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2013 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

2013 Hyundai Veloster Review

(0 Stars)  Lots of style, lots of fun, not much money.

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New For 2013
The feisty new Turbo model makes the Veloster much more of a serious performer. It looks more distinctive, too, with LED lighting and available (high maintenance) matte gray paint. The nonturbo Veloster stands pat.
Overview
Like the Nissan Cube, Hyundai’s sporty little Veloster hatchback casts aside design symmetry in favor of practicality. Whereas the Cube’s asymmetrical rear corners assist outward visibility, the Veloster’s asymmetrical side doors (one on the left, two on the right) assist entry into the back seats while allowing the car to have a coupelike side profile. Based on a combination of Accent and Elantra architecture, the Veloster stands out from the rest of Hyundai’s lineup—and the rest of the new-car market—thanks to its bold styling and clever packaging. It’s more than a fresh face, however. The Veloster offers features that will appeal to its youthful target market: Bluetooth, Blue Link (basically, Hyundai’s version of GM’s OnStar system), and compatibility with Pandora internet radio. Enthusiasts will appreciate how the relatively light Veloster handles corners, although it’s not quite as playful as a Mini Cooper. A turbo engine is new for 2013, and it should better satisfy speed freaks who were disappointed by the 138-hp base unit; the Turbo also adds fancy fittings such as leather upholstery and LED head- and taillamps. A dual-clutch automatic is a $1250 stand-alone option, but it unfortunately feels as sluggish as a conventional automatic. The solution is simple: buy a Veloster with a manual and enjoy the heck out of your cool new car.

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2013 Veloster Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.6L Gamma in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 27 MPG city, 37 MPG highway, 31 MPG combined and 409 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
13.2gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 123 ft lb of torque @ 4,850 rpm

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'13 Hyundai Hatchback 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
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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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
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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