2018 Hyundai Elantra vs. Elantra GT

September 13th, 2017 by

There are quite a few differences between the 2018 Hyundai Elantra vs. Elantra GT beyond one being a compact car and the other being a hatchback. Everything from price points to features and available package upgrades differs between the two. If you’re considering purchasing one or the other, here are some things to keep in mind to help you make your decision.

Different Models, Seating, and Cargo Space

The Hyundai Elantra is available as an SE, SEL, ECO, and a Limited model while the Elantra GT is available in your base model GT and a GT Sport. The biggest differences between the Elantra and the Elantra GT are the total cabin space and cargo space. The Elantra is spacious enough to fit up to 5 adults comfortably and is the expected size of a compact car with 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The Elantra GT and GT Sport shine in this arena because not only will it seat 5 comfortably with approximately 25 cubic feet of cargo space, if you fold the rear seats down, your cargo space more than doubles to approximately 55 cubic feet of cargo space. Because of the available cabin room in the GT, the EPA could rate the GT as a full-size car as opposed to a compact car if they wanted.

Price Ranges and Available Packages

There are several different options to take a look at and being able to see them side by side can help you get a pretty good glimpse into what you’re buying.

Model Starting Price Available Package/Upgrades
Elantra SE $16,950 Auto Transmission
Elantra SEL $18,850 n/a
Elantra ECO $20,500 n/a
Elantra Limited $22,100 Ultimate Package
Elantra GT $19,350 Auto Trans / Tech Package*
Elantra GT Sport $23,250 Auto Trans / Tech Package*

*Tech Package available ONLY with automatic transmission option.

So this table helps, but what exactly is in these upgrades and packages? Starting with the Elantra SE model, it comes with a standard 6-speed transmission with an optional automatic transmission upgrade. The SEL, ECO, and Limited all come standard with automatic transmissions but the only one that has any available upgrades or optional packages that consumers can add is the Limited with the Ultimate Package. The Ultimate Package consists of blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane assists, and adaptive cruise control.

When you get to the Elantra GT, you can choose whether or not you want a 6-speed manual transmission or you want an automatic transmission. If you choose to go with an automatic transmission, you then become eligible to request the Tech Package. The Tech Package includes Blue Link, dual-zone climate control, cooled front seats, panoramic moonroof, 7-speaker Infinity sound system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane assists, high-beam assists, and a drowsy driver alert among other things.

Standard Features

While packages and upgrades are nice, the Elantra and GT are not without their own features. The SE is basic without anything extra, but with the SEL and ECO, you get a 7″ touch screen, rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, rear cross traffic alert, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The ECO further includes heated front seats and dual-zone auto climate control. The Limited adds leather upholstery, an 8″ touch screen, and two USB ports.

The GT and GT Sport come standard with an 8″ touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio capabilities, a rearview camera, and remote start via smartphone. Should you choose to upgrade to the Tech Package, you get all of the other nifty bells and whistles listed above.

Should you find yourself in Aurora or Denver, Colorado and surrounding areas, stop on by Schomp Hyundai and we’ll be happy to set you up with a test drive so you can pick the best Hyundai for your needs!

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