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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

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2018 Base 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $19,350
2018 Sport 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,250

Overview

Compact hatchbacks might be getting replaced by compact crossovers, but vehicles like the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT still have a lot to offer consumers that value cargo space and better driving dynamics.

What's New for 2018

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is an all-new model, reflecting the brand’s current design language and following in the footsteps of the recently redesigned Elantra sedan. Updated technologies and expanded driver-assist safety features chart the changes.

Hyundai Elantra GT

Choosing Your Hyundai Elantra GT

Hyundai offers the front-wheel drive Elantra GT in base and Sport trims. Each trim has its own engine unique. Thanks to the five-door design, you’ll find 24.9 cubic feet of storage space or 55.1 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, generating 161 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Elantra GT Sport models, like the Elantra Sport sedan, have a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Besides the six-speed manual gearbox, this engine may be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The turbo engine is not just more powerful, but it is also the more efficient one of the two, delivering 26 mpg in the city, 32 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined. Choose the standard engine and this model makes 24 mpg in the city, 32 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined according to the EPA.

With manual transmission models, customers need only pick an interior and exterior color – there are no additional options.

Hyundai Elantra GT

GT Base

Starting at $20,235 (including an $885 destination charge), this grade includes automatic headlight control, 17-inch alloy wheels, power-heated side mirrors, keyless entry, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and cloth seats. Choose the base model with the automatic transmission (a $1,000 upgrade) and you’ll find Style ($1,800) and Tech ($4,300) Packages. The Style Package adds proximity access with push-button start, a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. The Style Package is a prerequisite for the Tech Package, which softens the blow of its high price somewhat. This package adds more than a dozen features, including full LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, Blue Link telematics, an eight-inch display with navigation, ventilated seats, and a seven-speaker Infinity audio system.

Hyundai Elantra GT

GT Sport

Priced from $24,135, the GT Sport features full LED headlights and LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a multi-link independent suspension with larger brakes. Push-button start, leather seats, heated front seats, paddle shifters, alloy pedals, and an electronic parking brake are additional features. Hyundai also adds blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keep assist. The Sport GT’s Tech Package ($3,850) with the 7-speed dual-clutch (an $1,100 upgrade) expands the available features to include forward collision warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop/go technology – in other words, it works in a traffic jam – automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver attention alert, and a wireless charging pad.

CarsDirect Tip

Hyundai’s package options present a dilemma to stick-shift loving drivers. To get the good stuff, you need to opt for an automatic transmission. And, with the base model, the Tech Package builds on the Style Package. It'd be nice if we had a normal choice between the two.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The redesigned 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT makes landfall in the US not long after the car its based on, the European market i30, debuted across the pond. Like previous Elantra GTs, this European heritage serves to distinguish it from not only the competition, but from its own four-door sibling, with handsome styling, a lovely interior, and a capable driving character.

Best Value

Hyundai only offers the Elantra GT in two trims – the base model and the turbocharged, 201-horespower Sport. While these two vehicles look similar, their driving characters are so dramatically different that choosing a “best deal” a largely subjective affair. For most consumers, though, the standard Elantar GT and its 161-hp engine are just plenty. Whichever path you go down, we recommend the two-pedal layout – a six-speed automatic on the base model and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic on the GT Sport – which adds $1,000 to the price.

Despite the extra expense, an automatic is a prerequisite for the available packages. There are two the base model and one on the Sport, but all three are so loaded with worthwhile gear, they're difficult to ignore. With that in mind, here's our choice for the best value in the Elantra GT range.

  • Model: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
  • Engine: 2.0L four-cylinder
  • Output: 161 hp / 150 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • MPG: 24 city / 32 highway
  • Exterior color: Summit Gray
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: Six-speed automatic transmission ($1,000), Style Package ($1,800, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, proximity entry with push-button start, 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver's seat, and heated front seats), Tech Package ($4,300 and requires Style Package, LED headlights and taillights, leather upholstery with ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof, navigation, BlueLink telematics, seven-speaker Infinity audio system, wireless charging pad, auto-dimming rear-view mirror)
  • Base Price: $20,235 (including $885 destination charge)
  • As Tested: $27,335

Performance Pros

Hyundai Elantra GT
  • Base engine is perfectly fine for everyday use
  • Six-speed automatic times shifts well and executes them smoothly
  • Ride is composed and relatively quiet for the class
  • Turbocharged Sport is a riot of torque-steer and tire squealing acceleration

Performance Cons

  • Base 2.0-liter gets buzzy when exercised
  • Six-speed manual requires sacrificing all optional extras
  • Hard to drive Elantra GT Sport efficiently – it's too much fun
  • Steering lacks feedback and precision

Interior Pros

  • Cabin feels nicer, more premium than Elantra Sedan
  • Spacious second row
  • Huge amount of cargo space, even with the second-row up

Interior Cons

Hyundai Elantra GT
  • Leather requires the top-of-the-line package
  • That Tech Package is not cheap
  • Base seats lack the comfort and support of the Elantra GT Sport's thrones

Our Favorite Thing

The Elantra GT is available with a very impressive suite of active safety systems that make this humble compact feel quite a bit more premium.

Our Least Favorite Thing

The best features require an automatic transmission – this might be understandable on the base model, but they're frustrating on the more premium GT Sport, a car whose performance-focused character is most enjoyable with the six-speed stick. Hey Hyundai, we'd like both the equipment and the manual transmission.

Right For

Hyundai Elantra GT

Active families that aren't interested in the crossovers that plague elementary school parking lots will love the Elantra GT's enjoyable driving dynamics and ample space.

Wrong For

Hyundai stopped deserving its reputation for “cheap” cars nearly a decade ago, and yet it still persists. Customers shouldn't let that stop them from buying an Elantra GT, but for some, the lack of a Honda, Ford, or Volkswagen badge is a disqualifying factor.

The Bottom Line

The Elantra GT ticks a lot of boxes, offering space, style, performance, and tech in equal measure. It's a stellar alternative to the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen and compromised crossovers for owners willing to step outside their comfort zone.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 161 HP / 150 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd SHIFTRONIC w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 161 HP / 150 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$53
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
55.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
97 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
170.9 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
57.7 "
Front Headroom
39.1 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
42.2 "
Rear Legroom
34.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,901 Lbs. / 2,943 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver / Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 7 Infinity
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection (bsd) With Lane Change Assist (lca) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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