Pros Incredible safety features standard, ESC etc, real life MPG is above expected, adequate power, smooth ride, tons of space, decent looks.
Cons I would have liked to seen engine and transmission options, interior color options, and a very super sound system option. Poor choice of name: this not an old Elantra.
Summary I am a confirmed Toyo head and have known a number of Hyundai owners, all of whom I did not believe that they were "Really loving" thier Hyundais, until I came across the Touring. This car reminds me of German engineering executed by Japanese craftsmen, sort of a cross between a VW and a Toyo. I am in love with this car and may change my mind miles from now, but the price is right and the few criticisms I've read mostly refer to its lack of "Sporty" handling, seems to handle very well for all but the most extreme situations. If you are wanting raw anything for less,buy the Genesis.If you want great drivabilty, MPG, flexible tunes, cargo room, reliability/warranty,good looks,safety, all for under $18K there is not a better deal out there. I still have a 2003 Corolla, which we enjoy as old faithful, but a new one costs more and has fewer features. Why not take a chance on Hyundai? We have and so far so good. Only time will tell us if it will be as reliable as predicted, (don't want to jinx myself),but all reports have Hyndais rated well in this area. Hyundai should have released this car under its' european badge the " i30" as many confuse this with the sedan that only shares its' engine. I think they would sell more i30s than Elantra Tourings. It helps that this car is one of the better looking cars of this class without plastic glued on fenders and fake wood interior. It is certainly, in my opinion, a great looking, well rounded choice for most folks.
Pros Engine accelleration. 5-speed (except reverse). Brakes excellent. Dashboard design. Rear hatch, adaptable storage area. Great headroom and legroom in front and back seats. Tilt and telescope steering wheel. Adjustable height driver seat.
Cons Inaccurate trip computer, lift ring to shift into reverse, poor carpet, passenger grab handles not firmly anchored to car structure. Not thrilled about front end design.
Summary I am happy with this car and hope to get many miles/years from it. Really fun to drive with manual transmission. I experience very little roll on corners, but have not driven great cars in this respect. Engine is buzzy at higher revs, but you get used to it. Sometimes synchronization of clutch and accelerator is difficult from standing start. I still stall engine once in a while, but often rev too much instead. Wish manual transmission shifting into reverse didn't involve lifting ring on shift lever - it's inconvenient for back and forth like parallel parking. Trip computer doesn't give accurate info on fuel consumption - at least 2 mpg over actual. Never saw auto carpet like this before, more like felt, harder to clean up. Fortunately the floor mats are regular pile carpet, and cover all of the flat areas. The window sills sills on the outside are not gasketed to the glass. When you lower the window it doesn't scrape off moisture. Maybe this is good for snow?? Wish a single wipe of windshield was a pull of control lever toward driver (like Subaru) rather than up. (Pull toward driver is a wipe and squirt.)
The styling of the front end is so-so in my opinion, kind of squashed looking with the dog-eared headlight assembly and thin upper grille. I would like to find a front end mask to blend it all together. Anyway, for the price it's good transportation and I always look forward to driving it, and quick acceleration and easy down-shifts and tight cornering.
Pros Adequate power - Interior space - High-level safety and the other features - Good dynamism and fresh handling - firm but sport
Cons not as super-sport as mazda3 !!!(but I think that's enough) - lack of being as cool as cerato(forte) - seems a little cheap and small
Summary share its features with the i30, is one of the most outstanding cars in its class..., it's one of the most suitable-to-buy cars, as the price is not too low, but it has great features and options like Luxuries...!!! + German Design
Pros Room, Value, USB, Stereo, Handling, MPG, Storage, Reliability
Cons Bluetooth a bit cludgey, rear seat adjustments
Summary Handling seems fine for a commuter car. I've heard other reviews online say that
the feedback from the steering wheel wasn't good, OK, I guess I can buy that, personally I just don't notice this as a problem. Took this car on a long trip, handles curvy roads just fine, fun on hairpins with the tight turning circle. High speeds are
just fine, unless you are on a consistently bad piece of pavement, then road bumps
become a little too pronounced.
Overall feels very responsive to me.
In city driving at slow speeds I do seem to feel the potholes more as well.
Power could be better, but it's sufficient. I'm getting about 27 mpg in the city and got 32
on the highway on the long trip. Some reviews indicated that Hyundai?s decision
to go with a 4 speed automatic was not a good choice as a 5 speed automatic. Right
now, I guess I haven?t noticed it being a problem.
Ride is acceptably quiet on the highway but not a Cadillac. Rear "D" pillars don't get too much in the way, but you do have to know that they are there. Front view is just great; it seems to sit higher than a regular coupe or 4 door.
Comfort & convenience
Overall interior quality fit and finish is as good as a comparable Honda, Toyota
or Nissan. Better than Mazda and Mitsu.
Console, controls and gauges are well laid out and well lit. Seats were comfortable on a long trip. I'm 6'1", plenty of room in front and in rear. Seat adjustments are good for the driver; the passenger could use a lumbar support adjuster like the driver. Rear seats have a lot of room even with the driver seat adjusted all the way back. Rear seats do not recline, that would be a nice addition, to the headrests that are installed. Tilt and telescoping steering wheel is great to have for the long trips.
USB is great! Load your songs into a USB stick, stick it into the port...and viola...plug and play music and in my opinion a better option than an iPod. XM radio is nice to have. Storage nooks are plentiful and well paced in the hatch and in the front, air conditioned glove box is a nice touch. I wish the Bluetooth was hooked into the car speakers instead of standalone, and/or that the stereo would mute itself when using the phone. Leather seats would be a great option to have in this car.
I came across this car accidently. I never, I mean Never considered Hyundai before.
I really have not been impressed by the exterior styling of Hyundai?s. But I love
the European styling this car has, the first time I saw one, I was completely floored
"This is a Hyundai?" I had a friend stop by and asked me who's Audi was parked in
my driveway (It was evening-light though). I really looked long and hard at the
Hondas. The Fit was nice, but I couldn't handle the styling. My wife has a 2008
Mitsu Outlander, the Elantra Touring is an inch shorter, just as wide, seems to
have as much passenger room, gets better gas mileage and costs much less comparably equipped. Add the ECS, tire pressure monitors, Antilock brakes, all the air bags to help you feel safe.
If Honda is the bar to reach, Hyundai has made and in some
cases exceeded it with the Elantra Touring. It looks way cool. This car is a great
value, well appointed, it's well put together, has great styling, great warranty,
handles well and gets great gas mileage, all for at least $1500 less than a comparably
equipped Civic, Mazda 3, Fit, Corolla, Vibe, Matrix, Astra, Versa or Sentra.