A Decent Hatchback, The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

The Hyundai Elantra, one of the Korean company’s most successful models. Hyundai made a variation of its famed Elantra Sedan, a hatchback design that still possesses the acclaimed features of the Elantra line. Introducing this year is the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT.   The 2013 Elantra GT has the same engine make like the Elantra Sedan and the Elantra Coupe, a 1.8 liter generating 148 horsepower. There is a choice of either automatic or manual transmission. Critics say the automatic transmission is better because of its fuel rating. An automatic Elantra GT has a fuel rating of 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway while the manual has a rating of 27 mpg city/39 highway. Also, automatic transmission is better especially when going through steep highways.

The 2013 Elantra GT has ample headroom; thanks to a panoramic roof which also contributes to the good ventilation plus it gives a somewhat 21st century feel to it. Combining it with the fact that it is a hatchback, the Elantra GT has good cargo space, more than other cars like the Ford Focus and the Mazda3. There areunder-floor organizers for hiding some of your things.

The dashboard is great; the steering wheel has push-button controls and there is a navigation/infotainment system with an LCD screen. Critics say though the screen is positioned badly because glare from sunlight makes it difficult to read. The 6-speaker audio system is good with a Sirius AM/FM/XM radio, MP3 playability, Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity.

Critics say the Elantra GT only does average in terms of handling. Very noticeable is the fact that handling gets bad as the speed goes up. Braking is good, and the presence of driver and passenger knee airbags give it a decent score in safety.

The 2013 Elantra GT is priced from $19,000 to $25,200. It faces stiff competition from Subaru’s Impreza, the Ford Focus and the Mazda3. It isn’t the best of its class, but definitely a worthy choice.

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