I like the utility of a small hatchback. I shopped many different models. The Elantra GT was the best overall value. The most standard features and performance for he price. The Elantra GT has great performance, cargo room, and styling. The 173hp standard engine is more powerful than the standard engine in most other small cars. The handling is very quick and precise. ABS disc brakes at all four wheels is another nice standard feature. Fold down the rear seats and you have 51 cu ft of cargo space. Nice. If you are shopping for a small hatchback, compare this to the others.
Its a Mini SUV, no its a SPORT SEDAN, YES IT IS...
Jay Cobbs aka. Justhanginon
written on 09-09-2016
4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
Hello viewers, Jay here. It's been a year and as a 20+ year truck driver, love it even more than the first month a bought it I was very hesitant to buy any hatchback and test drove many used hatchbacks like... KIA SOUL, FORD FOCUS,SUBARU FORESTER AND IMPRESSA THE KIA FORTE HATCH AND EVEN A FORD C-MAX, JUST TO NAME A FEW. All my cars were used, to see how well they felt ( weathered) over time and none were older then 2013 models. Since I love the outdoors and I'm now disabled, I and need reliable transportation and maybe something fun, more than ever I always buy a car thinking THIS IS THE LAST CAR I'M BUYING FOREVER AND WOULD I WANT TO DRIVE THIS CAR THAT LONG>>>FOREVER, and with that in mind..we begin. Yes I hauled a 60" flat panel tv home with no problems and even a full size patio table, chairs and umbrella, all in one load ( MINI SUV ) because of its extended cargo range over everyone in this class . GOT 36 MPG back from TAHOE AND LOADED from the bay area ( the car was, not me, ha ha ) when you want it, all the power you could want with a GDI fuel injected 2.0 175 hp engine ( same as AUDI turbo and 700 lbs lighter ) you could ask for . AND FUN AS HELL. Driving a truck and having fun coming home and on the weekends is what it's all about, right...THIS IS A FUN CAR. No wonder this car outsells most cars in europe and austraila under the I 30 badge. Have had 20 plus cars in my day ( now over age 60) and love to go places again. Has a good factory sound system ( also was a car stereo installer, and sold car and home audio from GOOD GUYS and CIRCUIT CITY back in the day, so I know what I'm talking about) but upgradeed to a PIONEER 8" indash DVD-USB- unit with big screen navagation and loe it. Saved almost 500.00 off dealers shipmode with "MOE BETTER" features, as we used to say in the shop. If you want a PRIUS KILLER , they have the new HYUNDAI ICONIC ( same platform as the kia NERO at over 52 MPG ) So if 45 MPG or better is your thing and almost identical fun to my GT model..Thats the one BOTH HAVE 10 year 100,000 warranty and are trasferable to anthoer private owner, so mega resale value. on top of fun and a pretty sexy looking SMALL SUV Midsize SEDAN/HATCHBACK TURBO like get up and go and did I mention 35-38 proven MPG with regular gas....CHECK IT OUT AND SIT IN ONE. Its a grown up car, with TURBO like qualitys and Packs a lot for everyone,It's not just another PRETTY FACE out there. AFTER OVER 15 TEST DRIVES with others, Honda CVR to RAV4 even All nissan and Toyota, this is MAJOR BANG FOR YOUR BUCK and ready for the long " HAUL" with a warranty to prove it....Love it, but drive one used first and maybe save about 5 grand more. THAT'S THE WIN-WIN FOR ME....Jay
I bought this car mainly for the reliability, and the space in the trunk for hauling things. I have the style package which adds rims and fog lamps. Many other Hyundai owners have approached me on how good this car looks. I have added a bike rack to the car roof, but I am also able to fit a bike in the back with the seats folded down. The interior is basic but nice. I did not want the tech package because I like how simple the stock controls are and do not need all the driver aids like rear view park assist. If you can't back up a car this small successfully you have bigger problems. The 2.0 motor is very peppy but the automatic trans keeps the revs very low for fuel economy. At one point i got 40 mpg on a long highway trip but in town it drops sharply to about 28 mpg. The sports suspension makes the car very flat around corners at speed. I only have two complaints is that you have to get the bare bones base model to get the excellent 6 speed manual, also the center arm rest likes to slide forward if you are using it as a support to get in and out of the car. Addition to the review at 15K miles: If you are a shade tree mechanic and like to do your own maintenance you are in luck, this is as simple as a modern car can get. The oil filter and pan bolt are easy to access and all the air filters are easy to replace. Under the hood everything is easy to get to and logically laid out. Also I have had the chance to drive it in torrential downpour and heavy snow, both the car handles very well. The plastic mud and stone protectors behind the tires that come standard work nicely to keep the paint from getting chips when going down dirt roads to my favorite mountain biking spot. The interior plastic bits have gotten a little scruffy in places, particularly the ones painted that silvery color by the gear lever, but that is not a really problem because the scratches kind of blend into a brushed look that I actually kind of prefer.
Update 1-3-17 Now that I've had this car for 6 months I've realized that you DO get used to the lowness of the seats. My girlfriend and I took another 1000 mile plus road trip, this time to Asheville, NC in December. We were both very comfortable this time with no back or body issues after about 9 hours each way. We also had the surprise experience of driving the Elantra GT in snow and on ice! They were only supposed to get 1/2 inch of snow in the Asheville area and they got an unexpected 7 inches over the weekend instead! On our trip up there we experienced dangerous white out conditions on mountain roads and the car held its own very well in those conditions. Living in central Florida I thought I'd never use the heated seats and mirrors but they both came in handy during this trip. Something took us by surprise is that there is a warning light that comes on that is not in the owner's manual. I called Hyundai and found out that there is actually a light that comes on to warn you of hazardous driving conditions! It's a little light that looks like a road with a snowflake on it. In the morning after our first night the car was covered with about 4 inches of snow and the parking lot was iced over. The car started right up (it was only about 24 degrees) and the defrosters quickly took care of the snow on the windshields. The car performed very well on the ice which I would probably have to credit to the tires along with growing up and learning to drive in the snow belt in western NY. In summary after 6 months I am still thrilled with my purchase. I love the way the car drives, especially the acceleration on the highway when you go to pass another vehicle and the handling. I like high performance driving so I drive in the sport mode at all times. After becoming used to the car the comfort level is acceptable and I don't even use the cushion I bought any more. I highly recommend this vehicle!!! Before I review the car I need to say that I am a car salesman's nightmare! I do very extensive research to find the make and model car I want to buy, do test drives to compare models, then decide which car I am going to buy. Once I have decided the make and model I do a 200 mile search to find dealers that have the car I'm looking for, call them to expertly get their bottom line price, and make sure that I know exactly what my trade is worth. After that the remaining step is to figure out which dealers are willing to sell me the car I want at the price I already know I am going to pay and figure out which one I am going to buy my car from. NOBODY ever SELLS me a car, I BUY cars. After extensive research I determined that the Elantra GT is the perfect car for me and I actually bought this one from a dealer via email. After agreeing on the deal I just had to go for a quick test drive, fill out some paperwork, and I was off with my new car. They even gave me $100 more for my trade than i was asking for. ON TO THE 2016 ELANTRA GT- My only complaint about the car is that the seats are too low! Nothing a $30 memory foam car cushion couldn't fix, but I'm 6' and my girlfriend is 5'3" and the seats are too low for both of us. I love EVERYTHING else about the car. My personal acceleration test gave me 0-60 in 8 seconds using the shift-matic and 10 seconds using the auto 6 speed. Not as fast as my old car but totally acceptable and it certainly gets out of its own way. Interstate ramps have been no problem and passing traffic is a breeze. The auto 6 speed is very smooth, the handling is great, the back of the seat is very comfortable, and there is plenty of room for all my gear. With the headrests off the back seats they fold down nicely making a huge cargo area and even with the seats up there is a generous area behind them. The 175 watt sound system is excellent and all the buttons, knobs, and gauges are in natural positions that I got used to in 2 minutes. The AC is very efficient and I love the visibility that the GT has. I am a power driver and I drive my cars very hard. I keep my vehicles for a long time (usually at least 10 years) and maintain them as they should be maintained, so I expect that this car will serve me well beyond the excellent warranty. I love the sporty look and have received many compliments on it. The second week I had the car I took an 1100 mile road trip and spent only $70 on gas. Other than the low seats I am a very happy camper!
Currently our family leases four Hyundais (Sonata Turbo, 2 Elantras and an Elantra GT) with the GT being the newest edition to the stable. We were a bit concerned that the GT would be too small (especially in the cargo area) but have been pleasantly surprised at the car's versatility. With slightly more horsepower than the standard Elantras, the GT is quite peppy around town and on the highway. The driver visibility is great and everyone in the family has enjoyed their turn putting the car through its paces. The fuel economy, as expected, is slightly less than a standard Elantra. Other than that we would certainly give the vehicle high marks for the first month that we have had it.