2009 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Reviews

Change Year
2009 Hyundai Elantra
4.5
Average based on 17 reviews
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability
1-10 of 17 reviews

Decent - not perfect

by from Evansville Indiana on May 18, 2009

Bought a 2009 Elantra SE automatic and so far, so good. I definitely got more features and more room than a comparable Toyota, Honda, or Nissan (I've owned at least one of each of these; all good cars...
Bought a 2009 Elantra SE automatic and so far, so good. I definitely got more features and more room than a comparable Toyota, Honda, or Nissan (I've owned at least one of each of these; all good cars) for less money. Having said that, time will tell if it was the right purchase. Car rides very well for it's size, and handles OK. Haven't had to assess the stability control or brake assist features yet, but am confident they will help in an emergency situation. The 4 cylinder is little "thrashy" when you get on it, but normal driving isn't an issue. Transmission seems to hit shifts as it should and seems smooth enough. I'm certain MPG is dependent on your style of driving, but I'm pretty average I'd guess. I get about 35 MPG on the expressway (70 MPH) and around 29 MPG around town, not too bad. Fit and finish inside is actually very good. Seats(cloth)are OK for me, but the upholstry cloth seems a little fragile. We'll see. I dearly miss the outside temperature readout, should have been included. Decent trunk and fold-down seats area plus. Rear seat space is bigger than you expect. OK(XM)radio with 6 speakers plus CD is very adequate if not outstanding. Air, defrost,and ventilation all work as they should. Controls are straight forward and easy to use. Blue dash illumination is sorta cool. Outside, the car is attractive enough, and body panels fit well. I 'm not sure they ever do any good, but noticably missing is the vinyl strip down the side that protects your car from other car doors in the parking lot. Lights do their job with good hi-beams. All in all, a very pleasent small car that should be a good buy if it holds up well. If not, you always have the 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, and 100,000 on the drive train. Keep in mind, this is a very inexpensive car. Obviously, there are better cars out there, but they cost significantly more. I think these cars are worth looking at.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Almost 2 weeks wil our 2009 GLS

by from Philadelphia on September 29, 2009

Actually went to the dealer looking for a used car but we test drove this car and were really impressed. The gas mileage is outstanding as well as the trunk space. XM satellite radio is cool as well a...
Actually went to the dealer looking for a used car but we test drove this car and were really impressed. The gas mileage is outstanding as well as the trunk space. XM satellite radio is cool as well as the Ipod interface (must puchase the cable from the dealer). All and all it's a great car!!!!
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Comfortable Compact Car

by from Minneapolis, MN on June 2, 2009

The Elantra SE is a great car. It is wisher quiet at a stop sign and rides very smooth for a car of its size. It is the roomiest "small" car I have ever been in. I average 33 mpg. The worst I have ev...
The Elantra SE is a great car. It is wisher quiet at a stop sign and rides very smooth for a car of its size. It is the roomiest "small" car I have ever been in. I average 33 mpg. The worst I have ever had was 27 mpg in winter and best was 39 mpg on a long trip. The driving experience is good, it's not a sports car, but I have never not had enough pep. It is a wonderful value, great construction, good interior design and thousands less than a civic or corolla. Overall I have loved this car and would recommend it to anyone.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Great Little Car

by from Nashville, Tn. on August 5, 2009

I purchased a Elantra SE. I have owned it for approx 6 months now. The only problem I have had is when the dealer installed the sun roof wind deflector they cracked it at one of the mounting screws. T...
I purchased a Elantra SE. I have owned it for approx 6 months now. The only problem I have had is when the dealer installed the sun roof wind deflector they cracked it at one of the mounting screws. They replaced it in 3 days.I use it on the highway approx 70% of the time. The trip computer says that in the 21,000 miles I have driven I have averaged 30.6 MPG.The Leather seats are very comfortable. The car fits a 6'4" driver well. The air works good.
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?

most reliable car ever

by from brooklyn ny on September 10, 2010

this car is amazing the reiablity is unbelievable i had the car for a year and a half and it runs perfectly with no problems
this car is amazing the reiablity is unbelievable i had the car for a year and a half and it runs perfectly with no problems
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Happy to be back in a Hyundai

by from on December 10, 2012

The Elantra is a good car. I am very pleased with this purchase. Plus, gotta love those Hyundai warranties.
The Elantra is a good car. I am very pleased with this purchase. Plus, gotta love those Hyundai warranties.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

A little bit of everything we needed in a car.

by from Erie, pa on October 17, 2011

Purchased our 2009 Elantra in the same year and haven't looked back since. Great gas milage. Comfortable to drive. Comes with all the perks for less money. Had one issue at 20k miles, transmission sea...
Purchased our 2009 Elantra in the same year and haven't looked back since. Great gas milage. Comfortable to drive. Comes with all the perks for less money. Had one issue at 20k miles, transmission seal started leaking, (probably caused by one of the huge potholes around town I hit) the dealership nearby happily installed a brand new transmission and it only took them a few hours at most to replace it. I love when replacing a tranny is more cost effective than replacing one of its seals alone. All in all, my family is very happy with our Hyundai Elantra. Over the years my immediate family has owned around 5-6 Hyundais total. Perfect car for anyone concerned about value for your money and reliability.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Love it

by from Washington State on September 21, 2010

This is the 3rd Hyundai I've owned and the 2nd Elantra. It is the most dependable and low maintenance car I have ever owned. I recently traded a 2008 Accent for the 2009 Elantra only because it had a ...
This is the 3rd Hyundai I've owned and the 2nd Elantra. It is the most dependable and low maintenance car I have ever owned. I recently traded a 2008 Accent for the 2009 Elantra only because it had a manual transmission and I prefer an automatic. It is comfortable on long trips and gets great mileage. I expect to trade this one for another Hyundai when the time comes. They are a great value for the price and hold up well.
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Very reliable and efficient car!

by from Arkansas on December 24, 2011

We helped our daughter get a '09 Elantra while she was in nursing school. We bought it new and have been VERY pleased with it. She has put lots of miles on it commuting to and from school. Now she's a...
We helped our daughter get a '09 Elantra while she was in nursing school. We bought it new and have been VERY pleased with it. She has put lots of miles on it commuting to and from school. Now she's a R.N., married and 60,00 miles later we are buying the car off of her. Great gas mileage, (between 35-38 on the hwy) dependable, comfortable, great warranty and nice looking for a nice price. Pleased and satisfied is an understatement!
Comfort
Performance
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Most reliable car I've owned

by from Middlesex, New Jersey on July 29, 2010

Great car with no mechanical issues, Ive owned it 1 year now and I love it. Very reliable. not excepionally quick but very agyle and it handles well and the comfort level is very decent for long trips...
Great car with no mechanical issues, Ive owned it 1 year now and I love it. Very reliable. not excepionally quick but very agyle and it handles well and the comfort level is very decent for long trips, head restraints are a bit funky. but not bad overall
Comfort
Performance
Handling
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Features
Value for the Money
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?