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Here’s the scenario – you want a car, but it has to be the right car. It’s gotta be practical and comfortable, but it can’t be a complete snooze-fest behind the wheel either. You don’t want a crossover, and a sedan isn’t gonna cut it. What you want is a hatchback, something with a little zest and personality, but something that won’t break the bank. Thankfully, there are plenty of options out there, but which to choose? To help you decide, we’ve gathered six of the top contenders and put them head-to-head in the following comparison article. Let’s get ready to rumble.
To keep it all apples-to-apples, each of the entries in our comparison comes packaged in a five-door body style, gets standard FWD, and is instilled with at least a hint of sportiness. Each is also tagged with an MSRP around the $20,000 mark. With criteria like that, we decided to include the Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Hatchback, Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda 3 Hatchback, Mini Cooper Hardtop Four-Door, and Volkswagen Golf GTI.
While all six of these hatchbacks are solid choices in their own right, the question remains – which is the best? Read on for our take.
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As promised, Hyundai took to the Chicago Auto Show with a hot new model that is supposed to teach Americans a thing or two about the appeal of busy performance in a small package. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT packs 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and can be had with a six-speed manual gearbox.
That is for the GT Sport. You can also get a 162 hp model if you think an extra 40 hp would land you in trouble. But besides the amount of power one can have with one’s 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, the car offers more sporty goodness in form of aggressive styling with a built in aero kit, lowered ride height and larger wheels than standard models, and a host of comfort and convenience features.
In becoming a sports machine designed mainly for spirited driving 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT has not forgot that it is still very much a Hyundai at heart. So you get a spacious cabin and a list of features that include standard vertical LED daytime running lights, standard eight-inch display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, available dual-zone climate control, high and low beam LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging, Amazon Alexa Blue Link remote starting, and Blue Link heated features.
Sure, crossovers are still the hot-ticket body style, but if you’re looking for practicality in a more car-like package, the tried-and-true compact hatchback formula isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Case in point – the hugely updated new Elantra from Hyundai. It’s called the Elantra GT, and it was just introduced for the 2018 model year at the Chicago Auto Show. Essentially an Americanized version of the i30 Euro hatch, the Elantra GT will be offered in two trim levels, including the base model, and the hot-to-trot GT Sport. Both get refined styling cues, tons of cabin space for people and things, and a solid lineup of tech features, while the faster GT Sport throws in bigger wheels, independent rear suspension, and 200 horses under the hood.
Outside, you’ll find a body that’s now longer and wider than before, and it sits closer to the ground. LEDs were used for the daytime running lights, while additional LEDs can be had for the high beams and low beams.
Moving inside, the Elantra GT offers nearly 25 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear bench, while up to five passengers get 96.5 cubic feet of passenger room. There’s a standard 8.0-inch display screen, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. There’s also Amazon Alexa integration for remote start and heating features.
Options include dual-zone climate control, a wireless phone charger, leather upholstery, and alloy pedals. Safety and convenience tech incudes available adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and lane keep assist.
Under the skin, Hyundai used additional high-strength steel, making the new Elantra GT 22 percent more rigid and 60 pounds lighter. There are two engine options, both four-cylinders, starting with a 2.0-liter producing 162 horsepower, or alternatively, a turbo 1.6-liter making 201 horsepower. It should also handle decently, given Hyundai developed the car’s suspension at the Nurburgring.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT will go on sale this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date, but we expect it to slot in under the $20,000 mark.
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Hyundai introduced the Elantra for the 1991 model year, but at that time, even this now well-regarded model was considered a throw-away econobox at best. Hyundai has evolved as a brand a lot over the last 31 years, as has its long-running Elantra nameplate, which entered its sixth generation for the 2016 model year. As was the case with the previous-gen model, the new Elantra has been expected to spawn a GT model, and sure enough, Hyundai showed up to the 2017 Chicago Auto show with not one, but two variants in tow. Offered with either a 1.6-liter, turbocharged mill in Sport trim or a 2.0-liter NA mill in the entry-level trim, the GT can be had with either 201 horsepower or 162 horsepower, respectively. The new GT is now more rigid than before (by 22 percent,) sits lower, is wider, and shed a total of 62 pounds. Because of its hatchback nature, the GT can hold 25 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats in the upright position and more than double that the rear seats laid down.
What’s more important here is that the new Elantra GT will have its work cut out for it on the market. After all, the Elantra GT doesn’t exactly spring to mind when someone mentions hot hatches, despite the fact that it competes against some strong models like the Mazda3 and Ford Focus hatchback, among others. So, will the new Elantra GT have what it takes to drive folks into Hyundai dealers for the brand’s latest hatch? Well, things look promising but Keep reading to see what we think about it and to learn more about how it compares to the competition.
Continuing their ongoing effort to make various different editions of their best-selling models, Hyundai have announced the launch of a GT version of the Elantra at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. Boasting many sporty features, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT complements an expansive range which also includes a Value edition.
There are literally no official details out yet about the specs of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, but it is not hard to guess what sort of features one can expect from this car partly because we have GT Hyundais before and partly because they have been generous enough to give us some nice teaser photos. So we know the car has a fairly prominent grille, a lip spoiler up front and, presumably, a boot spoiler out back, and a host of red accents and trims and decorative stitching to go with the whole GT theme.
As for the technical specs, chances are the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT will get an iteration of the firm’s 1.6 turbo engine, although a 2.0 liter turbo could also be a candidate. Toughened up suspension, larger wheels and tires, and beefier brakes could be among the other technical highlights of the GT Elantra.
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By virtue of its name, Hyundai’s new Elantra Value Edition doesn’t exactly scream “exclusive!,” doesn’t it? Well, it’s really less of an exclusive and more of a new trim level that falls right into the Korean automaker’s identity as a brand grounded on value. That or it simply thought the Accent Value Edition was such a good idea that it decided to extend it to the Elantra. Either way, the Elantra Value Edition is here and just like its Accent counterpart, it gets a generous amount of new bits and pieces and a corresponding uptick in price.
But hey, Hyundai says there’s value to be hand with the Elantra Value Edition so let’s run with that. To its credit, the automaker takes “value” pretty seriously, which is why this new trim level is full of some pretty sweet add-ons, particularly for a car of the Elantra’s status that isn’t typically on the receiving end of features like heated front seats and tech features like Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.
Not only does the Elantra Value Edition boast of these items, they’re also just a small taste of the many other new goodies that Hyundai threw into the model. There is a lot of value to the Elantra Value Edition and the car’s price of $20,250 is just $3,100 more expensive than the entry level Elantra SE trim. More importantly, at least according to Hyundai, the new features of the Value Edition saves buyers $1,215 compared to getting them all as extra accessories on other trim levels.
Say what you will about the absurdity of a trim level being named “Value Edition,” but at least in this case, Hyundai made sure that the “value” it’s touting extends past the model’s name.
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SEMA is creeping up on us almost as fast as winter, and manufacturers are starting to preview some pretty awesome concepts ahead of their official debut. Today we’re here to talk about the Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept that was put together through a partnership between Hyundai and ARK. The Elantra is far from anything that resembles a tuner car, but ARK has somehow managed to turn this little family hauling sedan into a decent looking tuner. Of course, it wasn’t easy, but ARK added things like a custom turbo kit, new downpipe and exhaust system, full coil-over suspension, a wide body kit, a nice set of wheels, and a full vinyl wrap, among other things, to create the wildest looking Elantra that you’ll probably ever see.
Kevin Bentley, the developer of the ARK Elantra Concept, said, “ARK Performance knows the Hyundai brand almost as well as our own. We strive to leverage the superb product development of Hyundai engineers, building upon their expertise while offering something really special to enthusiasts. The ARK Road Racer Elantra Concept offers the specific model enhancements that our customers have come to expect from ARK.”
Hyundai’s aren’t exactly known to be something enthusiasts look for at car shows or underground meets. Has ARK proven that even a car like the Hyundai Elantra is worthy of at least a little street credit? Let’s take a closer look and find out for ourselves.
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The Elantra has been around for a while, but it started garnering major attention when the fifth generation debuted in 2010. Now in its sixth generation, the Elantra is grabbing more headlines. New for the 2017 model year, Hyundai is adding the Eco trim to the Elantra’s repertoire. This isn’t some hybrid with expensive batteries or electric motors – no, this is simply an honest gas-powered sedan that achieves 40 mpg on the highway.
Let’s back up a bit. Hyundai’s last Elantra, the fifth generation, came to market with swoopy lines, a futuristic interior, and an overestimated fuel efficiency sticker hanging in the window. Owners started complaining and the EPA caught on. The Korean automaker ended up reimbursing thousands of owners and got slapped with a $100-million fine from the U.S. Government. Of course, Hyundai’s engineers want to avoid that at all costs, so the development of Eco trim in both the Elantra and Sonata were put into motion.
Unlike some “eco” trims on competing cars that merely bolt up low rolling resistance tires and a couple aerodynamic features, Hyundai dove head first with an entirely new powertrain. Replacing the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed auto in the standard Elantra, the Eco gets a unique 1.4-liter turbo mated to a seven-speed dual clutch programmed for the utmost efficiency. It also has low rolling resistance tires, too.
I recently got to spend a week with the 2017 Elantra Eco, using it in everyday driving situations between date night and pre-K pick-up lines. Happily my time in the car closely followed a previous week I spent with a non-Eco version, the 2017 Elantra Limited. The two cars are, of course, very similar, though the differences are hard to miss. Let’s take a look.
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A couple of years ago, Amazon started up a new program called “Prime Now” that allowed customers in certain areas – primarily large metropolitan areas that are close to Amazon warehouse facilities – to get same-day delivery on items purchased through Amazon. Now, Hyundai and Amazon have teamed up, in collaboration with INNOCEAN Worldwide and Canvas Worldwide, to create a program called Prime Now. Drive Now. The basis of this program is to allow customers in the Los Angeles / Orange County area to order a 2017 Hyundai Elantra for a test drive directly from Amazon.
The program will initially run for the next two weekends (August 21-22 and August 27-28.) Once ordered, a trained expert will show up at your location and let you take the new Elantra out for a 45- to 60-minute test drive. Once the test drive is done, participants will take the car back to a local Hyundai dealership where they can proceed to purchase the car if they choose to.
Dan Evans – Chief Marketing Officer of Hyundai North America – said, “With our all-new Elantra and Elantra Eco in dealerships now, we are excited to be the first to team up with Amazon to give customers a tailored test-drive experience. We know people are looking for a new way to experience our vehicles, and with the convenience of Amazon’s Prime Now service, ‘Prime Now. Drive Now.’ is an innovative solution we are testing to modernize today’s automotive shopping experience.”
He can certainly say that again. It is pretty innovative, but it really leaves one to wonder just how successful this short-term program will be for Hyundai. The program is being supported by a full advertising campaign that includes digital video, advertising, and social media announcements, among other things.
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It goes without saying that Hyundai has come light years in terms of quality and desirability over the last two decades. The last generation of Elantra was a great car – far above anything the company had ever built in the compact segment. It was the last Elantra that won the automaker more respect as a company. It also garnered far more sales than ever before. But now there’s a new Elantra in town.
The 2017 Elantra, now in its sixth generation, takes everything we liked about the fifth gen and boosts it to 11. The new design is cleaner and more elegant, the interior is more conventional and mirrors the inviting cabin of the larger Hyundai Sonata, and its two powertrain choices are all new with respectable fuel economy.
One thing hasn’t changed though, and that’s the Elantra’s value proposition. It’s a lot of car for the money, coming with features normally reserved for higher end vehicles. Radar cruise control? Yep, it’s available. LED exterior lighting? Yep, that comes standard. Leather seating? You guessed it – it comes standard with the Limited trim. My up-optioned tester carried a sticker of $27,710. That’s impressive.
So how does this rolling value behave as an everyday driver? Pretty good, not surprisingly. Keep reading for the full run-down and details on my week with the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited.
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Hyundai has done pretty well for itself in the entry-level compact segment and as a company as a whole. In fact, Hyundai has come a long way from when the South Korean company first came to U.S. shores. Take the Hyundai Elantra (or the Hyundai Avante as it’s known in its home country,) for instance. The first generation was about as ugly as it gets, and the following generation wasn’t much better. Fast forward to 2016 and the Elantra has been redesigned again to usher in the fifth generation. If you were to look at each generational model side-by-side, you would see that it got better with each generation, and the fifth generation has been the sportiest and best-looking Elantra yet.
Now, the Elantra is about to get a little better, as Hyundai is slated to launch a new trim level called the Elantra Sport (or Avante Sport in South Korea.) The Elantra Sport is said to offer the best performance ever for the Elantra from a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Furthermore, it offers a sportier look up front, and some extra goodies to differentiate it as the range-topping model in the Elantra lineup.
Hyundai’s blog, which is translated from Korean, claims that the Avante Sport is already available in the South Korean market. That means the U.S.-spec Elantra Sport should hit U.S. dealerships by the end of this year and, as the range-topping model, will start out higher than the $22,350 starting price of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited. So, now that we know all of that, let’s take a closer look at the new Elantra Sport and see what makes it worthy of being the range-topping Elantra model.
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Hyundai is focusing their ad campaign for this year Super Bowl event on promoting the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra. And they’ve gone all out, hiring Ryan Reynolds to star in one of the spots, and a couple of bears to star in the other.
The first Hyundai Super Bowl 50 commercial, called Ryanville, delivers the message that ladies can finally let themselves be distracted by a hot guy across the street… as long as they are in an Elantra. The car has an Automatic Emergency Braking with class-exclusive Pedestrian Detection technology that lets you flirt freely. Of course, if you are a guy and you do that, you are a freak and a pervert and deserve to be shot.
The next ad is called The Chase and it showcases the benefits of Hyundai’s voice-activated Blue Link Remote Start function, featured on the all-new Elantra. It can do many things, including saving you from becoming a bear’s lunch. So remember to pack that the next time you go hiking in the woods.
You decide which one of these ads is the silliest.
Those who plan to watch Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016 will be treated to not one, not two, not three, but four commercials from Hyundai. The automaker recently announced its full slate of ads during the big game, totalling four commercials, including two 60-second ads and two 30-second spots. The first of the two 60-second ads will run during the pre-game show while the second 60-second ad will be shown in the pre-kick off time slot, traditionally one of the most-watched segments of the Super Bowl. The two 30-second ads will run in the first and second quarters of the game, respectively.
Hyundai also said that it has tapped some Hollywood heavy-hitters for the 60-second spots. The first one, called “First Date”, will feature comedian Kevin Hart. Without diving into the details of this commercial, Hyundai simply described it as Hart using the Genesis sedan’s Hyundai Blue Link Car Finder feature to ensure that his daughter gets home safely after her first date. Knowing Hart’s comedic genius, this commercial should be a ball of laughter.
Meanwhile, the other 60-second ad, called “Ryanville”, will star no less than Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds. Taking the spot as his co-star will be the all-new 2017 Elantra and its advanced safety features that will come into play as a pair of women drive through “the most distracting neighborhood ever”. Sounds like Reynolds will be one of those distractions.
As far as the two 30-second spots are concerned, neither will have any celebrities in them. Instead, Hyundai will take the opportunity to focus the ads on the brand itself. The first one, called “Chase”, will highlight the Elantra’s voice-activated Blue Link Remote Start feature, while the second spot, titled “Better”, will have a more emotional tone to it as it captures the company’s mission to improve consumer experience through “human-focused technology, distinctive design and uncompromising workmanship”.
You can catch all four commercials in the lead-up to and during Super Bowl 50. With an expected 120 million people tuning in for the game, I don’t think it’s going to be difficult missing out on any of Hyundai’s four commercials.
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Hyundai announced the official pricing and specs of the latest iteration of Elantra sedan in the American market. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra starts from $17,150 which is a hundred bucks less than the outgoing model, even though the new model is better-looking and better equipped.
The 17 grand 2017 Hyundai Elantra is the SE trim grade which comes with a manual gearbox and boasts features such as LED daytime running lights, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and a segment-exclusive hands-free smart trunk. This same model can be ordered with a 6-speed Automatic Transmission at the cost of $18,150.
The range-topping Elantra is the Limited model which comes with the automatic transmission and packs standard leather seating, eight-inch touchscreen navigation with Infinity premium audio system and Clari-Fi system. This model can be ordered with Limited Ultimate package which adds items like memory seats, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist System, adaptive headlights and…
All 2017 Hyundai Elantra models are powered by the same 2.0L Nu MPI Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. All, except for the Eco model which will be launched later this year with a 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine with an EcoShift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Small cars are hot right now, but none are hotter than the volume-selling market for entry-level compact sedans. Trying to stay one step ahead of its rivals in this highly competitive segment, Hyundai has introduced the next-generation Elantra sedan.
Even though the fifth-generation Elantra was introduced in 2010, it managed to stay fresh in the C-segment thanks to a trio of body styles and a minor refresh for 2014. There is no word if the Elantra will continue to get coupe and hatchback versions, but the new design has certainly made the 2017 Hyundai Elantra one of the more stylish offerings in its class.
The new Elantra has debuted at the LA Auto Show, and will go on sale in January of 2016.
Updated 05/06/2016: Hyundai has just announced pricing for the most fuel-efficient Elantra yet — the Elantra Eco. It achieves a combined fuel economy of 35 mpg and starts out at $20,650. Check out the “Prices” section below for all the details.
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The Elantra has been a huge part of Hyundai’s evolution from a throwaway company in the early 1990s to a legit contender in the mid-2010s. As we enter the 2016 model year, the Elantra has earned its stripes and is now cross-shopped against the likes of the Focus, Golf, and Mazda3. For the 2016 model year, Hyundai decided to give the Elantra GT – the hatchback version – a mild refresh.
Are these updated looks and new options enough to keep the Elantra in the top-four in sales for 2015?
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