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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

2/23/2013
Introduced for the 2013 model year, the Hyundai Elantra GT is a 5-door, 5-passenger hatchback that replaces the previous Elantra Touring model in the automaker's lineup. The Elantra GT wears an Elantra nameplate in the United States, but the European model on which it is based is called the Hyundai i30. If you are considering an Elantra GT for your own driveway, these 5 fast facts about the car may prove helpful.

1.) Hyundai calls the 2013 Elantra GT's design theme "Fluidic Sculpture," and the company says the approach "considers the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion." The result is a 0.30 coefficient of drag. Models equipped with a reversing camera system have it hidden beneath the Elantra GT's rear Hyundai flying H badge.

2.) The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is equipped with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated to deliver 148 horsepower (145 in PZEV tune). ActiveEco technology modifies engine and transmission response, resulting in a 7% improvement in fuel economy, according to Hyundai. With the standard 6-speed manual gearbox, the Elantra GT is rated to get 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Choose the optional 6-speed automatic transmission and those figures are 27-city/37-highway.

3.) Because the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is based on a European model, a sport-tuned suspension is standard. Hyundai supplies even stiffer suspenders with the optional Style Package. Additionally, the Elantra GT is equipped with standard Driver Selectable Steering, an electric steering system offering Comfort, Normal and Sport Calibration Modes.

4.) Hyundai claims the 2013 Elantra GT offers more cargo capacity than the Ford Focus 5-door, the Mazda 3 5-door, the Nissan Juke, the Toyota Matrix, and the Volkswagen Golf. Maximum cargo capacity measures 23 cu. ft. behind the car's rear seat, and 51 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded down. Hyundai says the rear seat cushion also flips up to make it easier to carry taller items. Additional standard equipment includes heated front seats, a cooled glove compartment, and a stereo equipped with an iPod/USB connection, an auxiliary audio input jack, and Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio capability. Options include a touchscreen navigation system, dual-zone climate control with a clean air ionizer, leather upholstery, and a 10-way power driver seat.

5.) A smartphone pairing and telematics system called Blue Link is standard for the 2013 Elantra GT, offering features such as Automatic Crash Notification, SOS Emergency Services, voice-to-text messaging, and more. The Elantra GT is the only member of the Elantra family equipped with a knee air bag for the driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Elantra GT a 5-star overall crash-test rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the Elantra a "Top Safety Pick" for 2013*.

* Note that the IIHS does not make any distinction between the Elantra GT and the Elantra Sedan it tested, despite the fact that the Elantra GT is based on a completely different vehicle.