2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Extended Review
Taking a longer look at the two-door Elantra.No Comments
Unlike with previous Hyundais, there's some steering feel, but it's rubbery.
In the case of the Hyundai Elantra coupe, less might be more. Or so Hyundai hopes.
The sedan version of the Elantra compact is already a good-looking car, but that hasn't stopped Hyundai from trying to get even sportier with the look by slicing off two doors. Otherwise, Hyundai hasn't tweaked the Elantra formula too much.
The coupe and sedan make up two-thirds of the Elantra lineup, there's also a GT hatchback. Clearly Hyundai is trying to cover all the bases.
For a more lighthearted take, check out our video review of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe, featuring Sarah.
The ride was generally comfortable, but rough pavement intruded more than we'd like. The Elantra provided a typical compact-car experience--it's more than livable, if not quite upscale.
Acceleration from the 148-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder was punchy enough to get the Elantra up to speed, but a little more oomph would've been appreciated.
Controls were easy to reach and use, even if the dashboard layout looked unconventional at first blush, thanks to all those curves. Headroom and legroom upfront were adequate.
There are compact coupes out there that are generally fun to drive, like the Honda Civic Si. And there are those with sporty pretensions that look the part but don't deliver, like the Scion tC. The Elantra coupe sits somewhere in the middle--it's not a dull ride, but it needs tweaking in order to ultimately satisfy.
In this case, fewer doors don't add up to more fun, no matter how much we wish that was the case.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drive Wheels: Front-wheel-drive
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway
Base Price: $20,745
As-Tested Price: $23,965 (includes $775 destination fee)
Available Features: Technology Package (navigation system, rearview camera, premium stereo, automatic headlamps, keyless entry and starting, dual-zone climate control), carpeted floor mats, sunroof, fog lamps, rear spoiler, air conditioning, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB port, auxiliary port, tilt/telescope steering wheel, heated front seats.