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A-List: The Pint-Sized 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport Packs A Punch

I had three nearly back to back days of heading into downtown Washington, D.C. just after morning rush hour and before the lunchtime break to go to the CNN building for TV appearances. Typically, CNN and their sister channel HLN send car service for you to make sure you get to their studio in one piece and on time, but I opted to drive that Thursday, Friday and Saturday as I had other things to do after my appearance.

There’s no better way to tell what you think of a car than to test your patience in it driving in a congested city. I drove the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport and depending on how whip navigated in the city would determine if I would remained comfortable and calm as I maneuvered about.

Though a small-sized car, the Hyundai Elantra packs a punch even when in regular drive mode, but especially when you switch to sport. And it hugged the curbs and made me feel secure even as I often had to bob and weave on 395 North headed into downtown. Especially in the area where the regular seasoned drivers know that people slow down and Sunday afternoon stroll just past Hains Point and over the hill beside newly renovated The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront.

In auto-speak, the GT Sport had a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four that offers an additional 39 horsepower as opposed to the base Elantra GT’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter. The car’s 1.6-liter also has a powerful 195 lb-ft of torque available from a low 1500 rpm. In general speak; it’s fast for its size!

Hyundai’s hottest hatch is very spacious for its size and has roomy cargo. While I only was carrying a book bag, a blazer and some other ancillary things in and out of the city with me most days, I could have had multiple pieces of sizable luggage or a car full of groceries and there was adequate space for it all.

The contemporary media system was great and adapted easily to my iPhone. There were also the standard USB and auxiliary options, which are needed in this smart phone world.

Of course I loved the Panoramic moonroof. I feel like in a small car, it gives the illusion of space and openness even when there isn’t any.

The downside to the vehicle would be lots of road noise and the back row leg room when the seats are fully reclined.


Spin Control: With a starting price range of $19,350 to $23,250, this car is definitely affordable. And then you factor in that you’re getting 25 to 26 combined miles per gallon for city and highway, it’s shining even brighter.

Status: B+ LIST

VIDEO: So check out my inside look into the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport and determine whether it’s an automobile that meets your needs.

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