It's tough to get a "GREAT" out of me, ever but...
Jay Cobbs aka. Justhanginon
written on 09-09-2016
Hello viewers, Jay here. First, 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 THAT LONG>>>FOREVER, and with that in mind..we begin. I have driven over 3 dozen cars, trucks , vans and owned over a dozen cars in my day. So now hitting 60 years old and getting tired of the same old crap. Have owned everything from A 94' GEO METRO-PONTIAC GRAND AM-OPEL KADET-CHEVY MALIBU( 1969 AND A 2000 MODELS ) STATIONWAGONS, SEDANS,COUPES, EVEN A 70' VW BUS AND TWO BUGS 1966 AND19 67 MODELS AND have been a truck driver in the bay area for over 20 years...so most cars don't suprise me anymore But then I saw the 2015-2016 ELANTRA GT. Well first, the looks are really great and the interior is very handsome and well thought out and logical for a under 25k car . Its very well built and no cheap feel inside or out, as if they asked me to design something for everyone's taste . The doors thud with a very solid thud (even the rear hatch ) and controls are very AUDI LIKE. ( because the main designer for AUDI now works for Hyundai) Next, the Engine performance is very important to me since I just traded-in my V-6 Malibu full size car, and let me tell you this car moves... the Elantra GT 92015-2016 models only) has more power than my V-6 Chevy and it show...boy does it move , so what if I can't get the MPG of a boring corrolla, who cares. But with 40 more horses under the hood it's .WWHHEEE, not just GOT THERE.The transmission is very smooth but is working for MPG, so shifts are quick and is a REAL 6 SPEED TRANSMISSION with OVERDRIVE and I get 36 mpg hyway and 28 city like a nissan versa so I'm wowed by a 173 horsepower engine that's more powerful than a v-6 and still gets that milage in the real world ( i buy only top tier gas like union 76-chevron or ARCO for these results so what's top tier gas...google it ) aAnd since I hate CVT transmissions and I get these MPG numbers daily, give me a solid 6 speed tranny any day, and it delivers plenty. This auto has a wonderful MANUAL mode shifter but the auto does a great job too. The seats are very as comfy like the lexus 330 roadster/hatchback I drovebut wasn't going to spend 35,000 for that, but got damn close in my ELANTRA GT with 173 horses. It's ride is sport tuned,( that means a bit stiff to you and me, to hung the road more than a sedan) so If you what a lexus or a sonata ride, look elsewhere. The GT really stants for "GREAT TURNING AND CITY CAR" . Driving on uneven pavement or bumpy freeways will be a bit of a learning curve, for large sedan drivers so test drive it over railroad tracks and broken pavement nearby your car dealer and take your time..Rule 1 or car shopping is, If you plan to own it for more than 5 years take at least 20 mins. on a test drive and don't go the way the salesman tells you ( because it's the smoothest route, duh! ) Also roll down all windows and turn off any A/C and listen for any noises( salesman like to talk to you to distract you from this and problems on the car) before going for it...T )HYUNDAI MODELS HAVE On top of that a 10 year- 100k mile powertrain and 5 years 60k bumper to bumper. My CPO used one also came with 10 year roadside services free !!!! try that ford, toyota, vw nissan and all the rest, I DARE YOU THIS CAR IS SEXY,SMART, CLASSY and has a KILLER SOUND SYSTEM even on my base model, so no complants in the tunes department It's really a car for anyone's whole family. Go camping, full size bike packing, and even has 51 CUBIC CARGO FT AREA like my sisters CHEV VOLT and not a tiny 1.3L or 1.8 engine to beg up a hill or through a canyon pass like all the others..Just plenty of FUN AND GUTS for such a versatile RIDE ROCKET......GET IN ....Strap down....AND HOLD ON....and leave the others are in the dust..Literally and like that name says is it LITER or RALLY ? you decide...Jay justhangin on
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.
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.