2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
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Vital Stats

Engine:
1.8L I4
Power:
148 HP / 131 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
Drivetrain:
Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
2,877 LBS
Seating:
2+3
Cargo:
14.8 CU-FT
MPG:
28 City / 39 HWY
Fashionable And Fun – In That Order



It's an interesting time for the compact car class. On one hand, we're seeing the rise of the hatchback. On the other, we're seeing the compact coupe market dwindle. Think about it: When the Chevrolet Cobalt became the Cruze, the coupe bodystyle went away. And when the Ford Focus was redesigned for 2012, the two-door died, but the five-door returned.

That said, it came as no surprise that when Hyundai replaced its Elantra Touring with the stylish new GT, it took on a more traditional five-door shape. But that isn't the only new addition to the model range for 2013. We now have this, the Elantra Coupe, which the Korean automaker hopes will appeal to a younger set of buyers desiring something that's more fashionable than all-around useful. Call it, "cheerleader chic."

With its attractive design and affordable price point, the Elantra Coupe certainly appears to be a hit with that younger, more style-conscious demographic. We donned our best sunglasses and hit the coast of California to see what's what.
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It's the spitting image of its four-door sister, albeit with a few cosmetic updates.

Unlike the Euro-tweaked GT, the Elantra Coupe is basically the spitting image of its four-door sister, albeit with a few small updates and an additional four-tenths of an inch of overall length. The lower front fascia has been freshened to incorporate more angular, pronounced foglamps that, combined with a blacked-out grille, give the coupe a more aggressive appearance. The new look is rounded off with a small piece of chrome trim around the hexagonal grille. Call it lipstick if you wish, but it really looks nice.

Along the sides, it's more of the same upward-swept Fluidic Design body lines that we're familiar with on the sedan, featuring pronounced wheel arches at the front and rear. Around back, there's a blacked-out diffuser valance, and two new wheel options are available: a standard set of 16-inch alloys on the base GS model or the upscale five-spoke 17-inch rollers fitted with P215/45-series tires that our test car wore.

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A loaded Elantra Coupe will set you back $23,870, or $3,000 less than a similarly equipped Civic Coupe.

Consider that SE trim a sort of sport package, if you will – at least, a sport package befitting of a compact, front-wheel-drive coupe. In addition to the larger rolling stock, SE models get an integrated decklid spoiler out back, as well as slightly different suspension geometry (similar to what we drove on the five-door), aluminum pedals, leather seating surfaces, a sunroof and more. Combine all that with the holy-moly-that's-red paint of our test car and you have something that looks, shall we say, shopping mall sporty.

Elantra Coupe pricing starts at $17,445 for the base GS with a six-speed manual transmission (not including $775 for destination), but opting up for the SE will cost you $2,300 more. Don't want to row your own gears? That'll be $1,000. Want amenities like navigation, premium audio, and a rear-view camera? Add $2,350 to the price of an SE with the automatic 'box. Altogether, a loaded Elantra Coupe will set you back $23,870 (including destination), or $3,000 less than a similarly equipped Civic Coupe. Yes, a two-door Civic EX-L Navi starts at an MSRP of $23,605, but after adding the optional fog lights and 17-inch alloy wheels – standard kit on the Elantra SE – you arrive at $26,838, including the $790 destination charge.

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We spent the better part of a day near San Diego driving a fully loaded SE coupe. And despite having the same 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque as the sedan, along with the same 2,877-pound weight, the coupe feels ever-so-slightly more eager to hug corners and offers a ride quality that's one notch higher on the firmer scale. It's no sports car, this coupe, but it never felt unwilling to be hustled through a corner every now and then. But when it comes to driver engagement, it's not quite as good as what's offered in the Elantra GT.

When it comes to driver engagement, it's not quite as good as what's offered in the Elantra GT.

The six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and refined, and we appreciated the Shiftronic function to hold gears while driving down long stretches of downhill slopes. But just like the other Elantra variants, the coupe suffers (relatively speaking) from being geared for fuel economy first and actual performance second. Because of that, you really have to keep the revs high in the range for spirited driving. But considering the target audience, it'll be just fine.

Automatic-equipped coupes will net up to 39 miles per gallon on the highway (28 city). Get the manual, though, and you'll reach the magical 40-mpg mark if you're on your best behavior.

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Hyundai would be smart to employ its selectable steering across the entire Elantra lineup.

Our biggest wish for the Elantra Coupe, though, is that it had the same selectable steering modes as the GT. Instead, the coupe's helm is dialed in for more of a relaxed approach with not a great deal of feedback. That doesn't make it bad, but having driven the coupe back to back with the GT, all we can say is that Hyundai would be smart to employ its selectable steering across the entire Elantra lineup posthaste.

Much as Hyundai would like us to believe this two-door Elantra is a sports coupe, it just isn't. If you really want an engaging driving experience at this price point, buy a Honda Civic Si or one of the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins. But if you want something that's more pretty than passionate, the Elantra Coupe is a fine choice.

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With 95.4 cubic feet of total interior volume, it bests larger rivals like the two-door Altima and Accord.

There's more to like inside, as well. It may have two fewer doors and a slightly more raked roofline, but the coupe only loses two-tenths of a cubic foot of passenger space compared to the sedan. Not only is it roomier inside than the Civic Coupe, but with 95.4 cubic feet of total interior volume, it bests larger rivals like the two-door Altima and Accord.

The seats in the coupe have slightly better side bolstering, meaning you'll be more comfortable behind the leather-wrapped helm, but everything else from the instrument panel to the center stack to the cup holders is exactly the same as what you'll find in the four-door. Fine by us – as we said in our review of the GT, Hyundai is doing some seriously good stuff when it comes to compact car interior refinement.

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Hyundai has expanded its Elantra into a full trifecta of well-rounded compacts.

But are people really clamoring for compact coupes these days? Look at the Scion tC, for example – just 22,000 were sold in 2011, which is about as many Elantra sedans as Hyundai manages to move in a single month these days. Good thing, then, that the Korean automaker is only estimating the two-door to account for maybe 10 percent of Elantra sales, tops.

So if it's easy enough for Hyundai to create a two-door Elantra, we see no harm. After all, if the four-door Elantra is selling well because of its value and good looks, what's to complain about with a model that better embodies those two qualities? Moreover, by offering the sedan, coupe and GT, Hyundai has expanded its Elantra into a full trifecta of well-rounded compacts. What's not to like about that?


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      zoomy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks for the link to this thread yonomo1701. I see you used carguy1701 and 1701J log ins below.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoomy
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      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Elantra is hands down the worst compact out there. First of all, it has Hyundai's awful reliability. It has hands-down the cheapest interior out there this side of a Lada. It has numb, boring steering, even blander than Toyota's. It has a poorly designed,, cheap rear suspension It also has ar-removing airbags. There are many choices out there which are much better. First and foremost is the all new 2012 Honda Civic. It has class leading space, great fuel economy, a high quality interior, great handling and very fun to drive. It also is affordable, has great resale value and comes with Honda's bulletproof reliability. Second would be the redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza. Subaru Impreza. It's the most fun to drive car in its class, and also performs very well, due to its Torsen based fulltime AWD. It also looks really good, and is reliable. I'd also mention the Ford Focus. Not the best reliability, but it has many advanced features for its class, like a DCT. It gets great mileage and in general has high quuality. Everything else in this class isn't that great, and the Elantra, along with the Corolla, Forte and Cruze, is among the worst, if not the worst.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        You said the Civic has a high quality interior, I laughed. Look, another screen name for the same old troll. What's this now, your 35th name that you've made? Get a clue, if you are banned 20 times, we don't want you back.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          No, comments are removed that are "casualties of war". If someone uses foul language or is insulting, the entire thread will disappear. It is Mary Keana, Wrangler Unlimited, Mitchell, ___|___, invisiblog, etc. They are all the same person. They've all been banned in the past. This person will be next.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
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          @NightFlight
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          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          No, I don't think its Mary Keana. 'She' wouldn't have mentioned the Impreza or the Focus.
          WHO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          NightFlight, I realize you are just a troll, but for you to claim the materials in the Civic are not quality is amusing. You may not like the "layout", but the quality is there.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
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        cluckker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Wow. First of all that awful reliability you're talking about has ranked them at #2 in the segment. While the new Civic's exterior looks ok, have you looked or sat in the interior? They went 1 step forward in terms of performance and 2 huge steps back in terms of interior quality/finish. In terms of EPA lets see, the Civic gets a combined 32 MPG and the Elantra gets 33 MPG. Clearly the Civic is the winner, right? The base Impreza that would be in the same price range feels like you're sitting in a card board box, I tried it. Sadly, when my friends and I sat in one at the most recent auto show we all looked at each other in terror and immediately exited the vehicle. Maybe the one at the autoshow was unfinished? Although I highly doubt it. The Focus, really? Same MPG as the Elantra and will cost you about $1k more. Hmm 36 month bumper to bumper from Ford or 60 months of bumper to bumper from Hyundai. I wonder which one thinks their equipment will hold up? But yes, by far the worst compact out there. lol
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cluckker
          Cluckker....sorry, but the Focus is a class above this vehicle in just about every parameter.....
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cluckker
          Cluckker, Focus is right in the ballpark, but has a bigger engine, more Hp, handles better, and is more refined, uses higher grade interior materials, more content and has a higher rated Mileage ( SFE ).....just because someone has an on PAPER better LIMITED warranty doesnt mean its a better more reliable product....those stats take a few years.... so you may wish to research said competitor before poo pooing them. Ever wondered what happened to Hyundais guaranteed trade in value program....................? Hey I like their cars, but I DO keep reading great on paper lacking substance and unable to back up specifications...and its a constant....
          WHO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cluckker
          Cluckker, Go look at the Consumer's Report where they tested the 40mpg claims by automakers. Civic blew the test out of the water and exceeded the 40 by a wide margin. As always, the Hyundai FAILED to achieve it's claims.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        >using the 2012 Civic upfront Way to invalidate everything you say. >mentioning the Impreza The CVT-models (which are gonna be the volume sellers) only send power to the rears when front wheel slip is detected.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        >> a high quality interior, great handling I lawled.
        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Hey Honda web trawlers: **** off.
      WTF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really Steve, put down the pipe before you pick up the pen. who cares what they cost. 1. look how UGLY that damn thing is! it can not even come close to the sexy lines of the civic. 2. Hyundai resale value SUCKS . 3. Hyundai reliability is crap. ive known many people who figured they would give the Hyundai a shot only to be sadly disappointed financially. Steve its not nice to write BS articles just because you have been paid off by some crappy auto mfg trying to come up.
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Put Down the lies Autoblog. Amazing how the editors here shill for Hyundai. You can get a FULLY LOADED Civic Si Coupe with Sat Nav, and summer tire options(the only options) for $24875. A Civic Si with chew up any FWD Hyundai product and spit it out. Civic has a real limited slip differential, 200+hp, and is on a different level than this rental car and hair dresser special from Hyundai.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        This is NOT a rival for the Si, you twit (they only mention the SI once, for ***** sake). This is a competitor for the regular Civic, and I thin k it will do just fine at that. Also, the Si suffers from the same flaws as the rest of the Civic line-up: and uninspired exterior and a cheapened interior.
          WHO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Funny how the Civic Si is cheaper than this so called sport model from Hyundai.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        Wow. You call the Elantra a rental car. The Civic has one of the worst reviews in the compact class, due to its cheap interior. If there's one car in the class (besides the now-departed Caliber) which SCREAMS "rental car", it's the Civic. But keep it up, turning every article into a worship session for Honda.
          WHO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          You must admit, Hyundai sells a lot of cars to rental fleets.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        Lets alos not forget that the Si has that silly i-VTEC power gauge. I would really like to know the reasoning behind that one. Can you tell us, Spies1? You clearly seem to either work for Honda or have intimate knowledge of the engineers decisions.
          suthrn2nr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          I think the VTEC guage should have been there since VTEC debuted, but adding it now seems useless to me. I also think the interior is just offensively boring. But if you point that out, you should also lambast Hyundai/Kia for their equally stupid "ECO" dash light that is ALWAYS on except when the transmission is on overdrive. This is too much Greenwashing for me, might as well put an ECO light on their V8 Equus. Even their SUV's have it, like if they car is in some special ECO driving mode all the time. To compare, Honda's, Toyota's, and Nissan's ECO modes are actually changing things like throtle input to reduce the gas used.
          WHO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          carguy1701, have you driven the new Civic Si
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        Shill for Hyundai? ROFL...more like shill for VW/Mini
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      Couldn't give me this Korean piece of junk. Its just a polished turd and they still fall apart even before the warranty is through. Just garbage.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        Used to be true, but now you're just woefully outdated in your information
        WHO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        You still don't see old Hyundais on the road. Once the warrenty runs out, they go to the scrap yard.
      kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      WTF? framed doors? come on! the cheaper twin under the skin kia forte coupe comes with frameless doors.....if you're trying to beat an established player such as the civic, at least give them a run for their money with proper coupe doors.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kyle
        Are you kidding? Framed doors are better quality in the long run because of less chance of wind noise and leakage......pretty pathetic of you.
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      People, this is Steve Ewing. No editor car review has less credibility. Remember his claim where he averaged 42.7mpg in the CITY while driving a Cruze, and could only average 37 in a Civic Hybrid in ECO mode. That review is total B.S. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/07/06/honda-civic-hybrid-takes-on-chevrolet-cruze-eco-and-volkswagen/ So many errors in filling the tanks, calculating the mileage. Steve Ewing is a joke.
        Aaron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        As another example of Steve Ewing stacking the deck, he choose the "sport" model of the Elantra. Kinda of an oxymoron to call a Hyundai sporty... Anyway, Steve choose to compare the Sport model of the Elantra, and price it out based on spec to a regular Civic instead of the Sport model of the Civic. Steve, I realize you are on a mission, but your GAMES are not working here. The sport model of the Civic has standard 17" wheels, so you don't need to add the expensive and unnecessary upgrade wheels on the standard Civic. Also the sport model of the Civic has standard fog lights. CHEAP comparison Steve. So the sport model of the Civic is $22K. The sport model of the Civic has a fully independent suspension front and rear. The sport model of the Civic has 53 more HP. The sport model of the Civic has a REAL limited slip differention(not one of those fake systems like the Focus and GTI). How much will your Elantra cost to upgrade the rear suspension, HP, and limited slip to match the 22K sport model Civic?
          Keen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Aaron
          Poor Nightflight, can't seem to get everyone to drink his Hyundai marketing kool-aid. WAH WAH WAH
          WHO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Aaron
          Nightfligh "cherry picking" again. No, Steve Ewing was comparing the EX-L Civic Auto, then Steve was adding expensive and unnecessary dealer added ACCESSORIES. It's a bogus, and very shady comparison. If 17" inch wheels, fog lights are so important to Steve, why didn't he pick the Civic that has them standard! And still be cheaper than this "Cheerleader" special.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Aaron
          churchmotor: because the Civic that has them standard is NOT this cars natural competitor.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fuel to the Fire you are either uninformed or corporate troll. Having owned Hyundai's for the last ten years I can state that they are one of the most reliable cars on the road. With over 275,000 combined miles! I can also state that With the 10 year warranty I would and have chosen it over anything from Honda or Toyota who basically tells you your screwed when something breaks. Go ahead and pay $5,000 more for that Honda and then claim it has great resale value when both have proportionately lost the same amount. I have also been driving without a car payment much sooner which is saves a heck of a lot more than you'll ever get back in resale value!
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        @Chris
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          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          Sounds like you had a lemon.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks.... Different. Wayy too "stylish" for my taste. I would buy something more subtle. Hyundai design is not my cup of tea.
        WHO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Agreed. The overdone haunches on the rear quarter panels are excessive and tired looking. The detailing in the headlights and fog lights remind me of Chinese knockoffs.
      Christian Z
      • 2 Years Ago
      "If you really want an engaging driving experience at this price point, buy a Honda Civic Si" I even would buy a Fit over this korean Car here!
        WHO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Christian Z
        Hyundai nor KIA have yet to build a fun engaging FWD vehicle.
      Leet
      • 2 Years Ago
      This Hyundai makes the Civic Coupe look manly.
      Keen
      • 2 Years Ago
      the review summed up the perfect market for this car. " the Korean automaker hopes will appeal to a younger set of buyers desiring something that's more fashionable than all-around useful. Call it, "cheerleader chic." So this car is for 16 year old Cheerleaders.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keen
        mary.keana now? Is that because Mary Keana without the lower case and period separating your name was banned? Yeah, I think so.
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