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The standard features of the Hyundai Elantra GT Base include Nu 2.0L I-4 173hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.
Starting at: $18,800
Lease a 2016 Elantra GT 5dr HB AT for $179 per month for 36 months with $1,499 due at lease signing.
Closed end lease for 2016 Elantra GT 5dr HB AT (Model # D1522F45) available from April 1, 2016 through May 2, 2016, to well-qualified lessees approved by Hyundai Motor Finance. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. Offer shown based on $1,499 due at lease signing (includes $179 first payment and $1,320 capitalized cost reduction). No security deposit required. MSRP $20,625 (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $16,389.97. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee and includes credit for either $500 Valued Owner Coupon or $500 Competitive Owner Coupon. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $6,444.00. Option to purchase at lease end $11,343.75. Lessee is responsible for third-party fees. Third-party fees vary by state or locality. Lessee is also responsible for insurance, maintenance, repairs, $.20 per mile over 12,000 miles/year, excess wear, and a $400 disposition fee. Disposition fee of $400 applies in all states except in CO, IN, IA, KS, ME, OK, SC, WI, WV, & WY, where disposition fee is subject to state law limitations.
CO, IA, KS, ME, OK, WV, & WY: The amount of 2 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. IN & SC: The amount of 3 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less.WI: The amount of the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by May 2, 2016.
See dealer for warranty and lease details.Cannot exceed 12000 miles per year.
With a shorter wheelbase than the Elantra, and less overhang, Elantra GT is more nimble than the sedan. It’s also 1.4 inches taller, although that’s not something you’re likely to feel in turns. The rear suspension is an upside-down V-shaped beam, to replace a crimped fat tube on the sedan. The GT also uses a fairly big 22-mm stabilizer bar for more stable cornering, and Sachs rear shocks for a firmer ride. Even with the standard 16-inch wheels and tires, it feels grippier than the Elantra. More so with the 17-inch alloys.
There are three driving modes: Comfort, Normal, and Sport. But the modes don’t vary the steering ratio, they just change the resistance without offering better feedback. We used Normal for our long test ride. In that mode, the automatic transmission will upshift below the engine’s 6000 rpm limit.
The 6-speed manual transmission shifts like a peg in a slot. The clutch release is tight and smooth.
The Elantra GT grille is huge, a shape that might once have been a hexagon, now bloated almost to roundness. Like many others today, it’s not really a grille, because so little of the space is needed and used to pass air to the engine. It’s a plastic design on the nose of the car intended to look like a grille. It shouts Hyundai, so there’s little mistaking this hatchback.
The edgy front fender flares are quite radical, their arch rising all the way to the level of the hood, suggesting cutouts on an old-school stock car, and making the wheels look two inches bigger, especially the optional 17-inch alloys, with 10 spokes that are kind of clumsy on a car that can’t afford it. The minor majesty begins at about the sideview mirror, where the convergence of the wheelwells, sleek headlamps and the steeply swept A pillar flow up to the roof, and immediately slope back down to the hatch with a rear spoiler. The designer who first sat down with a sketchpad and white paper went home smiling that night.
The interior is far less adventurous than the exterior, although the cooled glovebox is a trip. There’s a big soft dashboard, and deep center console with sliding armrest. An AM/FM/CD/XM sound system with USB and Bluetooth is standard, with a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls. The standard seats are fabric, and heated.
The available panoramic sunroof can make the hatchback feel almost like a T-top, on the right day, while seven standard airbags, including one for the driver’s knee, make the Elantra GT feel secure.
There’s decent legroom in the front, but not much in the rear. The rear seats fold nearly flat, giving 51 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than the Elantra sedan. And there’s 23 cubic feet behind the rear seat, more than some compact luxury crossovers. There’s a shallow storage tray under the cargo floor.
The Elantra GT comes in one model, a 5-door hatchback, with a six-speed manual transmission for $18,800 or six-speed automatic for $1000 more. Available packages can upgrade the GT with as much as another $5000 or so worth of goodies, including many stand-alone options.
The Elantra GT has some stiff competition. There aren’t any significant flaws, but there isn’t much excitement. With choices like the Golf, Focus and Mazda 3, you have to really want a Huyundai, or really like the styling or base affordability, to choose the Elantra GT.