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Any buyer should know that a test drive is not only useful but crucial in finding the best value of a new Hyundai Phoenix area car. But few know specifically what to do or look for that will separate a good car from a mediocre car. The following test-driving tips will help you find a reliable car:

Have an open mind. Go into the test drive unprejudiced, just because one company is better than the competition in one area it may be worse in others. Leave your bias whether it is positive or negative at the door.

Set a benchmark. Early in the development process, automakers and their suppliers set benchmarks. For instance: “Surpass Car A in ride comfort and match Car B in steering feel.” Any car buyer should do the same.  By test driving a variety of vehicles, consumers are more likely to gain the kind of perspective that will help accurately evaluate ride and handling dynamics.

Perform a pre-test inspection. Open the hood, any overpowering odor or immediate signs of poor maintenance are an immediate red flag. Open the oil filler cap- there should be no dark, sludgy deposits. Check hoses and fan belts for cracking. Lie on the ground and look under the car for any obvious damage as well. When you start the car check the rearview mirrors for any smoking or other signs of trouble.

Take notes. The easiest way to stay organized when test driving multiple cars is by making a chart with major areas such as ride, noise, steering feel, tires, maintenance, interior wear, seat comfort, sound system, brakes, bodywork and anything else you find important and grade each area for each test drive.

Take your time. Don’t allow a seller to pressure you into a short test drive make sure the car is taken out long enough for you to get a feel of how you would normally drive the car.

Turn the radio off. Unless your specifically trying to test out the sound system make sure you turn off the radio while test driving. This way unusual noises can be heard, make sure to listen closely when changing speeds or switching to and from pavement types.

Keep it reasonable. Drive as you normally would just pay a lot more attention to what the cars doing. If it’s a sports car make sure to take it on the freeway for an aggressive driving experience.

Furthermore, always go to a reputable dealer, such as Hyundai dealers Phoenix, and feel free to ask as many questions as you want about the car your test driving.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe is basically the same as the older Elantra sedan models, except with two fewer doors. The front fascia has also been tweaked to allow it to stand out from the sedans. The Hyundai styling and wedge-like profile looks far more stylish and sporty on the coupe as opposed to the sedan. The lower rear diffuser is also black to make it stand out but even the most conservative buyers will think it adds value to the overall design. The sedan and the coupe version of the Elantra have the same wheelbase and height, the only exterior size difference is that the coupe is 0.4 inches longer than the sedan. With such close dimensions the coupe is exceptionally spacious and beats out most of the competition for cargo space.

Under the hood consumers will get a 148-hp, 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 131 lb-ft of torque. An automatic transmission comes standard but there is also the option of a six-speed manual transmission both produce about the same fuel economy of 28 mpg city/ 39 highway. Phoenix Hyundai driver’s are also sure to appreciate the optional features such as the  touch-screen navigation system with a rearview camera, leather-trimmed seats, keyless entry and start, a power sunroof, and dual-zone climate control.

Hyundai has also released the Elantra GT, formerly known as the Elantra Touring, this version of the Elantra is a hatchback. Outside of the name change, the second-generation Elantra GT will have more occupant space as well as more cargo room than all of the five-door competitors in its category. Despite the spacious interior the newer GT is shorter in length and height and rides on a shorter wheelbase, but is slightly wider. The styling allows the GT to fit right in with the rest of the Hyundai line-up and is more attractive than previous models.

The U.S version of the GT differs slightly from the European version and uses the same engine as the Elantra sedan; a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. As with the coupe version, the GT comes standard with an automatic transmission but a manual is available as an option and both produce similar fuel efficiency with 28 city mpg and 39 highway. The fuel efficiency for the updated GT is much higher than the previous Elantra Touring’s numbers.

“The new Hyundai GT is sportier than the sedan and is much more enthusiast focused” says David Hupart, Sales Director of Chapman Hyundai, he also adds “The new GT improves upon the Touring’s dynamics and is a great value per dollar”.

In which he may be referring to the added features such as electric power-steering system and driver selectable modes that provide variable assist and build-up characteristics. The GT also comes standard with a six-speaker stereo with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, power everything, and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. Optional upgrades include leather interior, panoramic sunroof, and navigation.

Check out Chapman Hyundai for more information or to test-drive the new Hyundai Elantra collection.