The hatchback scene in the U.S. is always in a tenuous position. It feels like, at any moment, the whole thing could unravel and we’d be left with nothing but sedans, crossovers, and pickups. But thanks to good-looking, fun-to-drive mainstream models like the Elantra GT, things are alive and well—for now, at least.

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The Elantra GT is dressed to impress for the 2016 model year. Updates include a redesigned grille with horizontal chrome-and-argent slats; a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels; available ventilated front seats; available next-generation navigation with HD Radio and Apple Siri functions; optional Blue Link system which offers remote start with climate control and destination search powered by Google.

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Under the hood is a 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder gasoline engineered for 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It’s rated by the EPA at up to 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 27 mpg highway.


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