After a several-year hiatus, a hatchback returns to the Elantra lineup, replacing the unpopular Elantra Touring wagon for 2013. Given its hatchback body style, we figured the GT would be roomier than the Elantra coupe in terms of handling a couple child-safety seats. However, a small backseat and firm seat cushions made it hard to install our car seats.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.
The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the infant seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.
Here's how the 2013 Elantra GT did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: There are two sets of Latch anchors in the outboard rear seats. Although the anchors aren't set too far down into the seat bight, the cushions are firm, so accessing them is tough. It requires a lot of force to push through the cushions to get at the anchor.