Thursday, August 09, 2012
Seventh Car Shopping Week - Hyundai Elantra GT 2013
In the case of the Hyundai Elantra GT, in order to get the backup camera, you have to pick the Style package and then the Navigation package, where the backup camera is "located". Based on all I've read so far, mileage is supposedly 32MPG city and 39MPG highway. Since this is meant to be a replacement for the 10-year-old Kia Sedona van, with city mileage of 17MPG and highway around 22MPG when it was new, this is a major upgrade.
The Kia was purchased as a mom-mobile, a family mover for two adults, two kids, a mother-in-law, two dogs, and anything else (that usually went on top in a luggage carrier for long trips). We took vacations and transported our girls to college in it, and while my mother-in-law was still alive, transported her to doctors. It has served yeoman's duty, but after 10 years and over 105,000 miles, it's time to trade it in. And since a lot has changed since the Kia was purchased, mom want's something smaller and considerably more efficient, especially in fuel economy.
Chevy Volt at around $45,000, it's still at a price I refuse to pay. I'll keep my current Prius, and probably use it to buy a new one (trade-in resale is currently $17,000 for my 2009), I won't go broke trying to buy a second, even using the Kia as a trade-in.
I decided to go simple today. So I ran a lot of photos through the E-PL2 and the M.Zuiko 14-42mm II R. I don't care about corner sharpness (or the lack thereof) or bokeh or deep depth of field. I just liked being able to zoom the range I care about, 28mm to 84mm equivalent. With a body and lens like those two, photography becomes very uncomplicated and very enjoyable, which is the whole point of all of this. Or at least it should be.