2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Review
We head to Southern California to drive Hyundai's new hatch.No Comments
The GT is perfectly peaceful around town but it's willing to dance on the back roads.
Not content with coupe and sedan flavors, Hyundai has added a GT five-door hatchback to its Elantra lineup, replacing the Elantra Touring wagon.
It's all part of Hyundai's '7/11' plan--seven new or redesigned models in eleven months--and as dedicated hatchback lovers, we're glad to see another one on the market.
We're also glad to see that the car is more than just a five-door Elantra. While it shares the same basic architecture and engine, it also offers features that the coupe and sedan don't--features like a selectable steering system, for example.
Is an Elantra hatch necessary? We'll leave that question to Hyundai's product planning people, who obviously seem to think so, since otherwise this car wouldn't exist. Is it a viable player in the Elantra lineup? Read on.
Pricing starts at $18,395 for a six-speed manual-transmission car, while adding the available six-speed auto tacks a g-note onto that. That doesn't include the $775 destination fee.
We don't applaud the goofy iPod cable (why can't we just plug directly into the USB?) that comes with all Hyundai products, though, its time has passed.
Fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway for both transmissions.
Of course, we like sporty, so we're generally impressed by the GT. Yeah, it needs more power (not much more, but some more), and an even sportier R-Spec version would be awesome for enthusiastic driving. But for small-car buyers searching for utility, the Elantra GT strikes a lot of the right notes.
Now, about that R-Spec.