2013 Hyundai Elantra GT; Hatchback Gets a Stylish New Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT; Hatchback Gets a Stylish New Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Replacing the dull-looking Elantra Touring for 2013 is an all new five-door Hyundai, which along with sporty Euro-hatch looks gets a marketing-friendly “Elantra GT” name.

The GT is powered by the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine found in the other Elantras, though it fails to make Hyundai’s hallowed 40-mpg mark. Instead, estimated fuel mileage is 28/39 city/highway, or 32 mpg average – still a solid number.

It also misses out on standard heated seats, which suggests that the company really is courting younger buyers when you realize the new coupe version gets that feature across the board. Despite that, there is some catchy standard equipment like a chilled glove box and three 12-volt outlets to keep the kids happy on long trips.


The competition ultimately becomes the defining factor for practical cars, and this is where Hyundai often shines. The Elantra offers significantly more passenger and cargo capacity than those it stacks up next to like the Volkswagen Golf, Mazda 3 and Toyota Matrix. Space behind the rear seat is a substantial 23 cu-ft, with a total of 51 cu-ft when you fold the seats flat. Those numbers are essentially on par with the new Subaru Impreza hatch, although if you don’t need all-wheel drive and do want a few extra miles per gallon, the front-drive Elantra stands out.

Safety ratings are obviously unavailable for the 2013 model, but if it’s anything like the predecessor, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave four of five stars, it will be a reasonably safe ride. So far it seems like Hyundai is doing a good job of offering the stuff that sells cars to customers in their segment. You won’t be riding in the lap of luxury, but the savings can buy quite a few steak dinners.

GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT


GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Reveal


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  • Tim

    So have they gotten around those pesky problems with the oil getting into the intake; taking an hour to replace a blown out headlamp/tail lamp because they’re built into assemblies that have to be remove to replace any lamp; the need for using a Hyundai dealer to replace the transmission fluid?

    I own two of these vehicles (2005 & 2006) and they are OK vehicles. However, the pricing is becoming to prohibited for me. So I’m being forced to look at Honda, Toyota, & even Ford. Just a word of caution.

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  • marilyn

    I own the 2011 Elantra Touring and don’t find it boring AT ALL! But, I just got it and will be ready for a new one in a couple of years ^_~

  • Jim Farnsworth

    I have an 09 Elantra Touring and really like it but it would be much better with a supercharger and a 5 spd automatic trans. The low rpm and near instantaneous torque enhancement of a supercharger seems a natural for a 4 cylinder especially now with electronic controls that take parasitic drag well below the 1 hp level.


  • Bill

    This is not an upgrade. The current Elantra Touring has 65 cubic feet of cargo space. The article says the new one has 51! While the Touring may be boring to some (I think it’s fine), it has an incredible amount of cargo space which made it very attractive to many.

    If Hyundai was going to come out with a new 5 door hatchback, they should have done something that looks like the 4 door Elantra, or better yet, the Sonata so there would be something comparable in size to my old Mazda 6 hatchback. This new GT (and I had a 2001 GT, the first year they were available and this is nothing like the old GT) looks as ugly as the Impreza hatchback. Very disappointed in what they’ve done here.

  • Janice

    Just looks like an i30. Can’t really tell the difference at first glance, so I don’t know why they still have an Elantra.

  • Bill

    It’s not an i30, which was identical to the Touring (which I own, I did not make that clear in my first post). This does not have the same deep back that the current Touring has. I agree that the pictures are not good if you’re trying to compare the Touring and the new model. There should have been a true side view.

  • Rami

    Isn’t the new Volestor also a hatchback? Does that mean this is a hatchback version of the Elantra? I have the Elantra on my sights but now I’m curious whether the Elantra GT is better.

  • Lonnie

    I like my 2011 Elantra touring GLS sport, not boaring at all and I have heated seats. My only knock with hyundia and the touring is a 6sp man would have really helped out with mpg, 3 grand at 60 mph is kinda high, 138 hp is not really go to impress any one, how ever my car is bye no means the slowest car on the road.

    Hyundia could do a lot with little effort to put this car on par with the performance and handeling of a mazda 3 that are rust buckets.

  • Bill

    Volestor (actually I think it’s Veloster) is a 3 door hatch, so sort of like the Accent. This is 5 doors..

  • The_Mick

    Those comparing the space with the Elantra Touring should also compare the 28/39 mpg of the GT with the 23/31 or the Touring. If the Touring ha’ 28/39, I might already have one: it does have lots of room. But meanwhile, the GT still has a lot more space than the other small hatchbacks with the exception of the Honda Fit, which has a little less space with the seats up, a little more down, but only gets 26/33 mpg – but the 2012 automatic’s priced less than $16K MSRP. The Elantra GT is expected to come in around $17K (and with a 10-yr warranty) and with average driving should save at least $150/year in gasoline. It’s also 3.5″ wider and 6.5″ longer. At 6’3″, at the last (2011) auto show I attended, the Honda Fit and the Elantra Sedan were among the few sub $20K cars where tall heads didn’t rub the ceiling and where legs didn’t cramp up trying to get in and out. I’m expecting to do at least one cross country vacation drive per year (I’m comfortably retired) and the GT would probably be the way to go for me. I expect to get a new car the summer of 2013 when the prices drop before the new 2014 models come out and that gives the Elantra GT a year of reviews before I decide.

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