2009 Hyundai Elantra
Exterior color : White
Interior color: Beige
MPG: Up to 25 city / 33 highway
Fuel tank capacity: 14 gal
Horsepower: 138 hp
Curb weight: 2,723 to 2,775 lbs
Dimensions: 177″ L x 70″ W x 58″ H
The Elantra compact sedan should appeal to value- and safety-conscious drivers, as its price undercuts many in its class. Its trim levels are the entry-level GLS and better-equipped SE; competitors include the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Chevy Cobalt.
New for 2009
A CD audio system, optional on the GLS and standard on the SE, adds USB and auxiliary ports to integrate with iPods or other MP3 players. All models get revised gauges.
At 177.4 inches long and 69.9 inches wide, the Elantra casts a slightly bigger shadow than a four-door Civic. The Elantra is 58.3 inches tall, which is about 2 inches taller than the Civic.
15-inch steel wheels (standard on GLS)
16-inch alloy wheels (standard on SE)
Optional fog lights (standard on GLS)
Standard heated power mirrors
Standard body-colored mirrors and door handles
The Elantra's interior is noticeably larger than the previous generation's, with enough backseat legroom for a 6-foot adult. Trunk volume, at 14.2 cubic feet, leads both the Civic and Toyota's redesigned Corolla.
Cloth or leather upholstery
Heated seats (optional on SE)
Standard keyless entry, power windows and locks
Optional air conditioning and cruise control (standard on SE)
Optional CD stereo with iPod integration (standard on SE)
SE also adds leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and telescoping adjustment, plus a trip computer
Under the Hood
The Elantra is powered by a four-cylinder engine teamed with a manual transmission. An automatic is optional on all trim levels.
138-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 136 pounds-feet of torque
Standard five-speed manual transmission
Optional four-speed automatic transmission
Sport-tuned suspension on Elantra Touring
Safety features include:
Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags
Standard active head restraints
Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Elantra SE and Touring add electronic stability system