Most economy cars follow a straightforward formula. There’s a similar four-door sedan or five-door hatchback shape, with two passenger doors on each side. Many of these cars are functional but forgettable. And even among the ones that look great or offer a higher-grade driving experience, there’s little effort to reimagine this market segment.
By contrast, the 2021 Hyundai Veloster is something unique. Mechanically, it’s mostly the same as the Hyundai Elantra compact sedan. But it wears the pugnacious body of a hot hatchback, looking anything but ordinary. A passenger-side-only rear door and hatchback body style add versatility, and despite the Veloster’s high-style body, it’s still one of the most affordable cars sold in the U.S. today — it starts at just $18,900. Optional turbocharged engines add some spice that matches the Veloster’s sporty looks, while advanced safety technology and excellent crash-test scores protect you in case of imprudent exuberance. Let’s delve more into this combination of style, value, and driving fun.