Journalist from across the country gathered in historic Charleston, South for one small reason….The introduction of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT.
Joining the compact hatchback segment comes the Elantra GT. This handsome lil devil can be yours in either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
With sportiness in mind, the Elantra GT has a rear spoiler and an optional dual exhaust. Also recognizable is Hyundai’s signature cascading grille.
Our drive route (pictured below) took us to Sullivan’s Island on a cloudy Carolina day. The car handled the corners and tempted us to go faster though we knew it wasn’t smart as wet road conditions quickly developed. We were super impressed with how it handled, minus the body roll. Even though the Elantra GT could stand a little more composure, it has definitely matured, and in such a competitive segment, Hyundai just makes it easy to have fun driving this compact hatch.
While on the subject of maturity, the interior is spiffy but uncomplicated. (Don’t you wish everything in life could be spiffy and uncomplicated?? #simple). Easy to use navigation on an 8-inch screen. Premium cloth is offered in the Elantra GT or leather in the GT Sport. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, along with rearview camera with parking guidelines, AM/FM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks, A/C, steering wheel mounted audio, cruise control and Bluetooth controls, fixed armrest storage box, and map lights with sunglasses holder, dome lamp and cargo lamp.
In addition to being fun to drive, Hyundai also focuses on safety. Standard safety features include: Hill start assist control, Blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, electronic parking brake, Smart cruise control with stop/start capability, Lane keep assist, and High beam assist. The electronic parking brake is pretty nifty too.
The GT or the GT Sport can be purchased in your choice of six different exterior colors: Ceramic White, Symphony Air Silver, Summit Gray, Electric Blue Metallic, Scarlet Red Pearl or Black Noir Pearl. For comfort, fun, a stylish hatchback, safety, and affordability, take a look at the Hyundai Elantra GT. Pricing begins at $19,350.