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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 four-door 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'd expect from a compact coupe.
Used Hyundai Elantra Coupe Models
The Hyundai Elantra Coupe was introduced for 2013 and was initially available in two trim levels: GS and SE. Standard equipment was essentially the same as the single trim level that arrived for '14, while added perks of the SE included a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension and leather upholstery.
These first-year Elantra coupes had different powertrains. They were powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque (California emissions versions had 145 hp and 130 lb-ft). They could be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.
In reviews, we found the handling dynamics of this first-year Elantra Coupe to be similar to its contemporary sedan, which is to say competent if not particularly involving. Its manual gearbox had a light, precise action and an easy-to-use clutch, while the automatic was smooth but occasionally reluctant to downshift so as to maximize fuel economy. Still, even though this Elantra coupe lacks the latest version's sport-tuned suspension and steering, its agreeable balance of ride and handling qualities should suit most folks shopping this segment.