The Hyundai Elantra lineup is getting bigger for the 2013 model year. Following last year's debut of the impressive Elantra sedan, Hyundai is following it up with the new 2013 Elantra coupe and five-door Elantra GT. The Elantra sedan quickly jumped to the top of its segment when it was released, but how well do the coupe and five-door models line up in their respective segments?
How Does it Look?
Although the Elantra coupe and Elantra GT both have the Elantra badge, they actually look and feel quite different. For starters the Elantra coupe looks exactly how you would expect a two-door Elantra to look. Hyundai didn't take a page out of Honda's book by making the coupe version of its compact sedan look completely different. If you like the look of the Elantra sedan, you have no reason to not like the coupe. It keeps the same swoopy exterior as the sedan, but just minus the two rear doors. Even its wheelbase, width and height are identical to the sedan. The biggest difference between the two is that the Elantra coupe gets a slightly different grille.
The Elantra GT replaces the old Elantra Touring wagon with styling that is far sportier than the old model. You will probably notice that the Elantra GT's styling differs the most between the three models, which is due to the fact that the Elantra GT began life as the Hyundai i30 in Europe. Unlike the Elantra sedan and coupe, the Elantra GT has styling and driving characteristics that are heavily influenced by European tastes. From the front its clear that the Elantra GT is part of the Elantra family, but as you move towards the rear there are distinct styling differences that give it a sporty and refined look that makes it a great competitor to the hatchback versions of the Ford Focus and Mazda3.