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Further, thanks to Hyundai’s generous employment of high-strength steel, the Elantra GT is both light and remarkably rigid. In addition to improving the handling of the car, this also serves to help deliver remarkable fuel efficiency. In fact, according to Hyundai’s spokespeople, the Elantra GT is the lightest car in the segment. This, plus the sporting oriented suspension system; along with driver adjustable steering makes the Hyundai Elantra GT quite enjoyable to drive as well.

Hyundai’s 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine powers the Elantra GT. For this application, the engine develops 148 horsepower and 131 ft-lbs of torque. The lower-emissions version of the Hyundai hatchback generates 145 horsepower and 130 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is the standard gearbox, while a six-speed automatic is optional. Triple cone synchronizers for first and second gears ensure crisp shifts for the manual transmission. Every Elantra GT is front-wheel drive.

In typical Hyundai fashion, the list of standard features reads more like a list of the optional features for the Elantra GT’s competition—or more properly, like a list of standard features for an entry-level luxury car. This includes dual zone automatic climate control—with automatic defogging and an air ionizer. The glovebox is cooled, the front seats are heated, and the driver’s seat is power adjustable—10 ways—this includes the lumbar support. The steering wheel houses buttons for the audio system and cruise control, while the seats are upholstered in leather. Bluetooth handsfree operation of the telephone with voice recognition and streaming for the audio system is also standard equipment. 

Safety features include stability control, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and vehicle stability management. Further, the passenger compartment contains seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees.

Hyundai’s Blue Link system is also standard equipment. The safety component of this service delivers automatic crash notification and assistance, SOS emergency assistance, and enhanced roadside assistance. The Hyundai Blue Link system also provides voice-to-text messaging, POI web search downloads, turn-by-turn navigation, and monthly vehicle reporting.

When it comes to value, Hyundai’s cars have always been tough to beat. With all of the features and style baked into the Elantra GT, the segment has yet another formidable competitor from one of Korea’s largest corporations.