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Hyundai's Versatile Elantra Touring Gets New Colors for 2012

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author photo by Nick Palermo December 2011
  • New exterior colors include Dove White and Volcanic Red
  • Preferred Package replaces Popular Equipment Package
  • 16-inch alloy wheels added to Preferred Package

Hyundai's 5-door Elantra Touring is a versatile vehicle. Sporty exterior styling surrounds a voluminous interior, and a nice standard equipment list includes air conditioning, power windows and locks, keyless entry and a six-speaker XM- and MP3-ready audio system. The 2012 model brings a few changes, including two new color options and available alloy wheels. But, thankfully, the Elantra Touring's base price remains unchanged.

Hyundai offers two trim levels for the Elantra Touring. In GLS trim, the newly named Preferred Package replaces last year's Popular Equipment Package and now includes 16-inch alloy wheels. Rounding out the package is a host of convenient options like a telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, trip computer and eight-way driver's seat with lumbar support. Cruise control is standard on models with an automatic transmission. Also included is a retractable cargo cover that, when not in use, can be stored out of site in a compartment under the cargo floor. Silver roof rails make the Elantra Touring roof rack-ready.

The SE package is the top trim level and includes all of the equipment of the Preferred Package plus leather seats, a power tilt-slide sunroof, leather steering wheel and shift knob, fog lights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Two exterior paint colors have been added for 2012, Dove White and Volcanic Red, bringing the number of exterior color options to seven. Available interior colors are beige and black.

While the SE is touted as the sportier version, both trim levels have a shape that hides this Hyundai's functionality and class-leading interior volume of 125.5 cubic feet. The Elantra Touring leads in cargo space with the rear seats down, too. At 65.3 cubic feet, the 5-door can swallow more cargo than Hyundai's Tucson SUV.

Thanks to clever packaging, the voluminous Elantra Touring maneuvers like a smaller vehicle, boasting a tighter turning radius than the Toyota Matrix or Volkswagen Golf.

Power still comes from Hyundai's 2-liter four-cylinder with variable valve timing. Transmission choices include the standard 5-speed manual, now available with a B&M Racing sport shifter, or a 4-speed automatic.

Disk brakes with ABS are standard, as is electronic stability control. Other safety equipment includes dual front, side and curtain airbags, active front head restraints and seatbelt pretensioners.

Like all Hyundai models sold in the U.S., the Elantra Touring is covered by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5 years of free roadside assistance, and a trade-in value guarantee.

What it means to you:

Hyundai offers practicality and value in the Elantra Touring 5-door. Both the GLS with Preferred Package and the SE bring a sportier look to the versatile vehicle.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Hyundai's Versatile Elantra Touring Gets New Colors for 2012 - Autotrader