The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT made its world debut in February at the Chicago Auto Show. Now, pricing on the new hatchback's been released, and the South Korean automaker is asking $19,170 for the standard GT, before options but including destination.
The GT is the third model to spin from the latest Elantra lineup, which includes the 2012 North American Car of the Year, the Elantra sedan, and the new Elantra Coupe. The five-door shares some running gear with the sedan, but has its own style and Hyundai says, the best gas mileage in a class that includes the Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza, and VW Golf.
The Elantra GT comes with Hyundai's latest 1.8-liter four-cylinder standard, with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions sending power through the front wheels. Like the Elantra Coupe, however, the Elantra GT doesn't match the sedan's 40-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating, which could mean an asterisk of Hyundai's own when it comes to marketing its class-leading gas mileage. The GT earns EPA-estimated ratings of 39 mpg highway with either gearbox.
Hyundai's made several changes to give the GT a more sporting character than the base sedan and coupe. The GT gets Driver Selectable Steering, which alters the electric power steering system's responses to cover a wider range of sport, comfort, and "normal" responses than the single-mode steering on the other versions. The GT also gets its own suspension settings, with stiffer rear springs and Sachs shocks. A choice of tire sizes parallels a choice in suspension packages.
According to Hyundai, the Elantra GT is the lightest car in its class, with more passenger and cargo room than the Focus and Golf, and better aerodynamics than the Impreza and Golf. It's also fitting the Elantra GT with a lot of standard equipment to justify the nearly $20,000 sticker price: each one comes with satellite radio; a USB port; power windows, locks, and mirrors; steering-wheel audio controls; Bluetooth; and cruise control.
For $2,750 more, the GT Style package adds on 17-inch wheels, a sport suspension, panoramic sunroof, aluminum pedals, and leather seating and steering-wheel trim. A Technology package runs $2,350, and includes a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, and a navigation system--and can only be added along with the style package.
With automatic-equipped cars, the base price rises to $20,170, and the package prices remain the same. With both, the six-speed automatic Elantra GT is priced from at least $25,270--still substantially less than a fully loaded Ford Focus Platinum.
We'll be driving the Elantra GT, along with the Elantra Coupe and Veloster Turbo next week. Stay tuned for driving impressions on June 25 or before--and until then, catch up with our full review of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan.
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