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.
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:)
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?
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.