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2013 Hyundai Elantra Review
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Following the redesign in 2011, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra continues to impress in terms of technology, power, and styling. Drivers aware of the sudden evolution in the small sedan category should continue to keep the Elantra on their radar. The Elantra remains competitive by combining a sleek body style and affordable luxury appeal.
For the 2013 release, the Elantra is offered in two trim levels, the GLS and Limited. Hyundai continues to uphold its reputation with a wide variety of standard features inside the cabin that complement the impressive 29/40 mpg city/highway fuel economy. With a quiet cabin, adequate power, and plenty of package options, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra wins hearts and turns drivers into brand loyalists.
New For 2013
Although the Elantra’s major redesign occurred two years prior, it continues to evolve for the 2013 model year with new introductions along the exterior, interior, and under the hood. Some of these updates include:
- New coupe and four-door hatchback in addition to the standard four-door sedan
- Upgraded standard features in the base models, including 16-inch tires, air conditioning, and enhanced driver’s seat in Limited edition
The Elantra GLS and Limited may be sedans, but they offer the essence and styling of a sports car. The unique slopes of the roofline taper off over the second row of seating to provide a sporty feel, minus the commonly associated power under the hood. The GLS is available with standard 16-inch steel wheels and an optional Preferred package that includes 16-inch alloy wheels and foglamps. For drivers after the Limited edition, expect to find larger 17-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof for warm summer days. Regardless of the trim level choice, drivers can select from one of eight vibrant colors, such as Shimmering White, Dessert Bronze, Silver, Gray, Blue Sky Metallic, Red, Black, or Indigo Night. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra also boasts a unique system that lets you ignore the fact that your car key might be buried in your purse or pant pocket. The Elantra will recognize the presence of the car key and allows drivers to open the door with a simple push of the button on the driver’s side handle. All of these modern components, along with other unique trim packages, can also be found on the 2013 Elantra coupe and GT to satisfy just about anyone.
Interior & Cargo
Starting with the front seats, the Elantra offers the most front legroom in its class. Comfortably seated passengers will benefit from the intuitive audio and climate controls that are within arm’s reach. Hyundai reduced the NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) so the ride is peaceful in addition to fun. The Elantra boasts standard iPod® and USB ports close to the seven-inch color navigation display and Bluetooth®, which are available on the Limited trim level. Also standard on the Limited are front and rear heated seats. Sirus XM satellite radio can be added to either model.
Safety features abound in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra, from the rearview camera to the management systems that regulate stability and traction. The Elantra’s Anti-lock Braking System combined with the Electronic Brake-Force Distribution keeps you safe and places ultimate control under the driver’s feet. Six airbags are installed from front driver and passenger airbags to back seat side curtains. In the event of a crash, the Elantra depends on newly added dual rear-door side-impact beams to keep passenger secure. A Vehicle Stability Management Systems that monitors and optimizes all active systems within the sedan is also present.
The overall driving experience of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra is a fun and powerful thanks to the 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with D-CVVT and technological upgrades under the hood. Almost every component depends on Hyundai’s superior technology, including the six-speed Shiftronic® automatic transmission that allows for a smooth acceleration and optional power. The fuel economy is also worth mentioning with 29/40 mpg city/highway. When compared to the competition, the Elantra outperforms in almost every category.
For front seat or back seat passengers, the ride is also pleasant and entertaining. From the smartphone capabilities to the advanced technology upgrades, there is plenty to do and experience inside the cabin. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra is an affordable option with entry luxury components designed to keep drivers coming back for more.
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