2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT! It’s a five-door hatchback new to the compact Hyundai lineup this year. Because of the Euro-influenced styling, great utility and good gas mileage makes it capable take on the sleek hatchbacks from the competition which are the Mazda3 and Ford Focus, also the Volkswagen Golf and Subaru Impreza and the Toyota Matrixare on the Elantra’s list to deal with.

The Hyundai Elantra GT has its own wheelbase, its own bodywork, and its own rear suspension. The shape’s gone a great deal in the continental way. Some of Hyundai current global styling cues show up on the Elantra GT, mostly on the front end, where its hexagonal grille relates it to the Elantra coupe and sedan. From the front pair of doors back, the Elantra GT drops its roofline and ties its fate to the fastback look that differentiate the best of the hot hatches from overseas, including the latest Mazdas and Fords. It’s becoming a globally renowned icon, for sporty same as the other Elantra’s.

The 2013 Hyunday Elantra GT comes with the same 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder as the other Elantra compacts, the GT teams up well with either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic Hyundai offers. If anything, the Hyundai manuals feel like VW cable-shifted manuals according to some car experts, with a peg-in-slot shift quality but good clutch uptake not far off the floor. The automatic in test vehicles are short-shifted on the GT’s rev range, moving up to the next gear well before it reached redline before 6000 rpm in its first two gears, likely a choice for economy and toughness. By the way, the smooth-revving four and manual combine for 27/39-mpg gas mileage with the manual, or 31 mpg combined; with the automatic, it’s 28/39 mpg, or 32 mpg combined.

The Hyundai Elantra GT has a new upside-down V-shaped beam replacing the crimped tube on sedans. It’s threaded by a 22-mm stabilizer bar, and GT hatches also get upgraded to Sachs rear shocks for better ride control. All told, the five-door has slightly better transitional behavior than the sedan, and on base models and on those with uprated wheels and tires on the Style package, it’s firm enough and grippy enough to create some worthwhile space between its road manners and those of the sedan. Hyundai also wants the GT’s electric power steering to stand out, so it’s endowed with three driving modes Comfort, Normal, and Sport.  In a test drive, it was left it in Normal for most of a long test drive, without regrets.

The hatchback body style of the Elantra GT accommodates more cargo space. The GT is 9.0 inches shorter overall than the sedan, and its wheelbase is 2.0 inches shorter; it’s 0.2 inches wider and sits 1.4 inches taller. Front-seat passengers will notice a touch more knee room, while rear-seaters will see noticeably less back-seat space being a hallmark of the Elantra sedan. Behind the backbench, the Elantra GT has 23 cubic feet of cargo space space, better than some compact luxury crossovers. The rear seats fold down for better storage: when they’re almost flat, the Elantra GT holds 51 cubic feet of cargo. Somewhere else inside, the GT has a shallow storage tray under the cargo floor; a deep center console bin for smartphones, next to the USB port; a cooled glove box; and a center armrest with a sliding cover.

Every Elantra GT hatchbacks have seven airbags, including a driver knee airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. No crash-test ratings are available yet, but a rearview camera is an option, it hides beneath the flip-up Hyundai logo on the tailgate. Other standard features include a rear spoiler and wiper; satellite radio; heated front seats; tilt/telescoping steering; remote keyless entry; 16-inch wheels; Bluetooth; cruise control; and steering-wheel audio controls. A Style package adds 17-inch wheels standard wheels; a sport suspension and lower-profile tires; a panoramic sunroof; leather seating and trim; aluminum pedals; and a 10-way power driver seat. A Technology package adds navigation; the hidden rearview camera; pushbutton start; automatic headlights; and automatic climate control.