The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is the sexier sibling of the four-door Elantra, which is also an eye-catching sedan from the Korean car company. Subtracting a set of doors can be a simplification, but not in this car, because its wheelbase, width, and height dimensions of the two- and four-door models of the Elantra are basically alike. The only difference is in overall length. At 178.7 inches, the coupe is 0.4 inch longer, which might add a small hidden drama to its wedge good quality looks.
The Hyundai Elantra Coupe has advantages in passenger and load capacity against its two main road rivals, the Honda Civic coupe and the Kia Forte Koup, as well as mid-size coupes such as the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.
There’s more to like inside the Hyundai Elantra than what you expect, it may have two fewer doors and a slightly more raked roofline, but the coupe only loses two-tenths of a cubic foot of passenger space compared to the sedan. Not only is it roomier inside than the Civic Coupe, but also with 95.4 cubic feet of total interior volume, it bests larger rivals like the two-door Altima and Accord.
The Elantra sedan base Coupe comes well outfitted, its standard features include air conditioning, heated front seats, a tilting-and-telescoping steering column, fog lights, 16-inch aggressive aluminum wheels, Bluetooth phone connectivity, remote keyless entry, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with iPod and USB input jacks.
It also comes with standard 17-inch wheels, a power sunroof, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum-clad pedals, and a rear decklid spoiler. The seats in the coupe have slightly better side bolstering, meaning its more comfortable behind the leather-wrapped helm, everything else from the instrument panel to the center stack to the cup holders is exactly the same as in the four-door Elantra.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe comes with the 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque as the sedan, along with the same 2,877-pound weight, the coupe feels ever-so-slightly more keen to slice corners and offers a ride superiority that’s one notch higher on the firmer scale. Even if this is no sports car, the Elantra coupe never felt unwilling to be hustled all the way through a corner every now and then.
The six-speed automatic transmission of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe is smooth and developed, and car experts respected the Shiftronic functions that hold gears while driving down long stretches of downhill slopes. What’s more, the Elantra Coupe is being geared for fuel economy and not just on performance only. Elantra automatic-equipped coupes will reach up to 39 miles per gallon on the highway (28 city). Get the manual, and reach the delightful 40-mpg on its best behavior.
The 1.8-liter engine of the Elantra Coupe managed to discover a power enough to go up and down the rolling terrain of Hill Country. Tall gearing, for increased fuel economy, managed to let us know the engine room was running at full-bore when we were trying to get on the highways. Once at speed, all was right with the world. We did find that it was a safer bet to shove the shift lever into the ShiftTronic portion of its gates for a quick downshift to motivate the Elantra Coupe out of its cruising comfort zones.
The Elantra coupe uses the ever-reliable MacPherson strut front suspension that features a motor driven power steering system, and improved dampers. The rear is kitted with a lower-trech torsion beam. The suspensions of the Elantra Coupe would be described as a comfort set on a variable extent.