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We liked the 2011 Hyundai Elantra compact from the first moment we saw and drove it. It has the style of the ground breaking mid-size Sonata, but with a smaller price and 40 mpg fuel economy. If there was one drawback it’s that Elantra was sedan only; without a sporty coupe or versatile hatchback favored by younger buyers. Well, that shortcoming dissolved with the launch of the 2013 Elantra Coupe and this Elantra GT. So, let’s take them both for a spin!

Let’s start with 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe. This two-door takes the brand’s fluidic Sculpture design language to a whole new level. The lines look perfect on the coupe as they slice their way through the body sides into the severely wraparound tail lights. We dare to declare this car as beautiful and certainly not one that sells for under 20-grand.

And that theme continues inside; as when you get in, you really do feel like you’re in a high-end automobile. Everything from the long, but light doors… to the dash… info screens… and trim belies the low price point. There are still some hard plastics, but they’ve been cleverly disguised with bright accents and various shades of trim from graphite to piano black to silver.

The radio cranks out some decent tunes, there’s a good list of standard features, and we really like the manual shifter’s trigger style reverse lockout. The back seat is surprisingly roomy for a compact coupe, and access is good. The trunk area is neatly finished if, here, a bit cheaper looking, and there are trunk mounted releases for folding the 60/40 split seat backs.
the rest here: http://www.motorweek.org/reviews/road_tests/2013_hyundai_elantra_gt_coupe/
 
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