There are new information that 2018 Elantra GT compact hatch will debut at next week’s Chicago Auto Show. With MSRP starting at just $22,000 (this yet is not confirmed), the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is one of the best value for money cars on the US market and it backs that up with great looks and quite a nice interior for the price. While some of its competitors are better to drive and even more efficient, the Elantra offers a lot of space inside the cabin as well as nice and refined engines.

Design

Just as we mentioned, the design of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT has also been revised slightly. The biggest change comes on the GT model which received a completely new front end which is now more similar to that of the sedan. This should make it a slightly better choice than before and it should give people a nice alternative to the Fiesta which is similarly priced while being smaller than it. The sedan on the other hand carried on pretty much unchanged with a minor exception in the new 17 inch wheels on the sporty model of the range. Also, a coupe model is also available thus making it the only car in its class with such an option.

Inside

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Inside the cabin, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT manages to impress people with the sheer amount of space it has to offer. While most of its competitors are compact cars, its interior has been classified as that of a mid-size sedan which is great for its customers. On top of that, the car is nicely equipped, the materials are not the best but they are certainly above the average and the driving position is one of the best. The base level model gets quite a few features such as a 6 speaker audio system with satellite radio, USB and auxiliary inputs, cruise control, power windows and air conditioning which is quite impressive to say the least. The Sport model adds key push-button start and a power driver’s seat while the top of the range Limited model comes with heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control and a navigation system.

Engine

Engine wise rumors are (from cars coops), the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is available with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four delivering 201hp (204 PS) and 195 pound-feet of torque. The strongest Elantra GT is predicted to come with a bigger 2 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 which is quite a bit more powerful at 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque. In any case, the fuel economy is around 30 to 32 MPG on average which is mighty impressive for its class and both engines come either with a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic which is quite responsive for the price of the car.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Release Date and Price

The price dropped quite a bit for the top end model which is not around $500 less than before, all while offering even more equipment. Unfortunately though, the car still is the same as the one released back in 2011 so while the design and the engine are quite nice, the platform the car is based on is lackluster when it comes to the actual driving capabilities. The suspension is not that great and the steering wheel does not offer any kind of feedback. This may be just fine with some buyers but there are some cars in its class which are both cheaper as well as much better to drive than it.