Roomy interior; comfortable ride; fuel efficiency; extensive warranty; safety features; strong value
A 138-horsepower, 2.0L four-cylinder engine powers all 2009 Hyundai Elantras, and this powerplant is paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The engine has variable valve timing for responsiveness and efficiency; fuel economy estimates are 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
The Elantra has a revised four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link setup with twin-tube shocks in back. Stabilizer bars are utilized both in front and rear for responsive handling. SE models feature stiffer springs for a sportier feel.
Six air bags are standard on all Elantras, including front seat-mounted side air bags and full-length side-curtain air bags protecting all four outward occupants. Front-seat active head restraints and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are also standard across the line.
Elantra is offered in two models: a four-door sedan in either GLS or SE trim, and a new Touring five-door hatchback. In addition to the safety equipment, the GLS has standard power windows and locks, remote entry, tilt steering and a split-folding rear seat, while the sporty-themed SE adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a trip computer, a telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, air conditioning and cruise control. The Elantra Touring is optioned much like the SE, with amenities like heated mirrors, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, and front fog lamps.
Option packages including a CD player, sunroof, cruise control and fog lights can bring more luxury to the base GLS. Option packages on the SE include heated seats, a sunroof and leather interior. For the Elantra Touring, options include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, a rear cargo tray and cargo net and mudguards.
The big change in the Hyundai Elantra lineup for 2009 is the addition of the Touring model, a five-door hatchback. The new model shares much of its mechanical underpinnings with the sedan, but has a 2-inch longer wheelbase and is one inch shorter overall. It is powered by the same 2.0L four-cylinder engine found in the Elantra GLS and SE sedans, though output is increased to 141. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a four-speed automatic is optional. The new model boasts an impressive 65.3 cubic-feet of cargo volume, and starts at an MSRP of $17,800.
Elsewhere in the Elantra range, GLS and SE cars get revised suspension and steering, while the SE includes stiffer springs for a sportier drive. XM satellite radio is now available on all models, and a USB/iPod jack will debut later in the model year.
The 2009 Hyundai Elantra has more interior room than the two leading competitors. The Elantra can be considered a strong value based on standard features alone, but its standard safety features are especially impressive. Front side airbags and full-length side-curtain bags, usually optional in this class, are standard on all Elantras. An attractive new Touring model adds versatility to the lineup, featuring an impressive 65.3 cubic-feet of cargo space.
Vehicle Price: 14,840.00
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