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2015 Chicago Auto Show: 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT (FAQ)

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What Is It?
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is the hatchback variant of the popular Elantra sedan. It has been lightly updated for 2016.

What's New About This Model?
First and foremost, the grille has been redesigned. It maintains its general shape, but it now has a framelike surround and four horizontal slats that together create the impression of one single grille. Before, it looked to be broken into two pieces. The 17-inch wheels are also new, while the Driver Selectable Steering Mode system has been retuned for improved feel.

Newly available features include ventilated driver and passenger seats (the latter is a first for the segment), HD radio, Apple Siri hands-free integration and Hyundai's next-generation navigation system and Blue Link smartphone connectivity functions.

How Much Does It Cost and When Will It Go on Sale?
The 2016 Elantra GT will start at $19,625 and arrives at dealerships in March 2015.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is a four-door hatchback. Although it is mechanically related to the Elantra sedan, it has a different degree of driving response and interior build quality. This is because the Elantra GT is actually a rebadged version of the European-market Hyundai i30. There is only one trim level available along with option packages.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. This represents the upper range of output in the compact car segment. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available. With the automatic, the Elantra GT returns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway).

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The Elantra GT comes standard with Driver Selectable Steering Mode, which allows the driver to determine how much steering effort he or she prefers when behind the wheel. These settings include Comfort, Sport and Normal.

When equipped with the Tech package, the Elantra GT now features Hyundai's latest navigation system (also featured on the pricier Sonata and Genesis) along with the latest version of Blue Link. This telematics system is available with three packages: one devoted to safety and maintenance (including automatic crash notification and recall notifications), one for remote access (door lock/unlock and stolen vehicle recovery) and another that provides basic navigation.

What Models Can It Be Compared to?
The Ford Focus isn't quite to the level of the previous two, but this hatchback still has a lot going for it, especially after welcome updates for 2015. Its own well-made interior and keen driving dynamics are just two reasons why it's worth a look. Those looking for easy-to-use electronics, though, will probably prefer those in the Elantra GT.

The Mazda 3 is our top-rated compact hatchback, boasting an almost ideal package of sharp styling, sharper handling, a surprisingly comfortable ride, a user-friendly and well-made cabin, generous passenger and cargo space, and superior fuel economy.

The Volkswagen Golf is another Edmunds "A"-rated hatchback. It shares many of the 3's virtues, but provides a distinctly German flavor along with a near-luxury interior and turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines.

Should You Wait for It?
Frankly, the changes made to the Hyundai Elantra GT for 2016 are not substantial enough to warrant waiting. The savings you could potentially enjoy by opting for a 2015 model most likely would outweigh the coming model year's added benefits. As such, either a 2015 or '16 Elantra GT will provide the same key elements that make this compact hatchback appealing: strong value, a generous warranty, abundant feature content, user-friendly controls and ample interior space.

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