The 2013 Hyundai Elantra earns an average Total Car Score for the Compact Sedans & Wagons segment.
For the 2013 model year, the Elantra sedan is being joined by two new models: the Elantra Coupe and Elantra GT. The Coupe is essentially a two-door version of the sedan, with similar dimensions and sharing its parent’s “Fluidic Sculpture” exterior design elements and 1.8-liter 148-horsepower engine.
The Elantra GT is a five-door hatchback that replaces the Elantra Touring. It, too, is fitted with the 1.8-liter engine, but in a package that’s a bit trimmer in overall dimensions.
All three boast exterior and interior styling that set them apart from their bland-looking competitors, healthy amounts of standard equipment, a wide variety of options and class-leading fuel economy from Hyundai’s “Nu” engine. The Nu 1.8 also earns partial-zero-emissions-vehicle (PZEV) ratings in versions sold in several Western and Northeastern states.
With all that they have going for them, all three models of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra deserve serious consideration by buyers looking for affordable cars that go beyond just basic transportation.
There are three distinct models of the Hyundai Elantra available for 2013. The Elantra Sedan is a five-passenger four-door sedan that's offered in GLS and Limited trim levels. The all-new Elantra Coupe is a two-door version of the sedan, offered in GS and sporty SE trim levels. The Elantra GT is a five-door five-passenger hatchback available in a single trim level.
The Elantra Sedan, Coupe and GT are all powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available as an option in base trim levels and is standard with some of the higher trim levels.
All Elantras share many of the same basic features, including cloth upholstery, power windows and door locks, and a six-speaker 172-watt audio system with satellite radio. The Limited version of the Elantra sedan adds air conditioning, a tilt/telescope steering column and Bluetooth, all of which are standard on both models of the Coupe and the GT. The SE version of the coupe also gets a sport-tuned suspension, powered sunroof, 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery and heated front seats.
Buyers can choose from a long list of options for all three Elantras, including automatic climate control, a navigation system, an upgraded audio system, a backup camera, keyless entry and pushbutton start.
Among the 2013 Hyundai Elantra's most impressive features are its EPA fuel economy estimates. The Sedan and manual-transmission version of the Coupe are rated at 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined. The automatic-equipped Coupe and the GT come in a tick lower at 28/39/32.
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