This should add another thousand sales to the brands U.S. totals each month. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug. 4, 2017 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT With the tall ships in San Diego Harbor. It was less than 6-months ago when I declared the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT was the best reveal at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. 2017 Chicago Auto Show - Best of Show: Hyundai’s All-new 2018 Elantra GT Within we walked its details through from initial reveal to the first drive in San Diego last month. The European i30 known as the all-new 2018 Elantra GT with the 162 hp and 150 lb-ft 2.0L GDI I4 here is a viable alternative to small CUVs and is priced from $19,350 not incl. the $885 D&H. The 201 hp and Elantra GT Sport with the 1.6L GDI-T I4 mated to a 6-speed MT (7-speed DCT is optional) begins at $23,250 not incl. the $885 D&H. 2018 Elantra GT and GT Sport Pricing Detail GT (not incl. $885 D&H.) 23/31 mpg city/highway rated 2.0L I4 and 6-speed MT - $19,350 24/32 mpg city/highway rated 2.0L I4 and 6-speed AT - $20,350 GT Sport (not incl. $885 D&H.) 22/29 mpg city/highway rated 1.6L GDI-T I4 and 6-speed MT - $23,250 26/32 mpg city/highway rated 1.6L GDI-T I4 and 7-speed DCT - $24,350 The 2018 Elantra GT and GT Sport provides the utility of a CUV without being a CUV. Meaning the Elantra GT with the rear seats down has more cargo capacity than the Toyota CH-R, Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax and Jeep Renegade. 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Cargo volume in pictures: 24.9/55.1 cu. ft. with rear seats up/down. The pair also provides more utility than many compact hatches yet rides and handles like a compact hatch. Looking at the passenger/cargo volume specs, the GT/GT Sport are one of two hatchbacks classified by the EPA as a Large Car due to total interior volume greater than 120 cu. ft. Passenger and Cargo Volume Competitive Comparisons Elantra GT/GT Sport - 96.5 cu. ft. and 24.9/55.1 cu. ft. of cargo volume with rear seats up/down = 120.6 cu. ft. total Civic Hatch - 94.8 cu. ft. and 25.7/46.2 cu. ft. of cargo volume with rear seats up/down = 120.5 cu. ft. total Cruze Hatch - 95.0 cu. ft. and 22.7/47.2 cu. ft. of cargo volume with rear seats up/down = 117.7 cu. ft. total Mazda3 - 96.4 cu. ft. and 20.2/47.1 cu. ft. of cargo volume with rear seats up/down = 116.4 cu. ft. total Volkswagen Golf - 93.5 cu. ft. and 22.8/52.7 cu. ft. of cargo volume with rear seats up/down = 116.3 cu. ft. total Ford Focus - 90.0 cu. ft. and 23.3/43.9 cu. ft. of cargo volume with rear seats up/down = 113.3 cu. ft. total Toyota Corolla iM - 90.4 cu. ft. and 20.8/TBA cu. ft. of cargo volume with rear seats up/down = 111.2 cu. ft. total The large car EPA classification needs to be taken with a grain of salt as the rear seat knee and legroom of all of the compact hatches is tight at best and almost unusable at worst. Like the refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata, the Elantra GT and GT Sport feature Hyundai’s new signature cascading grille bookcases by standard LED DRLs. Optional LED headlamps are also available. 17 and 18” alloys on the GT and GT Sport respectively. At the rear, the liftgate features an integrated rear spoiler and optional split dual outlet exhaust with the Elantra GT. All Elantra GTs feature 53 percent advanced high strength steel, which is almost double that of the last generation, and 367 feet of structural adhesives leads to an 18 percent increase in torsional rigidity. The rear suspension in the Elantra GT Sport is a multi-link design which provides flatter body roll while maintaining ride quality. Larger front and rear discs fill out the Sport’s 18-inch alloy wheels with high performance tires. 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Display Audio System Inside the Elantra GT and GT Sport is a standard floating 8-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. Other interior highlights include an optional Qi wireless smartphone charger, Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold, heated and ventilated front seats, next gen navigation featuring Blue Link with three-years of standard service and a powerful Infinity premium audio system with seven speakers including a subwoofer and Harmon Kardon Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology. Regarding safety, the Elantra GT Sport can be equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, High Beam Assist and Smart Cruise Control with full stop/start capability. A Hyundai-first Driver Attention Alert analyzes driver inputs to determine attention level and provide both a visual and audible warning if it determines the driver’s attention level has become too low. 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT A backlit 15-sec. time lapse in San Diego. A little tight and a lot of fun. And the more powerful and better-looking GT Sport is the more efficient of the two.