Hyundai's hatchback gains premium features for 2016. But as its feature set grows, so too does its price tag.
Hyundai continues to grow the Elantra GT; not the physical presence, but its list of optional and standard features.
As the GT 's feature set grows, so does its price tag.
As tested, this fully loaded example rolls off of the lot at $26,675.
The front end is punctuated with halogen projector headlamps. An optional Tech package adds automatic activation at night.
We've also got an optional Style package that upgrades the appearance, but also adds a "sport-tuned" suspension.
When the hatchback is shifted into reverse, an optional rear camera rotates out from behind the oval-shaped Hyundai badge.
The Elantra GT's fuel economy is at the upper end of its class.
The EPA estimates efficiency at 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 27 combined mpg.
Also on par with the competition is the hatchback's storage and cargo volume.
Inside, the GT's cabin boasts a solid level of fit and finish.
The Style package upgrades the rolling stock to 17-inch alloy wheels.
My first impression of our GT is that the hatchback feels "tight." The body feels solidly made with no vibrations or rattles over bumps.
Under the hood, the hatch is powered by a 2.0-liter, direct injected four-cylinder engine.
Power is stated at 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque.
The Elantra GT is available with a choice between an automatic and a manual transmission; both offering six speeds.
As equipped, our GT also features HD Radio and satellite radio tuning.
With the selection of the Tech package, the rear lights are upgraded to LED illumination.
Blind-spot monitoring isn't available on the Elantra GT. Drivers have to make do with a convex mirror.
The design, color palette and materials of the interior are almost identical to that of the Ford Focus.
Electric power steering is standard on the 2016 Elantra GT. Along with it comes Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering modes.
With the touch of a button, the driver can toggle the level of power assist between Sport, Normal and Comfort modes.
The GT's handling isn't affected by these modes, but the fingertip feel is customized.
Instrumentation is a dual gauge setup with a small digital display between them.
The automatic transmission feature a manual shifting program, but no sport setting.
USB and 3.5mm analog auxiliary inputs are easily accessible at the base of the center stack.
With the Tech package, the dashboard display is upgraded to a 7-inch color touchscreen.
The system features Blue Link connected tech that allows the driver to remotely monitor their vehicle health and economy.
Drivers can also search for destinations on their phone or computer and beam them into the Blue Link dashboard.
Bluetooth hands-free calling is standard, as is Siri Eyes-free integration when connected to an Apple iPhone.
Audio quality from the six-speaker stereo is just OK.
The front and rear seats are heated; that's a standard feature. With the Tech package, the front buckets also gain cooled ventilation.
Dual zone, automatic climate controls can also be found on the list of optional features.
Smart keyless entry and push-button start can also be had.
One of the most impressive features is the panoramic moonroof, which fills the cabin with light.
All in, the Elantra GT's price tag matches that of a well-equipped VW Golf and even exceeds that of a fully-loaded Ford Focus or Mazda3.
Hyundai's hatchback is no longer the low-price alternative that it used to be, but that doesn't mean it's not a decent value for the money.
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