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2009 Hyundai Elantra



  • siliqsiliq Posts: 1

    For a single, 25, male. Should he choose a 2009 Elantra GLS with PEP or a 2009 SE?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    If it were me and I had to choose between the Elantra GLS with PEP or SE, no other choices in the mix, and I had the extra money I'd opt for the SE because of the sharp-looking alloys (also lower profile tires help handling a bit), the stability control (great safety feature), the telescopic wheel (helps finding a comfy driving position), the leather wheel (feels nicer than plastic), and the trip computer with mpg readout. If you really want to go all out, you can get the leather with bun warmers. Then it doesn't feel as much like you are driving an econobox. :)

    Also for 2009 the SE was supposed to get sport-tuned suspension and steering as a "late availability" feature. Might want to check to see if the SEs at your dealers have that.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Base price for the 5-speed including destination is $18,495 as reported earlier. AT adds $800 (actually less than the usual Hyundai markup of $1000 for AT), and a package with 17" alloys, heated seats, and moonroof is $1500. So an AT car with a moonroof would list at $20,795. That's without leather, which doesn't seem to be an option. Wow. Kinda pricey for an Elantra, and up there with the likes of the Mazda3, Impreza, and Rabbit. Can anyone say, "rebates"?

    Also, I noticed that the AT doesn't have Shiftronic, at least according to the photos at to earlier reports. I guess that should have been expected, since the Elantra sedan doesn't have Shiftronic and the ATs are probably the same.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    The pricing is a big mistake. Touring (wagon) version is worth $500 to $800 more than comparable trims of the sedan, and that is how Hyundai should have priced it.
    Hyundai better keep the import volume on the Touring to a bare minimum or these will sit on the lots for a long time.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Hyundai must be listening to you. How many Tourings have you seen at your local dealers? ;)

    But if I can get a car like the Impreza wagon or Rabbit 5-door or Mazda3 hatch for about the same price as an Elantra Touring, that would be in the "no brainer" category against the Touring, especially if the Touring shares the sedan's crash test scores.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Finally got my first look at the production Touring today (I saw an early model at the 2008 Twin Cities auto show). It was silver, and from what I could tell fully loaded with a sticker a few bucks shy of $21k. I thought it was sharp looking, not in an in-your-face way but just pleasing proportions and a look that reeked quality. The optional 17" alloys helped there, although I'm not sure I'd want those low-profile Kumhos for the frost-heaved roads I drive on.

    The interior was very tasteful, with a black cloth unique to the Touring that has cross-weave inserts. I was wondering what the back of my legs would look like after sitting in it with shorts for awhile. :P The dash is mostly like that of the Elantra sedan, but with different radio and HVAC controls. The shifter is different also, but still the 4-speed gated design. There was good room in the back even with the seats up. Roller shade was included. I noticed that there's a cooled center console--nice touch for this class.

    So a nice-looking vehicle, but sticker-shock lingers. It's about $4500 more MSRP than my loaded 2004 GT was ($13.2k actual + T&L), and that has leather but not ESC, 6 airbags, 17" alloys, USB port, and a few other features that the Touring does. So it will take me awhile to get used to a $21k Elantra.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Nice write-up, Backy. It remains to be seen what type of a role the pricing plays, as Hyundai has decided to keep things simple and roll out the Touring without having the cost leader trim, and every other trim in between; it has gone straight to the loaded version.

    Side note, car prices continue to inflate regardless of the times. You've got your 21K Elantra, or your 26K Mazda3.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Yes, there's been price inflation, but in this terrible car market there's some really nice new cars available for $15-16k, and slightly used ones for $10k and up. I think it might be harder for Hyundai to get people to go for an over-$20k Elantra than to ante up over $30k for a Genesis. Especially with the over-$20k Elantra sitting next to a very nice Sonata GLS at around $15k, or a Tucson or Santa Fe well under $20k, after rebates and discounts.
  • Touring now available in Chicago, but I must say sticker shock here as well. I was going to trade in my Civic for this, but not at $21k!

    From Patrick Hyundai...

    2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring SPORTWAGON
    Stock Number: H7313
    YOUR PRICE is $20,995- Auto Show Special!
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Hyundai must be listening to you. How many Tourings have you seen at your local dealers? ;)


    They sold two. Which is not too bad, since sales are terrible in general.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Side note, car prices continue to inflate regardless of the times. You've got your 21K Elantra, or your 26K Mazda3.

    $23,850 MSRP for Mazda3 hatch Grand Touring automatic with Moonroof, Bose, Leather, Xenon lights. Current best price for this vehicle si $21 to $21,5K

    Joe, How the heck did you arrive at $26K for a Mazda3?

    Unless you are referring to a MazdaSpeed 3, which is NOT a good comparison to the Elantra Touring.

    Being a Hyundai fan I'd still have to take the Mazda when the Touring is about $21K.
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    Considering that I can buy a new '09 Fusion or for that matter a Sedona for $16,500 locally, the Elantra Touring won't be on my shopping list.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 5-Door: $21,845
    Destination Fee: $670

    Total MSRP: $26,000

    There are still other options that can be added
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Does the Grand Touring have leather? I do know the Elantra touring does not have a Bose stereo or factory nav (or leather). When comparing other cars to the Elantra Touring, let's compare apples to apples.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    I was talking moreso on the general pricing structure than the specifics.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    So long as that is a Touring A/T with Preimum-Sport package, looks like they are selling it at MSRP, assuming mats are priced at $200 :)
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    How much is Navigation in the Elantra Touring?
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Yes the Grand Touring has leather and heated seats for the pricing in my post.
    And you are right, it is not an apples to apples comparison at the pricing listed in Joes post.

    I'm going to drive the Touring this week.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Starts at about $100 and goes up from there... for a portable unit. Factory nav not available on the Elantra Touring, at least not in the U.S.
  • beckpeabeckpea Posts: 2
    i just bought a 2009 hyundai elantra GLS automatic. it has 150 km on it at the moment. yesterday i took it out and when i went from park to drive the gear didn't shift. i pressed the accelerator and the engine just revved because it was still in park. after it finally shifted into reverse and i pulled out of my parking space, i shifted into drive and again, it stayed in reverse. the transmission bumped into drive after about 5 or 6 seconds, but it was enough to cause concern. this hasn't happened before and after those two times, it didn't happen again. the car had been sitting outside in my parking space for two days and during those two days the temperature had dropped to about -35 or -40 celcius. should i be concerned? is this normal for such extreme temperatures? i read in the manual that i should expect a few hiccups from the engine when first breaking it in. is this what they were referring to? if anyone could shed some light that would be great. it's the first car i've ever owned and i really want to take the best care of it as possible.

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