2016 Hyundai Elantra GT

A compact, fuel-efficient refreshed hatchback packs lots of tech for the money.

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The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Fuel-Efficient Cars and GAYOT's Top 10 Value Cars

Updated slightly for 2016, the Hyundai Elantra GT continues on as a solid value in the competitive compact hatchback segment. About the size of a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf, the Elantra GT benefits from a roomy cargo area with up to 51 cubic feet of space and a more practical loading area than rivals from Ford and Mazda.

While the Elantra’s powertrain and chassis is not significantly changed, Hyundai says it has returned the hatchback’s power steering to provide better road feel. It’s a minor change but one that sporting drivers will appreciate. With its 2.0-liter inline 4 putting out 173 horses, the Elantra GT is among the better performing cars in its class, though it doesn’t have quite the hustle of the turbocharged Kia Forte, its corporate sibling.

Plenty of tech features are available on the Elantra GT, and its optional Blue Link telematics and navigation suite has received a notable upgrade for 2016. Blue Link was already one of the most responsive and easy-to-use in-car infotainment set ups, and it now adds Google destination search along with Android smart watch integration. Apple watch compatibility is also coming, says Hyundai.

Though its performance and fuel economy might not be the absolute top of the class, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is a solid performer and probably will remain the best-equipped compact hatchback for the money in 2016. Our windy sea blue tester with black leather (seating surfaces) interior and heated and ventilated seat was a charm around town from freeway trips to city street visits to various shopping destinations.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000 miles new vehicle warranty, 10-year/100,000 miles powertrain warranty, 7-year/unlimited miles anti-perforation warranty, 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $19,800

As Tested: $19,800

  • 24 / 33 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.9 sec
  • 0-60
  • 173 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 129 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 173 hp
  • Torque: 154 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic with shiftronic
  • Curb Weight: 2,855 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 104.3 in
  • Length: 169.3 in
  • Width: 70.1 in
  • Height: 57.9 in
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Suspension: Front suspension: MacPherson Strut with coil springs, Rear suspension: Torsion axle with coil springs
  • Traction: Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 178 ft.
  • Top Speed: 129 mph
  • EPA City: 24 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 33 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 27 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Advanced dual front airbags (SRS) with Occupant Classification System (OCS)

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