The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT picks up where the last one left off as a Euro-designed Hyundai wagon with Continental driving dynamics. And at $18,395, Hyundai hopes that practical-minded buyers who don’t know what “Continental driving dynamics” means can look at it past the Ford Focus, Mazda3, and Volkswagen Golf.
That 18 thousand dollar price gets you into a six-speed manual model, which comes with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower—which, incidentally, is less than both the Focus and the Mazda3, but promises to match their 39 mpg highway mileage figure. The automatic starts a thousand dollars more than that, at $19,395.
And that’s it, folks—Hyundai is keeping it refreshingly simple for the Elantra GT lineup. There are two packages that are available for the two cars: a $2,750 style package adds 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, power leather seats and a sport-tuned suspension, and a technology package on top of that adds a navigation system and a backup camera for $2,350.
All prices are before a $775 destination charge.
Expect to see the Elantra GT in dealerships by the end of June. But if you can’t wait that long, we will be driving the Elantra GT next week and will have driving impressions up shortly afterwards. Stay tuned, as they say.