2009 Hyundai Elantra

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Elantra Touring, a 5-door wagon, added to U.S. lineup
  • Touring is first 5-door compact with standard stability control, Hyundai says
  • Touring based on Hyundai i30 CW sold in Europe
  • Touring, SE sedan get standard USB/iPod auxiliary port, XM satellite radio
  • Sedan now features easier-to-read instrument cluster
  • GLS, SE sedan models get stiffer suspension, improved steering
The compact Elantra lineup expands for 2009 with the addition of a 5-door Touring model. It'll join the Elantra sedan in Hyundai showrooms by the end of 2008. Hyundai says the market for 5-door models doubled from 2001 to 2006. Rivals include the 5-door Mazda 3, Dodge Caliber and VW Rabbit. The Elantra Touring's tall beltline, projection headlights, and integrated fog lights help the car resemble some of the smaller European wagons available to U.S. buyers. The wagon measures 176.2 inches long, 69.5 inches wide, and 59.8 inches high with a 106.3-inch wheelbase. It has the most interior volume (125.5 cubic feet) of any 5-door hatchback in its segment, Hyundai says.

The 2009 Elantra Touring follows in the footsteps of the Elantra GT, a 5-door version of the previous-generation model. The Elantra Touring will be the first 5-door compact with standard electronic stability control (ESC). The car also comes with mobile music connectivity, via a USB port, as well as standard XM satellite radio.

The Elantra sedan enhances its tunes and its tuning for 2009. The car now comes with USB and iPod auxiliary inputs, and a new audio system with improved XM satellite radio reception. Both Elantra GLS and SE see improvements to their suspension set-ups and steering feel.

Model Lineup
Only one model of the Elantra Touring is offered. With the 60/40-split rear seats folded down, cargo room expands from 24.3 cubic feet to 65.3 cubic feet. The cargo-area cover can be stowed under the trunk area where additional storage space is found. The rear area also contains a 12-volt outlet for tailgating functionality. Standard features include a tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel; 8-way adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support; and blue LCD lighting on the vehicle's instrument panel and information readout. Buyers can pick either black or beige shades for the 2-tone interior trim. Also found on every Elantra Touring: air conditioning; power windows and locks; remote keyless entry; rear wiper and washer; trip computer; and special carpeting. In addition to the standard Touring model, Hyundai will offer a Premium-Sport package that adds a power sunroof with tilt and slide, heated front seats, and 17-inch alloy wheels with low-profile tires.

The Elantra sedan is sold in GLS and SE versions. The GLS comes standard with power mirrors, locks and windows; remote keyless entry with alarm; split-fold rear seatback; and tilt steering. The Popular Equipment package adds a 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 stereo, fog lights and cruise control. The SE is the sporty Elantra sedan, featuring 16-inch alloy wheels, leather shift knob and steering wheel, and steering-wheel audio controls. The SE Premium package adds a power sunroof and heated front seats, while the SE Premium Plus Leather package includes everything in the Premium package plus leather seats.

The same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine powers every Elantra model. With continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and 4 valves per cylinder, this motor generates 141 hp and 137 lb.-ft. of torque in the Touring. In the sedan, it makes 138 hp as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. (The Partial Zero Emission Vehicle, or PZEV, version, rates 132 hp and is as clean as a hybrid model, Hyundai says.) Torque measures 132 lb.-ft. for the ULEV engine; 133 lb.-ft. for the PZEV.

According to the EPA, this engine gets 24 or 35 mpg city/33 mpg highway in the sedan version, depending upon transmission choice. The Touring model gets 23 mpg city/30 or 31 mpg highway. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard; the Touring model gets a B&M Racing sport shifter for shorter throws. The optional 4-speed automatic transmission comes with Shiftronic manual-shifting capability. The Touring gets a setup with different springs-24-percent stiffer up front and 39-percent stiffer in back, maker claims-and larger front and rear stabilizer bars than the sedan model. The wagon's wheelbase is about two inches longer than the sedan version. The result, according to Hyundai, is a sportier ride. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels will be standard, with 17-inchers available. Still, the sedan gets suspension upgrades for 2009, with the SE receiving a ride that's \"significantly firmer,\" Hyundai says.

Six air bags-dual front, side, and side curtain-are standard on the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring. Also found on every Elantra Touring is ESC, which corrects both oversteer and understeer and thus helps prevent single-vehicle accidents, Hyundai says. Other standard safety features: traction control; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist; active front headrests; and seat belt pre-tensioners. All Elantra sedans get six air bags; 4-channel ABS with EBD; and adjustable head restraints for all passengers. The SE adds ECS with traction control and brake assist not found on the GLS version.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the Elantra sedan gets the top rating (5 stars) in front driver and front passenger tests, and 4 stars in side driver and side rear passenger tests. The 5-door Touring has not been tested.

A USB port, located in the Elantra Touring's center storage console, allows an owner to connect a mobile music player, such as an iPod or a flash-drive device, to hear tunes through the 6-speaker stereo. Drivers can search for favorite songs via the steering-wheel audio controls. A 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 stereo is standard on the Touring and the SE sedan; optional on the GLS sedan.


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  • Name GLS (4dr Sdn Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 14120.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
  • Name GLS (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 15120.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name GLS PZEV (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 15120.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name SE (4dr Sdn Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17020.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
  • Name SE (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 17820.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name SE PZEV (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 17820.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
  • Name Touring (4dr Wgn Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17800.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 23/31
  • Name Touring (4dr Wgn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 18600.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 23/30
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Reclining front bucket seats -inc: multi-adjustable driver seat, adjustable active head restraints
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat w/adjustable head restraints
  • Center console -inc: storage, armrest, (2) cupholders
  • Rear center armrest -inc: (2) cupholders
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Instrumentation -inc: tachometer, trip odometer, digital clock, blue backlighting
  • Warning lights -inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, brake, check engine
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto-down, lockout
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/alarm
  • Remote trunk/fuel door releases
  • Cabin air filter
  • Rear window defroster
  • (2) 12-volt pwr outlets
  • Front door map pockets
  • Sunglass holder
  • (3) assist grips
  • Lighting -inc: map, cargo, glove box, ignition key, dome, window switches
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Rear coat hanger
  • Leather wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Instrumentation -inc: tachometer, trip odometer, trip computer, digital clock, blue backlighting
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Sunvisor extensions
  • B & M racing sport shifter
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Premium cloth seat trim
  • Driver lumbar support
  • Remote fuel door release
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Cooled glovebox
  • (3) 12-volt pwr outlets
  • Cargo cover
  • 15" steel wheels w/covers
  • P195/65R15 all-season tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Chrome-accented front grille
  • Body-color pwr heated mirrors
  • Tinted glass
  • 2-speed variable intermittent wipers
  • Body-color door handles
  • 16" Euroflange alloy wheels
  • P205/55R16 all-season tires
  • Front fog lamps
  • Tinted glass w/sunshade band
  • 16" alloy wheels
  • Solar glass
  • Rear wiper/washer
  • 2.0L DOHC CVVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, gas shocks
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension w/gas shocks
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD, lock-up torque converter
  • Sport tuned suspension
    • Shift interlock system
    • Body-side reinforcements
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • Side-impact door beams
    • Hood buckling creases/safety stops
    • Advanced dual front air bags -inc: occupant classification system (OCS)
    • Dual front seat-mounted side-impact air bags
    • Roof-mounted outboard side-curtain air bags
    • Front 3-point seatbelts -inc: height adjust, pretensioners
    • Rear 3-point seatbelts
    • Child-proof rear door locks
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Energy-absorbing steering column
    • Brake assist
    • Traction control system (TCS) w/electronic stability control (ESC)
    • Rod-fixed antenna
    • AM/FM/XM audio system w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, aux input jack, speed-sensitive volume
    • In-glass antenna
    • Body-color roof mounted XM radio antenna
    • Roof mounted AM/FM/XM antenna

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