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Hyundai Elentra 2009

The Hyundai Elantra offers a roomy interior for the class, a good package of safety equipment, low base price, a great fuel economy and a strong warranty.


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., The award-winning Elantra returns this year with the convenience of Hyundai's USB/iPod® auxiliary inputs, new audio system with larger display and improved XM Satellite Radio™ reception and enhanced suspensions for improved ride and handling.

Music lovers will welcome the 2009 Elantra's inclusion of XM Satellite Radio and standard auxiliary input jacks (3.5 mm mini-jack and USB input) to accommodate and charge audio devices such as iPods. When an iPod or flash drive is connected through the USB port, not only does it play music through the vehicle's six-speaker audio system, but it also charges the iPod. The new audio display included with this system also allows both driver and passengers to easily view four lines of song/artist/title information and control the music from the audio head unit rather than only the iPod itself.

· Hyundai's USB/iPod auxiliary inputs (Delayed availability)
· New audio system with larger display and improved XM Satellite Radio™ reception (Delayed availability)
· Improved instrument cluster design (Delayed availability)
· Enhanced suspensions (Delayed availability)

Elantra upgrades also include an enhanced suspension and steering tuning for GLS models and the sport-oriented SE model gets even sportier with significantly firmer suspension settings and more responsive steering resulting in a more dynamic and agile driving experience.

Still standard on the Elantra SE, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is the industry's most significant new safety technology since the seatbelt. ESC compares the driver's intended course with the vehicle's actual response, then brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or reduces engine power as needed in certain driving circumstances to help correct understeer or oversteer. According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) research, if all vehicles were equipped with ESC, as many as 10,000 of the 34,000 fatal passenger vehicle crashes that occur each year could be prevented.

In addition, the Elantra has also received a five-star frontal and four-star side crash rating in the compact passenger car segment from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and earned a “Good” rating in the IIHS's frontal offset test, the Institute's highest rating. Finally, the addition of a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which alerts drivers if tires are under inflated through an illuminated readout on the dash, rounds out Elantra's safety features to make it one of the smartest purchases in the compact class.


n addition to standard ESC, Traction Control and Brake Assist on the Elantra SE and outstanding safety ratings, all Elantras have six standard airbags, including two advanced front airbags, two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and two side-curtain airbags protecting front- and rear-seat outboard passengers. The combination of side and curtain airbags, which help protect the head and body during side impacts, can reduce fatalities by more than 45 percent according to IIHS.

Accident avoidance technologies start with Elantra's chassis, which features a fully independent suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars and motor-driven rack-and-pinion steering. Elantra's safety leadership is taken even further with the addition of ESC. The Elantra's standard power braking system has front and rear discs with a four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that includes Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). ABS helps the driver maintain vehicle steering control during braking in slippery conditions and in emergency maneuvers. EBD is integrated into the ABS, automatically adjusting the front-to-rear braking force based on the vehicle's loading conditions. Brake Assist is standard on the Elantra SE along with ESC. Brake Assist detects panic braking situations (by sensing brake pedal application speed) and increases braking force to shorten overall stopping distances and help avoid accidents. Four-wheel disc brakes are a key leadership feature for the segment, as traditional rear drum brakes are still found on the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Cobalt.

Elantra's standard front-seat active head restraints help prevent whiplash by automatically reducing the space between a front occupant's head and the head restraint during certain rear collisions and are highly recommended by safety organizations such as the IIHS.

All seating positions feature three-point seatbelts and adjustable head restraints. The shingle-style, rear-seat head restraints are designed to improve visibility when there are no rear-seat passengers, while protecting these passengers when in the vehicle. There is also an energy absorbing steering column, front seatbelt pretensioners and adjustable-height shoulder anchors. A Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system in the rear seat area provides secure attachment for child seats.

In low-speed impacts, the Elantra's five-mph front and rear bumpers help minimize damage. In higher energy collisions, its steel unibody structure is engineered to dissipate crash energy as its crumple zones deform, while bodyside reinforcements help maintain the integrity of the passenger compartment. Hood buckling creases and safety stops help control the deformation of the hood in a frontal collision.


Elantra's front appearance and rising beltline create a premium statement. For added distinction and assertiveness, chrome headlight bezels and grille bars are standard. The Elantra profile features sculpted surfaces, an expressive bodyside character line that is shared with other Hyundai models and neatly integrated bodycolor door handles and mirrors. The rear styling complements the front design with tail lights that echo the theme of the headlights and nicely complete the bodyside character line.

Elantra has a low coefficient of drag to improve fuel efficiency at highway speeds and reduce interior noise. Elantra's coefficient of drag is 0.32, which is significantly “more slippery” than the 2008 Nissan Sentra's 0.35.[1]


Elantra is truly a “class above” Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla when it comes to interior room. Elantra is so roomy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a mid-size car, not a compact car like Civic and Corolla. In fact, with 97.9 cubic feet of passenger room and 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, the Elantra has the most interior volume (passenger volume plus trunk space) of any sedan in its class.[2] Elantra's total interior volume of 112.1 cubic feet easily beats the 2008 Civic sedan (102.9 cu. ft.), 2008 Nissan Sentra (110.8 cu. ft.) and 2009 Corolla (104.3 cu. ft.), and, surprisingly, even surpasses the interior volume of the near-luxury Acura TL (110.4 cu. ft.). Elantra trunk volume at 14.2 cubic feet also beats Civic and Corolla.

Thoughtful design touches bring harmony and substance to Elantra's interior. The dashboard slopes downward to give a feeling of more space and to promote greater visibility, while offering a modern look. The contrasting gray or beige two-tone color schemes, combined with metallic finishes, complement the sophisticated and upscale Elantra exterior styling. New levels of detail and craftsmanship are found throughout the interior, such as the luxurious supple leather seats now available on Elantra SE. Other interior amenities include heated seats as well as steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls; the steering column also telescopes for improved control. Cool blue back lighting adds a modern, easy-to-read ambience at night.

The center console features dual level storage compartments and a comfortable armrest. An overhead sunglass holder has built-in map lights, while pockets are integrated into the front door panels, and seatback storage pockets provide additional room for small items. Storage can also be found in the dash, center stack and console. A convenient handbag strap holder, dual front cupholders and rear center armrest with cupholders round out the interior appointments and provide everyday utility.

The Elantra's comfortable and versatile seating includes a multi-adjustable driver's seat, including variable height settings, adjustable head restraints and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback to accommodate larger cargo.

Conveniences like a standard cabin air filter, rear window defroster, tilt steering wheel, tinted glass, two-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers with mist function, power heated mirrors, power windows and door locks, and remote keyless entry with alarm and trunk release add to Elantra's remarkable value position. XM Satellite Radio is a standard feature on all Elantra audio systems.

Option packages enhance this value. The high-volume Elantra GLS Popular Equipment Package offers a 172-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and USB/iPod auxiliary inputs. Also included are air conditioning, cruise control, fog lights, windshield shade band and illuminated vanity mirrors and sunvisor extensions.


Thanks to advanced clean engine technology, most Elantras sold in California, Oregon and several Northeast states are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) by the EPA and score high on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) “Green Vehicle Guide to Green Cars.” Additionally, the ACEEE recognized the Hyundai Elantra as one of the top 12 “Greenest Vehicles” in the industry. The PZEV Elantra is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles and helps Hyundai meet its environmental commitments. Outside of these “green” states, the Elantra is available in Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) configurations.

Hyundai's advanced 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine powers the Elantra. This sophisticated 16-valve powerplant employs Dual Over Head Camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) for a very broad power spread, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

The ULEV variation is rated at 138 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 136 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. PZEV engines are available only with a four-speed automatic transmission, and are rated at 132 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 133 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. With a manual transmission, the Elantra's mileage is 24 mpg city, and 33 mpg highway according to the EPA. With the optional four-speed automatic transmission, the Elantra's EPA rating is 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.


Elantra delivers a comfortable ride and responsive handling, thanks to a front MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs and gas shock absorbers, and a multi-link suspension with twin-tube gas shock absorbers in the rear. A 23.0 mm diameter front stabilizer bar and 17.0 mm rear stabilizer bar help reduce body roll when cornering. The new SE-tuned suspension features 18 percent stiffer front spring rate, 24 percent stiffer rear spring rate and unique strut valving. The SE suspension also has a 24.0 mm diameter front stabilizer bar and 20.0 mm rear stabilizer bar for even better cornering. To enhance stopping power, the front and rear brakes are generously sized at 10.8 inches (275 mm) for the front and 10.3 inches (262 mm) for the rear.

Stiffer body construction allows Hyundai chassis engineers to tune the suspension components for precise steering and handling together with a well-controlled, yet comfortable ride. Additionally, a rigid body structure and the vehicle's optimized door sealing strategy contribute to reduce road noise (two decibels below a comparably equipped Honda Civic -- based on internal testing).

Advanced, electric motor-driven, engine-speed-sensing rack-and-pinion power steering offers many benefits, including lighter weight and reduced engine drag for higher fuel economy, while delivering a more precise steering feel in 2009 thanks to a new calibration. The Elantra steering system also offers excellent parking and turning maneuverability. At 33.9 feet, Elantra's turning diameter is better than Civic's 34.8 feet, Corolla's 35.6 feet, and Mazda3 sedan's 34.1 feet. The SE's steering is now tuned for quicker response.


The Elantra is available in two distinctive trim levels – GLS and SE.


In keeping with Hyundai's high-value approach to standard equipment, the Elantra GLS has a remarkable array of desirable features for an entry model. The Elantra delivers standard safety technologies unsurpassed in its segment, with six airbags, ABS, 4-wheel disc brakes, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), active front head restraints and adjustable head restraints for all seating positions. A partial list of other standard features includes: power heated mirrors, power door locks, power windows, remote keyless entry with alarm and trunk release, variable intermittent windshield wipers, multiple storage areas, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, tachometer, tinted windows, two 12V outlets and tilt steering wheel. The Popular Equipment Package adds air conditioning, a 172-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with tweeters and in-glass antenna, USB/iPod auxiliary inputs, windshield shade band, fog lights, cruise control, and dual front illuminated vanity mirrors with sunvisor extensions. A power sunroof also is an available option.


The sport-oriented SE adds all the equipment in the GLS Popular Equipment Package plus ESC with Traction Control and Brake Assist, 16-inch alloy wheels, leather shift knob, telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls and trip computer. The SE Premium Package adds a power sunroof and heated front seats. The SE Premium Plus Leather Package includes everything in the Premium Package plus leather seating surfaces. In addition to the available gray two-tone, the SE is also available in a sporty monotone black interior.


The all-new Hyundai Elantra lineup is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty™. Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Elantra buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit), which includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses. There is no deductible on any of this coverage.

Hyundai Elentra 2009


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