Hyundai has seriously raised the bar in the hatchback scene with the 2018 Elantra GT. With a fun, sporty appearance and some serious utility, this car will function just as well in Grand Forks as it will on the rural highways outside of Grand Forks ND.
A huge part of why the Elantra GT is so popular is because it is easy to adapt to different situations. Are you going to be headed out on a roadtrip with some friends and need all the passenger room possible? The GT can handle that. Are you in the process of moving and need as much cargo space as you can get? The GT can handle that too, because the rear seat can either fold down entirely or in a 60/40 split, allowing you to min-max the amount of seating or cargo space you need. With the rear seat folded down, the Elantra GT boasts more cargo capacity than several other cars in its class, which makes it a must have for anyone who is always looking for a little extra room for luggage when they drive.
When it comes time to talk safety, Hyundai knows what they’re doing. The new Elantra GT is full of innovative, top of the line features to make sure that you and your passengers are always kept safe. The Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert system will give the driver audio and visual alerts if another vehicle is detected in the car’s blind spots, and while in reverse alerts the driver if a vehicle approaches from the side. The Lane Keep Assist system (LKA) ensures that you stay in the right lane, and may use corrective steering in the event that you drift out of it. Smart Cruise Control with stop-start capability works by detecting vehicles driving ahead of you, and then slowing down to maintain a safe distance between your car and the other.
Just because it is a hatchback does not mean it can not have some pick up and go. Under the hood, the Elantra GT comes equipped with a 2.0 liter (L) turbocharged I-4 engine, which nabs you an impressive 161 horsepower (hp) and 10 lb-ft of torque and is paired with either a manual or automatic six-speed transmission. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mileage estimates put the Elantra GT at 24 miles per gallon (mpg) city driving, 32 mpg highway driving, and 27 mpg combined with an automatic transmission. Comparatively, with the manual transmission you will be getting 23 mpg city driving, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined.
One of the best parts about getting a new car is that you can customize it to suit your personality. With six exterior paint colors to choose from, as well as chrome window belt moldings, solar control glass, and 17-inch alloy wheels, you can make sure your new ride commands attention on the road. Optional exterior features like a panoramic sunroof, full LED headlights, LED taillights, and side-mirror-mounted turn-signal indicators can give your hatchback’s appearance a little extra oomph.
It can be tough to find a vehicle that meets all of your criteria. If you want something attractive, you might have to sacrifice utility and if you’re looking for utility, you might have to give up on performance. Fortunately, Hyundai has addressed all of those needs in this hatchback. If you want something you can adapt to different situations that looks good and has some fire under the hood, come on down to Eide Hyundai to take a look at the new Elantra GT.
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