2009 Hyundai Elantra

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior amenities
  • Value for the money
  • Safety features
  • Front-seat roominess
  • Trunk size
  • Warranty

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.
(Skip to details on the: Elantra Touring)

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.


Exterior
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


Interior
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 contr...
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.
(Skip to details on the: Elantra Touring)

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.


Exterior
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


Interior
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
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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2009 Elantra Video

Cars.com's Bill Jackson takes a look at the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring. It competes with the Dodge Caliber and Toyota Matrix.

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
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(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Reliable

by Johnny W. from Pacifica ,California on July 10, 2018

Great on gas and comfort ,size very well to handle and I like the room inside the vehicle. It seems to be one of the best cars Read full review

(4.0)

Excellent

by Bperez23 from West Haven, CT on July 2, 2018

My 2009 Hyundai Elantra is a very reliable and excellent car. It has only 73,000 miles and it?s good on gas. It does exactly what I want it to do which is mainly get me back and forth between home and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
marginal
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Elantra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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