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2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Price, Review, Specs

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Elantra Touring is Hyundai’s compact 5-door hatchback that joined the Hyundai lineup for 2009 alongside the Elantra sedan that was redesigned for the 2007 model year. The Elantra Touring is based on the i30 CW model designed for the European market and is the first compact 5-door with standard Electronic Stability Control. Compact and functional with a practical 5-door hatchback design, the Elantra Touring features sport suspension, responsive steering and available 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels for sporty driving dynamics.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring may have Elantra in its name, but it’s not to be confused with Hyundai’s handsomely styled four-door sedan. “Touring” indicates that it’s a hatchback, and a pretty good one in fact. However, the Touring is actually based on the previous-generation Elantra, and while it has many virtues, this hatchback can’t boast the new Elantra sedan’s many new strong suits.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a four-door hatchback available in two trim levels. Standard equipment on the base GLS model includes 15-inch steel wheels, heated outside mirrors, full power accessories, keyless entry, air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and satellite radio. Opting for the Preferred package gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, cruise control, driver seat height and lumbar adjustment, upgraded cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, a trip computer and a retractable cargo cover.

The SE trim level includes the Preferred package items, but adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and heated front seats. SE models with the manual transmission get a sport shifter.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with an output of 138 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is an option.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg for combined driving with a manual transmission, while automatic-transmission models get 23/30/26 mpg.

Safety

All 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring models include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

Interior Design and Special Features

While the Elantra Touring’s interior was always pleasant enough in a utilitarian sort of way, Hyundai — and many of its competitors — have raised the bar significantly. As such, the cabin’s lack of style really makes it stand out in a crowd, and not in a good way. From a purely functional perspective, though, the dashboard’s simple gauges and controls are easy to see and operate.

The cabin gets good marks in terms of space, with adult-sized headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seats. Not surprisingly there’s an abundance of cargo room here too, including 24 cubic feet with the rear seats up and an impressive 65 cubic feet with them folded down — a number that’s on par with some small crossover SUVs.

Driving Impressions

The one place it’s possible to put the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring’s shortcomings aside is on the road. Though the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine’s 138-hp output may not sound all that impressive, it manages to feel a lot more sprightly than that number might suggest. That said, the engine does sound a bit strained when pushed hard.

Another pleasant surprise is the nicely tuned suspension, which produces good handling, though the steering feels a little too light. The combination of decent ride quality and a quiet cabin only add to the overall driving experience.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Price :

MSRP range: $15,995 – $20,295
Invoice price range: $15,539 – $19,443

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 2937-3080
City (MPG) : 23
Hwy (MPG) : 31
Horsepower : 138@6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 136@4600
Wheelbase : 106.3
Length (in.) : 176.6
Width (in.) : 69.5
Height (in.) : 59.8

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