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Hyundai Elantra Touring 2009 -

My dealership actually took the time to call me and tell me the bad news today. It turns out that the 2009 Elantra Touring has now been pushed back to the summer. SO I guess it will be a 2010 Elantra Touring now.

I would have thought that Hyundai would want to sell some cars, what with small, inexpensive, and fuel efficient cars are quite the hot item now. I would have even settled for a Elantra SE with leather and a manual transmission, but all they seem to have is acres of automatic GLS sedans. If Hyundai wants to actually compete with Honda and Toyota they are going to need to learn how to get the cars that people want out the door...


  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    If you can, take those specific car seats to the dealership. They should let you try and put them in if they want to sell the car, because it sounds like a deal-breaker otherwise.

    Just a thought.

    Deitz said Genesis will be joined by an '09 Elantra Touring (wagon) in the first quarter of next year, the '10 Genesis coupe in the spring, a new crossover in the fourth quarter of next year, a new more crossover-like Tucson for '10, the next-generation Sonata in the second quarter of '10 as an '11 and the next-generation Accent in early '11 as a '12.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Mid-next year is definitely not true, according to what I am hearing. The North American spec Elantra Touring should be starting production very soon, and they should arrive in showroom either later this year or early next year.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    The new crossover would be the production Portico, I believe. Sonata is moving ahead of its normal cycle so we should see it very soon.
  • My dealer called as well and informed me that the arrival of the Touring has been postponed and they will arrive starting in January 2009 - in CAlifornia and Western States.
    Michigan, where I live will not officially see any Tourings at the dealerships until end of 2009.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Non-US Hyundais come through the port of Portland, OR, so I can't see why it would take almost a whole to reach from the west coast.

    I am still being told the Elantra Touring will start trickle into showrooms either late this year or early next year, depending on the proximity of the dealership - obviously the west coast will receive allocations first.
  • If this is true, it really sucks. I've almost bought a new car a couple of times and have delayed waiting for this car. :mad: I'm about to the point where I'm just going to buy a Mini.

    Any idea why it's being delayed?
  • afob3afob3 Posts: 17
    Just got an email from my dealer indicating that the first one had arrived. Caught a glimpse of it on my way to work today.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    Yes, they have arrived in MN also.
  • They've arrived in southeastern PA also.
  • lightfootfllightfootfl Posts: 442
    On the lot in Pensacola, FL. too.
  • moontommoontom Posts: 28
    I drove the "Sport" version w/ the 17inch low-profile tires the other day.

    it was better than expected, very responsive but handled bumps poorly -- almost as bad as the Matrix I'm trading because of the bumpy ride.

    the base ETouring offers 16 inch alloys and I'm wondering if it would be possible to swap the wheel/tire, the "Sport" trim level w/ 16s, etc. would this be safe? void the warrantee? etc....

    thanks in advance for any/all insights.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    As long as the overall tire diameter is retained in the swap, you should be OK. But be sure to drive the car with the 16" wheels (the Sport trim I mean) before you buy. The Sport trim has suspension tweaks that might contribute to the bumpier ride you noticed.

    Why not just go with the base version?
  • moontommoontom Posts: 28
    I liked the upgraded one for the sunroof etc (dunno if there's a difference in the audio or anything else)
    but I might just do the base and have the dealer do the sunroof. the headliner for the roof cuts off a fair amount of headroom space.

    thanks for yr help!
  • eba55eba55 Posts: 20
    Just wondering if there's anyone out there to give a report on the Elantra Touring, other than a test drive. I drove one today with the Sport Package. It was much quieter than my 7 year old Elantra. I also liked the way the seats are up higher. The front and back were much more comfortable. I've always steered clear of cars with sunroofs because of headroom, but I fit in this car without feeling crowded. I don't think the sunroof, heated seats and big wheels are worth $1500 though. Not sure how long it will be before they get a base model to look at out here. They have only one Elantra Touring and just got it yesterday! :D
  • I have owned one for over a week now and love it. i bought the base model Black/Black (no sunroof, heated seats and sport wheels). I traded in my 2008 Veracruz and do not regret it...better gas mileage, same smooth ride, fun to drive...IPOD/USB port is a big factor.
  • rail81rail81 Posts: 2
    When someone posts, please state auto vs manual. Our dealer has had a manual about a month now... But my wife want's to test drive the automatic... Need to know when the automatics start showing up. My dealer just isn't sure????.
  • I bought an automatic, all the tourings on the lot at my dealer in Atlanta are auto's.

  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    I'm in Atlanta also and both dealers I've visited had automatics only, too.

    I really like the car, but I wish the automatic had a little more power (or at least another gear). The car looks/feels sporty but the automatic didn't suit my driving style...
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    a few days ago at the Tucson Mall, and they had a new Hyundai Elantra Touring inside there. A beautiful looking rig, and it was an automatic tranny. Tinted windows pretty heavily (nothing wrong with that in the SW desert) but I just had to see the tranny type. Really nice looking car, though. Modern looking and nice flowing lines to it's body.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

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