- New standard engine for 2014 with 25 more horsepower
- Hatchback version of the compact Elantra (23 cubic ft. of cargo room)
- New driver selectable steering for a better driving experience
The 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT is the hatchback version of Hyundai’s popular Elantra, offering a sportier driving experience and added convenience with its extra cargo room.
The Elantra GT debuted last year, replacing the now defunct Elantra Touring. For the new model year, the Elantra GT has added a new standard engine (now the only engine option), a 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder which adds 25-horsepower and 23 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Models with the manual transmission can expect 24/34 mpg city/highway, while automatic models check in slightly behind that at 24/33 mpg city/highway. A tighter sport suspension is also available.
To those familiar with Hyundai, the 2014 Elantra GT fits right in with the rest of the company’s offerings using the same “fluidic sculpture” design philosophy which fills the exterior with plenty of dramatic swoops and curves. Up front, the Elantra GT’s bumper is blacked out which joins the front grille with the lower front air intake which gives it a wide-mouthed look that is sporty and aggressive. 16-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 17-inch cogs optional. A panoramic sunroof, which lets plenty of light and air into the cabin, is also available.
Thanks to its hatchback shape, the Elantra GT has a leg up when it comes to practicality against its sedan sibling. Behind the rear seat, there is 23 cubic feet of cargo space, besting the sedan’s 14.8 cubic feet by over 50%. Like most Hyundai models, there’s a lot of standard features for the price including air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, premium cloth seats, heated front seats, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, similar to GM’s OnStar system, is optional, as are dual-zone automatic climate control and a navigation system with a seven-inch screen.
Just like the sedan, the Elantra GT is a safe automobile as evidenced by its full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. All-disc antilock brakes are standard, along with an electronic stability system with traction control, six airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system.