• Aug 14, 2009
2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring - Click above for high-res image gallery

If the Hyundai Elantra Touring is singing your song, the music just got quite a bit better. The Korean automaker has announced a price reduction on the 2010 base model to the tune of $1,800. The 2009 Elantra Touring, a compact five-door hatchback, sat in showrooms with a base price of $18,520 (all prices include the $720 shipping charge) while the 2010 model rolls in wearing a much more pleasing $16,715 sticker this fall.

The 2010 model will also be available in three trim levels: GLS with a 5-speed manual ($16,715), GLS with a 4-speed automatic ($17,915), and SE with a 5-speed manual ($19,715). All models hum along with the same 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine (rated at 138 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque) sending power to the front wheels. The base GLS models are fitted with standard stability control and a 172-watt sound system with Satellite Radio and iPod/USB jacks. For its extra C-notes, the SE model turns up the music with a standard sunroof, heated front seats, B&M Racing short-throw shifter, and 17-inch alloy wheels with more aggressive tires.

We've reviewed a 2009 Elantra Touring with the automatic and found it way too soft to be a fun daily commuter. Hyundai then loaned us a model with the 5-speed manual, 17-inch wheels and short-throw shifter, which you'll soon be able to read about in an updated review. Short story: If you care about how your car drives, go for the SE with the larger wheels.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      They could shave $13,000 off the price and I still would not be interested.
        • 5 Years Ago
        cool. what do you think of this weather we've been having?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I recently test drove this same car here in Canada where the base price starts at $14,995. I was very impressed. The transmission could use another gear, but it drove well and was much roomier and practical than the Mazda3 sports' claustrophobic interior.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SE sounds like a useful (if not a little uninspired) hatch that will get the job done for a lot of people's needs and interests. However, the economy new-car world is really lost on me - for the same price I'd rather look at a 3-year-old G35, A4 or 3-series.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kudos to Hyundai management doing all the write things only car maker to post year to year car sales in NA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw one of these on the road, and have to admit, it looks pretty decent, and that's a great price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When is C>A>R>S suppose to end, I think in the fall. So yes price these a few grand more to take advantage of cash for clunkers and then lower the price after so hopefully someone will buys these cars with the archaic ICE.
        • 5 Years Ago
        CARS goes through September.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hyundai dealers are known to give off a lot of $$$ on the cars they sell. Might not be true on all the cars, but, I had one dealer offer me a XG350 (Dont ask me why I looked at it) back in 07 for abt 9k off. Same story with the Sonatas (Dont ask me why I looked at it as well) 5k off.

        Hyundai is good at this game. those who do their homework alrady know that dealers marks off a lot of $$$ on their lots.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give me at least 5 speed/auto and I will be all over it. Forte got it (as an option) why not this one? I believe they share the same platform in some way. I also don't mind the car being "way too soft", who buys a wagon as their daily commuter car?
      We take long weekend trips and need space to pack all our hiking gear, so the softer car would be less punishing on the passengers I think as compared to my 4-door mazda 3 sedan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why would someone not want a hatchback as a commuter car? They work fantastic for weekend excursion duties plus, in economy-car form, get great mileage during the week for the 9-5. But as a Mazda owner I agree the softer ride is sacrificed for sporty driving dynamics, and it may not be the ideal road trip car. When my friend's Spectra felt like a Lexus, I knew my car had serious deficiencies in 'smoothness'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Elantra Touring, or better known as the i30 wagon (in Europe), is the sister model to the Kia cee'd.

        It's too bad Hyundai doesn't bring over the better looking hatch (or Kia bringing over the even better looking/handling cee'd, esp. the pro cee'd - which, according to German auto publications, handles comparably to the VW Golf).

        An upgraded AT, DI engines, as well as additional fuel saving tech such as an ISG system are in the works for the refresh of these models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Problem with this car was that they named it "Elantra" Touring. When you compare this to a regular Elantra's price (due to the name association) people will ask why the big price difference ($18500 vs $15500). This price drop was bound to happen. $17000 vs $15500 is easier to digest. Now if only they put the 2.4L in there...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, aside from the totally different platform, buyers don't take into consideration the better interior/appointments (being a European-produced model) for the Touring due to Elantra moniker.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, they're really ripping off the Mazda design language on this one... the wheels are even almost _exactly_ the same as the new 3/RX-8 wheels (though not as awesome as the Rx-8 R3 wheels). Styling looks like an old accord smashed with a mazda, but it looks good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I can see some 3 hatch in that design...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they are going to copy someone, might as well be one of the best in the segment. Thankfully its not of the 2010 model and that goofy smile.

        Checked one out while taking a look at the Genesis coupe during some down time. Not a bad car at all for the money and definitely heads above the crappy Dodge Caliber I was given as a rental a few weeks ago. One of my worst driving experiences ever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please - despite what many Mazda owners think, the Mazda3 was hardly original, copying many of the same elements of European hatches as well as the Pontiac Vibe.

        Heck, even the (guppy) "smiley face" grille treatment on the new 3 is very similar to the wide-open grilles of the Peugeot 207 and 308.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a bad price drop. Especially for Hyundai who, like other brands such as Kia, market lower models as affordable commuters. This is also nice because most vehicles are increasing prices do to the inflation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually bought one of these last week, so I'm not happy to hear about the price drop!

      It's a truly great car, though. It drives just like a Volkswagen, and I mean that in a good way. The ride and handling are totally not what you'd expect- not even close. I thought this thing was monumentally better to drive than a 2010 Mazda3 hatch, which was great to look at but bad to drive. I couldn't believe it.

      We also compared against the Honda Fit, BMW 328i wagon, Audi A4 Avant, Volvo V50, GTI, Jetta Wagon, and a few others. This car was my wife's favorite, no kidding. I preferred the BMW as best to drive, then the Volvo, but this car was obviously the most practical for us. It's huge inside but small outside. There's no way any of the others could justify their price with this gem in existence.

      The Elantra Touring needs their new 2.0l engine with 20bhp more than the current model to make this car a home run. It's still using an iron block engine, unchanged from ~2002. It's a lot faster than you'd expect, but then your expectations would be very low.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is more spacious, roomy version of elantra. it can hold a maximum of 65 cubic feet of space, which is twice that of a Mazda 3 and a few more cubic inches than many compact SUVs.
      if you want more cargo space, shipping surfing board & folded bicycle, elantra touring is a good choice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mazda 3 (X)
        Mazda 3 hatchback (O)

        :twice space of a Mazda 3 hatchback
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