Those in the market for a sporty yet functional hatchback already have a hard list to choose from. Although the market is currently dominated by popular hatchbacks like the Toyota Matrix, Dodge Caliber, and Mazda 3, the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring makes a strong case for itself at a base price of $18,495 including destination.
The Elantra Touring stands out from the rest thanks to its long list of standard features. It comes with a five-speed manual with a B&M sport shifter or a four-speed automatic for an additional $800. It is also the first five-door compact to offer standard Electronic Stability Control. Other safety features include curtain airbags and front side airbags.
The equipment list goes on to include A/C, a 172-Watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio with USB/iPod input, power windows, heated power mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, and a steering column that tilts and telescopes.
Opting for the Premium-Sport package adds a power sunroof, heated front seats and 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45VR17 tires. The price of the manual and automatic models with the Premium-Sport package is $19,995 and $20,795 respectively.
The Elantra Touring is the first hatchback from Hyundai since the Elantra GT in '06. Buyers get the benefit of European ride and handling because the Elantra Touring is essentially the same as the i30 CW sold in Europe. Dealerships will receive the five-door compact in the first quarter of 2009.