2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Review
We head to sunny San Diego to get a taste of the two-door.No Comments
We've been hard on Hyundai in the past for the brand's lack of steering feel, and this time around, the company seems to have addressed that concern.
One way to make a sporty-looking car look even sportier is to lop off two doors, and that's what Hyundai has done with its new-for-2013 Elantra coupe.
The Elantra has garnered positive press for its good looks, and a coupe version can't hurt that rep. Meet the next competitor to Kia's Forte Koup and Honda's two-door Civic.
A GS with the manual transmission starts at $17,445, while a top-line SE with the automatic will start at $20,745. Neither price includes the $775 destination fee.
Acceleration is brisk if not extraordinarily swift, certainly more than adequate for around town and passable in the mountains. We spent our time in a manual-transmission tester, and found that it had enough guts in the lower gears, but we'd still love to see a more powerful R-Spec version. For now, 148 horses and 131 lb-ft of torque will have to suffice.
When it comes to ride and handling, the car is composed, just like its sedan brother. It's also fairly quiet, minus some wind noise from the A-pillar at certain speeds, and some tire noise on coarser pavement. It's competent in the twisties, but it feels like it needs a pinch more sport.
We liked the clutch and shifter action for the most part, but we do wish the shifter felt tighter between gates. It's fine for cruising, but not satisfying from an enthusiast's perspective.
That's not to say the Elantra Coupe isn't at all sporty. It is. But it's still a bit short of what it needs to be in order to take on the Si and succeed. It'll need more power, a firmer shifter, and a tighter suspension to meet that goal.
Perhaps that doesn't matter, though. For the non-enthusiast, there's a lot to like about this car. That's not surprising, given that Hyundai had a good foundation to work with. Really, all the company had to do here was not screw up.