• (4.6) 30 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $2,860–$9,876
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 28
  • Engine: 138-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2009 Hyundai Elantra

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Hyundai Elantra

What We Don't Like

  • Engine noise
  • Highway comfort
  • Uninspired styling
  • Highway acceleration
  • Some basic features not standard
  • So-so mpg with hatchback

Notable Features

  • Sport-tuned Elantra Touring hatchback
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six airbags and ABS standard
  • Sedan gets low-30s highway gas mileage
  • iPod-compatible stereo

2009 Hyundai Elantra Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Elantra compact sedan should appeal to value- and safety-conscious buyers, as its price undercuts many in its class. Its trim levels are the entry-level GLS and better-equipped SE; competitors include the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Chevy Cobalt.

New for 2009
A sport-tuned Elantra Touring hatchback, equipped similarly to the uplevel SE sedan, is new.
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A CD audio system, optional on the GLS and standard on the SE, adds USB and auxiliary ports to integrate with iPods or other MP3 players. All models get revised gauges.

At 177.4 inches long and 69.9 inches wide, the Elantra casts a slightly bigger shadow than a four-door Civic. The Elantra is 58.3 inches tall, which is about 2 inches taller than the Civic.

  • 15-inch steel wheels (standard on GLS)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels (standard on SE)
  • Optional fog lights (standard on GLS)
  • Standard heated power mirrors
  • Standard body-colored mirrors and door handles

The Elantra's interior is noticeably larger than the previous generation's, with enough backseat legroom for a 6-foot adult. Trunk volume, at 14.2 cubic feet, leads both the Civic and Toyota's redesigned Corolla.
  • Cloth or leather upholstery
  • Heated seats (optional on SE)
  • Standard keyless entry, power windows and locks
  • Optional air conditioning and cruise control (standard on SE)
  • Optional CD stereo with iPod integration (standard on SE)
  • SE also adds leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and telescoping adjustment, plus a trip computer

Under the Hood
The Elantra is powered by a four-cylinder engine teamed with a manual transmission. An automatic is optional on all trim levels.
  • 138-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 136 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional four-speed automatic transmission
  • Sport-tuned suspension on Elantra Touring

Safety features include:
  • Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard active head restraints
  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Elantra SE and Touring add electronic stability system

Elantra Touring
Hyundai has added a hatchback version of its Elantra compact sedan to battle it out with cars such as the Dodge Caliber, Toyota Matrix, Mazda3 hatchback and Nissan Versa.

Standard equipment includes four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, six airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system and stability control, which isn't standard among its competition. Other features new to the Touring model are standard USB and auxiliary audio inputs. The center stack design also has been changed.

Power still comes from the same four-cylinder engine, but for an economy car it isn't completely anemic. Hyundai tuned the suspension and steering for better handling versus the Elantra sedan.
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I love this car. It has been so dependable. It has been an amazing car for transporting my two kids.

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2009 Hyundai Elantra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Hyundai Elantra GLS

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Hyundai Elantra GLS

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Hyundai Elantra GLS

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Hyundai Elantra GLS

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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