2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring Review

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Avg. Price: $12,496
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Avg. Price: $12,847

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Well Beyond Expectations. The Best New Car Deal Out There. by hyundaivirgin
 — Steers and handles great. Corners fast. Acceleration is more than adequate. Great fuel efficiency (30mpg mixed driving). Awesome stereo. Very comfortable seats. Lots of space inside. Great visibili... Read More
Top Notch by Cindy
 — It is a great vehicle! Fuel economy is amazing at approx. 650 kms per tank, very stylish looking vehicle with a large interior that seat 5 adults comfortably and the front heated seats on a plus in th... Read More
Nice All Around Commuter by Tireman9
 — 30+ mpg for total all driving. Lots of cargo room. Nice comfortable ride, Zero problems, Have added small tow hitch and ocassionally use 4x8 Harbor Freight trailer to haul light loads like garden mulc... Read More

2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring Review

The Good

The 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a practical and fun-to-drive family vehicle with a ride and interior that outperform its pricetag.

The Bad

The 2010 Elantra Touring isn’t as economical as many Hyundais, and the four-cylinder engine can strain under the vehicle’s weight.

The CarGurus View

The 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a revelation both inside and out. Its performance, cabin quality, standard features, cargo space, safety, warranty, and style are all first-rate at this price.

At a Glance

The Elantra Touring was introduced in 2009 and came in just one trim level, but it has been broken into two trims for 2010 – the base GLS and the well-appointed SE. Prices for the 2010 actually dropped, so consumers can now get into a new Touring at a cheaper price than they could in 2009, or they can spend a bit more and get all the accoutrements.

Hyundai refers to the Elantra Touring as a five-door hatchback, which it is, but it’s clearly a descendant of the classic station wagon. With its moderate price, emphasis on safety, 5-year/60,000-mile warranty, and ample interior space, it is an ideal starter “wagon” for a young family or an excellent economy option for drivers looking for extra cargo space without sacrificing handling. Happily, the Touring’s European roots and sporty ride feel much more like something you’d find in a peppy hatchback than some lumbering station wagon.

The Touring has a sporty look to go with its feel. It has 17-inch chrome-trimmed alloy wheels, slender twin air intakes on the blackout grille, tapered projection headlamps, chrome accents on the bumper, and Volvo-like vertical taillamps that extend almost to the roof.

Drivetrain

2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring

Both the GLS and the SE are powered by a 2-liter, DOHC four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and 141 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, or buyers can select the optional four-speed automatic. The Touring is front-wheel drive and uses regular grade gas. With the manual transmission the Touring gets 24 city/33 highway mpg, excellent numbers for a five-door vehicle.

Its four-cylinder doesn’t rocket the 3,080-pound Touring off the line, but it offers ample midrange power for merging and passing. The available automatic transmission decreases the Touring’s pep and fuel efficiency.

Ride & Handling

2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring

Here’s where the Elantra Touring surprises. A quick look at the tall and boxy wagon might suggest a sluggish or sloppy ride, but that’s really not the case.

The MacPherson front struts and multi-link suspension in the rear provide a firm ride without being harsh. The Touring takes an arrow-straight line on the highway and has minimal body lean when cornering. Its steering is precise and responsive (Hyundai refers to it as "high-performance") and the four-wheel antilock disc brakes provide nice pedal feel and reliable, no-fade stopping.

The Touring's acceleration is only average (0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds), but that’s to be expected in a wagon-type vehicle. Wind noise is minimal, but there is some intrusive engine noise at higher speeds. But with its comfortable seats, excellent handling, good fuel efficiency and cargo space, this is clearly the kind of car meant for both long road trips and quick jaunts to the grocery or lumber yard.

Cabin & Comfort

2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring

Like its athletic handling, the Touring’s interior is pleasantly surprising. The driver is presented with large gauges and simple controls, all arranged in a clean and ergonomic manner. The seating position is high with clear sight lines and provides great head- and legroom for the class.

The interior materials are mostly soft, plush, and high quality, and at night the cabin is illuminated with a stylish blue LED light. Add that to the excellent build quality, and the Touring hardly feels like an economy wagon. The rear seats provide plenty of room for two above-average-size adults.

The Touring boasts an impressive 125.5 cubic feet of interior volume, including 24.3 cubic feet behind the 60/40-split rear seats and 65.3 cubic feet with those rear seats folded flat. There is also an abundance of storage nooks – two-level storage in the center console, a covered dash-top bin, a padded and segmented storage area under the rear floor, front seatback pockets, bottle holders in the front doors, and twin cupholders in the front and rear.

The base GLS trim comes standard with a six-speaker, 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 six-speaker audio system with an iPod/USB auxiliary jack and XM Satellite Radio, power locks and windows, heated mirrors, cruise control (with the automatic transmission), and remote entry. The SE upgrades include a power sunroof, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and B&M Racing short-throw shifter.

Safety

2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring

Standard features for both the GLS and SE include frontal air bags for the driver and passenger, seat-mounted, side-impact airbags for the driver and passenger, side curtain airbags for first and second row, traction control, a theft-deterrent system, and a tire pressure monitor.  

The Touring received five stars in NHTSA crash test results for the driver and passenger.

What Owners Think

Elantra Touring owners are wowed by the interior of the car, noting that the materials and overall construction feel like they belong in a higher-priced car. There also seems to be universal appreciation for the ample cargo space, especially with the back seats down. Owners enjoy the Touring’s performance, but don’t rave about it like the experts.

The only repeated complaint is that the Touring didn’t ride super smoothly on rough surfaces, but that seems like a footnote compared to the positive reviews from owners.

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