Compare 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring vs 2012 Toyota Matrix

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring
2012 Toyota Matrix
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4-Door Wagon Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 23 31 $15,539 $15,995
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 23 30 $16,685 $17,195
4-Door Wagon Manual SE 23 31 $18,687 $19,495
4-Door Wagon Automatic SE 23 30 $19,443 $20,295
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5-Door Wagon Manual FWD L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD L 26 32 $17,808 $18,845
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD S 21 28 $18,097 $19,565
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD L 25 32 $18,603 $19,685
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD S 21 29 $19,199 $20,755
5-Door Wagon Automatic AWD S 20 26 $20,086 $21,715
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,539
$17,808
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,995
$18,845
Monthly Payment Estimate
$267 / month
$314 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Compact wagons are few and far between, and with its fine handling and interior room, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring wagon makes us wonder why there aren't more. The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.2 94.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 52.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.6 43.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
176.6 171.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - -
Height, Overall (in)
59.8 61.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - 59.9
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 102.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.5 69.5
Track Width, Front (in)
- TBD - 59.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
65.3 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
24.3 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 49.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 19.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 10.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.8 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 36.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 225
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2937 2844
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
3.2 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 132 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4600 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 29
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.26 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.19 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 0.89
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.17
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Touring Toyota Matrix
Body Style
4 Door Wagon 5 Door Wagon
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 (2010) -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 7.6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- --
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
- --
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- --
Rollover Rating
-

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