STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Value, fun-to-drive, and high content rank near the top of the automotive public-relations lexicon. Throw in “re-configurability,” appeals to active life styles, bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a recent favorite, surprise and delight features, and you’re on your way to press kit heaven. But you also could be describing Hyundai’s Elantra GT; and it might be the automotive bargain of the year.
Hyundai’s value-for-your-buck equation isn’t a secret anymore, but for enthusiasts on a budget, this five-door hatchback has to rank number one. The $13,999 base price includes air conditioning, leather seats, side airbags, power mirrors and windows, CD player, keyless entry, etc. Based on that value equation alone, anyone looking for economical transportation would be foolish not to check it out. It’s when you add ride and handling to all that standard equipment that the Elantra GT really stands out.Clever tuning
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