Pros: "Good Value, Fun to drive. Get Stick Shift."
Cons: "From Factory Mediocre MPG. K&N Air filter improves"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"A 2014 Elantra GT. This is the second Hyundai I purchased based on reviews, 10 year Bumper to Bumper Warranty for $60 year. If anything fails other than tires, brakes,or consumable items it is covered by extended warranty. Being on a disability income this is a great value to me.
Elantra GT is only a moniker and not GT performance.It does handle ok and rides tight to the road but at times it can be harsh. Our Sonata Hybrid is far quieter and smoother but for an additional price. As a second/third vehicle this 10 year choice is a nice car. It is loaded with style and tech packages and they are very nice to have all the gadgets and after selling off my Mustang Convertible the Panoramic room was a must have. Only disappointment is the factory stereo does not even come close to the one in our 2013 Sonata Hybrid Limited. It sounds tinny with lousy base response and tinny tweeters and mediocre mid-range sound. A speaker upgrade is my xmas present to myself this year.
Out of the factory at 173hp and a bigger motor than the standard Elantra its mpg ratings are on the lower end of cars in its class. I range 23-25 around stop and go in town driving but if I can avoid traffic lights and run 45mph to and fro on 16 mile jaunts she gets a respectable 33 mpg. Last week I dropped $54 on a K&N air filter and was totally amazed and pleased. In town mpg went up to 26-28 mpg and highway went between 36-41 depending on lead foot speeds or a conservative 65-70 mph. The biggest improvement is the increase in power. You can feel the improvement in acceleration with the K&N and although pricey it will pay itself off quickly. The only downside is that you now hear the motor sucking in gobs of air when accelerating. The Elantra GT is not a quite car anyway and the throaty sound of air intake is actually a plus to the GT moniker. :)
With the sports suspension handling is fairly good by by no means a Grand Touring (GT) car. It handles well but you do feel the bumps in the road. On really rogh roads you can feel the wheel hop at times.
Seating for 4 is comfortable and in a pinch you can put 5 adults in it but the back seat adults better be average size. The amazing thing and a key reason I bought the GT is fold down rear seats gives it approx. 52 cu ft. of cargo space. After trading down from a Tahoe (couldn't afford the gas mileage anymore) I needed a vehicle I could get 2 Labrador retrievers in with 2 Dachshunds and luggage. The Elantra GT easily fits the bill and with factory cargo mats the interior is protected.
The Tech package gets you the panoramic roof and Navigation. Updates to the nav system are not cheap. The Navigation system does a fair job at getting you from point a to point b but does not have a ton of frills. It is an adequate system, easy to operate and read but compared to the Nav system say in an MKX it is fairly basic. If you did not want the panoramic roof a Navigation Stereo aftermarket upgrade may be a better choice depending on where you live. Although user install-able I would recommend a professional install.
Like My Sonata Hybrid I have had no warranty claims or issues since driving out of the showrooms. Even though they are economy class cars you get a solid clunk when closing doors, no rattle or annoying wind whistles when out on the road. Both Hyundai and KIA make quality products down in Georgia. For $2500 under fair market value from a volume Hyundai dealer I feel that the car was a good purchase.
With 2 Hyundai's in the house the Sonata by far with the Sonata is by far more comfortable and quite but the Elantra GT has its plus sides also. Cargo room, good layout of instruments, decent handling and a fun feeling when driving it make it a good value. The heated leather seating in front is a plus and the Bluetooth and other electronic goodies in the car are easy to use. Seating is comfortable for long rides for front seat passengers. I cannot speak for rear seat passengers since I never sit back there and we rarely use this car when entertaining. The Sonata is better suited for that.
As I said the mpg is on the low side but with the K&N upgrade that is improved along with engine response.
Would I buy another Hyundai. Yes. Another Elantra GT,probably,if my needs were the same. 7 years from now my needs will be different but all in all a good car for the money."
"I actually have two, one for me (work car, less options) and one for the wife (with all options.) I'm 6'2" and was amazed to find the car had so much room for its size. I haven't found anything loose or 'not just right' on either car, Hyundai quality control is excellent. It's very quite and smooth for its size and the power feels like a V6 engine. My average gas mileage has been 32mpg, however that's on a rough and hilly country highway. My dealer did not offer window tint, a big disappointment for me."
"This is an excellent car.
It has two characteristics which Hyundai needs to address: (1) road noise - I am hard of hearing and I can hear and feel road noise with the windows closed and when the windows open it is much worse. With the windows open, I cannot hear the CD player. We purchased our vehicle in June 2011, one of the first cars off the production line and it has Contenential tires . . . that is probably the cause of the vibration/noise problem . . we are paying $600 to get rid of these lousy tires installed by the factory and put on Michelin Tires.
(2) Also in an economy move, Hyundai has removed the center front dash speaker in all of its models and this action makes hearing the CD player difficult to hear with the windows open at 70 mph.
Suggest that prior to purchasing this car you drive the car on the interstate at 70mph with the windows open/closed to determine if these characteristics are present in your car and if they are if it bothers you.
Except for the items described above, this is one of the best cars I have owned. This is our third Hyundai purchase: 2003 Accent (Manual Transmission), 2009 Sonata (Manual transmission) and 2012 Elantra (Auto Transmission."
Pros: "Awesome value, great style, safe, dependable"
Cons: "Needs more storage, loud a/c"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I love my car. From the sleekness in the design to the miles per gallon. My car is excellent. I have had it for about 4 months now and have driven it on trips to Georgia and Alabama and have had no problems. The only thing I would say is when I turn on the A/C it is quite loud underneath the car but nothing out of the ordinary. It is a very smooth ride but can get up if you need it to. Best car buy for the price and really great value as well. Really overall I am satisfied."
"I bought it online through a local dealer. That turned out to be my best way to buy. I never experienced any wondering whether I could have gotten a better price. Hyundai really wants to sell their cars! The price was at least 2,000 less than the other possibilities I considered. The look of the car was new at the time. My favorite look of a car ever. I like to think my car originated this particular style. I have seen many other cars that used the styling of the Elantra, and look much the same. That's okay. It drives a lot like my 1986 Mazda RX-7 did, and that's really saying something. I do wish they squeezed a little more knee room for me. I'm 6'4". Only problem, I want a minivan. Had one for a couple years, so I might trade this in on a used minivan. Honda Oddyssey maybe, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan. I've found they can go for less than 5k, out the door. I great condition too. Anybody know of one available in Orange County?"