Hyundai Elantra
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Overall: Another carry-over year for Hyundai’s compact sedan before the launch of an all-new 2017 model; The GT hatchback will likely stay static for a bit longer.

Drivetrain: 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 hatchback; six-speed manuals and automatics are available for both.

In a highly competitive market, the Elantra has remained popular with a combination of great looks, plenty of content and a competitive price. The spacious GT hatchback is arguably even better looking and is ideal for toting more of your stuff. Although slightly shorter overall than the sedan, the GT’s expanded cargo area allows for an impressive amount of room with the rear seat up and lots more with it 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.

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