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Economical; practical; well-equipped, with sophisticated infotainment features and options; available in a variety of body styles; excellent warranty
In 2013, Hyundai added a 2-door coupe and 5-door hatchback GT to the Elantra sedan lineup. For 2014, all three models carry over, with some important changes. Coupes lose the option of a manual transmission, while sedan trims are reshuffled into SE, Sport and Limited. Big news is the addition of a new direct-injected 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which comes standard in the Elantra coupe and GT, as well as the Sport trim sedan. The engine packs 173 horsepower and 154 ft-lb of torque -- big gains over the previous 1.8L's 148 hp and 131 ft-lb, which still power the SE and Limited sedans. EPA estimates for 2.0L models are 24 mpg in the city and between 33 and 35 mpg on the highway, depending on the model and transmission. Elsewhere, the sedan features mild exterior updates, including LED front accent lights and rear taillights in Sport and Limited trims, along with new wheel designs across the sedan trim range.