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

    Having driven the previous generation of both Civic and Mazda3, I concur with your assessment. Mazda = precise mechanical feel but a little stiff. Civic = smooth. Trouble is, the Civic is still only a 5 speed. :(
     
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  3. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    All 2013 Hyundai Elantra GTs arrive absolutely loaded with little touches from one end of the vehicle to the other. Today I am highlighting the door handles. They are not chromed but have a soft pewter like finish that adds a touch of class without going “bling”. The pivot door lock also includes the same finish.

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 30 - Cool Door Handles

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    Wayne
     
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  4. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Yet another comfortable feature few others actually match.

    When you look inside or drive most cars today, their armrests are usually flush with the bezel that continues through the door grab opening and into the door handles. Some are hard plastic and even those with a leather warp can best be described as anything but padded.

    Now take a look at the Elantra GT’s padded armrest.

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 31 - Truly Padded Armrests

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    You can see from the above that there is actually about .25 in of softer foam beneath the soft pleather/leather cover and it really does make for a comfortable place to rest your arm!

    Wayne
     
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  5. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Another interior design highlight.

    When you look inside or drive most cars today, the entire panel from the lower sill to the window is usually highlighted by maybe a cup holder, maybe a plastichrome door handle and maybe even a cloth or leather insert. Most however do not have a brightwork surround matching the handle and lock.

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 32 – Interior Door Surround

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    Yup, more design highlights then its direct competitors yet it costs less then all of them.

    Wayne
     
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  6. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Personally, I like the matte black/charcoal door handles on my Touring. No superficial finish to wear off (which WILL happen by the time the car is 6-10 years old). Got a ring on your left ring finger? Expect the finish on the driver's door handle to start showing wear within 3 years.
     
  7. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    A feature many include fortunately and its all there plus in the Elantra.

    Both the driver and passenger doors front and rear have molded in cup/can/bottle holders. What is different is the angle as the main holder has a slight tilt towards the driver/passenger. You can fit another can or bottle behind the

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 33 - Door Cupholders

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    I could carry a lot of water bottles in them with room for other items like my mini atlas right alongside and directly in front. These are no ordinary cupholder cutouts.

    Wayne
     
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  8. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Interesting -- unlike many of the Elantra GT's features, that one actually is change from the Elantra Touring. I have just one bottle holder in each of my door pockets. Of course, when you add the four of those to the two front cupholders and the two cupholders in the rear fold-down armrest, that makes EIGHT places you can store beverages. Not counting any you might have chilling in the glovebox!
     
  9. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Well, that makes me feel inadequate. :p I only have TWO in my car.
     
  10. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Some of you may remember me speaking about this exact feature in the Elantra Continuous improvement write-up and here it is in pictures. The Accent, Elantra and Sonata all have this feature where the small personal lighting above the sun visor shuts off automatically when you close the visor. While most cars in the C-segment do not even have these additional personal lights, the Elantra not only does but they work really cool ;)

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 34 - Personal Lighting

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    On – Sun visor closed – Off.​

    To be clear, all Elantra’s have the small personal lights above each sun visor as well as the larger and centrally located individual map lights.

    Wayne
     
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  11. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    A few things to add... STI, Hyundai's Press Fleet handling company here in the Chicago area will be picking up the Elantra GT on Monday while dropping off the loaded 13 Kia Rio with the 6-speed stick.

    In addition, when I got home last night I thought I would get in and compare the Elantra GT to the 2013 VW Passat TDI I have been pouring the miles on the past four days.

    The Passat is definitely a larger car but lacks as much punch with its 2.0L TDI vs. the much lighter weight Elantra with the 1.8L MPFI gas engine.

    Seats in the Elantra are better.

    The GT’s stick shift is “much much much” better, the clutch and gas pedal action is far less heavy as well.

    It is even quieter at idle vs. the diesel clatter and about the same at speed.

    Steering was ~ equivalent with the Elantra GT in Normal mode vs. the Passat with its one mode only routine.

    Ride goes to the larger Passat whereas handling I will give the edge to the GT with less body roll and a lot more fun to drive while carving corners near its maximum.

    On the FE front, the Elantra GT will take out the Passat TDI locally as its lightweight and maximum high 120 mpg numbers will attest vs. the 108 high in the Passat (seen so far anyway???). On strictly Interstate cruise however, the Elantra fades as it approaches the low to mid 70 mpg capability whereas the Passat will walk away as its mighty turbo diesel can easily hold 80 + in less acceptable conditions.

    We are talking about comparing the 2012 North American Car of the Year Elantra with the updates to the GT (and there are a whole lot of updates!!!) vs. the 2012 Passat that took the MT’s 2012 “Car of the Year”.

    Both are excellent cars with the plus’ stacked favorably in the Elantra GT’s corner in a number of areas.

    If the Elantra GT only had a turbo diesel, holy smokes! Oh wait, it does in Europe and Australia in the form of the i30 with a magnificent 1.7L and the 6-speed stick ;)

    Wayne
     
  12. fishnrib

    fishnrib Christian

    Wayne,
    I don't know if this has been asked before but do you know why Hyundai dosen't sell diesel's in the U.S.?
     
  13. xcel

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

    Hi Tom:

    They do not want to spend the extra $1 to $2K for the emissions controls on the chance the American consumer would purchase in enough quantity to make the turbo diesel viable.

    While the Passat TDI's 2.0L is old school vs. the upcoming Mazda6 SKYACTIV, it does indeed get the job done as the Passat numbers can certainly attest. It however sounds rough at idle when you are not moving and some may find that clatter more than objectionable when you have Hybrids running around that are silent at "idle" or I should have written actually shut down when coming to or sitting at a stop.

    I'd take a diesel even with those objections given its thermodynamic efficiency cannot be matched by a gasoline engine but the drawbacks are all too noticeable.

    I will be in LA in late November/early December and if you are free, let’s get together again! I will be in a 2013 Honda Accord which is not quite comparable to your Sonata Hybrid but it should have a good showing in either case ;)

    Wayne
     
  14. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    I'm not sure if the average person notices those drawbacks. I haven't driven a Passat so can't compare it to my car, but most others who ride in (or drive!) my car don't notice an unusual amount of noise or vibration unless it's cold out (0F or colder).
     
  15. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    While every car in the C-segment has outboard vents that either rotate and close or incorporate standard vents with a plastic wheel, few have a brightwork insert in the directional or a pewter like surround matching the rest of the interior design. The Elantra does.

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 35 - Vent Controls

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    Vents are created to be controlled. So why not make them look pretty as well?​

    Hyundai not only makes a functional control but adds some style too.

    Wayne
     
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  16. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    :D
     
  17. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    As with the door handles, my Elantra Touring has matte-black surrounds for the vents and I prefer it. But matte-silver on plastic has been common in consumer products for about a decade now, so no surprise.
     
  18. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Not every C-segment competitor even has a sunglass holder let alone a damped compartment with a cloth/felt lined sunglass stowage area.

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 36 - Cloth/Felt Lined Sunglass Holder

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    Elegant open and closing action, quiet and so very useful!​

    Wayne
     
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  19. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    The Elantra GT has been driven away and I only have one more day of highlights so we’ll have to cut the series short tomorrow at 36 days of highlights :ccry:

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    Saying goodbye to our first long term and what a long term it was!​

    Now back to the highlight reel…

    All C-segment competitors provide at least one 12V outlet up front but some only provide one. The Elantra GT not only has the 12V in the rear as highlighted previously but two up front where they belong.

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 37 - (2) 12V Outlet(s) Up Front

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    Dual 12V outlets up front where they belong ;)

    Wayne
     
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  20. fishnrib

    fishnrib Christian

    Wayne,
    Better go chase it down as you forgot a picture of the dash and seats to complete the pics. Or add these from your previous drives.
     

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