2016 Hyundai Elantra GT

Hyundai continues to grow the Elantra GT; not the physical presence, but its list of optional and standard features.

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As the GT 's feature set grows, so does its price tag.

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As tested, this fully loaded example rolls off of the lot at $26,675.

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The front end is punctuated with halogen projector headlamps. An optional Tech package adds automatic activation at night.

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We've also got an optional Style package that upgrades the appearance, but also adds a "sport-tuned" suspension.

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When the hatchback is shifted into reverse, an optional rear camera rotates out from behind the oval-shaped Hyundai badge.

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The Elantra GT's fuel economy is at the upper end of its class.

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The EPA estimates efficiency at 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 27 combined mpg.

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Also on par with the competition is the hatchback's storage and cargo volume.

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Inside, the GT's cabin boasts a solid level of fit and finish.

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The Style package upgrades the rolling stock to 17-inch alloy wheels.

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My first impression of our GT is that the hatchback feels "tight." The body feels solidly made with no vibrations or rattles over bumps.

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Under the hood, the hatch is powered by a 2.0-liter, direct injected four-cylinder engine.

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Power is stated at 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque.

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The Elantra GT is available with a choice between an automatic and a manual transmission; both offering six speeds.

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As equipped, our GT also features HD Radio and satellite radio tuning.

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With the selection of the Tech package, the rear lights are upgraded to LED illumination.

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Blind-spot monitoring isn't available on the Elantra GT. Drivers have to make do with a convex mirror.

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The design, color palette and materials of the interior are almost identical to that of the Ford Focus.

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Electric power steering is standard on the 2016 Elantra GT. Along with it comes Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering modes.

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With the touch of a button, the driver can toggle the level of power assist between Sport, Normal and Comfort modes.

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The GT's handling isn't affected by these modes, but the fingertip feel is customized.

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Instrumentation is a dual gauge setup with a small digital display between them.

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The automatic transmission feature a manual shifting program, but no sport setting.

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USB and 3.5mm analog auxiliary inputs are easily accessible at the base of the center stack.

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With the Tech package, the dashboard display is upgraded to a 7-inch color touchscreen.

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The system features Blue Link connected tech that allows the driver to remotely monitor their vehicle health and economy.

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Drivers can also search for destinations on their phone or computer and beam them into the Blue Link dashboard.

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Bluetooth hands-free calling is standard, as is Siri Eyes-free integration when connected to an Apple iPhone.

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Audio quality from the six-speaker stereo is just OK.

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The front and rear seats are heated; that's a standard feature. With the Tech package, the front buckets also gain cooled ventilation.

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Dual zone, automatic climate controls can also be found on the list of optional features.

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Smart keyless entry and push-button start can also be had.

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One of the most impressive features is the panoramic moonroof, which fills the cabin with light.

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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.

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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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