With all the hubbub about the coming launch of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine, the premiere of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe itself almost slipped under the ol’ radar. The latest member of the Elantra family will join the sedan and five-door GT a bit later this month, and it will put a new spin on Hyundai’s high-value pricing strategy. The starting point for the Elantra Coupe will be $17,445—much higher than the Honda Civic Coupe and a couple hundred bucks above the Kia Forte Koup—but it will come standard with a surprisingly wide range of lux amenities, and also offer an up-level model for enthusiasts that opens at $19,745.
What else will it offer? Keep on reading, my friends …
2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe: Extras Come Standard
Now, as mentioned, it will take a decent amount of extra cash—$1,690 to be exact—to own the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe instead of the two-door Civic, which has a base MSRP of $15,755. But don’t be fooled by that difference: Honda is taking the old-fashioned approach here and offering a decontented entry-level model to get folks in the door, even though not many of them will ever get into that base Civic DX. After all, that car doesn’t even come with air conditioning—or an audio system, for that matter.
The entry-level Elantra Coupe GS, on the other hand, comes standard with A/C, as well as a six-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 sound system with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and then elevates its game further with upscale touches such as heated front seats, front fog lights, Bluetooth hands-free technology, body-color heated outside mirrors, and body-color door handles. There are vehicles that cost twice as much as the Elantra Coupe that don’t include all these features in their standard price of admission.
Moving up to the Elantra Coupe SE, owners will be able to enjoy standard equipment like bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather interior, a power tilt/slide sunroof, aluminum pedals, integrated side-mirror turn signals, and exterior upgrades such as a unique grille design and rear spoiler.
Hyundai also offers an additional Technology Package for the Coupe SE, adding $2,350 to the bottom line for:
- A nav system with seven-inch screen and rearview camera
- Premium audio, courtesy of a 360-watt sound system with a digital external amplifier
- Automatic headllights
- Dual automatic climate controls
- Proximity key entry with push-button start
And while engineers haven’t actually touched the engine in the "sportier" Coupe SE, they did recalibrate its already athletic suspension—detailed on the next page—for improved performance.
2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe: The Power and the Glory
Hyundai has developed a significant amount of powertrain expertise in recent years, and it’s once again on display in the Elantra Coupe. Both the GS and SE models rely on the automaker’s 1.8-liter I4 with dual continuously variable valve timing—the same one found in the Elantra and Elantra GT—and that engine makes a healthy-for-its-class 148 hp and 131 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s eight more horses and three more lb.-ft. of twist than in the Honda, and the Hyundai also (barely) edges out the Civic Coupe in terms of fuel economy. The Elantra Coupe is projected to post an EPA line of 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway/33 mpg combined with Hyundai’s six-speed manual transmission and marks of 28/39/32 with the automaker’s SHIFTRONIC six-speed automatic; the Civic can match those grades with its five-speed automatic transmission but runs out ratings of 28/36/31 with its five-speed manual.
For those keeping track, the addition of the Elantra Coupe means Hyundai will boast five vehicles capable of 40 mpg on the highway, also including the Elantra Sedan, Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Veloster and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Hyundai also put much work into the Elantra Coupe’s relatively sophisticated suspension. The setup includes McPherson struts, coil springs, a 22-mm stabilizer bar and gas shock absorbers up front, while the V-beam rear suspension integrates monotube shocks and a similarly sized stabilizer bar. In addition, the car’s dampers and steering knuckles have been enhanced (as compared to the Elantra sedan) for enthusiastic driving; the SE model also gets its own unique suspension tuning, tailored specifically for its larger wheels and lower-profile tires.
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