2017 Hyundai Elantra GT Pricing

Hatchback

pros & cons

pros

  • Hatchback design offers plenty of space for luggage and cargo
  • Cabin looks sharp and is fitted with high-quality materials

cons

  • Subpar fuel economy compared to competition
  • Lacking many of the newest driver safety aids
  • Touchscreen is available only via an expensive option package
Hyundai Elantra GT 2017 MSRP: $19,800
Based on the Base Auto FWD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr Hatchback with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 27
Transmission Automatic
Drive Train Front Wheel Drive
Engine Type V4
Displacement 2 L
Passenger Volume 119.1 cu ft
Wheelbase 104 in
Length 169 in
Width 70 in
Height 57 in
Curb Weight 2908 lbs

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OK, so what exactly is the difference between the 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT and the version without a GT in its name? Well, the simplest explanation is that one is a hatchback and the other is a sedan. As a result, the Elantra GT has considerably more cargo room, 51 cubic feet of maximum space in fact, which is just about tops for the segment.

However, dig deeper and there's actually far more different than just their trunk type. The GT wasn't completely redesigned for 2017 as its sedan sibling was; instead it dates back to 2013. It's also effectively the European version of the Elantra, meaning it's always had different styling as well as sportier driving dynamics. It also comes standard with a more powerful engine no longer shared with the Elantra sedan (though bettered by its new Sport trim level's turbo engine). So really, the GT should be on the radar for those looking for a compact hatchback with plenty of versatility and sportiness.

Fuel economy does take a hit with the bigger standard engine, though. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque and returns 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway) with the standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic. This is well off the pace of rivals, even those with similarly powerful engines.

Standard features are a bit sparse on the base model, though you still get air-conditioning, Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. The Value Edition package adds desirable upgrades that include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, a power driver seat and heated front seats. The Tech package adds a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, a navigation system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

You'll note that increasingly common accident avoidance tech is not available on the Elantra GT. These can be found on the Elantra sedan as well as several rivals. You'll also find the regular Elantra is also available with a wider variety of choice in terms of trim levels, features and engines not offered on the GT.

In the end, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT offers a lot of value for your money and an industry-leading warranty with unique styling that sets it apart from other hatchbacks in the segment. Let Edmunds help you find out more about the Elantra GT and where to get a great deal.

Most American compact car consumers prefer the more formal look of a sedan body style, but there are those who appreciate the much greater cargo capacity and sporty personality of a small hatchback. For them, the Hyundai Elantra GT is an excellent and affordable choice.

Today's Hyundai Elantra GT is based on the latest Elantra sedan and shares the same basic mechanical underpinnings. But the GT offers a unique body style and cabin design plus a firmer, sport-tuned suspension and driver-adjustable steering calibrations.

Current Hyundai Elantra GT Specs
Introduced for 2013, the Hyundai Elantra GT four-door hatchback comes in a single well-equipped trim level. Standard feature highlights include 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats, Hyundai's BlueLink telematics, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface. Optional feature highlights include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, keyless ignition/entry, a navigation system and a rearview camera.

The GT comes with the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine seen in the other Elantras and it makes 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. There's also a PZEV-rated lower-emissions version that makes 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, while a six-speed automatic is an option.

As with its sedan sibling, the Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback offers a stylish cabin with logical controls and an impressive amount of room for four adults. Of course, cargo capacity is where the GT's interior shines brightest, and with the rear seats folded down there are an impressive 51 cubic feet of space available.

In reviews, we've been impressed by the Elantra GT's solid feel on the road. Acceleration is similar to the other Elantras, which is to say adequate but with a somewhat reluctant-to-downshift automatic gearbox that's geared toward maximizing fuel economy. Handling, however, is a bit sharper in the GT thanks to its firmer suspension tuning, and drivers can adjust the level of assist for the electric power steering. The GT's ride is commendable, more like that of a midsize touring car, as it is supple and quiet over both pockmarked city streets and high-speed interstates.

Used Hyundai Elantra GT Models
Although this Elantra GT is a new car in Hyundai's lineup, it is not the first time Hyundai has offered a four-door hatchback version of its Elantra. Most recently, Hyundai sold the Elantra Touring from 2009-'12. Thanks to its more wagonlike shape, the Touring had even more cargo space than the current model.

Prior to this there was a similarly named Elantra GT based on the third-generation Elantra. It was sold from 2001-'06.

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