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Hyundai Elantra, Future Vehicle, Hatchback, Sedan
#164 of 278 Re: Elantra Touring [rv65]
Dec 06, 2008 (2:26 pm)
Have you seen any '09s with the USB/iPod jack yet? Hyundai said that feature along with others would be "delayed availability" for 2009, i.e.:
· Hyundai’s USB/iPod auxiliary inputs (Delayed availability)
· New audio system with larger display and improved XM Satellite Radio™ reception (Delayed availability)
· Improved instrument cluster design (Delayed availability)
· Enhanced suspensions (Delayed availability)
The 2009 GLS I saw recently looked exactly the same as the 2008, except the sticker. So no "improved instrument cluster design" for example. So I wonder when these features will be at cars at dealers?
Dec 17, 2008 (6:33 pm)
Does anybody have an idea when they are going to release the new elantra in US, THE ONE they have in china..........its awesome, maybe 2010 with the new Li-ion batteries. I am waiting for so long , may be I have to keep my suzuki for another year.
#167 of 278 We have a base price...
Dec 23, 2008 (1:13 pm)
Hyundai's Elantra Touring, a cheaper alternative to the Mazda3 hatchback, will go on sale in the near future with a base price of $18,495. As is the norm with Hyundai products, the list of standard features is seemingly endless, including remote keyless entry, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, cooled glove box, 172-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite radio (with USB and auxiliary input jacks), and an eight-way adjustable driver's seat.
As for options, customers can order up a four-speed automatic transmission instead of the standard five-speed manual, and there's also a Premium Sport package which includes heated front seats, a sunroof, and seventeen-inch alloy wheels. The Elantra touring should be hitting dealerships within the coming months.
#168 of 278 IIHS Crash Side Test results...:-(
Dec 23, 2008 (5:14 pm)
Until just this week I would have described myself as Hyundai's biggest fan....however after seeing the most recent IIHS test results for the Elantra I won't let my kids drive my '08! Didn't the engineers at Hyundai realize that this test would be performed? I really feel ripped off. Front driver's side was POOR and overall was MARGINAL! Anyone want to buy my deathtrap? Comments...
#169 of 278 Re: IIHS Crash Side Test results...:-( [hutch7]
Dec 24, 2008 (8:35 am)
The side impact results for the driver on the Elantra are indeed very disappointing, and puzzling, given this was a new design for MY 2007 and has both side and curtain airbags. Also, Hyundai must have done its own tests similar to the IIHS tests so it knew how poorly the driver would fare in side impacts, yet in the 2+ years the car has been on the market Hyundai has done nothing to improve its crash protection.
In a similar situation a few years ago, the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan received poor scores on the IIHS side impact crash tests. Ford took quick action to make some design changes, and as a result the cars got a Good score on the side impact tests after only a short delay, and those cars are now rated an IIHS Top Pick for 2009 because they have ESC available. It's really pretty sad that Hyundai could not take action like that to protect drivers of Elantras. Hyundai's executives should be ashamed of themselves.
I was looking very seriously at the Elantra for a car that I would drive for a few years and then turn over to my daughter for school. That will not happen now. I have not given up totally on Hyundai, e.g. the Sonata remains an alternative as it has relatively good crash test scores plus standard ESC. But no more Elantras for me until Hyundai improves its side crash protection.
#170 of 278 Re: IIHS Crash Side Test results...:-( [backy]
Dec 24, 2008 (2:20 pm)
Given that 7 small car models can score perfect ratings in all three crash tests, it's obvious Hyundai's engineering ins't up to snuff.
The 2009 sonata isn't much better given that it's one of the few cars in the large midsize field that got less than "Good" in side impact.
FYI: the Fusion and Milan are IIHS top safety picks, something the Sonata, Elantra, Accent, and Tibby never have received.
Given the price of Elantras (even with discounts) are only a bit less expensive than far better cars, it makes little sense to purchase one right now.
#171 of 278 Re: IIHS Crash Side Test results...:-( [GCF]
Dec 24, 2008 (3:16 pm)
The Sonata does pretty well in safety, IMO, having standard ESC on every trim (something many mid-sized sedans cannot claim) and also having perfect NHTSA and IIHS crash test scores except for Acceptable on the IIHS side impact test.
I guess you didn't notice I already mentioned the Fusion and Milan are IIHS Top Picks. However, they still don't offer standard ESC as the Sonata has for 3-1/2 years.
Hyundai's larger vehicles, especially their large SUVs and minivans, seem to do quite well in crash tests. For some reason they have trouble on that with their smaller cars, i.e. Accent and Elantra. They'd better realize that kind of safety performance is no longer acceptable, or competitive, if they expect to sell many small cars in the future. With a mid-gen refresh due for the Elantra next year, perhaps it is something they will correct for the 2010 MY, similar to what they did to improve the 2004 Elantra's IIHS frontal crash test results from Poor (before 2004) to Good.
#172 of 278 Re: Chinese elantra [bryan_05]
Dec 25, 2008 (6:07 am)
It will be in showroom early next year.
#173 of 278 Re: IIHS Crash Side Test results...:-( [backy]
Dec 25, 2008 (7:31 am)
The Sonata went through a refresh in 2009 and yet is still one of only 4 vehicles (really 3 since the Kia is the same car) out of 16 that doesn't get a Good rating in side impact. As for ESC, most Fusions around me are equipped with ESC as a measly 400 buck option so it's essential a "standard" option. The Fusion also has available AWD, something not even available on the Sonata.
Back to the Elantra. If history is a guide, I wouldn't expect the Elantra to ever improve it's crash worthiness. For the past 8 years (since 2001) it's either been POOR or MARGINAL. (now to mention the POOR Driver Torso on the 2009).