Family car: Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS

5 best compact cars for family needs
2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS
  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS

  • Price: $17,195
  • Gas Mileage: 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway

With "practical" written all over it, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS offers gobs of passenger and cargo space. It's an ideal compact car for transporting a family around town or across the country.

With 36.4 inches of rear-seat legroom and 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space, it ranks second on our list of compact cars in both categories. That's significantly more cargo room than the midsize Ford Fusion and a half inch more rear-seat legroom than the Lexus ES 350.

Folding down the 60/40 split rear-seat backs opens cargo space to a whopping 65.3 cubic feet.

Powering around all of the people and stuff that the Elantra Touring GLS can hold depends on a 138-horsepower, 2-liter, four-cylinder engine. The posted price includes a four-speed automatic transmission.

"Cutting edge" isn't a term we would use to describe the exterior or interior styling, but both are pleasing and functional.

Included among the standard features are full power accessories, remote keyless entry, a tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, cruise control, six air bags, and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, satellite radio and USB connectivity.



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