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#39 of 94 Re: Just thinking out loud... [backy]
Apr 04, 2012 (11:32 am)
You know they're going to announce it right AFTER I buy my Elantra GT, right?
#41 of 94 Re: Just thinking out loud... [bpizzuti]
Apr 04, 2012 (3:24 pm)
I'll be sure to tell you how fun it is when I buy one in mid-2013.
#42 of 94 Re: Just thinking out loud... [backy]
Apr 04, 2012 (7:05 pm)
If I can wait that long I'll be getting one too. Then again, if I can't wait there's always the Veloster Turbo, depending on how the MPGs work out. They're estimating 38 MPG highway for the manual.
#43 of 94 Package annoyance
Apr 07, 2012 (6:44 pm)
Ok, just got back from the NY Auto Show, where they had both the Veloster Turbo and the Elantra GT for me to drool over. And then I looked at the info sheet for the GT. Particularly the last part:
* 17 inch alloy wheels
* Sport tunes suspension
* Panoramic Sunroof
* Front side mirrors with turn signals.
* Leather seats, steering wheel, shift knob
* Power seats
* Aluminum pedals
* One touch up driver's window
* Requires Style Package
* Rear camera
* Auto climate control
* Smart key (or whatever Hyundai calls it)
* Automatic headlights
So basically, in order to get any of the cool options, you must also get the monsterous panoramic sunroof. And that's one thing that I was most definitely not impressed with. It's too big, the design forces the front to retract over the rear, it's heavy, it's likely that it'll heat up the car quite a bit in the sun, and the only shading is a thin piece of fabric that acts as a blackout shade, and it's over an inch from the glass. As well as being a bit cheap. I'd really prefer to avoid that sunroof if I can but they're also requiring a panoramic sunroof on the Veloster Turbo in order to get the rear camera (luckily that's adding a much smaller amount of glass). Did someone at Hyundai get a discount on sunroof glass or something?
#44 of 94 Re: Package annoyance [bpizzuti]
Apr 07, 2012 (9:36 pm)
You mean not even the leather-covered wheel and shift knob are standard on the GT, as on the old one? No sport-tuned suspension standard, as on the old one? Not even a one-touch-up driver's window standard?? That's a really basic GT! What's "GT" about it?
I don't need nav/rear camera/auto climate/smart key/auto headlights/aluminum pedals/power seat/leather seats/panoramic sunroof. But I wouldn't mind the turn signals in the mirrors (safety), sport tuned suspension (but with 16" wheels), one-touch-up windows, and leather wheel/shifter. At least maybe the base price will be pretty reasonable, as de-contented as it is.
Did you see anything about the GT that you LIKED?
#45 of 94 Re: Package annoyance [backy]
Apr 08, 2012 (5:40 am)
Driving position, dash, center stack design, steering wheel, back seat room, seat comfort, cargo capacity. I just don't like the way they're packaging the options, partially because I REALLY don't like the panoramic sunroof. I like sunroofs in general but I think the panoramic one is overkill.
Guess we can hope there will be some non-package options, but the GT's auto climate is supposed to come with automatic humidity control, which I DO want, along with the smart key and the power leather seats (what can I say, I spend over 2 hours a day in the car).
Supposedly the GT gets a sportier suspension tune than the sedan by default, and the optional "sport" suspension should really be called "sportier suspension." Supposedly.
#46 of 94 Re: Package annoyance [bpizzuti]
Apr 08, 2012 (10:06 am)
Guess we can hope there will be some non-package options...
Not likely except for stuff that can be added by the dealer like a Homelink mirror, mudflaps etc.
From what I've read, including your eyewitness report, it appears the GT will come with adjustable steering feel standard, but not the sport-tuned suspension. Which if true is... odd.
#47 of 94 Build-and-price is available now
Jun 26, 2012 (8:25 pm)
on hyundaiusa.com. I priced out the GT with no options except floor mats, Volcanic Red with beige interior (yessss!), and the pricer said Total MSRP = $18,490 with the note, "Total MSRP includes freight charges and current customer rebate." However, it showed freight charge as 0 (also rebate was 0). Hmmm. I hope the total is only $18,490 including freight, that would be very reasonable for a car with its equipment level, which includes:
* 6 speed manual
* 16" alloys
* DSSM (driver selectable steering mode)
* fog lights
* remote keyless entry
* 7 airbags
* tilt/telescope steering column with audio and cruise on the wheel
* Blue Link telematics
* 6 speaker stereo with satellite radio and USB/aux inputs
* heated front seats (!)
* sliding center armrest
* lots more
So pretty much everything I need, except I wouldn't mind leather wheel/shifter and turn signals in the mirrors. Also noted something weird on the options: driver's auto up window is part of a $2750 package! C'mon, how much can that cost to add? Even my 2010 Sentra S has that feature!
#48 of 94 Re: Build-and-price is available now [backy]
Jun 27, 2012 (6:04 am)
In order to get any of the option stuff at all you have to get that monstrous sunroof. Given how thin the shade is for it, it's not going to block any solar heating of the car. I want nothing to do with it, which means i won't be considering one. On the other hand, the Veloster isn't quite as bad about forcing the sunroof down your throat to get "stuff" and said sunroof is smaller anyway. Of course, there's a lot of glass area on the hatch itself...