Reviews the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring

09ElantraTouring reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder does everyone a favor in his review of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring, which is to explain just what the word “touring” means when attached to a car model. Turns out, the answer varies (which means no one really knows). In this case, however, the Touring is a four-door hatchback version of the Elantra. Check out Wiesenfelder’s full review to find out if Hyundai scores a hit with the Elantra Touring.

2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring Review

By Stephen Markley | April 2, 2009 | Comments (1)

2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring Priced at $18,495



Hyundai has announced that its 2009 Elantra Touring will start at $17,800. This puts it well behind competition like the 2009 Scion xB, which starts at $15,750, and the Pontiac Vibe, which starts at $16,100.

The Elantra Touring is a five-door version of Hyundai’s Elantra Sedan and comes with several different option packages listed after the jump. The price doesn't include the destination charge of $695. Hyundai says the Elantra Touring will be available at dealerships in the first quarter of 2009.

By Stephen Markley | December 26, 2008 | Comments (20)

Hyundai to Launch Efficiency-Focused 'Blue' Lineup


Hyundai will soon debut gas-conscious variants of its Accent and Elantra compact cars: the 2010 Accent Blue and 2010 Elantra Blue, it announced at the L.A. auto show. Available in summer 2009, the models take a page from GM's playbook; the Detroit-based automaker recently launched a handful of "Xtra Fuel Economy" cars and trucks. Like the XFE models, Hyundai's Blue models use readily available technology to achieve better gas mileage.

To boost fuel efficiency, Blue models get more slippery aerodynamics, new engine tuning, low-rolling-resistance tires and a unique final-drive ratio. Official gas mileage estimates aren't yet available, but the current Accent and Elantra get up to 26/35 mpg city/highway and 25/33 mpg, respectively.

Hyundai says the Accent Blue and Elantra Blue will also be the least expensive versions of these two cars. Pricing hasn't been announced, but the 2009 Accent starts at $11,070, while the 2009 Elantra's base price is $14,120.

By Mike Hanley | November 24, 2008 | Comments (1) Videos: 2009 VW Jetta TDI, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, More


2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Forget all your misconceptions about diesel cars, the Jetta TDI is a diesel that’s as clean as a gas engine, Joe Wiesenfelder says.

2009 Hyundai Elantra: If you want a car with cargo room but an SUV is just too big for you, Bill Jackson says you should consider the Elantra Touring, a hatchback with good ride quality.

2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG:
Based on the entry-level C-Class, the C63 has an aggressive-looking exterior that’s backed by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, Mike Hanley says.

2009 Ford Mustang
Mike takes a look at the last year of the current Mustang. It has an optional glass roof on some trims and offers modern styling cues that mix well with this Ford’s retro look.

View and share all of’s videos via YouTube.

By Jennifer Newman | October 31, 2008 | Comments (0)

First Drive: 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring

Two weeks ago I got the chance to drive an early version of the Elantra Touring due out later this year. I was impressed with the little wagon as were others on our staff like Bill Jackson, our resident Weekend Athlete. We’ll be posting a video with his thoughts on this car in the near future, but for my initial impressions and a photo gallery keep reading. 

By David Thomas | October 13, 2008 | Comments (34)

Recall Alert: 2008 Hyundai Elantra


Hyundai is recalling 65,000 Elantra sedans for problems with the fuel pump. The faulty pump may lose pressure and affect the engine's performance. The recall covers all Elantras for the 2008 model year that have a 2.0-liter Beta engine. Some fuel pumps may be adversely affected by residue buildup from gasoline mixed with ethanol, a problem that has been affecting small motors as well.

By Stephen Markley | August 29, 2008 | Comments (42)

Hyundai Elantra Tops Reliability Report


The Hyundai Elantra has earned Consumer Reports' "excellent" rating in predicted reliability among small, high-mileage cars road-tested by the magazine.

It beat out the Honda Civic EX for the top spot, also finishing ahead of the Toyota Prius, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus, all of which achieved "very good" ratings in a report on the potential reliability of small gas-saving sedans.

All but the Corolla earned "recommended" ratings. CR said it didn't have enough reliability feedback on the new '09 Corolla to give it a "recommended" rating yet.

"The Elantra's top rating in the small-sedans class shows how far Hyundai has come in the last decade," CR said of the findings in its July issue, which goes on sale Wednesday. "Its cars used to be unreliable and unrefined, with low scores in tests. Now, some compete with the best in their classes."

CR called the Elantra SE "a well-rounded package with a quiet, roomy cabin, comfortable ride, nice fit, excellent braking and very secure emergency handling aided by the standard electronic stability control."

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By Jim Mateja | June 3, 2008 | Comments (16)

Best Cash-Back Finds: 4.25.08

Journeyfind launched its new, comprehensive rebate and incentives page earlier this month, but just having the raw figures isn’t always enough. Often there are some real gems getting a significant amount of money off that aren’t heavily advertised or thought about. This time out we’ve found some interesting deals on a pair of luxury nameplates, a brand-new model and a fuel-sipping compact. 

2009 Dodge Journey
MSRP: $19,360
Cash back: $1,000
Percent off MSRP: 5.2%    
Expires: 4/30
5-Year Ownership Costs

The new Dodge Journey was just released, and Dodge is hoping that by offering a small incentive, $1,000, folks will be more inclined to give it a shot. That’s because the Journey competes with the popular Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe when equipped with two rows of seats, or the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander when equipped with the optional third row. Still, the Journey’s starting MSRP is significantly less than the competition, even before the $1,000 cash back.

By David Thomas | April 25, 2008 | Comments (14)

Frugal Compacts Add Up with Basic Options


The compact car segment is no new place to find low base prices and a good deal on a new car. After having three major players in our hands over the past few weeks, including the 2009 Toyota Corolla, 2008 Honda Civic and 2008 Ford Focus sedans, we were scraping together specs and options to evaluate the competition. When we started to compare the cars, something surprised us. Mostly optional features that we think are necessary for a comfortable and safe daily driver — automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows, cruise control, keyless entry, power locks, antilock brakes, side airbags and a CD player — have a funny way of changing each car’s relative value.

By Joe Bruzek | April 17, 2008 | Comments (11)

Honda Still on Top in U.S., Says Consumer Reports


For the second year in a row, Consumer Reports has named Honda the automaker selling the best vehicles in the U.S., based on factors ranging from reliability to vehicle comfort.

Toyota and Subaru ranked second and third, followed by BMW, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen. No domestic nameplate appeared on the list.

By Jim Mateja | February 29, 2008 | Comments (17)

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