THE 2013 HYUNDAI ELANTRA COUPE REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: Practical Elegance
Building on the success of their popular Elantra sedan, the engineers at Hyundai have now created a coupe with many of the same elements and features. The all-new 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe incorporates similar exterior styling and standard features but boasts a sleek two-door silhouette that will appeal to drivers looking for a sportier alternative to the relatively sedate sedan version of the Elantra. Available in two trim levels, the Elantra coupe offers ample interior room for taller passengers and drivers and provides a comfortable ride at an affordable price.
Under the hood
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe is powered by a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. It channels that power to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is excellent at 28 miles to the gallon in city driving conditions and up to 38 miles per gallon on the highway. Safety features for the new Hyundai Elantra coupe include electronic brake force distribution and antilock braking systems, required tire pressuring monitoring systems, stability and traction controls, and a full range of airbags for front-seat passenger and driver. An optional rearview camera is also available for added safety when backing and parking.
Inside the cabin
The base model of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe is nicely equipped with air conditioning with interior air filtration, full power accessories, cruise control, heated mirrors, and a CD sound system with six speakers and MP3 interface. Options include keyless ignition and entry, sunroof, dual-zone climate controls for greater driver and passenger comfort, full leather upholstery, an advanced navigation system, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The interior of the Elantra is roomy enough for taller passengers and provides a comfortable ride even in the smaller rear seat passenger area.
On the road
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe offers superior handling and maneuverability. While the 1.8-liter engine will not be breaking any acceleration or speed records, it does deliver solid performance in the everyday driving situations that most buyers will encounter. Its somewhat longer profile will make parking slightly more difficult than with the Elantra sedan. Otherwise, however, the Hyundai Elantra Coupe should provide a similar driving experience with a more streamlined and stylish exterior silhouette.
The all-new Elantra coupe is likely to attract even more buyers to the Hyundai lineup with its practical blend of fuel economy, interior room, and affordable pricing.
Engine: 1.8-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder
Horsepower & Torque: 148 hp/131 lb-ft
Transmission: FWD six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Fuel Economy: 28/38
Base MSRP: $17,445
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