Along the sides, it's more of the same upward-swept Fluidic Design body lines that we're familiar with on the sedan, featuring pronounced wheel arches at the front and rear. Around back, there's a blacked-out diffuser valance, and two new wheel options are available: a standard set of 16-inch alloys on the base GS model or the upscale five-spoke 17-inch rollers fitted with P215/45-series tires that our test car wore.
A loaded Elantra Coupe will set you back $23,870, or $3,000 less than a similarly equipped Civic Coupe.
Consider that SE trim a sort of sport package, if you will – at least, a sport package befitting of a compact, front-wheel-drive coupe. In addition to the larger rolling stock, SE models get an integrated decklid spoiler out back, as well as slightly different suspension geometry (similar to what we drove on the five-door), aluminum pedals, leather seating surfaces, a sunroof and more. Combine all that with the holy-moly-that's-red paint of our test car and you have something that looks, shall we say, shopping mall sporty.
Elantra Coupe pricing starts at $17,445 for the base GS with a six-speed manual transmission (not including $775 for destination), but opting up for the SE will cost you $2,300 more. Don't want to row your own gears? That'll be $1,000. Want amenities like navigation, premium audio, and a rear-view camera? Add $2,350 to the price of an SE with the automatic 'box. Altogether, a loaded Elantra Coupe will set you back $23,870 (including destination), or $3,000 less than a similarly equipped Civic Coupe. Yes, a two-door Civic EX-L Navi starts at an MSRP of $23,605, but after adding the optional fog lights and 17-inch alloy wheels – standard kit on the Elantra SE – you arrive at $26,838, including the $790 destination charge.