Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and few cars demonstrate this concept quite as well as the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT. It’s got the same 1.8-liter engine under the hood as the rest of the Elantra lineup, yet it feels sportier. It’s priced below most of its hatchback competition, yet it somehow feels just a bit more premium than many others.
Blame it on the Elantra GT’s European finishing school background. It’s the first model in the Elantra lineup that wasn’t penned specifically for U.S. buyers; in fact, it’s a variation on the Hyundai i30 designed in Europe and sold worldwide. The result is a modern hatchback with impressive style, more than capable of going head-to-head with the likes of the new Ford Focus and the updated Mazda3 in terms of both appearance and content.
Under the Elantra GT's hood lurks the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine used throughout the Elantra lineup, good for 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of...