To be competitive in the compact segment, an automaker must offer a hatchback model in addition to a traditional sedan. Over the last few years Hyundai had been cheating somewhat with the Hyundai Elantra Touring, a small wagon that offered a good amount of additional interior room but wasn't quite capable of fitting into the hatchback mold. When the Elantra gained a new platform for 2012 and the Touring didn't follow, it was only a matter of time before Hyundai got back in line with the rest of the industry and imported a true hatch to the United States.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is now here and it brings with it the updated features, fuel economy, and looks gifted to last year's Elantra sedan. More importantly, it fills a crucial hole in Hyundai's lineup and serves as a significant improvement over the departed Touring.