|The 2013 Elantra GT with 17" wheels and super slanted headlamps.|
The Hyundai 2013 Elantra GT is such a curvaceous little darlin' it would be a shame if it weren't also a terrific car. No worries there. It is, as most of Hyundai vehicles in America today, well made, packed with content, stylish and reliable. Who could ask for anything more--rhetorical question.
My test car is the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT with front-wheel drive. It comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces148 horsepower and 131 lbs-ft of torque. A partial zero-emissions vehicle (PZEV) version of this engine lowers output to 145 hp and 130 lb-ft for vehicles sold in California-emissions states. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic.
EPA fuel economy estimates are the same for each transmission, with 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway and 32 combined. My combined fuel economy on the 2013 Elantra GT was 33.9 mpg over a distance of 343.3 miles. Most of my miles are parkways.
The lighting of the instrument panel makes the interior notable. There's a particular glow to the white background, accented with blue and red. It's handsome. It's well-designed so that it doesn't make an overly ambitious statement--a comfortable, easy-to-like interior--no pomade. It's quiet in the cabin though the noise bafflers don't separate you from the endearing engine notes. I particularly liked (and I usually don't like) using the navigation system and the audio as well as Hyundai's blueLink that finds restaurants and other (POI) places of interest and pairs bluetooth phones to their system. The interior offers leather, heated seats, front and rear. It is roomy--surprisingly so. Don't reject the idea of a test drive because you're tall. Steering comes in three flavors, normal, sporty and comfort. I chose sporty to go along with the engine's pugnacity.
|Nifty interior. Notice aluminum foot pedals. Center panel reminds me of Volvo's waterfall design.|
The Elantra GT competes with the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf and Chevy Cruze--tough competition. This "functional" family consists of the sedan, the coupe and the GT. As equipped my vehicle was $25,365. Base price was $19,395. But in general, the Elantra's balance between ride and handling is one of the best in the segment.
This is one to look at if you want to meet a functional family.