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2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2013 Subaru Outback 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
     
4dr Wgn Man GLS
  • 4dr Wgn Man GLS
  • 4dr Wgn Auto GLS
  • 4dr Wgn Man SE
  • 4dr Wgn Auto SE
2.5i Manual
  • 2.5i Manual
  • 2.5i Manual PZEV
  • 2.5i Automatic
  • 2.5i Automatic PZEV
  • 2.5i Premium Manual
  • 2.5i Premium Manual PZEV
  • 2.5i Premium Automatic
  • 2.5i Premium Automatic PZEV
  • 3.6R Automatic
  • 2.5i Limited Automatic
  • 2.5i Limited Automatic PZEV
  • 3.6R Limited Automatic
4dr Manual S SportWagen
  • 4dr Manual S SportWagen
  • 4dr Manual S PZEV SportWagen
  • 4dr Auto S SportWagen
  • 4dr Auto S PZEV SportWagen
  • 4dr Auto SE SportWagen
  • 4dr Auto SE PZEV SportWagen
  • 4dr Manual TDI SportWagen
  • 4dr Auto SE with Sunroof SportWagen
  • 4dr Auto SE with Sunroof PZEV SportWagen
  • 4dr DSG TDI SportWagen
  • 4dr Manual TDI with Sunroof SportWagen
  • 4dr Manual TDI with Sunroof & Navigation SportWagen
  • 4dr DSG TDI with Sunroof SportWagen
  • 4dr DSG TDI with Sunroof & Navigation SportWagen

Prices

MSRP $15,995 $23,495 $20,195
Invoice $15,539 $22,123 $19,387
Avg. Paid N/A N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.7 8.6
Critics' Rating 8.9 9.0 9.6
Performance 7.6 8.7 8.7
Interior 9.0 8.6 8.1
Safety N/A 9.4 9.3
Reliability 3.0 3.5 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Practical and affordable
  • Roomy and comfortable interior
  • Loads of cargo space
  • Car-like ride
  • SUV-like utility
  • Strong safety record
  • Optional TDI engine with great fuel economy
  • Cargo volume on par with compact SUVs
  • High-quality interior
  • Sporty performance
Cons
  • Underpowered engine
  • Interior looks dated compared with other Hyundai models
  • Base stereo sounds bad
  • Tight rear seats
  • Standard 2.5-liter engine is a bit unrefined

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas Flat 4 2.5L/152 Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 23 City / 31 Hwy 21 City / 28 Hwy 23 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Wagon Wagon 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 107.9 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 176.6 189.0 179.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.5 71.7 70.1
Height, Overall (in) 59.8 66.1 59.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Sliding Rear Window Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2937 3423 3228

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
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional
Chrome Wheels Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 101.2 105.4 91.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 40.8 38.4
Front Leg Room (in) 43.5 43.0 41.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 56.3 54.8
Front Hip Room (in) 53.9 54.5 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 39.4 39.3 38.1
Second Leg Room (in) 36.4 37.8 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 56.1 53.1
Second Hip Room (in) 52.6 53.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 65.3 71.3 66.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 24.3 34.3 32.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag 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

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

All Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Flat 4 Gas I5
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.5L/152 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 138 @ 6000 173 @ 5600 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 136 @ 4600 174 @ 4100 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Manual
Turning diameter 34.2 36.8 35.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 21 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 28 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14 18.5 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard