Isn’t it funny how 1 product can grab your attention so quickly? While Hyundai has been growing consistantly for a very long time, the 2012 Elantra line just seems unstoppable. The new GT version is no exception.
The GT version is a fancy way to say hatchback, let’s be honest here. It’s peppy, fun, and has mutiple driving settings including the much advertised feature of setting your steering preference from comfort to sport etc. While I did notice a difference in these settings, honestly, I just found the one I liked and left it there. The ability to flip between eco driving and normal is really what I liked the best. Fuel economy has been such a proud flag for the Elantra cars in 2012, that it is still so encouraging that you don’t have to give up “FUN” to save money and be “green”. Simply put, if you’re running around town comfortably, use eco mode. You have friends in the car, you’re chatting and not really there to enjoy the driving experience. Be in that car by yourself, and feel like driving it harder? Then change the setting. That’s where this car really wins.
Interior is pretty standard for the Elantra line of cars. The hatchback version of the GT really does give you a lot of “tall” room for cargo in the back. In my case, I picked up my kids after a sleepover a Grandma’s place and was initially concerned I wouldn’t have the room. Boy was I wrong! The hatch fit the bags, toys, crafts and other things Grandma’s send home with kids (like more candy!), booster seats are perfect in the back seat and if the munchkins are driving you crazy, just point out the massive sunroof and open it… that’ll buy you a few minutes of distraction 🙂 LOL.
I give this car a real thumbs up, and I’m not a “hatch” kind of guy! If you haven’t thought much about it, this new Elantra GT should be on your checklist before you make decisions on the small car you choose. It’s definately a competitor on price, power, fun, style and space!
Thanks to Hyundai Galleryfor the test drive!