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CleanMPG First Drive Review of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

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CleanMPG First Drive Review of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

For those with a 2-Door taste.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - June 29, 2012

2013 Hyundai Elantra GS Coupe starts at $17,445, SE at $19,745 and both sport a 40 mpgUS highway rating with the 6-speed MT.

San Diego, CA -- One of the best sedans in the C-Segment now has two stable mates in the bullpen. We’ve discussed the Elantra GT “HOT” hatch and driven the same from San Diego to Chicago. We have also lightly previewed the all-new Coupe a number of times: 2013 Hyundai Elantra 2-Door Coupe – Same Great Taste, Less Filling and Hyundai announces model year changes for 2013 Elantra.

It's here with some of the details spelled out below.

The Elantra GS Coupe arrives with A/C, heated front seats, 172 W AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, Handsfree Bluetooth, external temperature gauge, fog lights, power locks, power heated mirrors, remote keyless entry with alarm, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback and 16-inch alloys all standard.

Just like the 2012 North American Car of the Year in the form of the Elantra sedan, the coupe was sculpted using the same Hyundai coined "fluidic sculpture" design language both inside and out. While not revolutionary from the already best looking car in the C-Segment, the Elantra sedan, the Elantra Coupe provides just a smidgen of new design cues over its sedan counterpart including the sportier 2-door coupe layout.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe vs. 2013 Elantra Sedan

From the front, you can see the grille crossbar has been blacked out and a chrome accent has been added around its outline. The fog lights now have their own recesses vs. the sedans that flowed into the bumper fascia.

SE Coupe and Limited Sedan exterior comparison.

At the rear, again only a minor change including a thicker C-Pillar (to remove a rear door, Hyundai lengthened the front door and expanded the C-pillar), and the integrated rear spoiler is a bit more pronounced.

The Cd for the Elantra Coupe is the same wind cheating 0.28 Cd as the sedan resulting in minimal interior noise and drag.

From the drivetrain perspective, the same efficient atkinsonized 148 HP 1.8L I4 with either a 6-speed AT with SHIFTRONIC or 6-speed MT is standard fare and is plenty powerful for everyone's daily needs. Compared to the 2011 drivetrain, throttle tip-in response has been greatly reduced allowing much more control over initial launch.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Pricing and Specifications

The 2013 ELantra Coupe is available in two trims, the base GS and sporty SE. Complete pricing, specifications, standard and optional equipment can be found on the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Pricing and Specifications page.

2013 Elantra Coupe Highlights

The Elantra two-door sport coupe will attract even more buyers to the already supply constrained Elantra line-up. According to John Krafcik, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, "The Coupe should comprise 15% of total Elantra sales by year’s end." While that is an aggressive percentage, the sedan will be as big a seller as it has always been with the GT hatch and Coupe taking their own additional slices of the compact marketplace.

Sharp looking SE Coupe interior.

The Elantra Coupe offers what sporty buyers have always wanted. A car that stands out from the sedate sedan crowd with a bit more curb appeal and all the amenities.

The seat design includes deeper side bolsters compared with the sedan for a sportier driving embrace yet proved to be comfortable over a 180 mile drive route from both the driver and front passenger seat perspective. Unfortunately the seat belt height adjuster is guided by a Veloster like cradle that allows little adjustment either up or down. Taller drivers may find the belts cross their shoulder a tad too low. Sightlines are also hampered a bit with the coupes wider C-Pillar compared to the sedan.

The Elantra Coupe is fitted with a McPherson struts with a 22 mm stabilizer bar up front and a lightweight yet stronger “V-beam” design with an integrated 22 mm stabilizer bar in the rear vs. the standard torsion beam on the sedan. Steering knuckle design and shock tuning have been recalibrated for sportier handling and steering response to further differentiate the coupe from the sedan. While the system still allows some body roll and a good amount of understeer at the limits, the coupe’s on-center steering feel has been vastly improved over the 2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sedan we reviewed a few years back.

While most coupes offer their customers less in terms of interior and cargo room compared to their sedan sibling (Civic Coupe, Accord Coupe and Altima Coupe as just three examples), the Elantra Coupe loses essentially nothing compared to its voluminous sedan counterpart with 95.4 cu. ft. of passenger volume (a loss of just .2 cu. ft.) and 14.8 cu. ft. (same as the sedan) of cargo volume respectively. Just like the Elantra sedan, the 2013 Elantra coupe with a total 110.2 cu. ft of passenger and cargo volume combined still qualifies as a mid-size car per the EPA classification!

The SE Coupe in “Shimmering Silver”. Ok its silver but you know the auto company’s and the way they name the available color palette

2013 Elantra Coupe Safety

Standard with the Elantra Coupe is front, side and side curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS), four-wheel disc brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).

With the current Elantra sedan providing its owners with a NHTSA 5-star crash test rating and a “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS, the coupe will surely earn the same.

2013 Elantra Coupe Fuel Economy

I drove the 6-speed AT and while the drive was not fantastic, it did offer 51 mpg at faster highway speeds in the mountains outside of San Diego. Personally I would go for the quicker and more fuel efficient 6-speed stick (29/40 vs. the AT’s 28/39 mgpUS city/highway rating) but few are willing to take on the daily traffic grind with what I consider to be the much superior hand shaker unfortunately.

2013 Elantra Coupe Early Conclusions

All in, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is an evolution of the already attractive and value oriented Elantra sedan. It should bring a younger and possibly new female buyer looking for something a bit different in a high quality and decent handling vehicle that will be pleasant to look at, experience and drive for years to come. I cannot say the same for many current offerings from other manufacturer as they simply do not offer the design flair or the value proposition of the Elantra Coupe or in fact the entire Elantra lineup.

Another hit for Hyundai? Given a Coupe’s limited market uptake, it will probably not set the sales charts on fire by itself but it will surely attract a new class of buyer into the Hyundai fold.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is now available at your local Hyundai dealership although with the Elantra’s notoriously short supply due to high consumer demand overtaking maximum production at both the Ulsan #3 plant in Korea and the Montgomery, AL plant here in the US, it may be a while before you can get your hands on one.
By MaxxMPG on 06-30-2012, 02:16 AM
Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

I noticed one at my local dealer - just arrived Friday morning. A white SE, gray leather, automatic, no tech package. It did get a lot of attention.
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By xcel on 07-22-2012, 09:28 PM
Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

Hi All:

While I only have the Coupe through the weekend and possibly tomorrow, there is no chance for steady states, calibrated fuel economy drive and a decent R&H impression,, I did take it grocery shopping to a local Costco. $187 later and I could have easily added another $300 worth before it would have been considered full.

2013 Hyundai Elantra SE Coupe

The pic was taken with a Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX I am using this week.

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