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Hyundai Elantra GT Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 173 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 24/34 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT

  • With its performance upgrades for 2014, the Hyundai Elantra GT has what it takes to be counted among the leading compact hatchbacks.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Spacious and well-built interior; well-equipped base model; long warranty coverage.

  • Cons

    Not as fuel-efficient as other hatchbacks.

  • What's New for 2014

    The 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT receives a more powerful engine and an optional sport-tuned suspension to help it compete with the more athletic hatchbacks in this class.

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Customer Reviews

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It just keeps getting better

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Vehicle: 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 4dr Hatchback w/Blue Interior (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

We have a 2006 Elantra GT (and are keeping it for a while longer), which my wife loves to drive, so when it came time to replace our 2006 Sonata (another great car, BTW), we looked at the 2014 Elantra GT. Not only does this year's model have 173 HP, but the 6 speed auto is delightful. We got the Pano sunroof, leather (Driver seat is power) and dual zone air. The car is quiet, smooth, darn good power and decent on fuel. a couple of thou on the odo so far, not a single glitch. The styling is great and space is terrific. Bigger than the Mazda 3 and more reliable than the Focus. We wanted power seat and this was the only one that could do it at a decent price.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great car!

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Vehicle: 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

With dealer incentives, I was able to get an excellent deal on this base model Elantra GT which was already a good value before the incentives. I only have 100 miles on it so far, so this is more of a first impressions review, and the first thing I note is that I really liked the exterior styling. The Windy Sea Blue is really beautiful in the sunlight. On closer inspection, the fit and finish quality is outstanding. It's a very 'solid' car. Shut a door, and there is a reassuring thud of solidity. Interior controls are a bit busy. Still trying to figure things out, but the voice recognition is very helpful. 29.5mpg so far, but it's mostly in-town driving. Fun car to drive, and I'm happy!



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great hatchback

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Vehicle: 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

I am leasing this car mostly because of the great deal that I got but more than likely will buy it out at the end of the lease. AWESOME gas mileage, I drive in the ECO mode all the time and consistanly get at least 36 mpg. I drive the speed limit but don't go over, so that make a big difference in the gas mileage. Also I don't 'rabbit' start my car. The interior is roomy and very comfortable. Not a much space as my old 2005 Toyota Matrix but pretty close. LOVE the blue-tooth, I will never go without that option again. Car has plenty of speed and power, will be anxious to see how it does in the snow.



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  • 34
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Full 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT Review

What's New for 2014

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT receives a more powerful engine and an optional sport-tuned suspension to help it compete with the more athletic hatchbacks in this class.

Introduction

Hyundai's Elantra is one of the most popular choices for a small sedan, particularly if you want some visual pizzazz to go with the more typical strengths of value and practicality. With the 2014 Elantra GT four-door hatchback, you get much of the same, just with a lot more room to haul all your stuff.

Thanks to its spacious interior, the GT can hold up to 51 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded flat. That's more than what most rival hatchbacks offer. Even with the Elantra GT's rear seats upright, there's still a respectable amount of room for your groceries or luggage, and the large hatchback opening makes it all quite easy to access. The GT's hatchback body also provides more headroom for rear-seat passengers than the Elantra sedan.

For the 2014 Elantra GT, Hyundai has added a more powerful standard engine: a 173-horsepower four-cylinder -- a significant upgrade over last year's 1.8-liter engine with 148 hp. There's also a newly optional sport-tuned suspension. Together, the combination should give the Elantra GT a little extra liveliness and put it on more equal footing with its athletic rivals in this class. Selecting an Elantra GT is pretty easy as well, as there's just one trim level and two available option packages. As with all Hyundais, you get plenty for your money and lengthy warranty coverage.

Naturally, there are other choices for a top-level small hatchback. The fully redesigned Mazda 3 is better than ever and arguably the sportiest car in this class, while the impressively refined Ford Focus remains a standard bearer as well. The redesigned Kia Forte hatchback is another stylish, well-appointed choice. Compared to these cars, the Elantra GT's biggest drawback is its fuel economy, as that powerful new engine has placed the GT near the bottom of the pack for mpg. Other than that, though, the GT checks all the must-have boxes for compact four-door hatchbacks.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT is a four-door hatchback available in one trim level.

Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker CD player with satellite radio and a USB/iPod jack.

Optionally, shoppers can add the Style package that includes 17-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, keyless ignition/entry, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics, leather upholstery and a 10-way power driver seat. On top of that, you can add the Tech package, which includes a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system and a rearview camera.

Powertrains and Performance

Powering the front-wheel-drive 2014 Elantra GT is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is available as an option.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 28 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway) for the six-speed manual transmission and 27 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway) for the automatic. For a compact hatchback, these are below-average figures.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag.

A rearview camera is optional. Also optional is the Blue Link emergency telematics system, which provides services such as remote access, emergency assistance, theft recovery and geo-fencing (allowing parents to set limits for teenage drivers).

In Edmunds brake testing of the previous model year, the Elantra GT came to a stop from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is average for this class. In government crash testing, the Elantra GT earned a top five-star rating for overall crash protection, with four stars for total frontal crash protection and five stars for total side-impact protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

Step inside the Hyundai Elantra GT and you're immediately transported into a different class of hatchback. The interior is bright and open, which is a stark contrast to many other cars in the segment. Like the standard Elantra, the GT's interior is well constructed with solid materials and high-quality controls. Unlike the Elantra sedan, however, the GT's dash isn't overwrought with futuristic design touches. The available navigation system is simple to use and the radio far easier to control via the touchscreen.

Even with the base seats, most drivers should easily find a comfortable driving position, though the optional power driver seat obviously offers more adjustments. The GT's rear seats are as spacious as those in the Elantra sedan, and there's actually more headroom. The Elantra GT's wide rear bench also offers generous hiproom and legroom. Taller drivers will find that the optional panoramic sunroof eats into valuable headroom, but everyone else will appreciate the natural light it brings into the cabin.

Behind the rear seats, the cargo area can accommodate up to 23 cubic feet of stuff, which is generous compared to other hatchbacks. Those seats are easily stowed by flipping the seat cushions forward and the seatbacks flat, providing an excellent 51 cubic feet of maximum capacity.

Driving Impressions

With the addition of a more powerful engine and a sport-tuned suspension option, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT should offer quicker acceleration and sharper handling than last year's hatchback, which we criticized for its rather anemic performance. Although we have yet to drive the 2014 Elantra GT, we will update this review once we have.

For drivers with less sporting ambitions, the Elantra GT's base suspension should satisfy, as it provides an agreeable ride and respectable handling. Long-distance commuters will find the Elantra GT particularly appealing, as it rides like a much larger, plusher car.

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