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Hyundai Elantra, Future Vehicle, Hatchback, Sedan
#199 of 278 Re: End of the "Hyundai Experiment" [GCF]
Dec 28, 2008 (5:49 pm)
Then I'd suggest you re-read what was posted.
You started with the line every Hyundai passenger car line produced have not received a "good" score in the IIHS side impact crash test. (By the way, this isn't a Hyundai criticize/bashing thread, this is a thread about the 2009 Hyundai Elantra and Elantra Touring.)
Anyway, I corrected you, as not every single passenger car model has been tested. I then pointed out the Hyundai Genesis, for example, aced the governmnet mandated NHTSA test, with 5/5/5/5/5 ratings.
You came back and said a car costs this much (not really that much relatively speaking) should have aced the test.
So I then listed out a partial but a long list of models (cars only) haven't aced the gov't crash standards (NHTSA), those models with similar pricing range, or more.
Interestingly enough, models having achieved 25 stars on the NHTSA government test, especially passenger cars, are a lot less the number of IIHS top picks.
This was never intended to be a comparison of the test standards especially since this isn't the place for something like that, so let's get back to the Elantra.
#200 of 278 Re: End of the "Hyundai Experiment" [joe97]
Dec 28, 2008 (5:58 pm)
Agreed. Perhaps a new thread topic "safety comparisons" is in order?
#201 of 278 Re: IIHS Crash Side Test results...:-( [backy]
Jan 03, 2009 (2:10 am)
I agree with you on that. I prefer the way the Hyundai looks over the Corolla. True, the Corolla has always been a very dependable car and a pretty good buy, but they have always been a few thousand dollars more than the Elantra. And when you think about it,even more than that considering the Hyundai comes with a 10 year 100k warrantee, which is a couple thousand right there. The value in the Hyundai also is the deal that you make when you go to the dealer. Usually you get a rebate, and the dealer will offer you a discount. My cousin is looking to buy a Santa Fe Limited and the sticker is 31,500, after the discounts and rebates it was down to 23,500. So just the same with the Elantra, if you wheel and deal you can get a heck of a deal.
#202 of 278 Touring Question
Jan 16, 2009 (7:31 am)
Any chance the touring will have all wheel drive?
#203 of 278 Re: Touring Question [bryan_05]
Jan 16, 2009 (8:05 am)
Unlikely. The Touring has already been formally announced, and no mention was made of AWD. Also, the car is based on the Elantra, which doesn't offer AWD in any other variant. Nothing is impossible, but IMO don't look for AWD on the Touring anytime in the near future. If AWD is what you are looking for, consider cars like the Impreza wagon, SX4, and Matrix/Vibe. Or maybe a small SUV like the Tucson/Sportage, CR-V, or Rogue.
#204 of 278 Touring not based on Elantra
Jan 21, 2009 (2:07 am)
From what I have seen and read the Touring is not based on the Elantra, it's based on the European model sport wagon (forgot the name they use). It does share the name but not a lot else, the cars donít even look that similar.
I got the call last week that the Touring was delayed until summer, then a few days later, got another call that one had just arrived at the local So. Cal. Dealer, so I went to see it and take if for a test drive this weekend.
It was a loaded model with all the options, and was very sporty looking. It drove as expected, with a little bit stiffer suspension than the sedan, but better driver response and road feel. The acceleration was good though not a neck snapper, but the cool sounding, throaty exhaust, almost made up for it.
Comfy seats, with lumbar on driverís side. Dash and interior was nice and quiet.
I wonder if the side crash safety test has been done on this car, separate from the Elantra sedan. I would be very curious to see if they were rated the same.
The shipments have started and will start trickling into dealers on the west coast over the next few months according to the lot manager.
I was tempted to buy it and have the first Touring to be seen on the roads (around here) but the color was a slick metallic charcoal grey, almost black, nice, but thatís not going to work for me on a hot summer day in So. Cal. so no sale.
Sticker price was $20,900 with the $1,500 sport option package included. I have no idea what a negotiated price, with the discounts and incentives would be, didnít get that far.
#205 of 278 Re: Touring not based on Elantra [silver_1]
Jan 21, 2009 (8:06 am)
I would be surprised if Hyundai developed a separate platform for the wagon, apart from the Elantra sedan, but I suppose it's possible. The two cars do share some components, including engine (2.0L Beta II) and a lot of the interior trim including dash/console. But the exterior is different of course, and the 4AT has the Shiftronic feature (at least I have read that) that the Elantra sedan doesn't have.
#206 of 278 2009 Elantra Touring
Feb 03, 2009 (5:36 pm)
Hyundai USA says it is arriving this month, along with the Genesis Coupe.
#207 of 278 GLS w/PEP or SE??
Feb 04, 2009 (1:35 pm)
For a single, 25, male. Should he choose a 2009 Elantra GLS with PEP or a 2009 SE?
#208 of 278 Re: GLS w/PEP or SE?? [siliq]
Feb 04, 2009 (2:10 pm)
If it were me and I had to choose between the Elantra GLS with PEP or SE, no other choices in the mix, and I had the extra money I'd opt for the SE because of the sharp-looking alloys (also lower profile tires help handling a bit), the stability control (great safety feature), the telescopic wheel (helps finding a comfy driving position), the leather wheel (feels nicer than plastic), and the trip computer with mpg readout. If you really want to go all out, you can get the leather with bun warmers. Then it doesn't feel as much like you are driving an econobox.
Also for 2009 the SE was supposed to get sport-tuned suspension and steering as a "late availability" feature. Might want to check to see if the SEs at your dealers have that.