2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring – Sedan and SUV Rolled Into One

What happens when you put the features in a hatchback sedan into a body of a mid-size SUV? The result is a station wagon! Such is the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring, a station wagon that possesses the features of Hyundai’s famous Elantra sedan. How does it fare? Let’s take a closer look. It isn’t a car and don’t expect it to have the power and speed of an SUV. The engine is a 2.0 liter four cylinder generating 138 horsepower, the same with the 2011 Hyundai Elantra sedan. One test drive got a 0-60 mph performance of 8.7 seconds; decent numbers considering it is after all a wagon, not a sedan. Fuel efficiency is average: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway on a model with manual transmission. It’s pretty much the same with automatic transmission.

Perhaps the best feature is the abundance of room, both passenger and cargo space. With a cargo space of 24 cubic feet at seats folded up and 65 cubic feet seats folded down, it has probably the most abundant cargo space of all five door wagons and can compete with several crossover SUVs.

The dashboard is equipped with AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio, a CD/MP3 player with a six speaker system, and USB/iPod connectivity. The seats and the steering wheel are leather wrapped.

For safety, seats are equipped with dual front, side and curtain airbags. The combination of front and side airbags greatly reduces fatalities in case of accidents due to the protection provided for the head and body from side impacts. There are also head restraints, antilock disc brakes plus a seatbelt indicator.

User comments show the engine can easily be stressed, thus the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring isn’t designed for heavy-duty travel, and better suited instead for drives around the city. At a price of just below $20,000 buyers should evaluate their driving needs first before buying it. It’s a good station wagon; just don’t compare it with a sedan or an SUV.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring – the Compact Car that fits to be a Crossover

If you need the space of a Compact Car and also need the strength of a Crossover, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is for you. Under the Elantra Touring’s hood is a 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with CVVT and it runs up to 138 hp at 6000 rpm. With this power, you might think it needs a lot of fuel. To the contrary, it can save a lot with an estimate fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Safety is a must on every vehicle. With the Elantra Touring, your safety is a main concern. It is supported with Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control System that prevents a crash to occur. If in case a crash happens, six airbags that surround the interior will deploy, ensuring head and leg safety for passengers. For cases when a crash comes from the rear part of the car, active head restraints prevent or reduce the effects of a potential whiplash.

The Elantra doesn’t only have muscle and safety, it also has a very stylish exterior; starting with the 17-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, chrome-accent grille, bodycolor bumpers, door handles, rear garnish, and heated dual power mirrors, and silver roof side rails.

For the interior, the seats, steering wheel and shift knob are all wrapped in leather. The front seats are heated when you need it, and for additional comfort, the car is fully air-conditioned. For convenience, the steering wheel has a mounted cruise and audio control, so you don’t have to lift your hand from the wheel when you need to change the station.

You can have your new 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring in one of these colors Atlantic blue, black noir pearl, chillipepper red, Monaco white, polar white, shimmering silver, titanium gray metallic, vivid blue, and volcanic red.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring – Sophistication on the Road

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a hatchback that is actually based from the previous edition Elantra.  This screams sophistication with its road manners despite the large cargo capacity.  It has a roomy cabin and a very commendable ride and handling. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is probably the most spacious among the other small hatchbacks or compact crossovers.  It offers sporty yet sophisticated driving manners and lengthy warranty for quite a low price.  Everything is practically simple and easy to operate coming from a purely functional perspective.

There are two trim levels available – the base GLS and SE model.  The base GLS comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, heated outside mirrors, keyless entry, tilt-only steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, six-speaker sound system with CD player and auxiliary audio jack, and satellite radio along with an iPod/USB interface.  The optional features are 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, roof rails, seat adjustments, upgraded upholstery, retractable cargo cover, trip computer, and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls.

The higher SE model includes all the above practical features along with upgrade of 17-inch alloy wheels and addition of fog lamps, sunroof, steering wheel and shift know that are leather wrapped, and heated front seats.  Those with manual transmissions get a sport shifter.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that has an output of 138 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque.  It comes with a standard five-speed manual transmission while four-speed automatic transmission is an option.

The EPA fuel economy rating for manual transmission is at 23 mpg/city, 31 mpg/highway, and 26 mpg combined while automatic transmission got 23/30/26 mpg.

Safety features include antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, and traction and stability control.