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The Hyundai Elantra comes in two trim levels, all powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. (Note: The Elantra Touring hatchback is based on the previous-generation version and is not related to the current Elantra sedan.)
Elantra GLS ($15,195) comes with cloth upholstery, six-way manual driver's seat, 172-watt 6-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD with MP3, iPod, and USB compatibility, 60/40-split fold rear seat, power windows, locks and heated mirrors, tilt steering wheel, keyless entry, anti-theft system, trip computer, 195/65TR15 tires on 15-inch steel wheels, and 6-speed manual gearbox. A Comfort Package ($1,250) adds manually operated air conditioning, 16-inch wheels, cruise control, telescopic steering wheel.
When ordered with the 6-speed automatic ($17,445), the GLS comes with manually operated air conditioning, 16-inch wheels and tires, a steering column that tilts and telescopes, cruise control, four cupholders, and a lower-numerical final drive ratio (better fuel economy but slower acceleration performance). The GLS Preferred Package ($600) upgrades to alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls, fog lights, Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, upgraded interior trim, sliding center armrest, illuminated vanity mirrors with driver extension and illuminated ignition.
Elantra Limited ($20,445) comes only with the automatic transmission and includes leather upholstery with heated front and rear seats, air conditioning, power moonroof, 215/45HR17 tires with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob, mirror-imbedded turn signals, black chrome grille, solar glass, minor cabin upgrades, and most of the GLS Preferred content. The Limited Technology Package ($2,100) adds navigation with 7-inch screen, rearview camera, 360-watt premium audio, automatic headlights, proximity key for key-in-pocket operation.
Safety features that come standard include front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, and electronic stability control with Vehicle Stability Control, antilock brakes, brake assist, and traction control. The optional rearview camera improves safety by helping the driver spot children and pedestrians when backing up.
Note: Elantra Touring is a hatchback wagon based on the previous-generation Elantra. For impressions of the Touring model, see our review of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra; the wagon hasn't changed since then. (All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices, which do not include destination charge and may change at any time without notice.)