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2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS

2013 Hyundai Elantra Review

(0 Stars)  A stylin’ compact with new body styles.

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New For 2013
A two-door coupe joins the lineup, and the Touring wagon gives way to the GT hatchback. Lots of features are now standard on the base sedan, including air-conditioning, cruise control, sixteen-inch wheels, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. (The car’s base price rises accordingly by $1350.) 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 has been added to the list of available colors.
Overview
The Elantra plays in a tough category that is traditionally dominated by the likes of the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla and has recently been joined by top-notch new models such as the Ford Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze. The Elantra sedan was entirely new for 2011, and a coupe and a hatchback join it for 2013. The snazzy two-door is new to the Elantra lineup, and the sharp GT replaces the fine-driving-but-dowdy Elantra Touring wagon. All these cars are ready to take on the best in their class, but none will particularly scintillate enthusiasts. Distinctive styling is now an Elantra hallmark, but ride quality is merely OK, and excess engine and suspension noises sometimes invade the otherwise pleasant cabin. Every Elantra earns great EPA fuel-economy ratings, although some trim levels of the new body styles come short of the magic 40-mpg highway mark. Fancy features such as a top-notch navigation system, heated leather seats, a sunroof, and a backup camera won’t break the bank. Six air bags, antilock brakes, power windows and locks, tilt-and-telescoping steering, and an iPod-friendly stereo are gimmes these days at Hyundai. A lengthy warranty helps seal the deal in the fight for thrifty buyers’ cash.

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2013 Elantra GLS Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.8L Nu in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 28 MPG city, 38 MPG highway, 32 MPG combined and 409 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
12.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 148 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 131 ft lb of torque @ 4,700 rpm

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'13 Hyundai GLS Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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