Back in 2011, Hyundai introduced a redesigned Elantra Sedan that set new design, comfort, and technology standards for the compact car class. Now, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra lineup gains a 2-door coupe variant and a 5-door hatchback model called the Elantra GT. The Elantra GT is based on a different platform than other Elantra models, sharing its design and underpinnings with the European Hyundai i30 model, and is detailed in a separate review.
Here, we’re focused on the new 2013 Elantra Coupe, which is basically the same car as the Elantra Sedan with two fewer doors, revised styling, and tweaks intended to make it more fun to drive. Aimed at young consumers, the new Elantra Coupe battles a handful of direct competitors, including the Honda Civic Coupe, Kia Forte Koup, and the Scion tC. Hyundai hopes that the Elantra Coupe’s larger interior, bigger trunk, more advanced technology, and sleek styling will convince Generation Y buyers to choose this vehicle over the segment sales leader from Honda.
Having spent a week driving the new Elantra Coupe, we’ve discovered that what appears to be unbeatable on paper isn’t quite a segment killer in the real world.