The New 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring is One of the Coolest Cars Around
Another Hyundai car was recently honored by Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com.
The popular vehicle information website declared the 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring as one of this year’s Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000. As the Hyundai brand name is now synonymous to style and safety, the Elantra Touring is nothing but those two exciting qualities of a modern automobile – stylish and safe.
It is the first 5-door compact car to have standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as well as other class-leading safety technologies which a Hyundai is known for. These high-tech safety measures are attractively packaged in the Touring’s sleek style and fun-to-drive qualities. It is trendy as it is functional.
Almost always it is Hyundai’s Sonata or Santa Fe that’s raking up credits but this time “It’s great to see the Elantra Touring getting the recognition it deserves,” said Scott Margason, product planning director of Hyundai Motor America. “It is one of the hidden gems in the Hyundai lineup and definitely boasts ‘cool’ credentials with its sporty design and fun-to-drive character.”
With a new trim this year, the Elantra Touring GLS, Hyundai packs in the good stuffs. The GLS is equipped with an integrated 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, iPod/USB/Auxiliary inputs, air conditioning, heated mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry with alarm, four-way adjustable driver’s seat, and a number of storage compartments. These are all standard features, including cruise control for all GLS models with automatic transmission.
Optional features include roof rails, steering wheel mounted audio controls, a telescopic steering wheel, trip computer, 8-way driver’s seat with lumbar support, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding sun-visors, seatback pockets, cooled glove compartment, retractable cargo cover, fog lights, illuminated ignition, and premium cloth interior.
Much more, the new Elantra Touring is an eye-candy. It has flowing curves and strong character lines that highlight its broad stance and long wheelbase. The car exterior is shaped to give a dynamic impression of speed, performance, and capability. For optimal fuel efficiency and minimal noise while cruising, Elantra Touring has a low drag coefficient.
These are some of what Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com saw in the Elantra Touring that made them say it is a cool car. The website’s Coolest Cars Under $18,000 citation set up criteria that included safety, fuel economy, interior size, comfort and technology. Year by year, kbb.com’s threshold for naming the coolest cars is becoming harder and harder to meet.
According to Jack R. Nerad, the executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, “Every year, automakers step up their game in the sub-$18,000 category, and this year is no different from the rest. The marketplace for “cool,” versatile, affordable cars, bursting with personality and boasting the same (if not better) technology as some luxury cars with triple their price tags, is only getting more crowded.”
Editors of kbb.com describe the Elantra Touring this way: “The 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring may be a wagon, but this athletic little hauler turns heads on the road. Inside, the Hyundai hatchback combines clean interior styling, unexpected passenger and cargo room, and standard features like eight airbags and a 172-watt CD audio system with MP3 playback and USB connections to meet all your music needs.”
Cool, isn’t it!?