2009 Hyundai Elantra Review

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The 2009 Hyundai Elantra is one of the most practical—albeit bland—small-sedan choices, while the new Elantra Touring hatchback adds a little more spice.

TheCarConnection.com's experts, who have driven the Elantra, arranged this conclusive Bottom Line review of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra. Then the experts at TheCarConnection.com read through the top reviews on the Web to compile the most useful observations.

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra models slot between the mid-sized Sonata and subcompact Rio. The Elantra was completely redesigned for 2007 to be wider, longer, and bigger on the interior; some consider the 2009 Hyundai Elantra more of a mid-sized sedan than a compact.

For 2009, a five-door hatchback model, called the Elantra Touring, joins the lineup; the edgier, more rakish profile of the hatchback stands in contrast to the more conservative look of the sedan.

The Elantra's 138-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is surprisingly responsive with the automatic and qualifies for SULEV (Super Low Emissions Vehicle) status. With either the standard five-speed manual transmission or the optional four-speed automatic transmission, the 2009 Hyundai Elantra has respectable acceleration.

The electric power steering system in the 2009 Elantra works very well, light at low speed and firm yet responsive at high speed. The 2009 Hyundai Elantra is quite softly sprung and soaks up jarring bumps with the finesse of a larger sedan, while Elantra Touring models get firmer springs and bigger stabilizer bars.

Seating in front is generously proportioned and comfortable in the 2009 Hyundai Elantra, and there's enough headroom and legroom in back for two—or, in a pinch, three—normal-size adults, which is unusual among small sedans. By the numbers, with 97.9 cubic feet of passenger room and 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, it has the most interior volume for a sedan in its class. Matching Hyundai's other vehicles, the interior follows a soft—not edgy—design, with rounded borders and flowing curves. Switchgear and gauges in the 2009 Hyundai Elantra are straightforward and tactile, and the instrument panel's design, with the high-mounted sound and climate-control functions, is convenient.

It's also one of the quietest interiors, with very little road and wind noise; however, the engine in the 2009 Hyundai Elantra can grow coarse and booming under hard acceleration.

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra gets acceptable but not stellar crash-test results, including four stars for side impact in the federal government tests, Acceptable ratings for rear impact from the IIHS, and a Marginal rating for side impact. The Elantra did, however, garner top scores in frontal impact on both tests. Stability control and brake assist are also standard on the SE. Front, side, and curtain airbags are standard across the Elantra lineup; so too are anti-lock brakes and active head restraints.

Two trim levels are offered: GLS and SE. All versions of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra come standard with power windows, power heated rearview mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry with alarm and trunk opener, rear center armrest with cup holders, intermittent windshield wipers, and tilt steering wheel. 2008 added a telescoping leather steering wheel with secondary audio controls, a leather shift knob, 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55HR16 tires, and a trip computer. 2009 adds XM Satellite Radio and auxiliary USB inputs for the audio system.

A Sun and Sound package combines a power sunroof and a 220-watt premium audio system. Options include a Bluetooth hands-free system, as well as a package that brings leather seating surfaces, leather door panel inserts, a leather armrest, and heated front seats.

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April 14, 2015
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With the highest quality of service, improvements made, and excellent reliability I'd buy another Hyundai tomorrow........if only this one would ware out. nearly 150,000 miles and counting!

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Explained above! What more is there to say. You make the best vehicle on the road, best quality trained and service focused service departments, and the very best investment in transportation in America. No... + More »
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April 13, 2015
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The Koreans fire Back at the Japanese

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During the 1930's and 1940's, the Japanese were not very kind to the Korean nation, trying to take over their country. The Koreans are exacting revenge by coming out with cars that compete well against the... + More »
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November 11, 2016
2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic (Alabama) *Ltd Avail*

Great car but voice recognition needs help

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My 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a great car. It has the technology package for all the features that it comes with its great value. But when I use the voice recognition system it very rarely works. In order for me... + More »
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November 2, 2016
2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic (Ulsan) *Ltd Avail*

Best Bang for your Buck Car out there right now

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In October I purchased 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE w/Popular Package. With all the Rebates going on and additional Discounts from Jim Ellis Hyundai in Atlanta I was able to purchase it before Taxes and Title for... + More »
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October 20, 2016
2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic (Alabama) *Ltd Avail*

Great, underrated car!

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I have owned this car for about 4 months now! I absolutely love it. I wish I would've been able to wait for the 1.6 Turbo Sport model, as the power can be lacking but was a huge upgrade from the 1.8 L in my... + More »
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May 15, 2016
2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic PZEV (Alabama) *Ltd Avail*

Amazing car

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well its very simple took a few tests drives whit Honda fit,Kia Rio,Nissan Altima and Maxima.Fiat 500L and 500X,and the best one of all was the Hyundai Elantra,just did the same test drive and just signd the... + More »
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February 22, 2016
2016 Hyundai Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)

Great cheap ride

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This is my 2 Elantra the first a 2013 I and was planning to get the 2017. After the test drive the 2017 is amazing. But the 2016 price is a winner 11,988.75 for a new car. Hands down the best value on the road. + More »
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February 2, 2016
2016 Hyundai Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)

Great car...

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Very Good Car .....I am happy about fuel economy and comfort, very handy - smooth steering...
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January 10, 2016
2016 Hyundai Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport (Ulsan Plant)

Hyundai has forgotten about Elantra

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The Elantra is a decent car, but Hyundai completely left of the extra features found in other models. The Elantra has a smooth ride but the steering is very touchy. It actually gives you a good workout keeping... + More »
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September 21, 2015
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LOVE the car, hate the ride. SE w/ Popular Equipment Package

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I'm three week into to owning my car and am [this] close to taking a loss to get into something more comfortable. After the first 20 minutes, the seats feel as hard as rocks and the lumbar support virtually... + More »
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