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2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Review

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring has capable handing and an even ride, but reviewers felt the engine is underpowered, especially with the automatic transmission.   

Pros & Cons

  • Competent handling
  • Higher fuel economy than most rivals
  • Lackluster highway performance
  • Less cargo space than competing wagons

New for 2011

  • Leather became standard on higher trims
  • Standard one-touch triple turn signal stalk

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Overview

Test drivers said the Elantra Touring's standard four-cylinder engine does not have enough power, especially when passengers and cargo are added to the mix. However, they also agreed that the Elantra Touring has a compliant suspension and capable handling for city driving. The Elantra Touring with an available automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Some critics felt that the automatic transmission needs more gears to improve acceleration and power delivery. As a result, they recommended sticking with the standard manual transmission, which also gets slightly better highway fuel economy.  

The interior of the Elantra Touring is simple, and auto critics liked its practicality, as well as its spacious front and rear seats. The Elantra Touring comes standard with a cooled glove box, USB and auxiliary inputs and electronic stability control. However, it does not come with standard cruise control. Leather seats and heated front seats are available on higher trims. The Elantra Touring is available with Bluetooth, but reviewers noted that the ceiling-mounted microphone and speaker unit look cheap. Cargo space is unimpressive in the Elantra Touring, and competitors like the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen have about 10 more cubic feet of cargo space. The Elantra Touring does have an under-floor storage compartment in the cargo area, but shoppers who want maximum utility may want to look elsewhere.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is available with gasoline and diesel engines, and the Jetta SportWagen gets better fuel economy than the Elantra Touring, regardless of which one you choose. Plus, reviewers loved the Jetta SportWagen’s refined driving dynamics.

If you live in an area with inclement weather, the 2011 Subaru Outback may be a better pick. All 2011 Outback models come standard with all-wheel drive. Reviewers said that the Outback has SUV-like utility, which might come in handy if you need more cargo space.

Compare the Elantra Touring to the Jetta SportWagen and Outback »

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