Representing a bit of Euro flair, the third member of the Elantra lineup gives shoppers Hundai economy and style wrapped in hatchback form. Sound appetizing? Check it out.
Hyundai Elantra GT Feature Highlights
The Elantra GT is a small 4-door hatchback that’s new for 2013. Poised to attract those looking for a sporty, versatile Hyundai, GT starts at $18,395 and will take some attention away from similar small timers like the Mazda3 and VW Golf- so hopes Hyundai. Shoppers should like the features list- both standard and extra. GT comes pre-packaged with 16” alloy wheels, heated front seats, Blue Link, and plenty of space and style to satisfy all kinds of needs. Performance features like the new DSSM (steering assist) and available sport tuned suspension round out GT’s multi-faceted appeal.
Extras can be found with packages; the Style package gets you 17” alloys, leather seats, sunroof, and aluminum pedals along with the sport tuned suspension. To add navigation and a rearview camera, you’ll need to first grab the Style package and then tack on the Tech package.
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Hyundai Elantra GT Performance
The front-wheel GT gets a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder packing 148 horsepower and 131 lb.-ft. of torque, the same engine you’ll find inside the sedan and coupe Elantra. Hyundai offers a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and places a 6-speed automatic paired with SHIFTRONIC and Active Eco features as optional. If you’re looking for more responsiveness, you can opt for a sport tuned suspension and learn to harness the Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM), long in name but useful in practice- drivers can switch between Comfort, Normal, and Sport drive modes depending on what and where you need to get in and out of.
Hyundai Elantra GT Fuel Economy
GT trims equipped with a 6-speed manual receive an EPA estimated 27/39/32 (city/highway/combined) MPG; the 6-speed auto gains 1 city MPG but just misses the magical 40 mark as well, at 28/39/32.
Hyundai Elantra GT Interior Highlights
Comfort and style intermix nicely inside GT. Standard niceties like heated front seats, Bluetooth, and Blue Link will help driver and passenger alike ease into GT’s premium feel cockpit. Even a few decadent extras pop up here and there, like a cooled glove compartment and sunglasses storage space. Speaking of space, front seaters are able to enjoy 42” of legroom compared to a tighter 34.6” in back. And rear headroom, which to some looks like a prison sentence, is still almost 38”. Getting stuck in the rear does mean that you’ll probably have to hold on to your sunglasses.
Cargo volume sits at 23 cubic feet with the 60/40 split rear seats up and expands to 51 cubes with said seats folded down- and Hyundai wants you to know that these numbers surpass both the VW Golf and Ford Focus. HHHHHHHHHHHHHHujhfhslkfhlkd
Hyundai Elantra GT Safety
Standard on every 2013 GT are 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability/traction control, and seven airbags- including two row side curtain & driver’s knee bags. A rearview camera is optional (with navigation) and Hyundai’s Blue Link system comes standard, assisting drivers with various roadside and emergency services. Another useful feature is the auto-defogging system, which helps keep visibility on the level.
In case of the unthinkable, you, and hopefully the car, will be in good shape; GT’s superman frame receives 5/5 stars overall (5/5 for side damage and 4/5 for both front and rollover collisions) as gauged by the NHTSA’s crash tests.
Hyundai Elantra GT Summary
Good fuel numbers, versatility, and sportiness may not be the big three everyone is looking for, but they do well here. We’ll see how the hatch wars shape up when Elantra GT goes alloy to alloy with the Focus ST- will value trump performance? Only sales will tell. Get a jump on the 2013 GT by checking out the champs of online auto buying.