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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Overview
Formerly the Elantra Touring, Hyundai has brought back its wagon/hatchback version of the popular Elantra with a new look and a new name. Meet the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT.
When Hyundai first redesigned the Elantra in 2011, it was only the sedan that got a makeover. Now in 2013, the Elantra GT gets the same treatment which brings it in line with the other Elantra variants, the coupe and sedan (which are covered separately on this site). The Elantra GT has the same “fluidic design” look to it that you’ll see on many Hyundai models, but with a few tweaks to distinguish it from the other Elantras. It gets a unique front grille that looks more aggressive, projector headlamps, and a rear that looks similar to the Accent hatchback. The Elantra GT is also shorter than the sedan, both in overall length and wheelbase.
Peeking under the hood you’ll find the same 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that powers the sedan/coupe. Transmissions options include a standard six-speed manual and an available six-speed automatic. Fuel economy ratings are very good, coming in at 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway with the manual, while automatics add one mpg in the city (28) with the same highway figure.
Besides looking sharper than the sedan, the Elantra GT has also been designed to handle better and have a sportier feel. To that end, it has a stiffened suspension and adjustable steering, which allows the driver to select between three modes (comfort, normal, and sport) depending on what the situation calls for.
The Elantra GT only comes in a single trim level with a few added features. Standard features include power windows and locks, iPod/USB connectivity, heated front seats, and steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls. Plenty of technology also comes standard in the Elantra GT, including Bluetooth connectivity and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which is similar to GM’s OnStar service. Cargo room is 23 cubic feet (almost 9 more cubic feet than the sedan), expanding to 51 cubic feet with the 60/40 split folding rear seats folded down.
One of our favorite features on the Elantra GT is its available panoramic sunroof, which lets plenty of light into the cabin and gives it an airy feel, especially for rear passengers. Other options include push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system with a 7-inch screen and rearview camera, and leather seats. The rearview camera is actually hidden behind the Hyundai badge on the rear of the Elantra GT, and flips out when activated.
Safety features include all-disc antilock brakes, six airbags, electronic stability system with traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT adds both practicality and sport to an already attractive package and offers direct competition to the Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza. For a great mix of cargo space, fuel economy, and fun, give the Elantra GT a long, long look.