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2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring Introduced, So Boring We Pity It

Posted in Car Photography, Cars, Foreign Cars, Hyundai by Suzanne Denbow | September 24th, 2008 | 4 Responses |

For next year, Hyundai will give one of their old favorites a refreshing “update” when the new, 5-door, 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring hits showroom floors. Intended to have a sportier feel then the Elantra sedan, the ’09 Elantra Touring gets the street racing treatment with 17-inch alloy wheels, two-tone interior trim, and a B&M racing sport shifter. Available with either an automatic or manual transmission, the Elantra Grand Touring comes with a 2.1L 4-cylinder engine which produces a respectable 141-hp and averages about 25 mpg combined [est.]. Pricing for the ’09 Elantra Grand Touring has yet to be announced, but we expect it to fall somewhere within the current Elantra’s neighborhood of around $15,000.

On another note: if you were the Hyundai design engineer who convinced the company to spend thousands producing the Elantra Grand Touring, another car no one will care about, Human Resources would like you see you in their offices.

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4 Responses

  1. Art Newell says:

    I always get a chuckle out of car reviewers who review every tester to some performance creature car that they just loved to drive like they stold it.

    The new Huyndai Touring is not for you my deary, because I think you can’t see youself in anything except a Red Convertible with the top down.

    I and many others have, since the death of the great Gas guzzlers have had a couple of years of “Hatchback” econo car experience and notice with interest that Huyndai has built a new vehicle in that catagory that has corrected the many shortfalls of all the other 5 door hatchbacks on the road today.

    But sadly, you don’t even know what they are.

  2. G. Daimler says:

    Yeah, idiots… maybe try actually driving these cars first or something? You kind of remind me of Motor Trend calling the Vega Car of the Year and trashing those stupid little ugly square BMW’s. Hyundai’s in the midst of doing to the Japanese what they did to the Germans and the Germans did to us. Never mind… go fantasize about some CGI commercial fantasy that’s going to cost you three times what you think as you sit at the dealership, since your boyfriend refuses to pay your repair bills any more.

  3. Dustin May says:

    Wow, somebody pissed in somebody’s Cheerios this morning.

    The Elantra Touring may or may not be fun to drive. However, cars like this tend to overreach and make you think they are a lot more fun than they really are. It’s not a snap judgement, it’s a path many people have gone down and failed at.

    Yes, Hyundai has come on strong lately, but even they are susceptible to performance-washing. And, dare I say, this seems to be the case with this car.

    Maybe Art and Mr. Daimler will be happy to write their reviews when they drive this car.

  4. FuzzyPlushroom says:

    I have to say, though, the sedan makes this look like a Lancer Evolution.