2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring SE, Drivers Log Car Review

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The four-cylinder engine in the Hyundai Elantra Touring wagon is rated at 138 hp.

By: Greg Migliore on 8/09/2011

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NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: This Touring version of the Elantra now doesn't fairly fit in by means of the relax of the stylish Hyundai lineup. The wonderful and the aesthetics of the Sonata and Elantra sedans are stunning, and so as to language isn't fairly here. Of course, that's since petroleum Touring is feature off the previous-generation Elantra. The bubblelike, approximately teardrop silhouette earth a bit awkward. That existence form said, as,at the same occasion as headlights--with blue highlights in the middle--are stunning, and similar by means of the wheels. I've seen lavishness vehicles by means of far less.

The five-speed physical is type of fun in a joystick kind of manner. The throws are extended but true, and the grasp is smooth and easy. The physical intended the intended to wring the the majority out of petroleum car, which, at 138 hp, isn't much. Still, it was sufficient to get the Elantra Touring moving at a respectable pace.

The cabin is OK. The engine noise is loud and intrusive, and the atmosphere large plain. There's nothing incorrect by means of the layout, but it doesn't gust the occupant away. This obsession is practical, however, and the rear stowage region is a high-quality size. The tall taillights remind me of persons on the Cadillac CTS wagon.

This is a nice vehicle at an outstanding cost by means of solid petroleum economy. But to me, petroleum is not a standout.

DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: It's interesting to discover the spiritual successor to the Mazda Protégé 5 in a Hyundai showroom, yet at petroleum time we are. As Greg mentioned, petroleum wagon sports education dowdy styling and a noisy center befitting its price--serviceable but nothing special. But I consideration it was a hoot to drive.

The gearbox is one of the the majority excellent essential five-speeds I've rowed in a extended time, by means of small throws and ratios beautifully located for the engine's modest power. Inspecting the casement sticker, I noticed one of the normal skin on our Hyundai Elantra Touring is a "B&M shifter," B&M existence form a longtime supplier of shifters and bottomless for the inexpensive in a great deal the similar vein as Hurst.

There was abundance of cornering slip by means of the store Hankook tires, but the Elantra's steering and suspension lets the intended be acquainted with at what time its coming, following construct the intended stay the steady understeer that's the hallmark of FWD cars. It doesn't create one desire for an autocross course, but neither is it leaving to get you in trouble. Ditto the brakes. Discs at all four wheels do come again? they're assembly to do by means of no muss and no fuss. The controls sense high-quality in the give and beneath the foot, and all is healthy placed.

Given so as to my wife and I contain person's name shopping for a wagon/crossover recently, I was curious as to consequences the Elantra Touring counting go by our Chester test. See, we can fit our family and luggage in now concerning any midsize sedan on the market, but our 90-pound Chesapeake Bay retriever is the X factor. I politely requested his presence in the Elantra's cargo bay and we went for a spin approximately the block. Verdict? He fit, by means of space to lie down, and we counting motionless be clever to squeeze a pair of little luggage in the back. Fortunately, Hyundai provisions top rails for a cargo carrier to tote the relax of the stuff.

So we contain a subcompact station wagon by means of a factory short-throw shifter, leather, moonroof and XM satellite radio, all for $20,000 and change? Golf clap, Hyundai. Add five pounds of sound-deadening and let the as extended as loose on the exterior, and I'll get one.

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INTERACTIVE ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: I for myself liked the attention of petroleum 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring SE. The front end has a Euro sense to it; it strength be the blue halos approximately the present and the bits of chrome up front. It's absolutely not as wild as Hyundai's additional winners, but it's high-quality to contain amazing additional restrained in the lineup. Ha! Hyundai wants to be additional restrained--never consideration I'd say that.

The powertrain is serviceable for a ride of petroleum dimension and I was by no means actually begging for additional power. Give it a high-quality kick off the row and shift it high, and there's a polite quantity of fun to be had. I consideration the gearbox was solid, not wonderful sporty, but high-quality by means of easy-to-hit gates. It has a thick stalk, too; a number of of the foreign cars contain a number of flex in the shift linkage, but not petroleum one.

The center was simple but clean-looking for a car at petroleum price. The iPod mechanism by means of the radio and menu monitor easily, so no evils there. I similar to so as to the dash is all one color. There are a few dissimilar resources but it all matches well. All of the buttons and switches appear to be anywhere contain be hypothetical to be.

I merely drove to labor and back, and perhaps to the store, but the gas gauge didn't budge as of full. I'd bet you might go a attractive extended way with no it moving. It was high-quality to be in amazing regular-sized following the giant cargo van I drove for the weekend.

2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring SE

Base Price: $20,245

As-Tested Price: $20,375

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter I4; FWD, five-speed manual

Output: 138 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 136 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,080 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 26/24.4 mpg

Options: Carpeted ground mats ($95); iPod cable ($35)

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