New for 2013 is a hugely attractive two-door coupe, aimed squarely at the Honda Civic and Kia Forte Koup. The Elantra Coupe comes with the same mechanicals as the sedan, but has unique styling and GS and SE trim levels.
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Hyundai doesn't offer a specially tuned eco model like many competitors, instead opting to tune all Elantras, equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, to get a 40 MPG highway rating by the EPA. But the automaker has received criticism from unhappy owners who are unable to duplicate the lofty mileage rating, and figures like 37-38 highway MPG are more common. Still, that's in line with most small sedans.
The Elantra makes for a formidable competitor against established rivals such as the Civic, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze and the new-for-2013 Dodge Dart. The Civic and Focus nip at the Elantra's 40 MPG rating, but offer special economy-tuned models that meet or beat the Elantra's rating. The Civic is a well-known commodity, but the latest model has a worse interior and poorer performance than the Elantra. The Focus offers technology features such as Active Park Assist and MyFord Touch that the Elantra can't beat, but the Ford stickers for several thousand dollars more than a Hyundai. The Corolla is reliable and spacious, but is plain-looking and low-tech compared to the Hyundai. The Cruze offers high fuel economy with its 1.4-liter turbo engine and has a refined interior, but gives up some space to the Elantra and lacks a long warranty and a base model loaded with desirable features. The new Dart offers a wide choice of engines that Hyundai doesn't have, and doesn't limit manual transmission availability to the lowliest trim levels. The Dodge also offers novel features like a multi-functional instrument display, a big touchscreen display and a heated steering wheel.
Hyundai gives even the base Elantra GLS or Elantra Coupe GS all of the essential features, such as power windows and locks, as standard. An Elantra GLS with the optional Preferred Package, which includes alloy wheels and Bluetooth, stickers for less than $19,000. For people who want a good all-rounder, the Elantra hits most of the basics and comes with good looks as a bonus.
The GLS is the volume seller because it offers pretty much everything mainstream compact sedan buyers are looking for. It comes with all of the basics: power windows, locks and mirrors, USB input. Like all Elantra sedans, it comes with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and the promise of 40 MPG on the highway. It's also the only way to get a four-door Elantra with a six-speed manual transmission, although that doesn't give a bump in fuel economy. A six-speed automatic is a $1,000 option. Springing for the Preferred Package, offered on automatic transmission models, nets attractive 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, fog lights, heated front seats, steering wheel audio controls and a sliding front armrest.
The Limited improves upon the GLS's generous feature content with 17-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof. Inside, there's a standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and heated front and rear leather seats – something that's a rarity even among mainstream midsize cars, let alone compact ones. Moving to the Limited opens up the possibility for the Technology Package, which bundles a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system with backup camera, a 360-watt audio system, automatic headlamps, keyless start and dual-zone automatic climate control.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Hyundai Elantra$17,700 | 7,672 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$12,986 | 28,732 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$13,988 | 24,575 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe$14,210 | 40,549 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$15,490 | 31,355 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$15,890 | 19,452 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$15,950 | 6,420 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$15,990 | 13,635 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$15,990 | 26,469 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$16,990 | 7,076 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$17,448 | 42,030 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$18,999 | 26,799 mi
2013 Hyundai Elantra$20,899 | 5,235 mi
2012 Hyundai Elantra$13,922 | 34,620 mi
2012 Hyundai Elantra$14,700 | 70,733 mi
2012 Hyundai Elantra$14,890 | 27,661 mi
2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring$15,590 | 42,943 mi
2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA$16,978 | 45,708 mi
2011 HYUNDAI ELANTRA TOURING$11,975 | 53,441 mi
2011 Hyundai Elantra$13,997 | 35,806 mi
2011 Hyundai Elantra$14,977 | 39,776 mi
2011 Hyundai Elantra$14,995 | 37,564 mi
2011 Hyundai Elantra$15,884 | 59,700 mi
2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring$16,795 | 24,156 mi
2011 Hyundai Elantra$17,999 | 29,409 mi
2010 Hyundai Elantra$12,595 | 57,051 mi
2010 Hyundai Elantra$13,990 | 34,460 mi
2009 HYUNDAI ELANTRA TOURING$12,999 | 69,707 mi
High fuel economy and reliability, but a cheap interior and higher price.
Offers an array of technology options but it all comes at a high price.
Nice interior and good fuel economy, but some features aren't standard.
More technology and engine choices, but doesn't have the lengthy warranty.