The expert reviewer from the auto researcher and valuator calls it a "blend of refinement and eager driving manners," moreover, of "efficiency and hatchback versatility." Excited to press on into performance territory, the follow-up? It's practically made for the "active enthusiast." So, what specifically took the latest Hyundai Elantra GT home for the pros? Plenty to appeal to hitting the road around our Temecula, CA locale.

For one, 2018 Elantra GT has "raised (its) sport coefficient." The Web arm of the authority,, lauded an agile multi-link rear suspension in the compact hatch's Sport trim for that thrill. Let's not forget the drive behind it, however: a spirited turbocharged 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter inline-four making the SoCal grade with 195 pound-feet of torque. Kelley Blue Book even called the handling feel afforded by an available seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission "a whole new driving dynamic" – with the impeccable fuel economy credentials to come with it.

Of course, the list of appreciated Hyundai hatchback advances didn't stop there. Noted was a spacious interior at the head of its class, complete with a driver-centric cockpit and fully loaded command center. Ditto for chic aesthetics. The new Elantra and its sleek, aerodynamic design lines evince readiness to get up and go, from attention-commanding hexagonal grille to front air curtains and integrated rear trunk-lid spoiler.

Our own favorites here at Temecula Hyundai abound, too, from 8-inch touchscreen navigation available in the base model to seven-speaker Infinity® premium audio, a wireless charging station for your smartphone and peripherals, an optional panoramic sunroof, and more. Take the turn toward 2018 Elantra GT Sport, and we think you'll love standards like electronic push-button start and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert also. Eager to explore our line of new Hyundai hatchbacks for yourself? Take the short drive over to visit us here at 27430 Ynez Rd. and we'll let you take one for a spin!