The Car Connection Hyundai Elantra Coupe Overview
Few brands in the automotive industry have made the massive strides forward in design, quality, engineering, and overall capability of vehicles as Korea's Hyundai, whether in the last 10 years or over the last century. Today's Hyundais are comfortable, quiet, dependable cars that present incredible value for money. The Hyundai Elantra Coupe is one recent example.
The Hyundai Elantra has been in production over several generations since 1990, not all of which were available in America. The Hyundai Elantra Coupe didn't arrive until the fifth generation of the car, well into Hyundai's proof of its ability to engineer and manufacture world-class cars. Accordingly, the Elantra Coupe is a remarkable vehicle for its category.
Introduced for the 2013 model year, a couple of years after the rest of the revamped fifth-generation Elantra range, the Elantra Coupe wears sleek, futuristic styling with graceful curves, taut lines, and flowing surfaces draped over a small and tidy chassis. Inside, the Elantra is modern and functional, with enough style to give it some flavor in an often-bland class.
The standard engine in the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is the upgrade unit for the rest of the Elantra line: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. Previous models used the 1.8-liter four-cylinder rated at 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. A choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions lets drivers opt for engagement or convenience.
While it's far from a performance car, the Elantra is small, light, and nimble, and therefore makes for a pleasant driving experience. It's the equipment where the Elantra makes the most of its value proposition, however.
The base Elantra Coupe GS model gets Bluetooth; cruise control; power windows, mirrors, and locks; heated front seats; an AM/FM/CD player with satellite radio; USB input; keyless entry; air conditioning; and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The Elantra Coupe SE gets all of the above, plus 17-inch wheels, sport suspension, a power sunroof, leather seats and trim, a rear spoiler, and more. Add in the Technology Package and you get an upgraded audio system, rearview camera, automatic headlamps, and automatic climate control.
For those looking to get the most mileage for their dollar, the 2013 Elantra Coupe rated 28 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with the manual transmission, dropping to 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway with the automatic.
Priced from $18,220 in base GS form or $20,520 for the 2013 model year, the Elantra Coupe poses a fantastic value for the commuter on a budget who still wants to remain comfortable and connected.