Hyundai Elantra GT

The 2017 Elantra GT features a 2.0L 4-cylinder putting out a healthy 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. This configuration is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Two transmissions are offered, a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual, both send power to the front wheels.

The Elantra GT comes with a 6-speaker stereo with USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks, SiriusXM satellite radio, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls and cruise control functions integrated into it, a remote keyless entry system, daytime running lights, a blind spot mirror and Bluetooth audio.

The new for 2017 Value Edition package adds 17-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, heated front seats, front fog lights, automatic headlights, a leather shift knob and steering wheel and leather seating surfaces. As the name would imply, the Value Edition Package is a fantastic bargain.

A tech package is available for the Elantra GT, though it requires buyers to also spring for the Value Edition Package. Adding both will net buyers a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a 7-inch touchscreen that houses the navigation system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a rearview camera, ventilated front seats and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. It also comes with Hyundai's Blue Link system. Blue Link allows owners to connect to their car via their smart phone, allowing owners to lock or unlock their car, check in on vehicle health and security or even automatically call for help in the event of an accident.

Safety is handled by a full suite of airbags including a driver's knee airbag system. Traction control, stability control and anti-lock braking systems are all standard, while a rearview camera is a standalone option.

Editors' Review

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra sedan might be living in 2050 with its wild, triangular styling, but the Elantra GT hatchback remains clothed in yesteryear's design for the foreseeable future. Despite the older countenance, the GT is still receiving big updates, including last year's new N-Line trim that replaces the outgoing Sport model. It's no full-fat Veloster N, but there's a whole lot to like about this under-the-radar five-door, and I think it'll appeal to a pretty wide swath of sport-adjacent buyers.

A new old look

Despite being an "old" design compared to its sedan sibling, the 2020 Elantra GT still looks good, just a bit less weird. The grille is nicely proportioned, there's a pretty strong shoulder line riding to the back and the rear end contains just enough creases to keep things interesting. The N-Line variant throws some slightly more aggressive baubles into the mix, like a new lip spoiler, black mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels and angrier bumpers, but none of it is so shouty that you feel a little ostentatious on the road (looking at you, Honda Civic).

The Elantra GT's interior also stays close to its nonsporty roots. While many of the touch points are pretty decent, I feel the inside lacks the visual punch and fit-and-finish of competitors like the Honda Civic Si and VW Golf GTI, which offer a few more interior reminders of the car's sportier nature. That said, the hatchback's red accents are welcome and the leather seats are both smooth and supportive. The back doesn't feel like it's missed out on any of the fun, either, wearing the same materials and offering up a solid amount of space for taller passengers.

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The Good ~ Great clutch pedal ~ Ample space for people and cargo ~ Under-the-radar looks

The Bad ~ Just-okay acceleration ~ Interior looks a little cheap ~ Harsh ride quality

The Bottom Line If you want something a bit more exciting than the usual mass-market stuff, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line fits the bill very well.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 8
  • Design 8
  • Media 7.5

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