2016 Hyundai Elantra GT: A ball to drive

3 Feb 2016 | 1,439 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds
Looking for a modestly priced set of wheels that is a blast to drive?
Look no further than Hyundai's sleek Elantra GT hatchback, a blast to drive at a very reasonable price:$26,675
Lively and fun to drive with a  2.0 liter, 175 horsepower four cylinder, engine backed up by a six speed automatic transmission, the Elantra GT is rated at 24 city and 33 highway. annual fuel costs are $1650; you save $750 over five years in gasoline  costs compared to other vehicles.
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 The Elantra GT is a hatchback front wheel drive sedan, which zips around town with ease, and it is quite comfortable to drive on the highway--and any where else you might choose as well.
For 2016, Hyundai made a few changes: For 2016, the Elantra GT got a much more aggressive front end, and the company also recalibrated the power steering system to bring the car's actual performance more in line with the sporty look that the car possesses.
   One option you may want to consider is the optional Tech package, which  includes an upgraded navigation system, additional features for the Blue Link telematics system and ventilated front seats.
    But the Elantra GT isn't just sporty.  It also has plenty of room for people and things. There's a  maximum cargo capacity of 51 cubic feet, the 2016 Elantra and the interior is both spacious and nicely done. [caption id="attachment_8012" align="alignnone" width="536"]2016 Elantra GT 2016 Elantra GT[/caption] Some of the long list of standard features include heated seats, Bluetooth audio connectivity and a built-in ionizer for the air-conditioning system. For 2016, for instance, the Elantra GT gets the same upgraded navigation system as the recently redesigned Sonata, and a more upgraded version of Hyundai's Blue Link system which integrates Google destination search and Android (and eventually, Apple) smartwatch compatibility. Usually the GT is near the top of its class for performance. However, if you set the car in Eco mode, fun slows down considerably and the car becomes a bit less responsive.But the good thing about the Eco mode is  that once you dial it in, you don't have to continually turn it on (if you so choose ) every time  you leave the car as you do in many other cars.
       Inside, the Elantra GT is pretty posh.  There are chrome and aluminum accents everywhere, including aluminum trim for the pedals. That fabulous panoramic roof above your head takes in the whole roof  of the car--another real nice touch. All the controls function easily and well.
      It's roomy too--enough so that you can stretch out a bit, front and rear seats, and there are handy pockets on the back of the front seats.Faults?  It still has a bit too many hard interior surfaces where your body comes into contact with the car. And we weren't too crazy about the hidden and tough to engage hatch roof lock.  We would not want to be standing out in pouring rain trying to engage it.
Standard equipment on the Elantra GT includes, air, full power accessories, electronic stability control, 19 inch alloys, fog lights, split folding seat, leather seats; lane change assist, leather wrapped steering wheel, tilt and telescoping steering  wheel for added comfort and many other items.
      No matter how you look at it , the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is a pretty cool--yet practical-set of wheels.

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