The Next 50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

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

  1. xcel

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

    Hi Tom:

    The seats are coming as they were indeed scrumptious ;)

    Wayne
     
  2. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Heh heh ... the padded, nicely damped sunglasses holder, the dual 12V outlets in the console and the combo Aux/USB dual jack are, yet again, nice features of the Elantra GT that I also have on my Touring.
     
  3. JonNC

    JonNC Driving Smarter Since 06/07/2011

    If something were to happen to my sedan, there would be no question.
    The GT would be it's replacement.

    Thanks for the long term in-depth review Wayne!
     
  4. xcel

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

    Hi Dan:

    One drive of the Elantra GT and you will not like your Touring as much. It is a generation behind in terms of ride, handling, comfort, performance, safety, design and fuel economy.

    Jon, thanks! I wish it did not have to go but Hyundai needed to deliver it to the rest of the Chicago Press :( We were granted another 2-week extension and I was oh so grateful for it too.

    Wayne
     
  5. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    I know the Touring is way behind in fuel economy, and certainly in road feel with its 1st gen EPS system. Those are, unfortunately, pretty big downfalls. But as for ride, handling, comfort and design ... we'll see when I get a chance to try out a GT sometime. I can say the Touring is pretty great in those areas, certainly superior to anything else I test drove last year. Remember that like the GT, the Touring was designed in Hyundai's German studio and is definitely NOT the same as the Elantra Sedan.
     
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Unfortunately the GT has the beam rear axle, while Dan's Touring has independent multilink. Insideline's handling tests reflect this: GT slalom is 58 mph, Touring is 63. They are tied on the skidpad at 0.81g, but that's mainly a function of the tires, not suspension. The GT has a "34% stiffer" chassis, though. That should help ride quality even if it doesn't overcome the inferior suspension setup.
     
  7. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    This saddens me. Losing 5 MPH in the slalom is huge.
    As a point of reference, the Toyota Tacoma V6 double cab 4x4 (heaviest configuration) slaloms at 59.3 per Inside line.
     
  8. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Whooa, I drove an Elantra Touring two years back and IIRC, it was a bit to rolly polly for my liking.

    Wayne
     
  9. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Although the Elantra GT is no longer here, here is one of the last highlights until I see it again sometime in the future.

    All C-segment competitors provide a sun visor but most that I have driven do not offer a sun visor extension. The Elantra GT as expected does.

    50 Days with the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - Day 38 - Sunvisor Extension

    [​IMG]

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  10. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    ^ That is one of the features that truly sets the Elantra apart from its competitors. It's the small things that tend to set cars like these apart from one another.
     
  11. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Really Wayne? Huh. The Touring is the flattest-cornering car I've ever owned, and beats the pants off anything else I've test driven in the last couple of years. I wonder if there were a batch that got bad shocks or something: most reviews praise its cornering ability and firm suspension, but I've seen a few that criticize it for being too super soft, which just doesn't compute with me.

    Oh the sun-visor extension is nice. One of the few nifty touches on the GT that I do NOT have on my car.
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2012
  12. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Dan, would a pair from the dealership fit your car?
     
  13. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    For a recap through Day 38, here is the short list.

    Day 1 – 10
    Day 11 – 20
    Day 21 – 30
    Day 31 – 38
    While we not offered the opportunity to finish off the series, hopefully we’ll get another chance again soon.

    [​IMG]
    The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT in Monument Valley​

    Wayne
     
  14. fishnrib

    fishnrib Christian

    Thank you Wayne,
    That was such an in-depth review of a truely great little car. Have you ever gone to such depths of detail with any other car? Any idea when Hyundai is going to let us in on the info for their hybrids?
     
  15. xcel

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

    Hi Tom:

    I did quite a bit with the Civic Diesel a few years back but nothing like I did with the Elantra GT. I hope you get a chance to drive one with the stick. It is absolutely worth "trying" out even if you have no intent on buying one.

    I did speak with a Kia rep about the Sonata/Optima Hybrid details and they tell me it should be sometime this month???

    By the way, are you interested in going to the LA Auto Show Press event when I am out in the LA area in late November? I will have a 13 Accord to drive while I am out there and you are more than welcome to come along.

    Wayne
     
  16. fishnrib

    fishnrib Christian

    Hi Wayne, I would love to go with you to the LA Auto Show.
     
  17. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    Hi Wayne I just weigh the wheels on the C and all 4 were 37.6 lbs. The scale is very accurate. According to tirerack the tire wights 19lbs so I guess the wheel wights 18.6 lbs?
     

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