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108 of 126 (85%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Hyundai Elantra Overview
Entering its third year after a 2011 redesign, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra comes back with some notable changes, including a new coupe body style to go with added standard features.
The Elantra’s styling is unchanged; it keeps the same “fluidic design” concept that is seen all across Hyundai’s lineup. Coupe versions look similar to the sedan, but with a dash of sport. It gets a larger front grille and a roofline the drops off sharply after the front door, which gives it a distinctive profile from its four-door counterpart. Hyundai has also redesigned the wagon/hatchback version of the Elantra, called the Elantra Grand Touring (GT) which is covered separately on this site.
Under the hood you’ll find the Elantra’s one engine selection, a 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic. Both transmissions in the sedan have the same fuel economy rating – 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, numbers that put the Elantra near the top of its segment. The coupe gets the same fuel economy with the manual, but opting for the automatic drops each of those figures by one (28/39) respectively.
There are a few subtle differences between the coupe and sedan that might not be readily apparent. Besides the difference in the number of doors, the coupe gets modified suspension and steering for a sportier driving experience, and thicker front seats which help to hold the driver in place. Another piece of good news is that the coupe gets the same amount of cargo space as the sedan (14.8 cubic feet) as well as almost the same amount of interior volume.
As previously mentioned, the standard features list has been expanded for 2013. It now includes air conditioning, cruise control, and a telescoping steering wheel, to go along with power windows and locks, satellite radio, iPod/USB connectivity, and 60/40 split folding rear seats. The 2013 Elantra is also available with push button start, a navigation system with 7-inch display and a rearview camera, and leather upholstery. Heated rear seats are also optional, a feature exclusive to the Elantra in this class.
The 2013 Elantra also has you covered when it comes to safety, with a full five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA (sedan and GT, coupe is not yet tested) and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Standard safety features include a full complement of airbags, all-dish antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Staying fresh for 2013 with a few new body styles and more features than ever, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra is one of the most attractive choices the compact segment has to offer.