Out on the open road, as my drive partner and fellow MT editor Benson Kong put it: "The Elantra coupe is not a car that should be rushed, but driven at a relaxed pace so onlookers can take in the styling." We found it to be a perfectly capable car around town and on the freeway, one that does a good job soaking up road imperfections and is relatively quiet and composed at higher speeds.
But when rushed during our jaunt in and around the Pauma Valley, it did little to wow us with its dynamic capabilities, despite handling updates specific to the coupe, including Hyundai's V-Beam rear suspension with integrated, 22mm rear stabilizer bar, tuned dampers, and a revised steering rack. Hyundai has left the door open to further powertrain and suspension updates, which would be welcome news for enthusiast types. R-Spec, anyone?
The Elantra Coupe is large inside for a compact two-door, and has considerably more passenger and cargo volume than the Civic coupe. Empty nesters shouldn't have any problem taking another couple out to dinner and the movies. Both front and rear seat leg and headroom were more than sufficient for your humble 6-foot, 1-inch scribe, and ingress and egress was relatively straightforward, although we weren't in love with its high driver's seat position.
Inside, if you've seen the Elantra sedan's cabin, then you know what to expect from the coupe, which is anchored by the funky v-shaped center stack with power and device inputs integrated into a lower storage compartment. Other than the addition of seats with a bit more bolstering, the rest of the cabin is virtually the same as the sedan, with tech and features we've come to expect from Hyundai: the available technology package with 7-inch navigation, rear-view camera, 360-watt sound system, and the brand's Blue Link telematics.
If you're in the market for a true performance-themed coupe from Hyundai, there's always the Genesis Coupe or the not-quite-a-coupe Veloster Turbo. But if you're searching for a stylish, sporty-ish, fuel-efficient two-door starting at a modest price, the Elantra Coupe is worth taking for a spin.
2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
Base Price $18,220
Vehicle Layout Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 2-door coupe
Engine 1.8L/148-hp/131-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4
Transmission 6-sp manual, 6-sp auto
Curb Weight 2700-2850 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 106.3 in
Length x Width x Height 178.7 x 69.9 x 56.5 in
EPA City/Hwy Fuel Econ 28-29/40 mpg
Energy Consumption, City/Hwy 116-120/84 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 Emissions 0.59-0.60 lb/mile
On Sale in U.S. Currently
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