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2009 Hyundai Elantra 2009 Honda Civic 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
     
4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn Man SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE PZEV
DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX-VP Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • DX-VP Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX-S Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • LX-S Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Manual Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe with Leather
  • EX-L Manual Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • EX Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Leather
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX Manual Coupe with Navigation & Leather
  • EX-L Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation & Leather
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation & Summer Tires
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation and Summer Tires
4dr Man S Sedan
  • 4dr Man S Sedan
  • 4dr Auto S Sedan
  • 4dr Man SE Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SE Sedan
  • 4dr Man Wolfsburg Sedan
  • 4dr Man TDI Sedan
  • 4dr Man TDI Loyal Sedan
  • 4dr DSG Wolfsburg Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SEL Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI Loyal Sedan

Prices

MSRP $14,120 $15,505 $17,515
Invoice $13,735 $14,296 $16,863
Avg. Paid $7,814 $8,903 $8,628

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.4 7.9
Critics' Rating 9.0 9.5 9.0
Performance 7.5 8.3 8.4
Interior 8.2 8.2 8.7
Operating Cost 8.2 8.2 8.0
Safety 8.4 9.3 9.0
Reliability 4.0 3.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • High reliability score
  • Good gas mileage
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Quality interior
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Great interior quality
  • Many standard interior and safety features
  • Plenty of engine power
  • Large trunk
Cons
  • Below-average safety ratings
  • Tight second row
  • Few standard features on base model
  • Poor reliability
  • Fuel economy on base model is lower than competitors’

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 24 City / 33 Hwy 26 City / 34 Hwy 21 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 104.3 106.3 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 177.4 176.7 179.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 69.0 70.1
Height, Overall (in) 58.3 56.5 57.4

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2723 2630 3230

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 97.9 90.9 91
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.4 38.5
Front Leg Room (in) 43.5 42.2 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 53.7 54.8
Front Hip Room (in) 54.2 51.9 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.4 37.2
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 34.6 35.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 52.4 53.1
Second Hip Room (in) 54.0 51.0 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.2 12.0 16.0

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Optional Optional Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Optional Standard
CD Player Optional Optional Standard
MP3 Player Optional Optional Standard
Satellite Radio Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Optional Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I5
Displacement 2.0L/121 1.8L/110 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 138 @ 6000 140 @ 6300 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 136 @ 4600 128 @ 4300 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 33.9 34.8 35.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 26 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 34 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14 13.2 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-link

Transmission

Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard