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2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring

$5,592 — $11,540 USED
5 Seats
27 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior amenities
  • Value for the money
  • Warranty

The Bad

  • Uninspired styling
  • So-so mpg
2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring
  • Distinct model from Elantra sedan
  • Hatchback body style
  • Manual or automatic
  • iPod-compatible stereo

Our Take

from the expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Elantra Touring hatchback is a distinct model in Hyundai's lineup, with a different appearance than Hyundai's Elantra sedan. The Touring battles it out with cars like the Toyota Matrix as well as hatchback versions of the Mazda3 and Nissan Versa. A new hatchback Elantra — the Elantra GT — debuts for the 2013 model year.

The Elantra Touring has a bit of a wagon look to it. Its smooth body sides and traditional cues give it a much more conservative appearance than the Elantra sedan, which received dramatic styling with its redesign for the 2011 model year. Fifteen-inch steel wheels are standard while 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels are optional.

Power comes from a 138-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The drivetrain isn't as efficient as the one in the Elantra sedan, which is rated at 40 mpg on the highway by the EPA.

There's room for up to five people in the Elantra Touring. Cargo room behind the rear seats measures 24.3 cubic feet; with the rear seats folded, there's 65.3 cubic feet. Standard convenience features include air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a USB port for iPod connectivity.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Sporty, fuel efficient, lots of cargo space.

by Long Distance Traveller from Oakville ON on August 24, 2018

I love this car. It is fuel efficient, sporty and has great cargo space. We've even stretched out and slept in the back in a pinch. Heated seats are great. Great value for the money! Read full review


Loved the car...not so much their honest

by morthog on July 17, 2018

This car is great. I know it well. It runs fine. I was very surprised however by the way the dealership listed this car. Supposedly all of their used cars are safety checked by their mechanics, and by ... Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring has not been tested.


New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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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 Touring 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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