A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is the mainstay for sedan, while a 2.0-liter four-cylinder is optional, but standard in the GT; six-speed manuals and automatics are available for both.
It has taken a while, but the Elantra has evolved over the past quarter-century to become one of the more popular compact sedans on the road. The spacious GT hatchback is arguably the better looker and is ideal for toting larger gear. That can’t be said for the Elantra coupe that, although sportier, clearly wasn’t a fan favorite since Hyundai decided to delete it for the 2015 model year. The GT is slightly shorter overall than the sedan, but its expanded cargo area allows for 23 cubic-feet of room with the rear seats up (compared with 15 for the sedan) and more than 50 with them folded flat. Base sedans use a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 145 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. It’s rated at 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with the optional six-speed automatic. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s rated at 173 horses and 166 pound-feet of torque is available in the sedan, but comes standard with the GT. The base Elantra sedan and GT include the usual power-operated assortment, a six-speaker audio system, air conditioning, cruise control and more. Stepping up to the Sport and Limited sedan trims add the 2.0 engine plus leather seats (heated in front and back), power sunroof, cruise control, power driver’s seat, pushbutton start and 17-inch wheels (16-inchers are standard). The option list includes keyless push-button start, automatic headlights, premium 360-watt sound package and a touch-screen navigation system with rearview camera. Both body styles can be had with optional items that include a navigation system, 360-watt premium sound system and dual-zone climate control.