Hyundai Elantra GT (2013)

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Hyundai has really been on a roll for the last few years. After making a splash in the market in the 80’s as a value brand, they still push value, but now they are making their mark with style, innovation, and a great warranty.

One of Hyundai’s best success stories is the family of Elantras. They make a coupe, sedan, and the 5 door GG Hatchback. I have always been a fan of hatchbacks because of their versatility. Of course, if you need the added security of a lockable trunk, don’t get the hatchback. For 2013, Hyundai gives the Elantra GT a few slight styling touches and upgrades the interior.

The Elantra GT continues the Hyundai value concept that has been working so well. Build safe, reliable, and fun to drive cars, put them in an appealing package, give them a great warranty, and sell them for a lower price and then sit back and start talking orders. Their sales numbers show that this is working, so why mess with success?

Most buyers first impression of the Elantra GT is that it looks sporty, fast, and fun. First impressions are usually right on, and so is this one. This car is a blast to zip around with. The 148hp, 1.8liter I-4 hooks up great with the 6 speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the Elantra GT is roomy and comfortable, even on longer trips. This is the type of car that is mainly aimed for around town driving, but works well on a longer trip. My test car was loaded with extras such as: Keyless entry and start, blue tooth and iPod interface, power drivers seat, heated front seats, leather, adjustable pedals, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, NAV, backup camera, automatic climate control, a huge panoramic moonroof, power windows and locks, trip computer, steering wheel mounted audio and handsfree phone buttons, and something called Bluelink. (this is Hyundai’s version of OnStar)

The dash and center stack are laid out well and all of the switches and controls are easy to learn and to use. I didn’t have to spend a lot of time reading the owners manual just to do simple things. I like that!

On the road, the interior noise level is good for its class, as is power and handling. Fuel ecomomy was good and there was always plenty of passing power. Back seat passengers were comfortable and it was easy to hold a conversation on the highway.

Safety wise, the GT hasn’t been government tested yet, but it has stability controls, traction controls and a ton of airbags, so I am sure the rating will be a good one. With a base price in the $19k range, the Elantra GT is a great value for anyone looking for a good, safe, and fun compact car. Check out the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT.