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2014 Hyundai Elantra Review – Stylish GT + Impressive MPG

by TerriAnn
2014 Hyundai Elantra Review – GT / Hatchback #Cars

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT is a fun, zippy car that performs when it needs to but saves you where it can. The GT (hatchback model) is especially sporty-looking and a model you’d be proud showing off. With a starting price tag under $20K and fuel economy averaging at 28 MPG with a manual transmission / stick-shift, it’s a compact car that’s functional, reasonable, and a blast to drive. Test driving for this 2014 Hyundai Elantra review was more of a perk than a job.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Review – GT / Hatchback #CarsOne-week vehicle loan was provided for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Review

A few months ago, one of my brothers-in-law rented a Hyundai Elantra for a trip. Usually he hates rental cars but this was the first one that he actually raved about liking so much. Now I know why.

The Elantra just drives so smoothly and is perfectly responsive. Shifting gears is seamless and the power is constantly good but delivers when you need it. Frans had so much fun driving this that he kept offering to do errands just so he could take it for a spin. That was definitely A-OK with me!

On top of that, the GT model (hatchback) just looks so stinkin’ sweet! Even the interior is nice and modern.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Review – GT / Hatchback #Cars

I also loved that the covers for the panoramic sunroof opened in opposite directions from the middle, giving you a full view out the top. It was fast too!

2014 Hyundai Elantra Review – GT / Hatchback #Cars

The body style is reminiscent of the Lexus CT 200h but has much softer lines and costs a whole lot less. Every time I see a new Elantra GT on the road, I can’t help but stare at it a little – it’s that pretty. The sedan is still okay but it’s the GT that really floats my boat.

Cost and Functionality

Standard features include selectable steering modes (depends how heavy you like the steering), Bluetooth, keyless entry, heated mirrors, and heated front seats. The leather seats, driver’s lumbar support, dual temperature, and navigation with rearview camera did pop the price up another $5,000 but are worth the extra in the long run. Plus, I have a heightened appreciation for the Elantra after visiting the Hyundai manufacturing plant in Alabama where they’re made and meeting some of the people who put them together.

Leg room in the back is a little lacking. If my husband of 5′ 11″ with long legs is driving my 5′ 2″ daughter can barely fit in the seat behind him. Behind my short self, she’s fine. So, if long legs are involved you might have to consider who will be riding behind them and how often. The seatbelt latches also stick out in the back row so make sure you get in carefully or risk a bruise. Still, I’d highly recommend looking into this dependable hatchback as a stylish commuting staple.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Review – GT / Hatchback #Cars

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT is a solid buy. It will fit most day-to-day needs of a family for city driving and/or longer road trips and won’t break the bank!

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Paula @ Frosted Fingers July 17, 2014 - 8:15 am

My husband used to own an Elantra. Man they have come a LONG way! He loved that little car.

Anne - Mommy Has to Work July 17, 2014 - 11:42 am

This a cute car but we would need something bigger for our tall members.

Penelope Guzman July 18, 2014 - 6:58 am

This looks like a really fun car to own and drive. I love how stylish it looks.

Kelsey Apley July 18, 2014 - 10:54 am

We are all long legged in our family so it probably wouldn’t be for us, cause I hate being in the back seat and can’t move cause I am squished, hehe! Looks like a cute car though!

vanessa: thequeenofswag July 19, 2014 - 9:25 am

Looks like an awesome car. I’ll be taking something similar on our next road trip!

Kathleen July 19, 2014 - 8:10 pm

I love how open the roof is, and you sure can’t beat gas mileage like that!

Colleen July 20, 2014 - 7:02 pm

It looks great I love how big the sunroof looks.

Liz Mays July 21, 2014 - 2:41 am

I’d probably really like this one. I sure like it from what I’m seeing so far. It’s a cutie!

aimee fauci July 21, 2014 - 10:42 am

I love zippy cars! We just bought a new truck and it’s not too zippy. Maybe in a few years when my now 9 year old is 16.

Amy @ Marvelous Mommy July 21, 2014 - 11:13 am

You got some great pictures! I love the look of this car!

Kay Adeola July 21, 2014 - 11:21 am

This is a really nice looking car.I love the sunroof its a shame we need a bigger car.

Robin (Mom Foodie) July 21, 2014 - 11:23 am

That is a nice looking car. I appreciate the honesty about the leg room and seat belts in the back!

Lindsey July 21, 2014 - 12:31 pm

A great car for commuting to work. We need something a little bigger for our DIY and hauling.

Jaime July 21, 2014 - 1:32 pm

I have a friend who had an Elantra years ago (he still has one – a newer one.) He loved it. I agree with others, though. They’ve come SUCH a long way!

Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 21, 2014 - 1:35 pm

My ex husband used to have a Hyundai Elantra and I always loved that thing. It’s a great car.

melinda July 21, 2014 - 3:04 pm

i’ve never driven a Hyundai. They’ve come a long way in recent years

Alesha @ Full Time Mama July 21, 2014 - 3:08 pm

I am loving the panoramic sunroof!! Lack of leg room would not work for our tall family, unfortunately.

Dawn July 21, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Hyundai is a great car company. Their cars are always really well made. The Elantra is a solid car.

Shell July 21, 2014 - 5:47 pm

I had an Elantra years ago. They’ve definitely changed and gotten much cooler!

Pam July 21, 2014 - 5:59 pm

I love the look of it! I have never owned a Hyundai but my friends who own them love them!

Kathy July 21, 2014 - 6:57 pm

I love that sunroof! Wow they sure have improved the look since I rode in one.

Donna July 21, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Now that’s one pretty ride! If I hadn’t recently bought a new car… I’d be all over this! 🙂

Carly Anderson July 21, 2014 - 9:07 pm

This Hyundai Elantra looks like a really nice car! I love the modern looking interior.

Candy Olivares July 21, 2014 - 9:53 pm

What a great vehicle! Great insight on it too!!

Veronica July 21, 2014 - 11:33 pm

That’s a great looking car. I love it. I need on for my daughter

fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin) July 22, 2014 - 1:13 am

Oh my gosh.. such a cute and fun car. If I didn’t have kids and a need for my van I would totally love this.

Chrystal @ YUM eating July 22, 2014 - 5:24 am

Wow, Hyundai’s are really improving these last few years. I would totally drive that car!

Krystal July 22, 2014 - 7:28 am

I love Hyundais! It was my first car and it will be my next as well.

Marina @ Mommy Snippets July 22, 2014 - 8:04 am

This looks like an awesome ride! Hyundai has come such a long way. Very impressive.

Brandy July 22, 2014 - 8:12 am

This looks like a really great car! I had an older style back in the day and loved it.

Theresa July 22, 2014 - 9:55 am

That looks like a really nice little car! I need a 7 passenger car so this one isn’t an option for us, but we are eying other Hyundai cars for a possibility at the end of the year.

Tami July 22, 2014 - 10:38 am

This is a sweet ride! I love small cars, so this is definitely something I’d consider getting. 🙂

Lori July 22, 2014 - 11:48 am

Good thing I am not very tall then! It looks like a great car otherwise.

Debbie Denny July 22, 2014 - 12:11 pm

That is impressive, Love all the great features,

cam | bibs and baubles July 22, 2014 - 2:13 pm

That is one stylish looking car! Lots of great features!

Rosey July 22, 2014 - 2:19 pm

My husband’s car is like that with the leg room, our son can barely get out if my husband is driving…and our teen knows better than to even try to sit there. It’s not an Elantra though. This is a sharp looking car you’ve put up. It’s nice that you got to go visit behind the scenes.

Christie July 22, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Hyundai has come a really long way. I love the car shape!

Ann Bacciaglia July 22, 2014 - 5:44 pm

What a nice looking car! I am in the market for a new car. Thanks for sharing. I really like the look of this one.

Amanda Her July 22, 2014 - 8:40 pm

That sunroof is so huge! Looks like a great, solid car.

Jessica (Savory Experiments) July 23, 2014 - 6:17 am

That is a sleek looking vehicle! I love the giant sunroof!

Tonia July 23, 2014 - 8:06 am

I would love to test out this car. The sunroof is very nice and I love the space in the back. It looks like it can fit my two girls with ease.

Carly from The Puzzled Palate July 23, 2014 - 2:19 pm

I actually got to drive the Elantra a year or two ago. I really liked it- great handling

Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest July 25, 2014 - 9:08 am

My cousin actually just got this same car, but in a different color, on Wednesday. I can’t wait to take hers for a test spin 😉

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