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2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Review

This review was written when the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring was new.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring has comfortable interior, a low price and lots of cargo space, making it one of the best bargains in station wagons.

Test drivers say that shoppers who want practicality and value could do a lot worse than the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring. With a cargo capacity that matches some small SUVs, the Elantra Touring has a price tag and fuel economy that’s more in line with small cars. In terms of passenger comfort, however, test drivers say the Elantra Touring is more like a midsize sedan. In short, test drivers say the Elantra Touring takes the best attributes from several types of cars and combines them into one value-laden station wagon.

On the other hand, shoppers who want lots of style and sporty performance should pass on the Elantra Touring. Though it shares a name with the Hyundai Elantra, the two cars don’t share the same DNA. While the Elantra has been recently updated and is a stylish sedan with good performance, the Elantra Touring has been left alone. As Edmunds explains, "The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring may have Elantra in its name, but it's not to be confused with Hyundai's handsomely styled four-door sedan. ‘Touring’ indicates that it's a hatchback, and a pretty good one in fact. However, the Touring is actually based on the previous-generation Elantra, and while it has many virtues, this hatchback can't boast the new Elantra sedan's many new strong suits."

Other Compact Wagons to Consider

The Hyundai Elantra Touring is one of the best bargains you’ll find among station wagons.  However, if you want something with a more upscale interior and better performance, consider the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. You’ll pay more for the Jetta, but you won’t compromise on cargo space, engine power or interior appointments.

If you want better performance overall, check out the 2012 Mazda3 hatchback. While it doesn’t offer as much cargo space as the Elantra Touring does, it drives so well that many reviewers compare it to a sports car.

Details: Hyundai Elantra Touring

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring comes in two trims: GLS and SE. Both models come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is optional. For 2012, little is changed on the Hyundai Elantra Touring. See the full list of 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring specs.

  • "Elantra Touring matches any class rival for refinement, space, comfort, and standard safety features. A robust feel, attractive prices, and Hyundai's strong warranty make this compact hatchback well worth your consideration." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We do like the Touring, and it could be a good choice for shoppers with practicality as a number-one priority. But if you would also like some extra style to go along with it, there are some newer models that would be better choices, including the Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen's Golf and Jetta Sportwagen." -- Edmunds
  • "With crossover and station wagon DNA, Elantra Touring isn't the fastest or highest-mileage or most stylish vehicle in the market. Rather than stand out in a category or two, Elantra Touring simply does a lot of things very well, with almost no shortcomings." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "A car that offers so much for the money, it makes you suspicious." -- The Washington Post
Review Last Updated: 10/9/13

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