2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a hatchback model which is based on previous Elantra models. It is a car that is cozy to drive on the road.

This Hyundai 5-door hatchback car comes in two trim levels, the GLS model and the SE trim level.

The GLS comes with 15-inch steel wheels, various power accessories, air conditioning and proximity key which means you will be able to open it while the key is still in your pocket. It also has satellite radio, a CD player with a 6-speaker system among other entertainment interfaces.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Base Price: $15,995.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14 gallons (53L) MPG: 23 city / 31 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 176.6 in. (448.5 cm) Wheel Base: 106.3 in. (270 cm)
Height: 59.8 in. (151.8 cm) Width: 69.5 in. (176.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 2937 lbs (1332 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 24.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 2.0L Inline 4 DOHC Compression Ratio: 10.1: 1
Horsepower: 138 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 136 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Available Trims & Engine
Option: SE MSRP: $19,495; MPG: 23 city / 31 hwy

On the other hand, the SE trim level comes with seventeen-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, heated front seats and leather upholstery. The steering wheel and shift knob are wrapped in leather. All these are in addition to the preferred package items.

Engine

The 2012 Elantra Touring's 2.0 liter four cylinder engine has a 138 horsepower output and 136lbs torque. It has two transmission options with the automatic transmission being four-speed while the standard manual transmission is five-speed. Elantra's Continuously Variable Valve Timing expands its power boosting the overall mpg.

Performance

The manual transmission gives the Elantra Touring about 23/31 mpg fuel economy in the city and on highways. The automatic transmission engine achieves 23/30 mpg city/highway fuel economy.

A number of reviews indicate that the car does not achieve adequate acceleration especially when loaded with cargo.

When it comes to breaking and handling, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring gets varying reviews. Some are of the view that the performance is not quite satisfactory while a number of others feel that it performs well in town although it does not reach the performance of a sports car.

Its well-tuned suspension makes it easy to handle though there is a feeling that the steering might be a bit too tight. The steering rack is speed sensitive which comes in handy especially at lower speeds.

Interior

The interior has been viewed by many as being comfy and practical. The standard SE version comes with heated leather seats and other good-looking features. It has a spacious passenger compartment and ample cargo space. The car is reputed to have more room than other similar hatchbacks.

The car's seats have been rated as being quite comfortable with the driver's seat being positioned higher than most of similar cars which is advantageous to the driver since it gives a better outward view. The rear seats are made to provide enough legroom which a big plus coming from a compact car like this one.

The cargo hood has 24.3 cubic feet space which can increase to 65.3 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. The cabin also has several storages for small items which allow one to secure items with ease. At the same time, an A/C vent to the glove compartment helps to keep drinks cold.

The car has an iPod ready stereo with a 172-watt, six-speaker audio system, satellite radio and good air conditioning. The steering wheel also comes with a standard A/T cruise control which is mounted on it. Other interior accessories include USB/iPod and auxiliary input jacks.

The seats have back pockets and front arm-rests. The rear seats also have centre arm-rests and cup holders. Seats come with contoured head-rests made from breathable cloth. The driver will is able to read numbers comfortably thanks to the blue backlighting on the instrument huddle.

Exterior

The new Elantra Touring has a sleek model with front air intake, sloping beltline and vertical tail lights. The shape of the car makes it move smoothly and improve fuel economy.

It has a 106.3 inches long wheelbase which makes it move smoothly on the road. It has a wide stance which helps to improve its stability on the road. The SE comes with 17-inch alloy rims which have chrome inserts. To finish the outer elegance the car has front fog lights and silver roof side rails.

Safety

The Elantra Touring is reputed to be the first compact five-door to have the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) feature. This makes it safe to drive.

The car also has a steel column that is energy absorbing steering column which comes in handy in case of a crash as it absorbs the impact. It also has front head restraints. The high tensile steel on its body also helps to protect passengers from the effects of impact.

Individual wheels have computer controlled braking and traction control system (TCS) which prevents the vehicle from skidding or veering off the road. This safety feature, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, could help save up to 10,000 lives annually if used widely in vehicles.

The car has six airbags which are useful in saving lives in case of a crash. At the same time, the braking system allows for varying brake pressures at each wheel preventing lock up.

The front head restraints move up and forward in order to prevent whiplash that may be caused by rear impact. Whiplash is one of the most commonly reported effects of accidents in the US.

Pros & Cons

Truth be told, the Elantra Touring is a wonderful car. In fact, it has achieved an overall rating of 8.5 in 15 reviews and test drives. However, a few pros and cons have been highlighted.

It is affordable for a car in its class, spacious, has a comfy interior, and has considerable space for cargo

The engine is not very powerful especially when the car is loaded. The interior does not compare favorably with other Hyundai models.

But despite a few setbacks, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a good car for family outings and vacations. It has good qualities and its affordability make it ideal for someone looking for a good hatchback.

Competition

This hatchback is a good choice for those who love shopping. But in comparison, the Mazda 3 (MSRP $21,800; 20 city / 28 hwy), the Toyota Matrix (MSRP $18,845; 26 city / 32 hwy) and Ford Focus (MSRP $16,500; 26 city / 36 hwy), the Elantra Touring offers a different style for someone looking for a hatchback car.

Overall Rating
72 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2012 Elantra Touring comes with a very generous set of standard features.”Car Connection

“The electric power steering is quick but feels a tad light. Tourings have sharp response and with strong grip. The brakes furnish fine stopping control and pedal feel.”Consumer Guide

“The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a spacious compact hatchback with surprisingly sophisticated road manners, but it is in need of a makeover.”Edmunds