Remember when Hyundai was a 98-pound weakling? Now it's become a muscle-bound bully, going and picking fights with the likes of Honda. As if the launch of the Elantra Coupe isn't enough of a slap in the face of Honda's two-door Civic, Hyundai's press release announcing pricing calls out Civic repeatedly.

"At $17,445 shoppers will discover best-in-class fuel economy, and more horsepower and interior space than Civic Coupe," reads the release, which draws further comparisons between the Elantra and Civic, while mostly ignoring other competitors.

The base Elantra Coupe is the GS model, which, when you add the $775 destination charge, will cost *$18,220. For that price you get air conditioning, heated seats, a stereo system with satellite radio and steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, keyless entry, 16-inch alloys and a few other common features. With its six-speed manual and 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four cylinder, the Elantra Coupe GS is good for 40 mpg on the highway, according to Hyundai. Pricing on the GS climbs to $18,445, excluding destination, when you add an automatic transmission.

Hyundai will also be offering the Elantra Coupe in SE trim, with a base price of $19,745, excluding destination. The SE models have a sport-tuned suspension and 17-inch alloys, plus leather and a sunroof, among other niceties. A Technology Package with navigation and a better audio system will run $2,350, but will only be available on the automatic transmission-equipped SE, which starts at $20,745, excluding destination.

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HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2013 ELANTRA COUPE PRICING
  • Sporty Coupe Design and Up to 40 MPG Highway Starting at $17,445
  • More Horsepower, Interior Room and Better Fuel Economy than Honda Civic Coupe
COSTA MESA, Calif., June , 2012 – Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for the new Elantra Coupe, starting at $17,445 for the extraordinarily well-equipped Elantra Coupe GS and $19,745 for the sport-tuned Elantra Coupe SE. At $17,445 shoppers will discover best-in-class fuel economy, and more horsepower and interior space than Civic Coupe.

Elantra Coupe also has a remarkable content advantage over Civic Coupe. For example, Elantra comes standard with a six-speed transmission and four-wheel disc brakes, features not found on any Civic Coupe. The entry to the Elantra Coupe lineup is the well-equipped GS, which comes standard with air conditioning, heated front seats, AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system, steering wheel audio controls, illuminated vanity mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth®, external temperature gauge, fog lights, power locks, power heated mirrors, remote keyless entry with alarm, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Honda Civic DX lacks all of these standard features. The Elantra Coupe will begin arriving in Hyundai dealerships later this month.

2013 Elantra Coupe Pricing

Model, Engine, Transmission, MSRP
Elantra Coupe GS, 1.8L I4, 6-speed M/T, $17,445
Elantra Coupe GS, 1.8L I4, 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC®, $18,445
Elantra Coupe SE, 1.8L I4, 6-speed M/T, $19,745
Elantra Coupe SE, 1.8L I4, 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC®, $20,745
Freight Charges for the 2013 MY Elantra Coupe are $775.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA COUPE
• Unique Fluidic Sculpture two-door coupe design language
• 1.8-liter Nu Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) engine
• In-house-developed and manufactured six-speed manual and automatic transmissions

o 40-mpg EPA estimated highway rating on M/T model
o Eleven percent more fuel efficient than Honda Civic Coupe M/T
• Longer wheelbase, overall length and width than Civic Coupe for a more comfortable, roomy interior cabin
• More interior volume than Civic Coupe, Accord Coupe and Altima Coupe
• Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
• Available seven-inch touch-screen navigation with rearview camera and iPod®/USB inputs
• Standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition
• Available proximity-key entry with electronic push-button start

The two-door sport coupe model of the Elantra sedan will attract even more buyers to the Elantra line-up, further expanding its appeal to savvy consumers. It offers many of the same attributes that made the sedan version a sales success, while broadening its market reach to youthful, sporty buyers willing to forgo a bit of four-door versatility for coupe design appeal.

The 2013 Elantra Coupe marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design theme with sporty design language, while assuming a compact coupe segment leadership position with an eco-efficient powertrain, generous convenience features, exceptional roominess and abundant safety features.

The Elantra Coupe is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a lightweight V-beam design with an integrated 22 mm stabilizer bar for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort and control. A substantial 22.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll and turn-in response when cornering. Steering knuckle design and damper tuning have all been recalibrated for sportier handling and steering responsiveness compared with Elantra sedan. In addition, Elantra Coupe offers a sportier SE model suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire.

Standard and Optional Features

GS Manual Transmission
The Elantra Coupe GS M/T has an MSRP of $17,445, excluding $775 freight, and includes the following standard features:
• 1.8L four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower
• Six-speed manual transmission
• Six airbags: Advanced dual front airbags with Occupant Classification System (OCS), front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags
• Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
• Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Four-wheel disc brakes, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
• 16-inch alloy wheels and P205/55R16 tires
• Front fog lights
• Daytime running lights
• Dual heated power outside mirrors
• Air conditioning
• AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers with steering wheel audio controls
• iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks
• Steering wheel mounted cruise control
• Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with Voice Recognition
• Remote keyless entry system with alarm
• Power windows with driver's auto-down and power door locks
• Tilt-and-Telescopic steering wheel
• Heated front seats
• Cloth insert door trim
• Trip computer
• Illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions and illuminated ignition
• Front door map pockets and sliding center armrest
• 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
• Rear center armrest with cupholders
• Solar glass with windshield shade band glass
• Bodycolor door handles and mirrors

GS Automatic Transmission
The Elantra Coupe GS A/T has an MSRP of $18,445, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GS M/T equipment plus the following features:
• Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System

SE Manual Transmission
The Elantra Coupe SE M/T has an MSRP of $19,745, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GS M/T equipment plus the following features:
• 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires
• Sport-tuned suspension
• Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
• Leather seating surfaces
• Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
• One touch up drivers window
• Aluminum pedals
• Side mirror with integrated turn signals
• Unique grille
• Rear spoiler
• Hood Insulator

SE Automatic Transmission
The Elantra Coupe SE A/T has an MSRP of $20,745, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the SE M/T equipment plus the following features:
• Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System

SE A/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP
• Navigation system with seven-inch screen
• Rearview camera
• 360-watt premium audio with digital external amplifier
• Automatic headlamps
• Dual automatic temperature control
• Proximity key entry with push button start


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      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definitely not targeted toward the Civic Coupe Si crowd. Trying to grab those buyers who interested in Civic LX/EX Coupes. There are not very many compact coupes out on the market.
      Andrew Zotos Breslin
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like the 4-door minus 2 doors... I'd have the GT
        Darius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew Zotos Breslin
        Well I do believe that's exactly why Hyundai is giving you options...
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll have to see it in person. the photos make it look a little ackward to me. kind of tall and narrow but that my just be the photo. I'm much more interested in the GT 5 door.
      Moe Khan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure why this model was required with the similarly-priced Veloster, already available.
      Richard Hunter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fugly..no way in hell am I buying a Hyndai or Kia POS....They have been and always will be junk in my opinion. Put a Tuxedo on junk and it is still junk...not even worth my time to look at!
        ianw33
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard Hunter
        But worth your time to click on the post, read the post, and comment on the post? lol. get over yourself.
        brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard Hunter
        I suppose you like the black plastic triangles and faux vents on the current Civics? If that's not the very definition of cheap and ugly, I don't know what is.
          bazinga
          • 2 Years Ago
          @brian
          I'm not defending Richard Hunter, as his ignorance is painful, but you're not exactly making your case with the faux vents comment when the Veloster is king of fake vents in this price range. Also, [FYI] those plastic inserts on the Civic coupe bumper cover are not vents they're fog light housings.
          Richard Hunter
          • 2 Years Ago
          @brian
          Civics suck not so much...still ugly as usual..Asian cars in general are all very, very ugly...Mazda has the only good looking ones.
          brian
          • 2 Years Ago
          @brian
          Point taken regarding the blanked-out faux vents. So the plastic triangles on the sides of the Civic ahead of the doors - What purpose do they serve?
        ponycargt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard Hunter
        And what do you drive, Richard?
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never has such a frumpy coupe been 'designed.'
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOT in love with that front end... Looks like the Joker designed this car
        GasMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Is Hyundai poaching designers from Mazda? That's like signing up for the Meth Addicts Dating Program.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GasMan
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        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        This is coming from the biggest Corolla fanboy on AB. (well, after BlackDynamite) Guess you prefer biege to clean, modern styling.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Your choice of car resonates with your comment; there is nothing clean about this car's shape.
          tipdrip215
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Yeah, come on, it's miketim1. If this face was on any Toyota, Lexus, or Scion product he would be waxing lyrical about it.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still looks like it just tasted a lemon
        Chip
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        To me, it has a fish face, but same difference.
      Griffen W
      • 2 Years Ago
      From the profile it looks like a Chevrolet cobalt that got hit by the ugly stick. I think its in the treatment of the rear glass. Odd because I like the GT looks and the sedan isn't that bad. I really wish Hyundai would find some other way of executing the grille and lower air ducts.
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        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        Do you come standard with BS, multiple logins, downvotes?
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      Bassracerx
      • 2 Years Ago
      For 18k ill take the scion TC with 40 more horsepower and a manual transmission that doesent try to slow down my quick shifts!
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bassracerx
        I think Hyundai is readying an Elantra with a 1.6 turbo from the Veloster Turbo, with around 200 hp. It would probably start a little more than the Tc, although it would be better performance-wise
        bchreng
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bassracerx
        The 2012 tC starts at 19k...
      Christian Z
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Germany the Hyundai flops also in the Reviews. Suspension and Engine are boring. Only Quality and Styling is good. The Koreans sell the Cars well and from this Money they build Quality Cars which looks modern (even if i dont think so and think they are looking bloated) But they forget the Suspension or the Engines. The Civic is 40 Years on Market Hyundais started as cheap Mitsubishi Copys you remember? Nobody in Germany says that this Hyundai is a Masterpiece :-) But i dont care. I will drive my Honda and will laugh if i see such Korean "Masterpieces" at the Street with open Hoods waiting for the Serviceman! Go buy Hyundais or Kias and get Happy boring People
        Matrix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Christian Z
        what do you expect from a car at this price point? your not going to get no porche 911 here, even the civic is a boring car especially the 2012 models, unless you get an SI version but then the price goes way up, you want a fun car? start looking for a car in the high 20s-30k price point and up.
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