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Hyundai Elantra Touring Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 138 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring

  • Like its sedan sibling, the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a roomy and well-built compact car with surprisingly sophisticated road manners. An added abundance of cargo volume should appeal to those in need of utility.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Impressive cargo capacity, spacious cabin, smooth and secure ride, well equipped with plenty of standard features, long warranty.

  • Cons

    Some cheap interior surfaces, engine is noisy at mid-to-high rpm.

  • What's New for 2009

    The 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring is an all-new hatchback variant of the similarly named compact sedan.

Full 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring Review

What's New for 2009

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring is an all-new hatchback variant of the similarly named compact sedan.


As the amount of cargo capacity goes up, so does fuel consumption. That's not a hard-and-fast rule, but basic physics would certainly indicate that the bigger something is, the more energy is required to move it. Yet the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring does its best to tiptoe around basic physics. This compact (in name only) hatchback manages to achieve 26 mpg combined while boasting as much cargo space as Hyundai's own Tucson compact SUV. Plus, it is based on the Elantra sedan, one of the best choices in the compact class.

Because the Touring is actually the European version of the Elantra, there are quite a few differences between hatchback and sedan. The most obvious difference is the extended roofline and high-mounted taillights that create a look somewhere in between hatchback and wagon. The front-end styling is completely different, ditching the sedan's chubby baby look in favor of a more athletic, European face. Under the skin, the Touring has a slightly longer wheelbase as well as stiffer springs, bigger stabilizer bars and enhanced steering for a sportier driving experience. The cabin also features a slightly different design, but unfortunately, it lacks the same sort of high-quality materials as the sedan.

Carrying stuff is the Touring's forte, however, featuring a roomy backseat and class-leading cargo volume with the backseat raised and lowered. As such, if versatility and utility are priorities, the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring is the top choice among the small number of other hatchbacks. If you don't need that much space, though, the Mazda 3 hatch offers more driving fun, while the Volkswagen Rabbit has a more premium cabin and distinct European feel. However, the Elantra's ample features list, low price, long warranty and pleasant driving demeanor should earn it a spot on your must-drive list. Plus, it does a good job tiptoeing around those pesky physics.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a four-door hatchback available in one trim. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, air-conditioning, full power accessories, heated mirrors, cruise control, a tilt and telescoping steering column, an eight-way manual driver seat, a 60/40-split rear seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB/iPod audio interface and satellite radio. The Premium Sport package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof and heated front seats.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2009 Elantra Touring is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 138 horsepower and 137 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Fuel economy with the automatic is an estimated 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. The manual gets you 1 mpg extra on the highway.


The 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring comes fully stocked with antilock disc brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and front seat active head restraints. In government crash testing, the Elantra Touring received a perfect five stars (out of five) for its performance in a frontal collision and four stars in a side collision.

Interior Design and Special Features

Despite sharing much with the Elantra sedan, the Touring hatchback actually features a slightly different interior design. Although the controls remain intuitive and well-placed, overall materials quality is not as good, with cheaper plastics throughout. However, the Touring does share the sedan's ample passenger space. Rear-seat passengers will find a surprising amount of head-, shoulder-, hip- and legroom available in back, while the front seat is very roomy for taller drivers.

As a hatchback, the Elantra Touring provides a staggering amount of space. According to Hyundai, it can hold a maximum of 65 cubic feet of space, which is twice that of a Mazda 3 and a few cubes more than many compact SUVs.

Driving Impressions

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring only has 138 horses, but they're a hard-working herd capable of getting this spacious hatch up to speed surprisingly well. They're also rather noisy, however, particularly above 3,500 rpm. More refined is the ride quality, which is smooth and stable, even at highway speeds. Wind and road noise are also negligible, making the Elantra one of the better choices in its class if you do a lot of highway driving.

We've found the Elantra sedan to be a surprisingly capable handler. Despite some moderate body roll, it manages to hold tight through turns while offering plenty of grip and decent steering response. We've yet to experience the Elantra Touring's suspension and steering enhancements, but we expect they would improve on the sedan's driving responsiveness and fun.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Really impressed after 82,000 miles

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Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Bought it new in 2009. Of all the imports I bought before, (Mazda and Honda) this car had by far the most comfortable driving seat. Well padded and a lumbar support, with every which way adjustment, which was important for my frequent long drives. Very reliable, amazing storage room which I've used time and again. Minor glitch in that speakers had to be replaced twice, under warranty and replaced brake pedal once for squeaking. Love the steering feel especially in tight city driving. More then enough power on highway etc, even though it's buzzy. So far less problems than I've ever had with previous other cars. Wouldn't trade it in for anything else though I've been asked to, many times.

Fun to drive

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Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

This car is an excellent choice if you are looking for a car that is fun to drive and you need that extra cargo space behind the back seat. My large dog loves the room he has there behind the back seat. When you need even more room, just fold down the back seats and WOW you have a lot more space. Driving is fun, with quick steering response and peppy little engine will get you up to hwy speed quickly. I have almost 50,000 miles on mine, and I have had no problems. I just follow the routine maintenance suggestions and that is it. I am retired, and my drive each day usually is about 3 to 12 miles with stops or lights in-between. I average 24 mpg. When I do take a trip, I get about 32-33 mpg on

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 years later!

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Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

After 3 years of driving this car I can say it still is a joy to drive. The out side of the finish still shines. The motor is just a little loud when you give it the gas. Better yet is the mileage for me in Connecticut, 33 city...45 highway. I found using Castrol edge or Quaker state ultimate pure synthetic oils produce better mileage. Inside of the car remain about the same. Satellite radio in car works well. All the gages have work and light up. Seats and floor still in good shape. Overall car works well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A very pleasant surprise

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Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

We're a small family of 3 and we decided to upgrade from a subcompact after the arrival of #3. After 1 year of research - I was looking for more space and more safety - I stumbled upon this gem. There is more than enough space for road tripping and the cabin is quiet and well designed. I enjoy not seeing the car everywhere...In the past 4 weeks I've seen only 2!


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Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I am really unhappy with my choice. There are only 50 thousand miles on my car and they have to replace the transmission. Now I have gotten very nervous about what will happen further along the way. I had a Toyota Corolla with 134 thousand miles on it and have never had to replace anything. All I did ws normal maintenance for usual wear and tear. A few months after I pruchased the Elantra the seat covers started sagging and they told me it is normal wear. I don' t know what experience others have had with their Elantra, I would some feedback.

Update on my 5/something/2010 review

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Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Now at 58K and STILL loving this fun little car! It's so much fun to drive with the 5-speed manual and it cruises right along. Plenty of get-up and go! I'd buy another one in a heartbeat!

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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 ...

This is my family's 4th Hyundai. I started with a 2001 Elantra GT hatchback, then a 2010 Elantra Touring SE, then got my son a used 2009 Elantra. I was actually looking for another Elantra Touring (si...


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Gas Mileage


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  • 30
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