The Next 50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

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    Ok, the curved chrome bits in the upper grille make more sense from this angle. They line up nicely with the headlight and hood lines.
     
  2. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    Those screens work well to keep the buffeting down. But they also collect bugs as efficiently as whales collect plankton. With the roof open a lot, vacuuming the bugs out is a good maintenance item to remember.


    You could have the roof open a little, or just on the vent setting and miss it. People don't even know what pedal they are pressing nowadays - looking up is a monumental task!
     
  3. fishnrib

    fishnrib Christian

    High Wayne,
    Before you finish with the 50 days could you measure the step-up and height of the seat from the ground. I have an artificial knee and this is very important to me in entry/exit from the car.
     
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Tom:

    The Elantra GT has a 14" sill step over height. Height from the ground to the top of the highest point of the side seat bolster is 23 in. with the seat adjusted for my height and leg length?

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    I hope that helps and let me know if you need anything else.

    Wayne
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    To finish up the exterior, how about a fog light comparison and then a extra feature many hatch owners around the world know all too well :)

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 24 - Fogs

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    Expressive with some design features instilled because it is there.​

    While fog lights or the lower cutouts and sculpted areas that house them are in some cases not much more than decoration, if they are there, why not add something to make them look even better? Some manufacturers spent little time and attached them however they could whereas other spent the hours and the $’s to do it right.

    12 Corolla -- 13 Jetta -- 13 Dart -- 13 Cruze
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    13 Sentra -- 13 Focus -- 13 Mazda3 -- 13 Civic​

    As Mike pointed out in yesterdays competitive comparison yesterday, the VW Jetta’s proper side fog lights illumining with a steering wheel input into its direction has to make the Jetta’s the most functional of all. Its recesses do not look all that bad either.

    I went back and forth on the Focus and Sentra designs as to which I liked best.

    In my opinion, the design rank goes like this:
    1. 13 Elantra GT
    2. 12 Corolla <-- Surprising it placed near the top?
    3. 13 Jetta
    4. 13 Dart
    5. 13 Cruze
    6. 13 Sentra
    7. 13 Focus
    8. 13 Mazda3
    9. 13 Civic

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    And where hatches really shine? When you wash them! Instead of having to reach over a full trunk to wash the back of a car, hatches are so much easier. A full exterior wash of the Elantra GT took no more than 30 minutes from the first application water to toweling it down afterwards.

    Wayne
     
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    We go back inside!

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 25 - Cloth like Headliner

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    Detailing the headliner at the driver’s side door and A-Pillar junction.​

    The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT -- unlike most of its Japanese manufacturer C-segment competitors using mouse fir on egg carton backing -- includes a printed cloth headliner with softer foam and structural backing.

    The sun shade as shown in the pic is a plastic textured cloth like print wrapped around a hard outline and is not quite the same color or quality. The A-Pillar covering is a hard plastic piece like the rest in the segment. Some D-segments actually include the same headliner treatment to that A-pillar cover which we will hopefully see in the future work its way down into the affordable C-segment.

    Wayne
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT with the Style package arrives with leather wrapped steering wheel and shift lever. While leather wraps are nothing new, it is the quality, texture and feel of this leather wrapped wheel that makes it so darn good

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 26 - The Leather Wrapped Wheel

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    The leather is a very fine grained, smooth with just the right amount of soft on the slightly oversized diameter
    steering wheel. It is better than placing a well broken in leather glove on and imho is by far the best in segment.​

    I have not felt a wheel this good in a very long time and when it is driven away later today or tomorrow, this is probably the one featured highlight I am going to miss most as it feels so good you just want to drive!

    Wayne
     
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    All 2013 Hyundai Elantra GTs and Santa Fe’s for that matter come with a driver selectable steering mode. For around town driving, I like comfort. For intermediate and higher speed highways in the Chicago suburbs, I select Normal. When heavily loaded and with cross winds, Sport is my selection of choice. I also use this mode when driving hard out of the mountains while out west.

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 27 - Segment Exclusive Steering Mode(s)

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    The steering wheel mounted button with wheel mimic allows a switch to the three different steering modes while underway.

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    Selected modes shown in the Elantra GT's drivers central display.​

    The system allows the driver to change the Elantra GT steering characteristics to match his or her preferences and road conditions with the push of a button and while on the fly.

    The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in increments of 10% between each mode, but according to Hyundai, changes on-center feel and build up. This is an area that the current model Elantra has been problematic in the past. No longer.
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    If you are going to park like a douche, the Elantra GT’s short wheelbase, short rear overhang and tight turning radius at least allows you to park legally.​

    The Elantra GT’s turning diameter of just 34.8 feet makes it all the easier to park in tighter areas than you may have thought possible… At least that was what my pup was thinking ;)

    Wayne
     
  9. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Also an area that has been problematic with the Elantra Touring. And along with fuel economy (and, for people who care, styling), one in which the GT significantly improves upon the Touring.
     
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  10. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    The steering wheel is new. They were plagued by a rash of cars peeling in 2011 and 12 cars. They have since changed out the leather they were using. Many have stated that this was a welcomed change when they received their new wheel.
     
  11. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    I hadn't heard about that. I have a GLS, which does not have a leather steering wheel. So I guess the new wheel would be an improvement for those currently driving the more expensive SE.
     
  12. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Wri,

    On a couple of the Hyundai forums they have actually stickied the thread. Last time I looked it was past 12 pages. I have a Limited with leather and have had no problems what so ever. It's been a great car.
     
  13. JonNC

    JonNC Driving Smarter Since 06/07/2011

    My Limited's steering wheel has some peeling @ 7-8 o'clock, I just haven't had the time to deal with it.
    I'll probably call Hyundai USA first, before I take it to the dealer...
     
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    All 2013 Hyundai Elantra GTs come with this little feature to keep the drinks cold when on a family road trip. While the glove box is not the size of a full cooler, it is large enough to fit quite a few cans and normal storage items, registration, maps, pens, paper, junk that we normally store in the glove box. Who stores gloves in them anyway?

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 28 - Glove box refreshment cooler

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    Wayne
     
  15. I love that option. Our VW had it and I liked it so much I modded my truck and xB to do the same
     
  16. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    It's neat but a soft cooler-bag with frozen ice pack works much better.
     
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Rich:

    I drove it across the central Plaines in 100 - 111 degree temps with A/C running while the glove box held a few Pepsi's. Refreshments were indeed cold for those two whole days without having to mess with a cooler like I have for every other planned cross country drive I have completed. ;)

    You can even regulate the amount of cool air directed into the glove box with a twist of the vent from 0 to 100% open/closed and anything in between.

    The GT was a fluke last minute change in plans and it ended up being almost 3-months long :)

    STI is now scheduled to pick it up tomorrow morning so we will have one more interior feature before saying goodbye :(

    Wayne
     
  18. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Jon,

    Just make sure they give you the new and improved version. You will be able to tell just by the feel of the leather or least that is what I gather. I have had no issues with mine, but I am little anal about cleaning this car.

    Wayne,

    I wish they would have come out with this car sooner, but such is life. I prefer hatchbacks for their utility, especially after downsizing from my '04 Dodge 2500. I am still enamored with my '11 Elantra Limited which is saying something considering I usually only keep cars for about 18 months, but can keep trucks for years and years. Hyundai and now her sibling Kia have hit some serious home runs!
     
  19. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    The AC glovebox (included in identical form on our Touring) is nice, and we definitely enjoyed it on a roadtrip this summer when it was in the upper 90s most of the time.

    FWIW, it can also be heated (if you have it in vent or bilevel mode), since all it does is open up the glovebox to whatever is flowing through the dash vents. Not sure what purpose that would serve, but pointing it out.

    Come to think of it, I guess if you lived in a cold-winter climate you could put actual gloves and/or a hat in it while you're driving, so you can have your hands and head extra warm as you step out of your car into the deep freeze. Or on the way home from a ski trip you could use it to dry a few small items out.
     
  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is one of the few vehicles in its class that can be loaded up with either a midlevel or top level trim (Style and Technology package) while equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Not only do most competitors forgo the availability of the manual with the higher end amenities, there is only one other competitor within the entire affordable C-segment that has done its home work to create a manual as slick shifting as the GTs.

    The Mazda3 is as precise with short throws and only a hint of notchiness but is a little stiff for my tastes. The Civic is the only affordable C-segment stick (5-speed only) that is as good with even smoother gate to gate action. However only the relatively light featured LX 4-door can be purchased with a 5-speed MT and it is not available with Bluetooth hands free phone system let alone half the amenities the Elantra GT arrives with as standard equipment.

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 29 - 6-Speed Manual

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    Wayne
     

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