Hyundai might just be slightly ahead of the curve with its development of the sleek, fun-to-drive, yet very functional five-door 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring. The U.S. market slowly but surely warms up to this class of vehicle.
Although not as exciting as it could be, the exterior shows distinctive character, and its shape lends itself to optimal fuel economy. Its interior marks the largest in its class with 125.5 cubic feet of space and it feels even larger. Featuring the same engine as the sedan model, the Elantra Touring employs a two-liter, inline four-cylinder with Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT). This makes for an extremely fuel-efficient ride with an EPA mileage of 23/31 mpg city/highway.
Body Styles: four-door hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS, Hyundai Elantra Touring SE
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring sports only a few minor feature changes. Storage features get optimized with a sunglass holder, a total of four cup holders, dash bottle holders, and all the typical storage in the dash and console you'd expect, along with under-floor storage that you might not expect to find. A 12-volt outlet sits in the cargo area for portable electronic devices and does not require the vehicle to be turned on for use. Leather seats come standard in the SE model. Hyundai also offers three new paint colors: Atlantic Blue, Shimmering Silver, and Titanium Gray Metallic. Roof rails have been changed from black to silver.
The Hyundai Elantra Touring features European-designed, sleek, flowing curves coupled with strong lines, which show off its broad stance and long wheelbase. This results in an exterior that seems to be either one you will love or hate. The headlights with blue highlights in the middle and the available 17-inch alloy wheels seem to be universally loved.
Hyundai has shown us yet again that vehicles don't have to be big nor carry a big price sticker to offer a roomy feeling inside. The Elantra Touring doesn't necessarily wow you when you open the door and sit down, but it quietly offers everything a driver or passenger needs, including elbow room, with the largest interior in its class. It offers a full 125.5 cubic feet for the passenger volume plus cargo space, and the cargo space totals a generous 6.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The two-tone interior trim package comes in black and beige color choices.
The signature blue LCD lighting from Hyundai makes viewing instrument readings easy and it gets carried over into the central information display and gauges. The six-speaker audio system marks the first to offer XM Satellite Radio and iPod/USB auxiliary inputs. The system charges the iPod and allows the driver to access tracks via steering-wheel audio controls. Both the driver and passengers can easily view song/artist/title information from the audio head unit.
Performance & Handling
The Hyundai Elantra Touring features a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension which have been fitted to complement the high rigidity of the body structure. Rear disc with ABS and electronic stability control give stopping power and added handling right when needed.
The optional B&M Racing sport shifter (M/T) makes for a fun ride, along with the tilt and telescopic steering wheel, both contributing to a great driving experience. The Elantra Touring's steering feels sporty and the chassis delivers an agile feel and a quick response to driver input.
The 2011 Elantra Touring includes anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and front-seat active head restraints. The Elantra Touring receives five out of five stars for frontal-collision protection and four stars for side collisions in government crash testing. Vehicles with stability control have been shown to result in 30 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Elantra Touring, manual transmission: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Elantra Touring, automatic transmission: 23/30 mpg city/highway
- Roomy, interior styling
- Fun-to-drive handling
- Audio system
- Safety features
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Love it or hate it exterior with a great interior and safety.
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