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What Is the Difference Between the Hyundai Elantra GLS & GT?

by Justin Cupler

Hyundai first released the Elantra GT in the 2004 model year as an upgraded trim level. The GT only lasted a few years, as 2006 was its final year. In the 2006 model year, the GLS and the GT were similar, but did have minor differences.


The 2006 Elantra GLS was available in eight colors: tidal wave pearl, sterling silver metallic, spruce green pearl, nordic white, moonlit blue mica, electric red pearl, ebony black and champagne metallic. The GT trim level only came in four colors: tidal wave pearl, sterling silver metallic, electric red pearl and ebony black.

Suspension and Braking

The GLS trim level had a standard Hyundai suspension system. The GT model was equipped with a sport -tuned suspension for a tighter feel. The GT trim came standard with four-wheel disc brake, whereas only the GLS hatchback had four-wheel disc. The GLS sedan had rear drum brakes.


The GLS trim level came as a four-door sedan and a four-door hatchback, whereas the GT came only as a four-door hatchback. The GT was fitted with a rear lip-style spoiler, front fog lights and a plain black front grill, whereas the GLS had no spoiler or fog lights and the grill was black with chrome outline.


The GT trim level included leather seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shifter knob and leather door inserts. The GLS had a full cloth interior with a rubber shifter knob and steering wheel.

About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.

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