Last post on Mar 08, 2012 at 9:47 AM
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#5 of 13 Touring SE coming...
Sep 20, 2011 (10:31 pm)
I'm fortunate to get a company car for business use. Every 100,000 miles I get a new one, though the budget is always $20k or less. My current Kia Sorento is at 99,250, so I've been planning to get a replacement for a few weeks.
My hope is the Touring SE will still be able to handle the occasional hauling of company displays, auction items, promotional materials, and decorations for our quarterly fundraisers, as well as taking staff to trainings, community events, and company meetings.
The Sorento's been great, but it's a bit of a gas hog, and it's showing its age after six years, so I'm hoping the Touring SE will be a nice replacement.
We have a federal tax law seminar in Las Vegas in a month, so that will be the acid test on comfort, cargo capacity, economy, and road tripping.
I'll be certain to post back on its utility and convenience as time goes by.
#6 of 13 Touring SE with 5 MT
Sep 22, 2011 (8:20 am)
I generally get a manual transmission, and the Touring SE I got yesterday is no exception. It's the third Kia/Hyundai I've had with a stick, including a 2000 Tiburon and a 2005 Sorento. Going from the well-used Sorento's gearbox to the Elantra's tight one reminds me of an old joke that's too dirty to repeat here.
It will take some getting used to. I stalled it the very first time I drove it. It's a much shorter, quicker box and the shift pattern is different. The clutch is also a lot tighter. Nonetheless, once I get used to it, it's going to be pretty snappy. It's a marked improvement over the old Tiburon shifter, and it will be an improvement over the smooth but sometimes balky Sorento stick. So that's the good news.
Less good is the overall noise level of the engine. Even here, the sound from the motor is better than the old Tiburon, but as has been remarked elsewhere, it's not quiet. I won't know until I take a longer trip how that noise plays out over time, but I think it won't be too noticeable after a while. It's just that the Sorento V-6 was a quieter engine and the Sorento cabin was generally a bit quieter.
In the Touring, both engine and road noise are higher, but not annoying (yet). I think I'll pull out the SPL meter and compare the two at some point.
#7 of 13 Re: Touring SE with 5 MT [dougndo]
Sep 25, 2011 (8:02 pm)
You might be interested to know that the M/T Touring SE comes with a B&M Sport Shifter as standard equipment. Shorter throws, much tighter gate. I have 25K on my 2010 model and the shifter is as tight as day one.
32-35 mpg on highway 70-75MPH.
#8 of 13 Trip to Las Vegas
Nov 02, 2011 (10:57 am)
I commented about ride and comfort in another thread, but on a recent trip from LA to LV the manny tranny got a real workout. On the lengthy stop and go of LA's freeways on an afternoon, it was tight and responsive, and on the long desert freeways, it worked smoothly and effortlessly.
It continues to give me a little grief when I'm stopped at a red light on a hill, but I'm slowly accommodating its touchy style from a standing start uphill. Yes, it's still very tight.
#9 of 13 Speeding on Thanksgiving
Dec 06, 2011 (7:34 pm)
We took the Touring from LA to San Jose and back on Thanksgiving, a little leery of snow at the top of the Tejon Pass in the Grapevine of I-5. Fortunately, there was just wind and dense fog.
Anyway, I'm amazed at how this car likes to run on the open road. It creeps to 80, then 85, then 90 with no protest at all. It just wants to keep going, and it feels stable and confident the whole time. Well, sure, it's my foot on the gas pedal, but I'm traditionally a 65-75 MPH driver.
At those fast speeds, mileage suffers. The trip average was 29.6 MPG. That's at least 11 MPG more than my Sorento did on the last trip at 70 MPH, and the Sorento can be a rough ride on CA interstates. Plus, it's awkward in crosswinds, which were far less troublesome in the lower profile Touring.
My GF's main point of comparison: "My butt's not cold," due to the heated front seats.
#10 of 13 Re: Speeding on Thanksgiving [dougndo]
Feb 02, 2012 (9:51 am)
I have enjoyed reading your reviews! I bought a brand new 2007 Hyundai Elantra back in Aug. 2007, and before that I had a 2002 Hyundai Elantra that I had bought used. I am really impressed with Hyundai (more importantly their warranty!). My husband and I have been looking into getting another Hyundai (I currently have a Toyota Highlander. I have no need for an SUV of that size anymore), and we love the new Elantra Touring.
As I read your reviews, I am curious if it is a vehicle you would recommend? What are some pros and cons?
Thanks in advance for your help!!
#11 of 13 Re: Speeding on Thanksgiving [micah7844]
Feb 05, 2012 (7:51 am)
Elantra Touring is being redesigned this year and should be unveiled at the NY Auto Show in April. Will be updated and improved and closely resemble the Elantra i30 that is sold in Europe. You may want to wait to see the redesign.
#13 of 13 Elantra TOURING -- rear seat side curtain airbags?
Mar 08, 2012 (9:47 am)
Does anyone know for certain whether or not the Elantra Touring has rear-seat side-curtain airbags? From reading the specs, I'm guessing no. The Elantra sedan specs make a point to say front- and rear- side-curtain bags.
The Touring specs don't say anything about front- and rear-, so I'm guessing front-only. But a confirmation either way would be appreciated. Thanks!!!