2013 Hyundai Elantra GT vs. Its Competition

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The hatchback is supposed to be the compact sedan's more enthusiastic alter ego.

It's usually true, and in some cases it's the only body style on offer--as with the left-brained Volkswagen Golf, a sturdy piece that lacks in standard features but makes up in premium feel, from the plastics that decorate its dash to the purposeful feel of its steering rack and its strong brakes.

The Toyota Matrix is the opposite--a hatchback only, unexciting with its more zesty powertrain options purged, a Corolla more than ever in this generation.

The Ford Focus and Mazda3 are the current class leaders when it comes to engaging driving feel, either as sedans or hatchbacks.

The Mazda may have slightly better steering feel, while the Focus leads on infotainment features and outright power, particularly with the new 247-hp ST.

Finally there's the Subaru Impreza, a versatile hatchback or sedan with standard all-wheel drive and fine road manners, albeit with a standard CVT that hones off some of the driving edge.

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Quick Specs
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Not quite a hot hatch, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT gives up some rear-seat space in the name of cargo room and European style.
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Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Ford Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
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The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
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The 2013 Impreza retains the Subaru hallmarks of standard all-wheel drive, practicality, and durability, while packing in more features for the money—and it looks good doing it.
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With the frugality of a Corolla and hatchback versatility, the 2013 Toyota Matrix delivers on practicality but falls short if you expect a hot hatch.
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The 2013 Volkswagen Golf masterfully balances frisky performance, fuel-efficiency, and refinement in its GTI and even TDI editions, but as such it's priced as a premium model.
MSRP From     
$18,545$16,200$16,700$17,895$19,275$18,095
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4Gas I5
EPA Class     
- TBD -CompactCompactCompact CarsSmall Station WagonCompact
Style Name     
5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Manual 2.0i5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (SE)2-Door HB Manual PZEV
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanSedanSedan5 Door Wagon2 Door HB
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual