2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

Hyundai created the new Elantra GT by taking the engine and transmission from the Elantra sedan and marrying it to a more performance-oriented chassis. The result is a practical compact hatchback that’s a pleasure to drive.

The base GT has just enough power and performance to be sporty, helped by a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy, at 28 mpg overall, lags behind its most direct competitor, the Mazda3 hatchback.

This little Hyundai takes corners eagerly, befitting its GT name. The ride skews to the firm side. Notable road and wind noise remind drivers that the Elantra GT is an inexpensive compact, trailing the more refined Volkswagen Golf.

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The model’s low stance means getting in and out can be tricky for some. The optional power lumbar for the driver’s seat is a surprising bit of luxury at this modest price.

The backseat is roomy enough for adults, and folding it down lets owners stow a bicycle without removing its wheels.

Hyundai continues to make simple controls a hallmark. For this model, the 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system is positioned high, and it’s easy to read. It supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Buyers must opt for the uplevel GT Sport (which comes with the 1.6-liter turbo) to get forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, pushing the price to almost $30,000.

Read the complete Elantra GT road test.

A blue 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

HIGHS: Handling, braking, transmission, controls, hatchback versatility
LOWS: Ride, noise
POWERTRAIN: 161-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 28 mpg on regular fuel
PRICE AS TESTED: $23,265

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the June 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.