2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

2012 Chicago Auto Show


  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Picture

    2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Picture

    2013 Hyundai Elantra GT. | February 07, 2012

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2012 Chicago Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Hyundai's Elantra GT hatchback, known as the i30 in the European market, makes its North American debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
  • The 2013 Elantra GT goes on sale this summer.
  • Powered by the same 148-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the rest of the Elantra lineup, the Elantra GT's fuel economy is an estimated 32 mpg city/highway combined.

CHICAGO — Hyundai's Elantra GT hatchback, known as the i30 in the European market, makes its North American debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, alongside the new 2013 Elantra coupe.

On sale this summer, Hyundai says the 2013 Elantra GT is set to compete with the Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf. The Hyundai hatchback rides on a 104.3-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 169.3 inches. Height measures 57.9 inches, and width is just over 70 inches.

Powered by the same 148-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the rest of the Elantra lineup, the Elantra GT's fuel economy is an estimated 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway and 32 combined with either the six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission.

At 2,784 pounds, the automatic-transmission Elantra GT is nearly 200 pounds lighter than the Ford Focus or Mazda 3, and with 119 cubic feet of total interior volume, the Hyundai provides a more spacious cabin than its competitors.

A 172-watt AM/FM/satellite radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks comes standard, as does Bluetooth, and drivers can add a navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen and rearview camera. Two option packages are available — the Style package, which includes 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires, sport-tuned suspension and a panoramic sunroof, and the Tech package which comes with a navigation system, automatic headlamps, rearview camera, dual automatic temperature control and push-button start.

Edmunds.com says: Hyundai did a good job of transitioning the Elantra sedan's styling to a hatchback configuration. Between this, the Focus and the Mazda 3, there's never been a better crop of compact hatchbacks to choose from.

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