Not all consumers looking for an economy car need or want four doors. Instead, they might prefer the sportier look of a two-door coupe to complement the low entry cost and high fuel economy expected from a compact. For them, the Hyundai Elantra coupe stands as a smart choice.
Based on the latest, highly regarded generation of the sedan, the Elantra coupe boasts qualities very similar to its sedan relative, meaning you get a smooth ride, solid build quality and a generous list of standard convenience and safety features. There's also considerably more room in the backseat than you'll find in the Elantra coupe's rivals.
Current Hyundai Elantra Coupe Specs
The Hyundai Elantra coupe is a new-for-2013 compact coupe based on the Elantra sedan. It comes in two trim levels: GS and SE. Standard feature highlights of the GS include 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning, heated front seats, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface. Added perks of the SE include a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension and leather upholstery.
The Elantra coupe is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. Elantras sold in California (or states with California emissions standards) can get a car that's PZEV-certified, which lowers the engine's output to 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is strong, with the EPA combined number standing at 32 mpg combined.
As with the sedan, the Hyundai Elantra coupe is an exceptionally spacious small car. It has noticeably more room inside than most other affordable coupes. As such, the Elantra coupe avoids the pinched and claustrophobic feel of many two-door cars. There is also a generously sized trunk, whose 14.8-cubic-foot capacity beats that of some midsize sedans. Gauges and controls are easily read and used, and although the materials quality is just average, there's some flair to the cabin's styling.
In reviews, we've noticed the Elantra coupe provides more supportive seats that are placed lower for a sportier feel. The downside is that shorter drivers may feel a little claustrophobic. On the road, the manual gearbox has a light, precise action and easy-to-use clutch, while the automatic is smooth but occasionally reluctant to downshift so as to maximize fuel economy. The Hyundai Elantra coupe handles similarly to the sedan, which is to say competently if not particularly sporty or involving. Still, this Elantra's agreeable balance of ride and handling qualities should suit most folks shopping this segment just fine.
Read the most recent 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe review.
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