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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

Updated September 18, 2012

You have to hand it to Hyundai. They just keep getting better and better. It’s taking a while for them to get up to speed with the existing automakers but they are without a doubt doing it. And certainly the likes of Fisker and Telsa certainly could take a page from their book. Fisker and Telsa’s greatest folly was trying to take the world by storm without actually establishing the street cred first. And it’s a method that is seriously biting them in the ass right now. Hyundai knew if they just started small, produce a few fun little cars that were highly economical if not the most reliable or long lasting, and the rest of the pieces will fall into place. They kept the future in their scopes and now the future has arrived Certainly with such models as the Genesis and the Velostor. The Elentra aims to please for value minded buyers but has added this new GT moniker that has been fashioned after the European Hyundai i30.

The 2013 Elantra GT will have more passenger and cargo room than any competitor in its class besides maybe the Subaru Impreza. But what Hyundai won’t tell you is that the car actually has less room then its predecessor. The seats fold down for ample cargo capacity. There is a six-speaker stereo with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. Anything that can come with a power option is available power everything and also Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. If you wish to upscale you Elantra GT even further you can shell out the coin for things like leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, and navigation system that includes a hideaway rearview camera.

Unchanged for the elantra is the 1.8-liter four-cylinder producing 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. Coming standard is the transmission six speed manual but there is a six speed automatic option. Hyundai boasts that either transmission will attain 28  mpg in the city and 39 mpg for highway driving. These are substantial fuel efficiecy ratings over the former Elantra that was at best getting 23 mpg city and 31 highway. Hyundai has beefed up its new Elentra GT with a sportier base suspension. As well the electric power steering system comes with three selectable modes; Comfort, Normal, and Sport settings that provide variable assist depending on road conditions or driver preference.

 

For the 2013 Elantra GT you can expect a base sticker price at about $16,770. And for that money, and despite the changes and face lift for the Elantra you can expect the same if not an improved dollar value for this car. Despite trending towards the sporty performance crowd the 2013 Elantra gt still somehow manages to remain economical and value conscious. It might not be an obvious option at first glance but after a closer inspection it will get the attention it deserves for those in the market of a sporty and stylish hatchback. But that’s the whole point about Hyundai. They’re constantly sneaking up and surmising you. So don’t be surprised if an Elantra GT does the same on the road.

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Calvin Escobar
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The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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