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2009 Hyundai Elantra



  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    It could be that ESC will be available Backy. The salesman did not go into details, and I did not ask. I was just glad the 2009 is coming out so soon.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    If you want full iPod support then you need to buy a cable for it. It has an iPod dock connector and a USB/Aux connector. This allows full integration. The USB cable doesn't quite work right though. It plugs into both aux and USB ports. Hope this helps.
  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    Backy. I was just wondering why you are so looking for the 2009 GLS to have ESC
    when you could can get a SE with ESC, telescoping steering wheel and lots of other stuff for about $ 900/1000 more. I think that is the way I will go.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,924
    It seems there are bigger discounts to be had on the GLS, so the difference is not just $900-1000 in many markets. For example, Towne offers GLSes for about $2000 under invoice before the $2000 rebate--not so on the SE. And I've found that I can get a comfortable seating position in the GLS w/o the telescopic steering wheel. So that means that at Towne, for example, I could get an automatic GLS for not much over $12k + TT&L. I expect an SE would be at least $2-3000 over that.

    If the price difference were only $900-1000, I would probably go with the SE even if the GLS had ESC.
  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    I asked a dealer here in N. California a while back and was told that the discount off the sticker price was the same on SE and GLS. Around $1500 plus $2000 rebate.
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    Different dealers have different pricing. Towne's pricing on the GLS is currently $1750 below invoice, not sticker price. Then there is the $2,000 rebate.

    Until CR rated Elantra at the top, Town'e below invoice pricing was the same for the GLS and the SE. Towne is apparently following the typical "negotiate" your price method on the SE due to high demand. I'd expect they are still way below invoice, plus rebate.
  • pano1pano1 Posts: 11
    What is the name of the dealership referenced as "Towne" above. Where is it located?
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    They are in New Jersey. Here's a link to their site:

  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    08620-2L000 is the part number for this cable. You can get this cable at your local dealer when the 09 Elantra Touring comes out.
  • nareknarek Posts: 37
    Trying to decide between getting an '08 SE (premium + leather and rear spoiler) now, or waiting for the '09's to come out. I want a sedan, not the touring.

    One of my main reasons for getting a new car is gas milage. I started out looking at the Sonata, but found the Elantra comfortable enough for less money and better MPG. Only real sticking points I have on the Elantra vs the Sonata is the lack of power driver seat and lumbar support.

    So now I'm trying to decide between an '08 now or an '09 later.

    Anyone know if the '09 will have better MPG than the '08, and/or if the missing power seat/lumbar features will be included? Anything else I might consider when making this decision? I'm just trying to find enough reasons to wait for the '09's. If there's not going to be much difference, if any, I won't wait.

    Any info or insight would be greatly appreciated! :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,924
    Very unlikely the '09 Elantra SE will get a power driver's seat. Not even the Touring gets that. It's possible the lumbar adjustment will be added to the SE, since the Touring gets it, but no announcement on that yet. Also no word whether there will be a new engine for the Elantra. The Touring is getting a tweaked I4 with a few more ponies (141?) than the current Elantra, but is getting a 5-speed stick or 4-speed automatic. So the SE could also see a few more horses, but I don't expect any big difference in fuel economy.

    There are rumors about a revised grille and taillamps for 2009, ala what was shown at the Beijing Auto Show, so if you don't like the current styling that might be something to sway you.

    Keep in mind also that historically when Hyundai introduces a new model year, the rebates and discounts on those cars drop until the old models are gone, or nearly gone. So if you are going to buy this fall, a '09 might cost you more than a '08.

    My wife has a little contoured lumbar support cushion that she uses sometimes on long trips in our van; it's about the same color as the grey interior of the Elantra. Maybe something like that would help you with the Elantra.
  • nareknarek Posts: 37
    Thank you, backy. That was exactly the kind of feedback I was looking for. :)

    I figured I'd 'fix' the lumbar situation with a cushion on the '08. I have a herniated disc in my lower back so that's a pretty big concern for me. I had an '08 for 48 hours a few weekends ago, and found the seat to be adequate enough.

    Unless there's some big improvement in MPG or safety, I'll probably stick with the '08. Slightly different styling on an '09 is not a reason to wait, IMHO. A lack of discounts or increased pricing IS a good enough reason go with the '08.

    Fitzgerald has one that just came in, I discovered yesterday morning. It's supposed to be mine as I put a $500 deposit on that specific VIN number several weeks ago. Hopefully they don't sell it out from under me. :surprise:
  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    Talked to a salesman at the biggest Hyundai dealer around here (N. Ca.) He said that the 2009 Elantra sedan would not be out for another 6 month. Same place where I was told a couple of weeks ago that it would be late August or early September. Maybe the sedan and Touring will arrive at the same time. They had 119 Elantras in stock, 18 of them SE's.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,924
    Sounds like a salesman trying to sell you a 2008 Elantra. ;)

    I would put a bigger bet on August/September, as I've now heard that timeframe from multiple sources--all of whom were not trying to sell me a 2008 Elantra.
  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    I thought of this too. They are salesmen at heart. So I phoned Hyundai customer service. They said that the Touring would come out at the end of the year, and that they had no info on the 2009 Elantra.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,924
    That jives with what a Hyundai customer rep told me in March about the Touring--end of the year.
  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    I hope you are right about Aug/Sept on the 2009 sedan. I can't wait to see it.
  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    Today I phoned 2 Hyundai dealers here in N Cal. and asked when they expect the 2009 Elantra sedan. One said November the other said Sept./Oct.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,924
    I've gotten so many different answers over the years to "When is X car due?" that now I believe it when I see them on the lot.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,924
    Elantra sales are surging, helping HMA to its best sales month ever. Which is remarkable given that almost every other automaker except Honda had a sales decline in June:
  • pano1pano1 Posts: 11
    I too have been asking around my area (OH, PA, WV) and even talked to their publicity guy, but also could not get a firm answer on when the '09s will arrive. From what I've been able to glean from the 2 dozen or so sites that I visit, the answer is pretty much the same as above. My dilemma is whether to wait or buy now. From what I understand, there are many cosmetic changes for the better, but I'm sure we will not see the price ranges that we are seeing here. My heart is in the Touring, but that won't come until after the sedan. There is no compelling need for me to buy now, since I have an Envoy SUV that will not be a welcomed trade vehicle at my friendly Hyundai dealer so I can afford to wait. Since this site has been "dead" for a couple weeks now, I thought maybe some of you could offer your opinion on "buy now" or "wait".
  • moocow1moocow1 Posts: 230
    I don't even think there's a comparison, if you can afford to wait, ALWAYS wait. You'll end up with better resale, improvements, etc. Now the one major issue is that waiting for a good price also means waiting 3-4 months after model release. Similar to how the 2009 Sonata wasn't worth buying on the cheap until May-June period.
  • ez888ez888 Posts: 39
    moocow brings up a good point- there probably won't be really good deals out there for a little while after the new elantras hit the dealers. i don't think the deals would be as good as they are now either- why would they? people are buying elantras like crazy. i know the dealer i bought from stopped going so low on prices since they didn't have to.

    i was in a similar situation as you- i didn't need to buy now, but if the right deal came along i would. the pics of the touring does appeal to me but i doubt i would get it for 14700 before TTL like i did the SE. that's why i got the 08 SE- the deal was right!

    good point about your trade in. hopefully gas prices settle a little so you could get at least something for your suv. there are a couple dealers here who are major low balling trades with suvs since no one is buying them.

    as moocow said, if you can wait, then wait; however, my $.02 is don't expect similar prices as now or a month or so ago. if you get a good price, that's just an added bonus.

  • kentavos22kentavos22 Posts: 13
    There is a lot of talk out there about the upcoming Elantra Hybrids that will be hitting Korean streets in 2009. The biggest news is that they will be using Lithium Polymer batteries.

    I hadn't really thought about the possibilty, but now I'm drooling over the idea of a hybrid version of the Touring. I hope they announce some time table for the states. It'll have to be progressive to keep up with Chevy's Volt and all of the other eletric cars slated to hit the market in 2010.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,870
    It would have to be expensive to keep up with the Volt. Volt is expected to cost more than $40,000
  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    The biggest Hyundai dealer here in N. California has no more SE's only GLS's, and that number is going down. So maybe we do not have to wait too long before the 2009 sedan shows up.
  • budhbudh Posts: 109
    Please, Hyundai, if there is one thing to add to the Elantra (at least the SE model at a minimum), please make available an exterior temperature display! You have a trip computer, surely for minimal cost an exterior temperature display can be added!

    Bud H
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 801
    I've liked the current Elantra for it's value and quality from the first time I drove one back in '07. Honestly, though, the unique styling hasn't ever grown on me. I will say that the introduction of the SE with bigger wheels, spoiler and other minor trim tweaks does go a long way toward making it more visually appealing, at least to my eyes.

    The promo/teaser pics of the Elantra Touring that is due out at some point in the '09 model year are quite another story! The new nose, the flow of the sides and even the way they pulled it together at the back all look AWESOME! I currently have an '06 Mazda3 5-door and I cringe at the thought of returning to a traditional 4-door sedan with a trunk. Small 5-doors/Hatchbacks/Wagons or whatever you choose to call them are like having the utility of a small SUV with the driveability and fuel economy of a compact car. The only reason I'm thinking of trading is because I have an 84-mile round trip commute M-F and my Mazda has a manual transmission- I'm dying for an automatic.

    Does anyone have any information about when the new Wagon will show up at dealers? I'm also curious if any of the sleek styling cues will also show up on the sedan?

    The only possible thing that could make the new Touring even more perfect would be replacing the current 4-speed automatic with a 5-speed automatic unit. It would easily boost the Elantra's highway mileage by a few MPG and provide a bit of a power boost at the same time. I'd gladly pay a few hundred bucks more. With the Accent serving the entry-level role, the Elantra could fill more of a premium compact role in line with the Mazda3 and Honda Civic.

    Regardless, I'll be at the dealer as soon as they have the first Elantra Touring ready for a test drive. =)
    2015.5 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E Platinum, 2012 Mazda CX-9 GT
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    They have a 5 speed Elantra - just get the stick. :)
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 801
    Actually, the only reason I am in the market for a new car is because I have a manual now and NEED an automatic.

    I've found a bit more information, although the closest specific date I've found is 'Winter 2008'.

    On the website, if you click on the 'VEHICLES' menu, the last item on the list is 'Concept/Future' and that takes you to the page for the '09 Elantra Touring. It's rather hokey and takes a bit to load, but once it does you can download specs, see key features and even configure color/wheel choice and choose interior color. Only five exterior colors are shown Black, Vivid 'Electric' Blue, Chilipepper Red, Quicksilver and Carbon Gray- I think it would look sharp in White and a sand/champagne hue. The Vivid Blue is my favorite and it offers either 16" or 17" alloys- the 17's look great!

    The only problem I had with the site was trying to sign up for updates- it errored out using Firefox and IE7.

    Hyundai's Canadian site actually has a much sleeker looking design and a lot more color photos. Ironically, I was able to sign up for email updates from the Canadian site....too bad I'm in Atlanta. =)

    I'm getting kinda stoked about it....wonder when Winter 2008 will actually be?
    2015.5 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E Platinum, 2012 Mazda CX-9 GT
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