I'm really a Mazda guy, but decided to get this Hyundai because it seemed to have everything the Mazda 3 has, and was less expensive...and.....I know it's probably a silly reason not to get your favorite car brand...the Hyundai still has big bins in every door for storing all your stuff (Mazda has done away with the door bins--just a bottle holder now). I've had my 2014 Elantra GT, manual transmission, for just a couple of months; it's a fully loaded 2014 which I bought new (4 miles on odometer) in May 2015. I don't fully understand why it doesn't sell better, but maybe traditional Hyundai buyers don't like manual transmissions unlike Mazda buyers, which seem to like manuals in larger numbers. I did have to adjust to a different throttle response in the Hyundai; starting from a dead stop and also accelerating while moving, there seems to be a slight delay in the throttle response, compared to my former Mazdas, but I'm used to it now. If you like the driving dynamics of Mazdas, I don't think you'll be disappointed in the Elantra GT..Go for it!
Purchased new after gave Pontiac Vibe to daughter (LOVED that car) Elantra is LESS THAN. Commute 60 miles turnpike driving. Cannot drive on highway w/windows open without car shaking, Noise level is intolerable, like being in a wind tunnel. Angle of driver's seat tilts your knees up, not adjustable and very uncomfortable for me (5'9"). After one winter paved highway driving, front bumper paint started chipping off. Dealer #1 said repainted before purchase. Selling Dealer denied - says it is my fault, "drove thru gravel. Same commute Vibe 6 years - no chipping. No response from Hyundai Customer Relations. You have lost a customer(and all her huge family) Hyundai.
A paint job that lasts more than six months without chipping with regular road use.
Ability to change angle of front seat.
Design so car doesn't shake when windows open on highway.
I've had my GT for about 4 months now. At first the car seemed sluggish, but as I put a few miles on (now 4,000 miles) performance is great and MPG equal to the EPA figure. Couple tricks I learned: When in manual, start in 2nd. Only use sport steering mode on windy days. I use sport most of the time and keep it there. I went from a 2000 Grand Prix thinking there was not going to be enough room for 4 adults in comfort. I was wrong. Took a weekend trip with 4 adults and nobody complained about room plus room for all our luggage. Sometimes going uphill, seems to be searching for the right gear, so I switch to manual mode and works better.
I only have a couple hundred miles on the odo but here is my initial review. Comfortable but the seats could be a little wider and have more leg support. It has the smoothest shifting manual I have ever driven which is good because I prefer automatic for a daily driver. Picked the car up for 15,900 after rebates. It has the style package with Leather. Ride is fantastic and I love the selectable steering feel. Gas mileage has been 30mpg in mixed driving and its not even broken in. Bluetooth and voice activation work perfectly.
Smooth shifting, Infotainment system, Ride, Power and Fuel economy and of course price.
Wider seat with extended leg support. Otherwise don't change a thing.
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.
6 speed auto
good engine power
Sound system has bluetooth for iPhone music as well as phone calls