SUM UP (3 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Elantra Coupe in 2013

A two-door coupe joins the lineup, and the Touring wagon gives way to the GT hatchback. Lots of features become standard on the base sedan, including air-conditioning, cruise control, 16-inch wheels, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. (The Elantra Coupe’s base price rises accordingly.) The sedan’s packages pack more goodies now: the Preferred Package adds heated front seats, and the Limited Technology Package adds dual automatic climate control. Also, Atlantic blue joins the list of available colors...more

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe looks quite bold, with a fierce front fascia and a sporty look overall. Despite its looks, the Elantra is not a sports car, with its top horsepower just falling short of 150. This coupe makes a good fit for drivers who like the looks of a sports car, but also like the fuel performance and safety of a sedan.

Exterior

The fully galvanized steel body of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe comes in several choices of clear-coat monotone paints. The grille is black with chrome trim and helps to define the front fascia. Aluminum wheels come with all-season tires, suitable for driving in most conditions. For an additional touch of style, a lip spoiler adorns the SE; it costs a little extra on the GS. The SE also comes with a sunroof; unfortunately, a sunshade is not available.

Interior & Cargo

Manual air-conditioning comes standard in the front, with an air filter to keep it fresh and under-seat ducts to help the air circulate through the cabin. Dual-zone front automatic air-conditioning is available for the SE, for added comfort and convenience. The instrumentation mixes analog and digital, giving it a modern look. The driver stays updated on the exterior temperature through a digital display.

Front seats are bucket seats and the rear seat is a 60/40-split bench. GS seats use cloth, while SE seats come upholstered in leather. For both trims, the driver’s seat adjusts six ways and the front-passenger seat adjusts four ways. Both front seats come heated for added comfort during cold weather.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe has a good standard audio system, with an AM/FM/Satellite/CD player. A window grid antenna receives the radio signal. Music plays through six speakers. This audio system comes with MP3 capability, for playing music off an MP3 player and auxiliary audio input standard. Bluetooth compatibility also comes standard. There are steering wheel controls for the audio system, for added convenience. Voice recognition provides an option for the SE. A navigation system with voice activation is available for the SE, for help with navigating unfamiliar areas. A programmable garage door opener provides an option. An air compressor also comes standard and comes in handy for topping off the air pressure in the tires when away from a service station.

The luggage volume for the Elantra Coupe is not impressive but, to be fair, it is a coupe. The maximum 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space should be enough for groceries, or for a couple of pieces of luggage. A cargo net helps keep small items from rolling about in the trunk.

Safety

The Elantra is a very safe car, as evidenced by the five out of five stars overall rating from the NHTSA. It has driver and front-passenger frontal-impact airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags in the first and second rows. Airbags come with an occupant sensor. Anti-lock brakes come with brake assist and keep the brakes from locking up and work with driveline traction control to give the driver maximum control over the vehicle during a skid.

Remote keyless entry is available through a key fob, which comes with a panic alarm for deterring unwanted passengers. A keyless access system is available as well for the SE. Ignition disable prevents theft by requiring the key to be in the ignition for the vehicle to start. Parking assist provides an available option for drivers who would like help with parking in difficult spaces. This coupe provides the driver with the standard low fuel and low tire pressure warnings.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe comes with a 1.8-liter, 148-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. This engine produces 131 lb-ft of torque. It pairs with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive. A 1.8-liter, 145-horsepower, four-cylinder engine produces 130 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe gets a fuel economy of 28/36 mpg city/highway. The Hyundai Elantra Coupe uses front drive.

The Elantra Coupe’s chassis is supported by a strut suspension in the front and a torsion beam suspension in the rear. The strut suspension provides for a smoother ride over road imperfections and the torsion beam suspension, while less flexible than an independent suspension, takes up less space and provides some independent wheel movement for adequate versatility when driving over different surfaces. The front and rear suspensions are supported by coil springs and gas pressurized shocks. The coil springs help absorb the impact from small bumps, to keep the ride smooth for passengers, while the gas-pressurized shocks keep the coils from over-reacting to large bumps. An electric stability system helps keep the Elantra stable when cornering or when performing other difficult maneuvers.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Hyundai Elantra-Coupe

  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic
  • Mazda MAZDA3

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