The Elantra, which was all new for 2001, features a longer wheelbase offering more headroom, rear leg room and hip room in the cabin. The third-generation Elantra also features upscale European styling. For 2003 there are now three Elantra models available -- the Elantra GLS four-door sedan, the Elantra GT 5-door and the new Elantra GT 4-door. Now Elantra buyers and enjoy precise European handling and leather seating in either a 4-door or 5-door Elantra GT.
Powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder 16-valve engine, the Elantra also has side air bags as standard equipment, a unique feature in this price class. The third generation Elantra is smoother and quieter than the previous generation with the addition of a front subframe, hydraulic engine mounts, eight-counterweight crankshaft, ribbed engine block and integrated intake resonator for improved engine smoothness and noise reduction.
The Elantra GLS is loaded with standard features that include: air conditioning, side impact air bags, power windows, door locks and mirrors, AM/FM/Cassette stereo, tilt steering column, rear window defroster, front seat belt pretensioners, two-speed intermittent windshield wipers, remote fuel door, remote trunk release and more.
The sporty Elantra GT, both 4-door and 5-door models, are fitted with all that standard equipment plus standard leather (yes, leather) seating surfaces, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lamps, keyless remote entry with alarm, purple-lighted instrument panel with trip computer, 15-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, rear disc brakes, cruise control, AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and rear window wiper/washer (5-door).