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2009 Hyundai Elantra



  • Any updates on the Touring? It's been a month between posts.
  • 2009
    Although most attention will be placed on the advent of the 2009 Genesis luxury sedan, Hyundai is bringing a few other offerings to market. A lightly-revised form of the midsize Sonata sedan is already at dealers, while an all-new five-door Elantra, dubbed the 'Touring,' arrives in North America in January. -on-fuel-economy/index.html
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    I hope they are as wrong about the Touring's release date as they are about the "lightly-revised" Sonata. :P

    Hmmm... if the Touring does debut in January, I wonder if it will be designated a 2009 or 2010 model year?
  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    the 'Touring,' arrives in North America in January

    That is so incredibly sad. If January turns out to be actual release, they will have delayed this thing almost a year from it's original projected release of spring 2008 . . . right when small car demand has reached levels not seen since the 1980s. It seems like they're really missing out on some nice small car profits on this one. I would believe they would be extra motivated to get this one out on the dealer lots. Perhaps the tardy release portends serious problems in getting this car consumer-ready . . . though that would be very surprising since this model is so similar to the European I30 model.

    I guess I am just bitter since we're going to need to replace one of our cars soon and we're basically waiting for this car, but I don't want to buy it during the first few months of crazy demand, so January would realistically mean April '09 for us. *sigh*
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    I am in the same boat. The Elantra SE and Touring are at the top of my list, but SEs are really hard to find now, the 2009s aren't out yet, and the Touring won't be out until next year it appears. To top it off, incentives on the Elantra are decreasing due to the popularity of small cars. So I might be forced to go to the other cars on my list. :(
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    While I was waiting for an oil change at my local Hyundai dealer today, I was talking with a sales rep about various things. He mentioned that the 2009 Elantra sedans were due in "next month." He also said that they would have styling tweaks from the 2008s (maybe like we've seen in those photos from the Beijing auto show?). I asked him if the GLS would get ESC, as has been rumored, and he said he didn't know yet. He is waiting for the 2009s because they have only one 2008 left, a base 5-speed.

    He also said he's heard it would be "a few months" before the Touring comes out, which is consistent with the January 2009 date mentioned here earlier.
  • I was in for an oil change today also. No 2008 Elantras left and the 2009 is not due out untill November I was told.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    Maybe October/November depending on distance from the ports.
  • I do not know if this has been posted yet but I ran up on it by way of another site. Hyundai News has all of the press releases for the 2009 models -including the 09' Elantra sedan-so it is coming soon peps as mentioned. I am just glad the body doesn't change like overseas. Here is the link enjoy: link title.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    Thanks for posting this! It confirms some rumors (iPod interface) and kills others (styling tweaks, ESC on the GLS). The tweks to the suspension on the GLS and SE are a surprise, but welcome.

    Notice all the new features listed are "late availability." That means, apparently, that for awhile the 2009s will be just like the 2008s. :surprise: I wonder if there will be a price increase for 2009? (The price link wasn't active on the linked article.)

    I am disappointed that the GLS won't have ESC. Hopefully Hyundai will ship more SEs here for 2009--they were pretty hard to find for much of 2008.

    P.S. Another local (Twin Cities) dealer confirmed that 2009 Elantras would be coming in the next 2 weeks.
  • Hey Backy! I knew you would probably be the first to post :). Like you, I am surprised at alot that is coming even late. I am going to wait on the new tweaks for sure and as mentioned I am glad the body style stays.

    The actual website is then choose the Media Kits tag at top and choose 2009 Models. The new suspension tweaks and the 24 inch and 20 inch front and rear bars make for some nice wheels and very sporty drive now for sure I hope.

    I am also hoping in more SE's available and accessories for sure. I can't wait to see how the new SE performs!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    I am getting a little tired waiting, and need to get a car by late October, maybe November at the latest. If an SE is available then at a decent price,that's probably what I'll get, but if not... on to other choices! For instance, the Sonata GLS is actually lower priced right now with all the incentives than the Elantra SE. If I could find an Optima LX with ABS/ESC, that would likely cost less than an Elantra SE too.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    "Expect prices to start around $16,000."

    Uh, sorry... no way that will happen. That is not an official statement from HMA, but wishful thinking on the part of the author of the article. Consider that a GLS with Preferred Package (A/C, stereo, fogs, some other bits) is over $16k. Compare the equipment on the Touring to that of the GLS. The Touring is much closer to and in some ways exceeds the SE in equipment. Also consider that the last Elantra hatch, from 2001-6, sold for a little more than comparable sedan versions. So I don't see any way the Touring will start for less than the price of the SE, which would put it over $17k with a stick and over $18k with the automatic. In a few weeks, we'll see for sure. But don't count on a $16k sticker for the Touring. Although I wish it were true...
  • In the article it has the touring with a 5 speed stick or 4 speed shiftronic auto- are the auto 4's in the 07-08 sedans shiftronic? I wonder will this be available with the 09' sedan.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    That is another example of the equipment in the Touring exceeding that of even the SE sedan. Other examples are adjustable lumbar support and available 17" alloys. The official announcement on the 2009 sedans came out recently from Hyundai and it didn't mention a Shiftronic as an added feature. It only mentioned things liked tweaked suspensions on the GLS and SE and the addition of an iPod port ala the Sonata.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Anyone know when the 2009 Elantra will be available?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    A few weeks ago my local dealer said "in a few weeks"... so they (2009 Elantra sedans) should be coming very soon. But it looks like these early 2009 Elantras won't have some of the features announced for the 2009 MY.
  • I was at my dealer the other day for service and I was talking to a sales rep. (I am in Toronto, Canada) and he said he was going to a training session this month (October) at the Canadian Hyundai head office, so maybe it will be soon .... I hope.

    Large photo gallery included.

    "Two weeks ago I got the chance to drive an early version of the Elantra Touring due out later this year. I was impressed with the little wagon as were others on our staff like Bill Jackson, our resident Weekend Athlete. We’ll be posting a video with his thoughts on this car in the near future, but for my initial impressions and a photo gallery keep reading.

    I enjoyed driving this economy car a lot more than I thought I would. Besides a lot of buzzy engine noise — it’s amazing how you rarely hear buzzy engines anymore — the little wagon did everything right. The ride was comfortable, and there wasn’t a lot of road noise. The manual transmission was a joy with light clutch feel and smooth shifter.

    As a package, the Touring seemed a bit nicer inside than the Elantra sedan. The backseats folded flat with one button, and there was a lot of cargo room. But I was shocked by the starting price of nearly $18,000 for a manual transmission. Although Hyundai hasn’t announced its official pricing yet, there was a sticker inside our test car, so I assume the price is accurate.

    While the Elantra Touring is a nifty economy wagon, the Scion xB offers more utility and style, the Pontiac Vibe is more fun to drive, and a base Subaru Impreza gives you all-wheel drive. And all can be had for a similar price. Economy car indeed."

    "mileage is 23/31 manual, 23/30 auto"
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    August 2007. If I remember correctly that is when the "news" of the Elantra Touring for North America started to break and it is now October 2008 and Hyundai has yet to make the car available.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    The Scion xB offers more style than the Touring... LOL, that's a good one! The Scion offers more style if you like driving around in a box. :D

    Not sure why the driver was surprised that the price of the Touring was nearly $18k. The price of a comparable 2008 Elantra SE, with a moonroof as on the Touring tester, is $18k today. And it looks like the tester might have the optional 17" alloys. So I am actually surprised that the price is under $18k. And if you compare prices of comparably-equipped Scion XBs, Vibes, and Impreza wagons, i.e. with moonroof, alloys, leather wheel, fog lamps, etc., I'll bet they will be over $18k. I know a base Impreza wagon with steel wheels is at least $18k if not more, and there's no moonroof on that car (but there is AWD).
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    I don't mind driving around in a box. The current xB is not even a box. First gen xB was a nice design. Very functional.

    I'm not a fan of the Vibe/Matrix. There used to be Corolla Wagon, Focus Wagon, Cavalier Wagon (not missed by anyone), and other fuel efficient, space efficient cars available.

    It will be good to have Hyundai back in this category.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    "Very functional" is a, er, kind way to describe the looks of the previous-gen xB. ;)

    There's still lots of fuel-efficient, space-efficient cars available. But most are known as "hatchbacks" now vs. wagons--even if they really look like a wagon, as does the new Touring. So for example, we have the Matrix instead of a Corolla wagon version. Not much difference except the Matrix has different styling than the Corolla sedan--but mechanically they are both Corollas, and I think Toyota even counts Matrix sales in their Corolla sales.

    The new Touring looks really good, but I still like the "fastback" lines of my '04 Elantra hatch. Practically speaking, i.e. with safety in mind, it holds as much cargo as the boxier hatches/wagons and looks sportier (to me anyway).
  • I wonder if Hyundai geared the Elantra Touring lower than the regular Elantra to give it more power off the line, since it gets lower MPG.
  • Awesome link. Thanks joe.
  • Just come home from the auto show here in Sacramento Ca. and they had an Elantra Touring on the floor. Looked very nice and roomy. Ground clearance is 1" less than the sedan,the inst. panel is different. The rear seat has "theatre" seating, it is possible because the body is taller than the sedan. The upholstery is diff. from the sedan. If you have any questions, I will try to answer them.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    What was the sticker price? Did it have an AT and if so was it a Shiftronic?
  • It was a stick shift, and I did not look at the price. Sorry.
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