First launched for the US marketing in 1991, the Elantra is among Hyundai's longest running models. For the 2013 model year, the Korean automaker unveiled an all-new variant of the Elantra lineup: a five-door hatchback model dubbed the Elantra GT.
The Elantra GT has a single trim level called Base, which features a chrome grille, a premium audio system and a slew of other high-quality amenities. The standard 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine develops 148 horsepower and 131 foot-pounds of torque. It's mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission; a six-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission is optional. When equipped with the manual transmission, an Elantra GT gets 26 mpg city and 37 mpg highway; with the automatic transmission, expect 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, and a 0 to 60 mph time of 9.5 seconds.
Hyundai spices things up with a few optional packages. The Touch & Go Package includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, aluminum foot pedals, keyless entry with push-button ignition, and a hidden cargo storage area. The Style Package deletes keyless entry and push-button start from the Touch & Go Package but adds a panoramic sunroof, mirror-mounted repeaters, leather seats, and power driver’s seat. A third option group, the Tech Package, features a navigation system with 7-inch screen, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, and keyless entry with push-button ignition.
The Hyundai Elantra GT Base is the bottom level for the 2013 Elantra, as it features basic amenities, plus a few higher-end features not expected in a base model. On the outside, this trim level includes a chrome front grille for a stylish look, heated power mirrors for cooler climates and quicker mirror adjustments, front fog lamps for better vision in foggy weather, a rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheel for a sporty look. Inside the Elantra GT Base’s cabin, you will receive air conditioning to keep the inside comfortable on hot days, power windows and door locks for added convenience, an AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system with six speakers, iPod port and 172 watts of power for great audio, and Hyundai Blue Link telematics to help make your daily commute easier.
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