The 2012 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan gains Hyundai's ActiveECO system that modifies engine and transmission controls for maximum fuel economy and smoothness. All Elantra models get recalibrated steering systems for better on-center feel, while cars equipped with the GLS Preferred Package gain fog lights and a passenger-side sun-visor extension, as well as a rear cargo cover and premium cloth interior on Elantra Touring models.
It's funny how money can change perception. When times were good and gas was cheap, large and inefficient vehicles were in vogue. Now times aren't quite as good, gas isn't exactly inexpensive, and shoppers are considering smaller, more efficient alternatives. Enter the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring, a car that shares its powertrain, outstanding warranty, and little else with the Elantra Sedan. Buyers of the don't-call-me-a-wagon Touring will also be treated to 24.3 cubic feet of cargo room, sharp German styling, and a slew of safety features, such as electronic stability control. Unfortunately, those same buyers will be sitting on stiff seats, may become lost without an available navigation system, and won't be enjoying the fun or refinement provided by competing models from Mazda and Volkswagen.