• Dec 23rd 2008 at 2:29PM
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Sold as the i30 elsewhere in the world, the new Hyundai Elanta Touring five-door compact will arrive soon on our shores with a base price of $18,495, which includes a $695 delivery charge. That price will put a base model Elantra Touring in your garage with a five-speed manual transmission topped with a B&M shifter. Like all Hyundais, the list of standard equipment that comes with the Elantra Touring is long and includes items like air conditioning, remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted cruise control and audio controls, an eight-way adjustable driver's seat, a cooled glove box and 172-Watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary input jacks. It also comes with Electronic Stability Control as standard equipment, which is nice to see at this price point. In fact, the only option is a Premium-Sport package that adds a power sunroof, heated front seats and 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45VR17 tires. A maxxed out Elantra Touring with a four-speed automatic and the Premium-Sport package will go for $20,795, which is not a bad price to pay for a fun and practical five-door compact that can swallow 65.3 cubic feet of stuff with its rear seats folded and return 31 mpg on highway. Whether or not buyers in a bruised and battered economy will agree remains to be seen.


[Source: Hyundai]

PRESS RELEASE

HYUNDAI ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR FUEL-EFFICIENT ELANTRA TOURING

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., December 23, 2008 – Hyundai Motor America has announced prices for its Elantra Touring five-door compact, starting at $18,495 for a very well-equipped entry-level model and $19,995 for one featuring a Premium-Sport package. The all-new 2009 Elantra Touring is a sportier, more functional variant of Hyundai's popular Elantra sedan, and will be available at dealerships in the first quarter of 2009.

2009 Elantra Touring Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Pricing
Touring M/T
Standard Equipment
Five-Speed M/T with B&M Sport shifter
$18,495

Touring A/T
Standard Equipment
Four-Speed A/T
$19,295

Touring M/T
Premium-Sport
Five-Speed M/T with B&M Sport shifter
$19,995

Touring A/T
Premium-Sport
Four-Speed A/T
$20,795

Note: All prices in this release contain a freight charge of $695

"The all-new Elantra Touring is a fun-to-drive, functional five-door," said Mark Dipko, manager, small car product development, Hyundai Motor America. "Elantra Touring provides buyers a unique offering in the compact segment, raising the bar as Hyundai likes to do in value, safety and quality. It is remarkable how many features a customer can get for under $20,000 in such a versatile five-door."

The Elantra Touring is the first five-door compact to offer standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in addition to a host of other class-leading safety technologies. As with all Hyundai vehicles, the Elantra Touring was designed and manufactured to meet the most stringent quality standards in the industry, exemplifying Hyundai's quality leadership position worldwide.

The Elantra Touring, with its modern, sleek styling and fun-to-drive qualities, was developed by Hyundai in response to the growing demand for stylish and functional five-door vehicles, sales of which doubled from 2001 to 2006. Five-door vehicle sales are projected to be strong into the next decade as well.

THE GOOD STUFF COMES STANDARD
Elantra Touring builds on Hyundai's reputation for offering loads of standard equipment, including air conditioning, power windows, heated mirrors, door locks, remote keyless entry with alarm, steering wheel-mounted cruise control and audio controls, eight-way adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, a cooled glove box and plenty of storage compartments. For audiophiles, an integrated 172-Watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, USB input and auxiliary input jack are standard. The Premium-Sport package adds a power sunroof with tilt and slide functions, heated front seats and 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45VR17 tires.

STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
Like every Hyundai, top-tier safety was a key development goal for the Elantra Touring, which is fully equipped to protect driver and passengers. Passive safety features include dual front, side and curtain airbags -- a total of six protective airbags in the vehicle. Other safety features include active front headrests, seatbelt pretensioners and seatbelt reminders. The combination of side and curtain airbags, which help protect the head and body during side impacts, can reduce fatalities by more than 50 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS also notes that active front head restraints improve rear crash protection.
The Elantra Touring comes standard with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), one of the industry's most effective life-saving technologies. NHTSA studies show that passenger cars equipped with ESC experience 30 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes than cars without ESC. Santa Fe, Veracruz, Tucson, Sonata, Azera, Elantra SE, Entourage and Genesis are all equipped with standard ESC. Elantra Touring has earned five-star frontal and four-star side crash ratings in the compact passenger car segment from NHTSA.

ROOMY AND REFINED INTERIOR
The long wheelbase and generous width of the Elantra Touring, combined with Hyundai's expertise in interior packaging, have produced an interior that delivers class-leading comfort, functionality and practicality. Elantra Touring has the most interior volume (passenger volume plus cargo space) of any five-door in its class at 125.5 cubic feet. In fact, Elantra Touring's cargo capacity is 65.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, which is more cargo space than many larger wagons and crossovers.

The Elantra Touring is the first compact five-door to offer XM Satellite Radio® and USB/iPod® auxiliary inputs as standard equipment. When an iPod or flash drive is connected through the USB port, located in the center storage compartment, not only does it play music through the vehicle's six-speaker audio system, but it also charges the iPod and allows the driver to access tracks with the steering wheel audio controls. This system also allows both driver and passengers to easily view song/artist/title information and control the music from the audio head unit rather than only the iPod itself. The center storage compartment location of the USB assures that iPods can be safely stowed out of sight.

The roomy and functional interior is also a quiet place to be. Based on internal tests, Elantra Touring has four decibels lower road noise levels than the Mazda3 five-door.

IMPRESSIVE PACKAGE EFFICIENCY
The Elantra Touring's exterior dimensions (176.2 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 59.8 inches high) make it a great fit in the compact five-door segment, while its long wheelbase (106.3 inches) offers class-leading interior volume. Elantra Touring features outstanding front legroom and both front and rear shoulder room. In addition, every Elantra Touring has 60/40 split folding rear seats that fold when needed for added storage, functionality and practicality.

The Elantra Touring matches best-in-class passenger volume with best-in-class cargo capacity. There is a useful 24.3 cubic feet of luggage space with rear seats upright and a cavernous 65.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. As in any Hyundai, the utility and convenience in the Elantra Touring has not been overlooked, with a stow-and-go removable luggage cover that stores conveniently out-of-site under the trunk area compartment. An optional restraining net is also offered.

The Elantra Touring includes a number of convenient, standard stowage and storage features, including a sunglass holder, two front and two rear cupholders, door bottle holders, dash storage, central console storage, front storage tray, front seatback pockets and a cargo area under-floor storage. For tailgaters, the cargo area also has a power-retained, 12-volt outlet that does not require the vehicle to be turned on in order to work.

ENGINE PERFORMANCE
Elantra Touring is powered by the same fuel-efficient, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder found in the Elantra sedan. This sophisticated, 16-valve powerplant employs Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) for a power band, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. Elantra Touring is certified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV). With a manual transmission, the Elantra Touring's mileage is 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway according to the EPA. With the optional four-speed, automatic transmission, the Elantra Touring's EPA rating is 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

AMERICA'S BEST WARRANTY
The 2009 Elantra Touring is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty. Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Elantra Touring buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit), including emergency service.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Cut the price by 2K.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed. the list of standard features is nice and something we are coming to expect fropm hyundai (as well as pretty much anythign else ont he market except the 10k versa), but the price is getting non-hyundai like. i accept that i got my MS3 for a steal, but for only 2k more than this car?

        hyundai has been re-building themselves as their own premium brand, with kia being the toyota to their lexus, but i find this pricing fairly high.
      • 6 Years Ago
      and which dealership was this? it's hard to believe that the power steering went out like that.

      elantra touring is a wagon, not a hatchback. it can't be in a direct competition with mazda 3
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks guys for backing me up. I knew I wasn't crazy. Check out the rear port windows.

      These are not the same car as I said earlier. The 5-door/hatch is a nicer design.

      Wagon version (USA)
      http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2009-hyundai-elantra-touring-1/602365/


      5-Door/hatch
      http://www.autoblog.com/photos/hyundai-i30-2/176757/
      • 6 Years Ago
      How can you compare this to mazda? The 3 is a smaller car all around (especially in the backseat, and of course the trunk). I wouldn't say this is the largest compact wagon you can get, its the smallest mid-size wagon you can get. 19k for a loaded automatic is entirely comparable or better than the competition when you match options. In fact, it's only about a grand more than a regular elantra comparably equipped. Considering this has the same or more space compared to considerably more expensive and poorer driving CUV for a lot less money, seems like a great deal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Sedan version of the Elantra is Hyundai's way of pleasing the American Market. They have to market a version for the baby boomers who cant think outside the box. For for guys who want to dream that they are driving a big expensive sedan EVEN THOUGH A PROPER C-SEGMENT SHOULD NOT BE A SEDAN, EVER!!!!!! However, I think them bringing the i30CW as the Elantra Touring was a big mstake. They should have brought over the i30 instead. Then again Hyundai does have a certain market in America who buys their cars. People like myself who want something with a conservative look (Boring Look to most people), yet modern as well, with a near luxury fit and finish, at a lower cost. Therefore, this car is not competing with Mazda3. Its here to undercut the Audi Avant wagons. I love Hyundais, but if they bring in another Accent sedan for the next generation over bringing the i20 as an Accent replacement, I might get a used Prius Hybrid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wagons ftw!
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      other than the taillights, i like it.

      priced right.
        Kumail
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        for proof, check the standard features.

        and if you want more, just pay $600 more, not that much really.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not trying to bash Hyundai but I was at a Hyundai/Mazda dealer a couple of weeks ago with my sister because she was looking for a car. I thought the Elantra would be perfect for her and we test drove one, or at least we tried. We went into the car she liked and she tried pulling it out of the parking lot for a test drive and she said it was impossible to turn. So I jump in the driver's seat and try turning it and it was nearly impossible. Turns out the power steering was broken, on a brand new Hyundai. That kind of left a sour taste, but she tried another one. This time everything was working good but she ended up not liking it. Now she is deciding between a Mazda3 and a Toyota Corolla.

      As for this Hyundai, I think the price is too high. It looks like it's in direct competition with a Mazda3 hatchback and I wonder if the Hyundai can compete in handling, power, and interior quality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and which dealership was this? it's hard to believe that the power steering went out like that.

        elantra touring is a wagon, not a hatchback. it can't be in a direct competition with mazda 3
      • 6 Years Ago
      The number of cars in the US market with this amount of hauling capacity and this fuel economy is very small. This will have way more room than a Mazda 3, for example. Even a Matrix is only ~53 Cu Ft. I need all the space I can get, so it goes on the list. If you _don't_ need the space, move along; nothing to see here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems like just the machine I would purchase...
      I hope it's available in Purple Rain, as the sedan is.
      As an exterior color Purple Rain is quite attractive, IMHO.
      I dig this design. The sedan is nice too.
      Peace!
      • 6 Years Ago
      For roughly $500 over the base price of this car, I could get a well equipped, base model Sonata, which is technically a large car. The base model Elantra (2008) starts at under $14K. Maybe Hyundai should have used a different name for this car. I, for one, find the base price on the Elantra Touring rather confusing. Yes, small hatchbacks or wagons are becoming more popular (yay), but Hyundai seems to be abandoning what made them successful in this decade, which was a good, competitive product for a few thousand dollars less than their competitors. This seems to be priced more squarely with the competition.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Hyundai is becoming the new Toyota.
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