2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is a Much Better Looking Piece
The Hyundai Elantra gains another body style for 2013: the four-door 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback which will joins the hot-selling sedan and the new 2013 Elantra coupe. 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT replaces the Hyundai Elantra Touring, which was skipped over for a redesign in 2011 when the sedan was all new. At first glance, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, which is making its debut at the 2012 Chicago auto show, is a much better-looking piece and should be more fun to drive.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT has us thinking Hyundai is out for Honda’s blood — at least that’s what we’re taking from the U.S. expansion of the successful Elantra sedan to a new four-door hatchback plus a new coupe model. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT distinguishes itself from the last-generation Hyundai Elantra Touring with its blacked-out front grille and two chrome grille accents behind the Hyundai badge.
Those who think the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is over styled might prefer the more conventional design of the Hyundai Elantra Touring, which also sports a simpler character line breaking up the sheetmetal above the front and rear door handles. Not surprisingly, the mechanically related Elantra GT and Elantra i30 share the same wheels and a character line in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT that originates from the bottom edge of the large headlights and shoots through the door handles.
Inside, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT has brighter accents than the car it replaces, plus more flair, a redesigned instrument cluster, and four-spoke steering wheel. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT rear seats can fold flat to provide 51 cubic feet of cargo room, comparable with other similarly sized hatchbacks. Standard features in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT include a cooled glove box, heated front seats, leather seating surfaces and Hyundai’s Blue Link safety and multimedia entertainment system.
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT gas mileage is expected to reach 29/39 mpg city/highway with manual and automatic transmissions, coming up 1 mpg short of the touted 40 mpg mark of the Elantra sedan and coupe. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT 39 mpg highway rating remains competitive compared with other hatchbacks.
Hyundai wanted to give the GT European-like driving dynamics in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, so it included a stiffer suspension than the comfort-oriented sedan along with unique shocks for improved body motion control. Drivers can choose from three steering modes in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT: Comfort, Normal and Sport, which adjusts the power-steering, assist for varying levels of steering-wheel tightness. Hyundai says the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT price will be announced closer to the GT’s on-sale date this summer.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is more hatchback than the wagon-style 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring. So the new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback might fit in better with the crowd of compact four-door hatches like the Mazda3, Kia Forte, and Ford Focus. Where the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT really shines is in practicality.
Hyundai claims more passenger and cargo volume than the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus hatch, Mazda3 hatch, and Toyota Matrix. On top of that, Hyundai also claims the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GTwill weigh about the same as the sedan and at least 150 pounds less than its closest competitor. Look for the new Hyundai Elantra hatchback to join the also-new 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe GT and the strong-selling sedan in dealerships this summer.
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