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#153 of 420 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring
Oct 10, 2009 (9:25 am)
Just bought our ET (manual) a week ago. Manuals are hard to find in Florida. We traded a Honda for it, to the surprise of a bunch of people. We weren't that impressed with our Honda Civic (gas mileage was about 24-25 mpg, combined driving). We paid $15500 for our black pearl w/beige interior ET. We like the interior space, with the hatchback capabilites. I feel that the dash "creaks" more than it should but spouse says it isn't that big of a deal. The best part of the ET is the gas mileage we are getting. With the first tank of gas, we are getting about 28.5 mpg---and this is very mixed driving. Not too bad and makes the "creaks" seem insignificant.
#154 of 420 Re: 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring [thecs]
Oct 10, 2009 (10:48 am)
Does your Touring have the Bluetooth option... so that the ET can phone home?
On the creaks, have you taken it into the dealer? They might be able to fix it. Could just be some screws that need tightening, or maybe a shot of silicone spray between rubbing plastic parts. These kind of squeaks can be tough to eliminate though.
#155 of 420 NHTSA on the Elantra Touring... NOT!
Oct 11, 2009 (10:42 am)
I happened to be checking out some cars on the NHTSA site (www.safercar.gov) today and looked at the crash test scores for the 2010 Elantra Touring (IIHS scores aren't posted yet). I was curious to see how they compared to the sedan's so I looked at the scores for the 2010 sedan. To my surprise, the scores were exactly the same. In fact, everything about the scores was the same--including the curb weight. I also noted there were no photos with the test results for the Touring.
It's clear what the NHTSA did. They published the test results of the sedan for the Touring also. I think this is very misleading on the part of the NHTSA. The Touring is a different design than the sedan. The Touring is heavier and taller. I don't see how the NHTSA could think that the test results, which include rollover, for the sedan would be exactly the same for the Touring. To state that they are is gross negligence, IMO.
Maybe the IIHS will actually test the Touring so we can see its true performance in crash tests.
#156 of 420 Hurray for the Elantra Touring SE!
Oct 27, 2009 (7:14 pm)
I love my new Elantra touring. I like it better than the Honda Accord and Fit. It is more car than the fit and a better upright ride, with alot more room than the Accord. Though it doesnt have the drag-racing quality of the Mazda 3 it is alot of fun to drive. The handling is precise, it has great pickup and even has a little of the go-cart quality of the Fit. That's a good thing. With XM radio its even more fun. I bought the lifetime subscription to XM. If I ever sell the car the subscription goes with it, so there's no loss in value.
I was a little concerned about mileage but I am getting 30 mpg or more consistently in suburban driving here in Westchester county, NY.
It's the best car I've ever owned. And I only paid $18,800 for the full SE version. Go through Zag.com for the best deal. Oh and those heated cloth seats are great. No cold-to-the-touch sensation when you first get in like leather.
It's also got almost all the safety equipment thats out there. All it needs is daytime running lights. Perhaps there's a kit available for that.
When you test drive it make sure the tires are properly inflated. They come off the truck with too much pressure and that affects the ride.
#157 of 420 Re: Sad over new purchase [maenidmom]
Oct 27, 2009 (7:21 pm)
You've got a great car. With all the things to worry about in this world, why pay attention to a couple of little scratches. It is truly a wonderful car, and a bargain.
#158 of 420 Re: Has anyone have any luck with roof rack on Touring? [steve_]
Oct 27, 2009 (7:32 pm)
Also own an Outback (05), as well as my new ET. Both great cars. My ET gets alot better mileage (avg 30 in suburban driving vs 21 for my V6 Suby with premium fuel). Will take the Suby on long road trips though.
#159 of 420 Re: 2009 Hyundai Touring [guarg]
Oct 27, 2009 (7:41 pm)
get them tinted. 20% light in for all windows except front side windows. 50% for front sides, unless your state allows more. Then go for 35%. Also get a tint strip for the top of the windshield. Makes a big difference for black interiors.
Oct 28, 2009 (10:37 am)
Elantra Touring is going to be road tested on Motorweek (PBS) in my area ( N, Cal.) this Saturday.
#161 of 420 Not so sad just angry
Oct 28, 2009 (12:58 pm)
Well there was more to the story but yes, there are bigger problems. The bottom line is that I would not have chosen to deal with that dealer knowing now what I do. My concern is that if the car has any problems whatsoever, I just got a preview of what I can expect. I don't think of it as a great car, I see it as an adequate little car getting poor mileage in my stop sign/traffic light heavy community. The average mpg reading still does not accurately reflect what my own computations tell me when filling up. (I read the manual to be sure I was setting it correctly, and we're still at about 22-23). If I mix it up with some Hwy driving it gets 24-25. I do like that the rear door lifts high enough to clear my head for loading groceries. Visually, I like the lines better than the Matrix and the Mazda 3 wagon. If I hadn't gotten caught up in the C4C madness I would have spent more time over at the VW dealer considering the Jetta wagon. I'm hoping that the car grows on me. A couple years of reliability would do the trick.
#162 of 420 Re: Not so sad just angry [maenidmom]
Oct 28, 2009 (2:55 pm)
A couple years of reliability would do the trick
Good thing you skipped the Jetta, then