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2014 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

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Edmunds Summary Review of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

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

  • 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.

Full Edmunds Expert Review: 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

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.


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 BlueLink 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 mpg city/34 mpg highway) for the six-speed manual transmission and 27 mpg combined (24 mpg city/33 mpg highway) for the automatic. For a compact hatchback, these are below-average figures.


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 BlueLink 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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Great overall small car

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

The Elantra GT hatchback is a very versatile small car. Great styling, performance, and interior room. Fold down the rear seats and you have a large cargo area. One of the largest in the small hatchback category. The 173 hp engine provides very good performance. Never feels like the car is "straining" like many small cars with less horsepower do. The handling is very sports car like. Very quick and precise. The cars wide track, and coil spring suspension design make an effective package. I have owned the car for two years. No problems. Would buy one again. A lot of standard features that you have to pay extra for in other small cars.

Fun car

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

Fun car to drive, great gas mileage.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Once you own one, you love it

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

I have a 2014 Hyundait Elantra GT. At first I was a bit ify on purchasing this car. I was offered a great price, so I took it. This was my first hatchback purchase, I normally would drive mid size SUVs. A downer I do have is the sound system isn't all that great. My Ford Escape was a lot better when it came to the speakers, of course they are stock. The other thing is for as small as it is, I do find myself filling up with gas quite often, but I don't mind. One thing I will say about this car, is that it doesn't get the reviews it deserves. This is a really really great vehicle! It's sporty, quick, economical. I purchased mine in automatic, but popping it into manual is also a option. It's a lot of fun. I've actually raced a couple of friends that have mazdas and Subaru in hatchback like the GT, and the GT always comes out winning strong. I LOVE my Elantra GT:)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Peppy and fun but practical too

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

The 2014 Elantra GT 6-speed base with blue leather interior is difficult to find but has just about everything one could hope for. Leather. Power driver's seat. Tilt/telescope adjustment on the steering wheel. Headlights. An amazing panoramic sunroof. Navigation system with Bluetooth. The driving experience is beyond anything else available in this size class, and I've test-driven them all. The shifting is smooth, the engine is responsive. It does require downshifting to capture necessary passing power, but you're getting a stickshift because you enjoy that...right? The navigation system is so-so. There doesn't seem to be any HD radio capability, which is disappointing in a 2014 that is otherwise fully loaded. And this particular car came without an auto-dimming homelink mirror, and the side mirrors are not auto-dimming either. I forgot how bright headlights can be without auto-dimming mirrors! That's about it for the negatives. The car has amazing disappearing rear seats for a fully-flat fold-down in case of larger cargo. The blue leather is awesome, seat heat is adequate, there are enough cup holders, and most importantly the driving experience is Beyond Awesome (TM). Hyundai really messed up with this car, though -- apparently leather (et. al.) is not available in a stickshift for the 2016 model year. Are you kidding me?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Whats not to love!

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

Keep in mind this is a compact car. Goes above & beyond others. Engine is a class leader, 173 hp in a compact gets the job done with ease. Most compacts I test drove & considered had less hp, including the sedan version of this car which only has 148hp, the extra 25 horses makes a surprising difference. Acceleration is good, as is the handling and ride comfort. The VW GTI has better handling but costs a lot more, especially if loaded up. Drivers seat has taken a lot of adjusting to get the perfect position, but once you find it, its comfortable. Passengers say the passenger and rear seat are decent as well. Surprisingly there is a ton of headroom for a 6'2 guy! Cargo space, LOTS of it esp with the fold flat seats. Overall this vehicle is very handy and practical with a slightly sporty flair, and the nice thing is that it doesn't look like a regular Elantra, so people often ask what it is, we don't see many GT's around here. Also, great tech package and love Blue-link. Bottom line, Its a great deal, and very reliable. No issues in 40,000 miles.

Excellent choice

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

We liked our first Gt so much we bought a 2nd! These are great vehicles compared to the competition when you weigh in all the factors. Styling is unique, don't see many on the road, lots of compliments! Decent riding and driving dynamics, plus higher HP than others in the compact hatchback segment. Test drove Focus, Mazda 3, Golf, Sonic and Forte5. The Forte 5 and Sonic Turbo tied for a close 2nd. The warranty, maint pkg and price we paid made the GT a no brainier. It's every much as nice, actually nicer that the others. While the others are all decent cars the uniqueness of the Gt really stood out, with all the other positives. Love the fold flat seats, we haul a ton of cargo in this compact, and great MPGs too! Could not be happier. Hyundai does need to make a better key fob though, that's our only complaint

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