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As a magazine that prides itself on providing shoppers with unbiased product reviews, Consumer Reports could influence someone’s decision about which model to purchase with their reviews alone, though Hyundai doesn’t have much to fear when it comes to the 2018 Elantra GT. Calling it a fun to drive hatchback with an Euro flair, the Elantra GT seems to have won over editor Jeff S. Bartlett.

Renting two examples of the vehicle in an effort to test out both engine offerings, he found the base model to be a solid vehicle. Powered by a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder unit delivering 161 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the entry-level model returns an impressive fuel economy rating of 28 mpg combined. For just $20,350, future owners will receive a car with precise handling and competitive standard equipment offerings.

For those who wants the most out of their Elantra GT, Consumer Reports says this car really shines in Sport trim. Packing a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, the vehicle can send 201-horsepower to its wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Not only are there a few extra ponies, the Sport trim also receives a few performance upgrades including larger brakes and a more sophisticated rear suspension system.

It may not be a hot hatch, but the Elantra GT is an “engaging, practical, and affordable choice.”
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