The 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT is one of the best examples of the current hatchback renaissance.Critics have whined for years about America's hatchback-averse driving public, but we'd better find a new routine, because our fellow Americans have apparently seen the light. The affordable-hatchback segment is an embarrassment of riches these days, teeming with sexy specimens that boast all the latest technology. And with the arrival of the Elantra GT, the most appealing hatchback of all might be a Hyundai. The Elantra GT is an exceptionally attractive economy car. Throw in a punchier engine for 2014 -- a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder that adds 25 horsepower and 23 lb-ft of torque -- and you have a surprisingly complete package, especially given the low price. The 2014 Elantra GT receives an Environmental Protection Agency rating of 24 mpg city/34 mpg hwy with the manual and 24 mpg city/33 mpg hwy with the automatic.
Has any other automaker gone from imitator to innovator this quickly? It was only a few years ago that Hyundai models came across as Korean-flavored interpretations of more established cars, but now every family sedan seems to be taking cues from Korea's finest. What's more, the 2014 Sonata boasts numerous changes designed to keep it competitive with newer rivals. Fuel economy is an excellent 24 mpg city/35 mpg hwy either way.
The Hyundai Sonata Limited stands out among mid-size sedans for offering one of the most generous sets of standard features. While most of its competition-- which includes the likes of the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry, Nissan Maxima and Honda Accord --have been fully redesigned in the past couple of years, the Sonata is fully on par with those models. In usable interior space, cargo space, and ride comfort, the Sonata is a step ahead of many of its mid-size rivals. The Sonata has one of the best turning circles in its class, Hyundai points out; and for those who place a greater weight on fuel efficiency, there's a Sonata Hybrid that achieves EPA ratings of 38 mpg city, 40 highway.