THE 2013 HYUNDAI ELANTRA GT REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: Downsizing Versatility
A new addition to the popular Elantra lineup, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback seats five in comfort. About half a foot shorter than the traditional Elantra model, the GT hatchback is lighter and more agile for more fun behind the wheel. This allows the GT to offer good fuel economy for its size, which is a significant advantage in today’s automotive marketplace. Buyers can enjoy added versatility thanks to the exclusive Driver Selectable Steering Mode and the Active ECO transmission and engine setting tools. These added features allow drivers to customize their driving experience for an even better balance between performance and fuel economy.
Under the hood
The new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback derives its power from its 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which generates up to 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. This power is transmitted to the front wheels through the standard six-speed manual or six-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission. The Elantra GT is significantly lighter than its siblings in the Elantra lineup, allowing it to offer fuel economy numbers that are almost as good as the traditional Elantra sedan. As a result, the GT gets 26 miles to the gallon in the city and 37 on the highway.
Hyundai did not skimp on the safety features, as this versatile and practical hatchback incorporates driver’s knee airbags, auto-defoggers for the interior of the windshield to improve visibility, and rigid-steel frameworks for the entire vehicle to ensure greater protection for occupants in the event of an accident.
Inside the cabin
Like most cars in Hyundai’s portfolio, the brand-new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback features an exceptional list of standard features. Heated front seats are standard and are a nice touch for buyers in colder climates. Air conditioning, power windows, AM/FM stereo system with CD and MP3 playback capability and iPod, USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth interfaces are all on the list of standard features for the Elantra GT hatchback. Options include dual-zone automatic temperature control with ionizer, upgraded stereo system, leather upholstery, and a navigation system. The interior is comfortable with high quality materials, but a cramped back seat may lack headroom and legroom for taller passengers.
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On the road
Depending on the settings chosen by the driver, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback offers a variety of driving experiences tailored to individual preferences. This allows the Elantra GT to appeal simultaneously to drivers looking for excitement behind the wheel and those who want improved fuel economy as a priority.
Overall, the Elantra GT is an outstanding choice for commuters and provides superior daily transportation for families with small children. However, its smaller size may make it problematic for taller passengers in the back seat.
Engine: 1.8-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder
Horsepower & Torque: 148 hp/131 lb-ft
Transmission: FWD six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with Shiftronic
Fuel Economy: 26/37 (manual)
Base MSRP: $18,395
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