Hyundai Elantra GT: Best Value Hatchback


On the roads of the U.S., it’s common to find certain hatchbacks.  The Volkswagen Golf, Scion TC, Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, and Mazda 3 dominate the road. There are other alternatives out there.  One that isn’t usually thought of, is the Hyundai Elantra GT.

Why consider a Hyundai Elantra GT?


For the 2015 model year, Elantra GT carries over the same features and packaging as the previous model year. The price for the Tech Package has been reduced by $350 to offer more value to shoppers. 2015 Elantra GT pricing will start at $18,800, excluding $825 freight charge, and will be available in dealerships starting in December.

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The 2015 Elantra GT comes standard with a 2.0-liter Nu engine mated to the choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual shift control.  Power is rated at 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at a 4,700 rpm.  The engine delivers an impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway/27 mpg combined with the available six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. When equipped with the six-speed manual, the Elantra GT achieves a 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway/28 mpg combined EPA-estimated fuel economy rating.

Elantra GT offers many premium features, such as:

  • Standard cooled glove box
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Standard driver’s blind spot mirror
  • LED taillights
  • 10-way power driver’s seat including power lumbar support
  • Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Clean Air Ionizer
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Automatic headlights
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls
  • Standard Bluetooth hands-free system with voice recognition

Elantra GT comes standard with a 172-watt AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A Bluetooth interface is also standard. The system plays CDs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs.

The Elantra GT with the Tech Package includes a multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation and a rearview camera. An enhanced SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services, such as NavWeather®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker.

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At that price point, it’s tough to turn down a car with so many features.  With solid power, plenty of room, a sporty suspension, low cost of ownership, and navigation system with great audio, the Hyundai Elantra GT is not just a great deal, it’s a great overall car, especially considering the competition.