Hyundai Elantra GT
With seating for up to five, the compact Elantra's looks and fuel efficiency — it's rated at 40 mpg on the highway — make it a compelling choice in the segment. The Elantra is available as a four-door sedan, a coupe or a four-door hatchback. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze.
Hyundai's four-door hatchback GT replaces the previous Elantra Touring. The GT now looks more like the sedan than the previous wagon-like Touring model did. The GT competes with other hatchbacks like the Mazda3, Ford Focus and Subaru Impreza.
The GT has rear seats that fold to create 51 cubic feet of cargo room. The cargo space is on the larger side compared with other hatchbacks: The Impreza is 52 cubic feet, Mazda3 is 42.8 cubic feet and the Focus is 45 cubic feet. The same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine from the Elantra sedan is used with a choice of automatic or manual transmissions.
Hyundai is shooting for a sportier driving experience than the sedan in the GT, so a stiffer suspension has unique shocks for improved body motion control. The optional Style Package gives the suspension sportier tuning for the package's 17-inch wheels. Drivers can choose from three steering modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport, which adjusts the power-steering assist for varying levels of steering-wheel tightness.
Under the Hood
The Elantra is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that's rated at 148 horsepower and gets an EPA-estimated 29/40 mpg city/highway whether you get the standard six-speed manual or the optional six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:
- Uses regular gas
- Front-wheel drive
- Available push-button start
Standard safety features include:
- All-disc antilock brakes
- Side-impact airbags for the front seats
- Front and rear side curtain airbags
- Electronic stability system with traction control
- Tire pressure monitoring system