In addition to the GT hatchback, Hyundai also rolled out a new Coupe version of the C-segment Elantra here at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The new two-door is clearly meant to take on the likes of the Honda Civic Coupe, and it's got a spec sheet that compares rather favorably with its competitor from Japan.

For starters, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe rides on a wheelbase that's three inches longer than the Civic. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet and up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 40 on the highway highway with the six-speed manual gearbox. Automatic models score one mpg less in both city and highway testing.

So... the Elantra Coupe has more room, more horsepower and better fuel economy than the Honda Civic Coupe. As far as styling goes, that's obviously subjective... but we'll cast our lot in the direction of the Hyundai for its sweeping good looks over the more subdued sheetmetal of its biggest competitor. Check out our high-res images of live photos above.


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      scooter
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm just thankful they put that "Coupe" badge on the deck lid.
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        TheStagg
        • 3 Years Ago
        "civic has handsome, timeless styling"................ AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA YOU'RE SO FUNNY...... But seriously, are you paid by honda to post this kind of garbage on every hyundai post? How much do you make?
          Jay
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TheStagg
          That dude is sure sipping on that HONDA Kool-Aid. All I got to say is that haters are going to hate.
        Ron
        • 3 Years Ago
        oh good lord.... quick...go slap some "type R" stickers on something, and play with your vtec before you have a stroke... lol... Honda fan-boys crack me up.
          Jay
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ron
          **** is hilarious! When trolls specifically go into Hyundai/Kia posts and bash on everything Hyundai that doesnt even relate to the article, you know Hyundai and Kia is doing something right. More power to them koreans!
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        suthrn2nr
        • 3 Years Ago
        dont forget velosturd as well, mpg average below its city rating.
        untitledfolder
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your post smacks of bias and half the things you mentioned are opinion-based (looks? really?). I think you lose most credibility when you have to suffix it with -turd. It's like the idiots who try to make a point against the current administration (valid or not), by saying "Obama-tard" or similar. Just instantly reeks of agenda, or even paid posting.
        Hcooper
        • 3 Years Ago
        Moron!
        K
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ok so just to be clear I'm not a Hyundai fanboy, but was it not the Honda Civic that was taken off consumer reports list for interior quality issues, steering, and suspension and also every review on the New civic is that its not as good as the old one it replaced and even honda was concerned enough to move the refresh date up one year? and also these are both chick cars accept for the Si that only douche bags drive since you can get a Musatang V6 that will run circles around the Si for less money with all the wonderful programs Ford runs on their cars.
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        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, they did release 2 new body types in a hugely competitive segment and the Kia concept is just sexy. Stop your trolling. They did the same when Ford released the new fusion. Why? Cause it was important in the segment.
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        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        that's because Honda hasn't produced anything useful in last year. Not AutoBlog's fault.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          The CR-V is already selling incredibly well.... Just an FYI.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're Honda's version of GmFanBoi (who was banned a while back)
      Dreez28
      • 3 Years Ago
      Woe that thing is hideous.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a bit much for me, I think the Civic coupe has the classier look this time.
      MarcCBR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, theres some pissed off people here. There just mad cause Hyundai and Kia are wiping the floor with all there worshipped brands. You can cry all you want but the sales number and return customer ranking is what matters and Hyundai is at the top of that. Yes, better than Honda, Toyota and everything else. So apperantly most customers love the Hyundai's they buy and are coming back for more. You guys that hate on Hyundai are in the minority so keep crying cause Hyundai dosen't care cause there selling cars.
      regionrat
      • 3 Years Ago
      the problem isn't that the Civic coupe is "subdued" -- it's that it just looks like a bloated version of the previous models. The body hangs over the wheels instead of looking like it's wrapped around them. Makes the Civic coupe look more like a Solara than a real competitor.
      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      "2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe rides on a wheelbase that's three inches longer than the Civic" Ah, so it's less manoeverable, and has less trunk space?
        Darius
        • 3 Years Ago
        @creamwobbly
        You sound dumb. The Elantra has one of the smallest turning radius' of any compact car. Not to mention the Elantra has 14.8 cu. ft of trunk space compared to 12.5 cu. ft for the Civic.
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          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Darius
          *I* sound dumb? Turning circle has nothing at all to do with manoeverability, except in one minor case: making a U-turn, for which the Hyundai solves a problem that was never there. A shorter wheelbase makes a car more manoeverable when you're actually driving the thing, because of increased moment of inertia. Plus, the larger trunk space (fair enough, I assumed there'd be less because the suspension would be encroaching on that space) would also increase the rear overhang; which again increases the moment of inertia; reducing the manoeverability. Really, you need to try understanding physics before you comment, mate.
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        @creamwobbly
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        Joe D. Weaver
        • 3 Years Ago
        @creamwobbly
        How does a longer wheel base translate into less maneuverability? That doesnt make any sense, it definitely changes the steering geometry but there are a lot of factors that go into handling... My biggest gripe is the torsion beam rear suspension, my sedan cocks a leg on sharp turns over about 30mph...now that is a problem and a problem hyundai really needs to address...its 2012, independent rear suspension should be standard
          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Joe D. Weaver
          Physics. Go look it up some time.
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          @Joe D. Weaver
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          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Joe D. Weaver
          Lifting a rear inside tire isn't an issue at all. Watch autocross, it happens ALL the time.
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 3 Years Ago
      meh
      Joe D. Weaver
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have the 2011 elantra sedan and now i want to shoot myself... my god, look at that thing its freakin gorgeous. GO HYUNDAI!
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      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Go Hyundai! I can't beliebe how much they have risen in the last few years. :) Love the styling direction of Hyundai as of late. (Except for the Genesis facelift)
      Josh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow that looks way nice. If I was looking for a small car 2-door this would def be on my shortlist. Too bad for Toyota and Honda that shortlist would probably be filled with my Hyundais than either of them. Keep growing your Accomry's Honda/toyota - eventually you will be the new 'road yachts'.
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