look on Yahoo Autos showed several Hyundai Certified 2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS with 24,000 to 32,000 miles going for $14,000 to $19,000.