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Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Elantra Touring, Hatchback, Sedan
#22 of 420 Re: can someone post who has purchased one? [rgwicks98]
Apr 10, 2009 (5:56 pm)
Do you know what the invoice price of the base Elantra Touring Automatic is? A dealer in NJ is offering it at $1,000 below invoice and $1,000 Hyundai rebate but I can't find the invoice price on Edmunds. I have a 2008 Elantra SE and I love it. Unfortunately, I will have to give it to my daughter to take to college next year since it replaces a Corolla she totaled last June. I am thinking of trading or selling my 2008 Toyota Sienna XLT Ltd for the touring. The Elanta is so easy to drive and park. Thanks
#23 of 420 Saw my first Touring
Apr 13, 2009 (1:43 pm)
I saw my first Touring (silver) at our local Raleigh, NC Hyundai dealer. Please note that I had two Elantra hatchbacks and now own a 2007 Sonota. Here's my take:
1) It's a very attractive car, especially for essentially a small station wagon.
2) It looked a lot bigger than I thought. I don't have my Elantra HB but it looked a lot bigger than I my HB.
I wish Hyundai was offering great deals on them cause I would be tempted to trade in my Sonata, which I love. BTW, my combined mileage in my Sonata is around 24 MPG.
Anyway, here's my 2 cents!
#24 of 420 Re: Saw my first Touring [delaluz]
Apr 13, 2009 (8:44 pm)
I saw my first Touring last Friday. It looks ... substantial. And it feels composed and planted in a fast corner. This one was dark silver (gray?) and I probably would have started into haggling had it been a manual trans. Next steps - find a manual one. Then, drive it again, with more freeway time - I spend lots of time in 2-4 hour jaunts on the I-5 here in So Cal. Just to be sure. Finally, if I can get a factory roof rack on it (for my bikes), and I can get my golf clubs into it with the seats up, we've got a winner.
#25 of 420 Bought elantra touring 3/25/09
Apr 21, 2009 (11:23 am)
4 speed auto, no moonroof. 18,500 out the door, including delivery. I shopped it against the XB, Kia Rondo, Matrix, RAV 4. Elantra had the best combo of price, interior room, fuel mileage, and warranty. Slapping the gated auto to the right downshifts from 4th to 3rd and provides reasonable acceleration. I get 26.5 around town, legitimately 30+ on the highway. Peppier than you'd expect, but I still wish it had an extra gear, and window tinting. Good commuter car, and plenty of room for 2 large dogs behind the rear seat.
#26 of 420 Re: Bought elantra touring 3/25/09 [rb7385899]
Apr 21, 2009 (12:14 pm)
Congrats on your purchase. I haven't driven the ET, but I did spend a bit of time in an Elantra sedan last fall and came away very impressed.
You listed an interesting group of alternatives. I would have guessed the Matrix would be a direct competitor, but I'm surprised about the others. I guess I still have a mental division between "station wagon" (ET, Mazda 3 hatch, Jetta SportWagen, Matrix) and "something else" (RAV4=SUV, Rondo=mini-minivan, XB=something else). But it does make sense--something with maximum utility, ~$20k, reliable, with maybe a hint of sportiness but not to be confused with what the Brits call a "hot hatch."
I don't want to put you on the spot here, but I am curious about some of the cars you didn't mention shopping the ET against. If considering the ET to be a small four-door hatchback/wagon, then what about the Rabbit, the Mazda3, the Fit, the Versa hatch, or maybe the HHR or PT Cruiser? If shopping it against the RAV4, then what about the CR-V, the Tucson/Sportage, or the Element?
#27 of 420 Drove it again, and
Apr 21, 2009 (4:44 pm)
The same dealer had the same car a week later. I verified three key things:
1) My golf clubs fit fine in the back. Two sets for sure, maybe three. Glad they sculpted out the sides of the cargo area for this.
2) Hyundai Parts gave me a list of Parts (and a drawing) of how to attach a real factory roof rack. As they are Parts, and not an Accessory, it's over $400. But this solves the "where do I put the bikes" problem, and still stays about the same price of a 1.8L Matrix. Much better handling as well.
3) On a 15-minute freeway jaunt, at 75 mph, it's a quiet ride. Very well controlled ride as well, on the choppy concrete.
Still looking for a stick shift version to test drive. Anyone else tried one yet?
#28 of 420 bought one with a sunroof last month...
Apr 25, 2009 (7:45 pm)
And I love it. It's an automatic and has been averaging 27 around town. It sure handles better than the 6 year old 5 speed manual elantra it replaced, and is getting just as good mpg! I'm so upset- the husband rubbed the wheel on the curb tonight. I've never had a car with nice wheels, and now I see why that was a good thing. Just that little rub ate up the edge of the wheel! Can anything be done to make it look better besides getting a new wheel?
#29 of 420 Re: bought one with a sunroof last month... [eba55]
Apr 26, 2009 (4:54 am)
It turns out there are companies who do this, some that even specialize in it (e.g. they come to you to repair the wheel). If you google "alloy wheel repair" you'll see some of the options around. I've not used this kind of service before, but I have a 2004 GT with some dinged-up alloys (yes, curbs) and I might look into it.
Those alloys on the Touring are very sharp. The first ding is always the hardest.
#30 of 420 Proud owner of a new Touring
May 24, 2009 (6:49 am)
I purchased a touring this week in central NJ and I think I got a great price. Cost was 3,050 OTD with a trade of my 2004 Toyota Sienna Ltd with 61,000 miles on it that was in good condition. The way they wrote up the purchase stated that they were giving me $13,000 for my Sienna. The receipt was confusing but the bottom line was all I cared about. I probably could have gotten about $15 for my Sienna selling it privately, but I saved about $1,000 on the tax and this was much easier. It is the base model, black with light interior, automatic, with mats and wheel locks. So far I'm getting about 24 mpg around town in some heavy traffic. I have a question about the key fob. It opens up the car but when I press on the hatch door it does not release it. Is that typical of other tourings or does my fob need to be reprogrammed? Thanks Marlene
#31 of 420 Re: Proud owner of a new Touring [marlenelin]
May 25, 2009 (6:23 pm)
If it works like the trunk on the sedan you need to hold the button down for about 2 seconds.