The Hyundai Elantra has been an up and coming compact sedan for years, and has finally achieved some recognition. With this has come some new twists, and the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is a big one. It’s an odd vehicle for Hyundai to add to the lineup, as the Hyundai Genesis sport coupe has been a mainstay in Hyundai for years. The Coupe is nowhere close to the Genesis in terms of performance and not as utilitarian as the Sedan it’s derived from. However, it offers the style-conscious buyer another option in the shrinking front-drive coupe market.
New For 2013
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is a completely new addition to Hyundai’s lineup. Aside from the snappy two-door exterior, however, the Elantra Coupe is nearly identical to the 2013 Elantra Sedan. In fact, the 2013 Coupe is just a 2012 Elantra Sedan with a restyled rear end, a slightly modified front fascia, and two less doors.
The wedge-shaped profile of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe looks more at home here than on its Sedan sibling. The tweaked front fascia of the Coupe is angular and fierce, with triangular fog lamps and headlight assemblies accentuating an angular, blacked-out grille. This gives the Coupe an aggressive, predatory front face. The pronounced crease on the sides looks more at home without the second door on each side. The rear end has received a blacked-out fascia and chrome exhaust tips, the taillights have been reshaped, and the SE receives a rear lip spoiler. Sixteen-inch wheels are standard equipment but can be upgraded to 17-inch wheels for better appearance and performance.
Interior & Cargo
One advantage in being a clone of a sedan model is that the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe has greater interior volume and cargo space than its main competitors. The cabin is roomy and nicely designed, with materials that are inexpensive without a cheap feel or look. One issue is that the back seat has somewhat limited headroom, making it difficult for full-grown adults to sit there comfortably. The front seat is more than generous for adults as far as space goes. The inside does a good job of keeping road noise out, but the design of the greenhouse creates some minor visibility issues. The cargo space in the trunk beats out almost all of the Coupe’s competitors, with plenty of room for luggage.
There are only two trim levels of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe, but both of them have plenty of creature comforts. The base version comes with standard power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, heated front seats, Bluetooth compatibility, and a six-speaker sound system with CD, satellite radio, and a USB interface. The SE level adds plenty of leather around the interior, as well as a sunroof and aluminum pedals. Available on the SE is a technology package that provides a large navigation panel with a rear-view camera and an upgraded sound system. The front console is ergonomically sound, with easy-to-read gauges and controls within easy reach.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is provided with a number of quality standard safety features. Anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard, as has been required of all new vehicles. Additionally, front- and side-impact airbags in the front and side-curtain airbags in the rear are standard. The anti-lock brakes also come with brake assist, and the stability control is complimented by driveline traction control. A backup camera is an available option. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration gave the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe an overall rating of five out of five stars, with four out of five for front and rollover safety, and five out of five for side-impact safety.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is not a performance sport coupe, but is an efficient compact front-drive coupe. The 148-horsepower, four-cylinder engine provides 131 lb-ft of torque, which puts it right in the middle of the compact coupe market segment. This is more than adequate performance for daily use, but is nowhere near enough for any sort of high-performance tasks. Coupled with the six-speed automatic, the Elantra Coupe is an admirable city vehicle with great gas mileage and maneuverability in a small package. The six-speed manual provides better gas mileage and is better able to get the full performance out of the mild engine, and it’s a solid vehicle on the highway.
The Hyundai Elantra Coupe is easy to drive, and the handling package is what is to be expected from an economy coupe. Braking is steady and brings the Coupe to a halt quickly enough. The suspension provides a comfortable ride while not hindering performance, but it doesn’t add any extra capabilities. It is not a dynamic package that will provide edge-of-the-seat driving, but it travels on the road smoothly.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
- Honda Civic
- Kia Forte Koup