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2021 Hyundai Elantra: You can afford this car

Of course, my first and foremost concern is that you will fit comfortably in any car.

So fellas, please test drive the car first and make sure you are comfortable.  Don’t fall for all the whiz-bang online, popup-on-you-phone ads and before you know it, you’ve bought a car that will fit on the street but will be just a bit too cozy….

That said, you really can afford the 2021 Hyundai Elantra.  Starting at $19,650 US, I feel there is plenty of room for you and your friends -– but please try it out first.  This is a small car, or in today’s lingo, this is a ‘Compact Car’. Mileage is 33 city / 47 highway, and when are truly trying not to spend your entire day working (yeah, well, scratch that….) you don’t want to spend all your dough on petrol. 

The biggest downside is interior space, to be sure. Now, I have to choose my words carefully here.  Most websites will tell you there is plenty of room inside -– and there is.  But we Bears know that our definition of ‘room’ and ‘space’ is, shall we say, a bit more generous.

That said, I still think this will work will for you.  If you are looking for a new car, this is certainly something to check out.  It’s a sedan. If you are looking at the Hyundai Elantra, you want economy, first and foremost, and possibly little else.  But that’s a good thing.

The 2021 Elantra has a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), something they proudly displayed on the window while I was testing it. 

On the base SE trim and all the way up, there are ample safety and tech features that should serve you well. The value here truly is worth your consideration.

But again, call me old-fashioned, if you can, test drive one first. I don’t think I really will ever be a fan of ordering a car off the internet and having it delivered to your door, sight unseen.  I am just not a fan of automotive Uber Eats.

Generally –- normally -– this time of year is when dealers are desperate to get rid of prior year models so they can bring on next year’s models, so they are willing to make deals and offer you some savings and discounts.  Not this year.

Projections for the new batch of cars is that the chip shortage will be even more severe than it was during the ‘old’ pandemic.  How will that affect car prices?  As best we can tell, it means that supply will be tight -– and prices will remain high. 

That’s the best I can tell you.  So, that said -– hang in there, do your homework, be patient, keep shopping.

And enjoy the ride.  And, by all means, enjoy life!