2017 Hyundai Elantra GT Review
Need more cargo room than the typical small sedan offers but don't want to get a crossover SUV? For you, Hyundai has a solution in the form of the 2017 Elantra GT. This small four-door hatchback offers more cargo room than the typical small sedan. In fact, when you fold its rear seatbacks down, you'll have a cargo hold with a generous 51 cubic feet of space. For a small hatchback, that's just about tops.
The current generation GT has been around since 2013, and this year's GT continues to feature a relatively gutsy 173-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gives it a zippier feel than some others in this class. There's a downside to this added performance, however: fuel economy numbers that lag behind those of category leaders. The GT also lacks some of the newest driver safety aids you can get on many 2017 small hatchbacks, such as blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning and mitigation. Given that, we think some fresher rivals might prove to be more appealing, but overall Hyundai's Elantra GT is certainly worth a look.
trim levels & features
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT is a small four-door hatchback available in a single trim level. For power, there's a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and a six-speed automatic is available as an option. Ordering or picking a GT is very simple — Hyundai offers just two main option packages.
Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a cooled glovebox, a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker sound system.
That's a decent set of features, but if you want more of a luxury feel, there's the optional Value Edition package that bundles 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, automatic headlights, foglights, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, heated front seats and a sliding center armrest.
To that package you can add the available Tech package, which includes a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch screen, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, Hyundai's Blue Link system, a navigation system, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone app integration.
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