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Avg. Price Paid: $11,217 - $12,984
Original MSRP: $15,995 - $20,295
MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy
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2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Interior

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The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring has a large, comfortable and practical interior. Reviewers like the space and clean layout in the Elantra Touring. If you want a more upscale cabin, check out the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

  • "[The interior is] simple in presentation to keep costs down, but comes across as elegant and refreshingly restrained." -- USA Today
  • "Also, the little hatchback (officially classified as a "compact") isn't as little as it seems. It can hold 65 cubic feet of cargo, as much as many compact sport-utility vehicles." -- The Washington Post
  • "Some might expect the Elantra Touring to have a spartan interior made of recycled pop bottles and leatherette seats. Remember, this is actually the i30, a vehicle originally made for Europeans who don't believe an economy car must feel like a cheap car." -- Autoblog

Seating

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring gets high marks for its comfortable seats. The driver's seat is chair-height and reviewers report very good sightlines. The back seat offers good legroom, especially for a compact car.

  • "Rear seat passengers are treated to a well-shaped seat with vast headroom and legroom-more legroom, in fact, than the midsize Sonata." -- The Truth About Cars
  • "And front and rear seats offer excellent support to prevent fatigue and fidgeting on long trips. Some big cars enhance cabin space by shorting the length of seat bottoms. The smaller Touring doesn't resort to that trickery." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Headroom and legroom are plentiful in every seat, so even larger occupants should find the cabin comfortable for long road trips." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

While not upscale, the Elantra Touring offers a well-crafted and simple interior. The base model comes with plenty of features. Bluetooth is also available, though some reviewers complain that the Bluetooth unit, which is installed on the ceiling of the Elantra Touring at the dealership, looks cheap.

  • "On the bright side, switches and knobs are well-placed and easily operated without requiring you to take your eyes off the road, with the exception of the optional Bluetooth unit, which is placed above the rearview mirror and has a flimsy aftermarket feel." -- Edmunds
  • "All controls are orderly and organized, so there's no guesswork. You never have to ask, "Where is it?" or "How do I use it?" If only BMW would convert to this religion." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Interior materials weren't the best in the world -- a bountiful helping of bargain-priced vinyl there. But everything appeared stitched and assembled perfectly, as good if not better than anything found in a Honda, Nissan or Toyota -- in this case, for several hundred to a couple of thousand of dollars less." -- The Washington Post
  • "Optional equipment on our Vivid Blue Elantra Touring starts with a Bluetooth hands-free kit. As it was integrated into the ceiling console, we nearly missed the dealer-installed speakerphone. Pairing a phone was easy with voice commands, but the lack of integration means drivers will have to reach up to the ceiling to answer or end calls." -- CNET
  • "We're also fans of Hyundai's new center stack display for the radio. The big blue screen is as easy to read as a children's book and displays the time and outside temperature when the radio is off. There's also a full complement of connectivity ports in the center armrest for your iPod or MP3 player, as well as a gutter for your cables so the lid can be closed without trapping the device inside." -- Autoblog
  • "Like most Hyundais, the Touring is comprehensively equipped: in addition to the stuff you expect (power windows and locks, cruise control, etc.), the test vehicle featured a power moonroof, heated seats, a useful multifunction trip computer, a short-throw B&M 5-speed, and an integrated satellite-ready radio." -- The Truth About Cars

Cargo

The Elantra Touring's cargo space is a high point, especially given its relatively trim exterior dimensions. Behind the rear seats is 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space, and when the rear seats are folded flat, there's a generous 65.3 cubic feet of space. The Elantra Touring also has a number of features that help secure and hide cargo.  There is plenty of small item storage throughout the cabin, and the glove compartment offers an A/C vent to help keep drinks cool.

  • "If you need to haul gear or groceries, the hatch lid opens high for easy loading/unloading. And the cargo floor lifts in sections to expose a variety of compartments to hide items and keep them from rattling around. There's also a power plug in the cargo wall, as well as grocery-bag holders and a pull-out shade to hide the stuff there. When more cargo room is needed, the split rear-seat backs fold flat." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The rear seats feature a 60/40 split, and fold down fully; the molded-plastic rear floor folds up to reveal a padded, segmented storage area. All this would make the Touring an excellent weekend companion for family getaways or trips to Home Depot." -- The Truth About Cars
  • "The rear floor is flat and wide with additional storage hidden underneath, and by pushing the 60/40 split rear seats down, you're able to access a full 65.3 cubic feet of cargo-carrying capacity. The rear seats don't fold completely flat, but that shouldn't stop you from using the Elantra Touring like a tackle box." -- Autoblog

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