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2016 Hyundai Elantra GT: Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?

The underappreciated Hyundai Elantra GT has one big change for 2016, and it’ll stare you right in the face. Apparently inspired by Audi’s A8 super-sedan, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT has possibly the largest grille ever installed on a compact car. And we think it looks pretty cool. The Elantra GT also gets new 17-inch alloy wheels, a retuned steering system and such available features as ventilated front seats (via the Technology package) and next-generation navigation with HD radio and Apple’s Siri Eyes Free technology. Hyundai additionally offers its latest Blue Link telematics suite with remote start (including climate-control settings) and Google destination search.

Otherwise, the Elantra GT is the same hatchback we’ve come to know over the past few years, and that’s a good thing. We’re hoping that the new grille will get this car noticed by more shoppers, because it has a lot to offer. Fuel economy is still something of a sore spot, topping out at a mediocre 33 miles per gallon on the highway with the mandatory 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, but otherwise the Elantra GT is versatile, well-equipped and surprisingly fun to drive. That engine also gives you considerably more horsepower than the Elantra sedan’s 1.8-liter motor, meaning that the Elantra GT actually pulls away from its better-known sibling at full throttle. Don’t be afraid to give this Hyundai a go if you’re looking for an accomplished compact hatchback at a reasonable price.

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When Can You Get It?

March 2015

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT adds a welcome dose of European flair to the compact hatchback segment. You might think that the Elantra GT is based on the Elantra sedan, but it’s actually a rebadged Hyundai i30 from across the pond, and you can feel that taut Euro character on the road.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Ford Focus — An oldie but a goodie, the Focus hatchback hasn’t let its advancing years prevent it from being a top pick.

2015 Mazda3 — The sleek hatchback version of the 3 combines practicality, fuel efficiency and sporty handling like few others can.

2015 Volkswagen Golf — The well-rounded Golf offers satisfying engines and a premium feel.

Used MINI Cooper Countryman — The Countryman has a ton of character, and a certified pre-owned model with a warranty might fit your budget.

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