2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring


#8 out of 9 in 2012 Wagons

$6,637 - $7,850

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring was new.


Performance: 7.5

Reviewers wish the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring had more power, but overall, they say it has adequate performance, especially if you don’t mind staying in the right lane.

  • "Around town, the Elantra Touring gets the job done thanks to its quiet cabin, compliant suspension and tight turning radius. On winding canyon roads, the steering is rather light, but otherwise the Touring is actually a pretty capable handler, which is no doubt a result of its European roots." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The one place the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring seems to stumble is its powerplant. The Elantra Touring comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 138 horsepower. Reviewers say that's not enough power, particularly when the Elantra Touring is weighed down by people or cargo. A five-speed manual is standard and a four-speed automatic transmission is available. Most reviewers recommend the manual, which they say helps drivers make the most of the Elantra Touring's power.

With the manual transmission, the Elantra Touring gets an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway fuel economy. With the automatic, the Elantra Touring gets 23/30 mpg city/highway.

  • "Though the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine's 138-hp output may not sound all that impressive, it manages to feel a lot more sprightly than that number might suggest. That said, the engine does sound a bit strained when pushed hard." -- Edmunds
  • "Loaded with nearly 400 pounds of cargo, it became a right-lane queen on the highway. To say the very least, acceleration was wanting. And that was on straight, flat highways." -- Washington Post
  • "Acceleration is adequate but far from snappy. The manual transmission has a slightly notchy feel and throws that are on the long side." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Acceleration isn't great, but the Elantra never really feels out of breath during passing maneuvers or while merging." -- CNET

Handling and Braking

The 2012 Elantra Touring gets mixed reviews for its handling and braking. Some say it has European driving flair, and others say it’s boring. The majority, however, seem to think that the Elantra Touring is a competent around-town cruiser, although not a sports car. 

  • "Another pleasant surprise is the nicely tuned suspension, which produces good handling, though the steering feels a little too light. The combination of decent ride quality and a quiet cabin only add to the overall driving experience." -- Edmunds
  • "Overall, this would be a fine vacation hauler for a young family. Taken as a whole, the Touring's dynamic qualities are reminiscent of a Volkswagen Jetta or Mazda 3, and it's light-years better than its dull-as-dishwater sedan cousin." -- The Truth About Cars
  • "The independently sprung MacPherson strut front suspension and multilink rear felt soft. The ride was floaty and susceptible to cross winds, while the handling feels tippy, with noticeable body roll despite the presence of stabilizer bars front and rear." -- Autoblog

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