For 2013, Hyundai adds two new body styles to the Elantra lineup. In addition to the previously acclaimed Elantra sedan, car shoppers now have to opportunity to opt for a sportier vehicle thanks to available coupe and hatchback models. Keep reading to take an early look at the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe before it hits dealerships later this year
All things considered, the Elantra Coupe isn't all that much different from the Elantra Sedan (save for the obvious fact that it has two fewer doors). Dimensions for the coupe are identical to that of the sedan, except for an extra half-inch in length. Exterior styling is also fairly similar. However, the 2013 Elantra Coupe does receive a slightly bolder appeal thanks to a tweaked grille, larger headlights and lower airdam.
Inside, the coupe delivers a roomy environment that comfortably seats four passengers (five passengers max). While not exactly luxurious, most agree that the Elantra does a good job of toeing the line between affordability and comfort. High-end accoutrements are available as options for those who desire them.
The Hyundai Elantra Coupe receives the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that is available on the sedan. This powerplant returns 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft. of torque (145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque in California due to PZEV standards). While some competitors offer a slightly more enthusiastic engine, the Elantra makes up for this fact by delivering impeccable fuel efficiency.
While EPA estimates for the new coupe variant have yet to be released, Hyundai promises that the manual-transmission Elantra Coupe will deliver 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. These figures would make the Elantra one of the most fuel-efficient coupe models on the road.
Standard safety features for the Elantra coupe will likely be identical to that of the sedan. If so, this package includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, active front head restraints and six airbags. Given the Elantra sedan's solid crash test scores, the coupe will likely receive high grades when it is tested later this year.
While official pricing for the 2013 Elantra Coupe has yet to be announced, car buyers can expect base MSRP to be somewhere in the mid $17,000 range. Standard features will include air conditioning, full power accessories, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, six-speaker stereo, auxiliary input, heated front seats and more. A sportier SE trim will also be available. This upgrade model will start around $21,000 and include 17-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, keyless entry, keyless ignition, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, 7-inch touchscreen display, sunroof, rearview camera and iPod/USB connection.