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A distinct lower air intake, available fog lights, rising beltline, and sculpted roofline set a stylish tone, while the functional hatchback should please any true gear aficionado.
The taut design isn’t just for looks, it contributes to a low coefficient of drag for improved fuel economy and less road noise. The longer wheelbase—106.3 inches, the longest in its class—allows for maximum interior space, a plus for road trips. And a wide stance increases overall stability and confidence even through the canyons. With all the science, we haven’t forgotten about styling details. The SE adds striking 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts, silver roof side rails and front fog lights.
Attractive styling is nothing without the quality and reliability that Hyundai has built its name on. Every vehicle on our assembly line has to pass a gauntlet of quality checks—hundreds. There are lasers calibrated to detect variances of less than a millimeter to scan each car’s body for inconsistencies in panel gaps and alignments.
Power windows. Power door locks. A 172-watt audio system with XM® Satellite Radio and iPod®/USB and MP3 and auxiliary input jacks. Dual power heated side mirrors. Notice the pattern here?
Air conditioning, power windows and door locks, heated dual power side mirrors and remote keyless entry with alarm are among a surplus of features that have become Hyundai’s signature. There’s also steering-wheel-mounted cruise control (standard A/T), and a standard 6-speaker 172-watt audio system with XM® Satellite Radio and iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks. But hey, who’s counting.
The affordably priced SE trim adds a power sunroof, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, and a stylish leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, just to name a fe
Plenty of Space
By lengthening the car’s wheelbase and moving the B-pillars (the ones between the doors) so they intrude less into the passenger cabin, Hyundai designers created over 65 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, a best-in-class for cargo volume. It has even more room than the Nissan Murano. The well-organized interior provides even more space. Seatback pockets, in-dash storage, center console and front armrests are just a start. There are also rear center armrest cupholders, front and rear door map pockets with bottle holders, an overhead compartment for your sunglasses and even a hidden cargo-area storage compartment in the rear for valuables.
4-wheel disc brakes. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Six airbags. Active front head restraints. And it’s the first compact 5-door to come standard with Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control System (TCS). We never take our eyes off safety.
Start with the basics; a reinforced unibody made of high-tensile steel with crumple zones that shunt impact forces around the passenger cell. Then add bodyside reinforcements, hood-buckling creases, active front head restraints and an energy-absorbing steering column that absorbs the impact, so you don’t have to.
Airbags and Brakes
There are six airbags, a combination that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says can reduce fatalities by 45%. Four-wheel, four-channel ABS brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution that seamlessly vary and adjust brake pressure to each wheel, as necessary, and provide maximum braking power and prevent wheel lockup. We’re making safety standard.
Though it’s fun to drive, the Touring is committed to efficiency. A certified Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV), the Elantra Touring’s efficient 2.0-liter engine delivers up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway and generates a solid 138 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration comes from its dual overhead cams, and the Continuously Variable Valve Timing widens the power band and boosts its overall MPG.
Curves and Corners
Good handling is what makes a car fun to drive, and the Elantra Touring doesn’t disappoint. Start with an agile sport-tuned suspension, beefier stabilizer bars and stiffer springs to reduce body roll. A speed-sensitive steering rack provides more assistance when you need it—at slower speeds—and has been tuned for quicker overall responsiveness.