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2013 Hyundai Elantra

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Review

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Just two model years after a complete redesign, the Hyundai Elantra continues to impress with its styling, fuel efficiency and bang for the buck. No longer just a scrappy rival biting at the feet of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Ford Focus, the Elantra has won favor with consumers and critics alike, the latter naming it the 2012 North American Car of the Year. With every sedan model rated at 38 mpg/highway and Hyundai's leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, the Elantra has a lot going for it. For 2013 the Elantra still offers just one engine choice, but its lineup expands with the addition of a Coupe and the GT 5-door hatchback.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a good-looking, fuel-sipping compact car that offers a lot of features for the money, the 2013 Elantra deserves a high spot on your consideration list. Add in the fact that its interior technically garners midsize-car status and its powertrain is backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, and the Elantra looks even sweeter.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Sharp handling, powerful acceleration and a plush ride are not characteristics found in the Hyundai Elantra. For a sportier ride, check out the Mazda3 or Ford Focus. For a compact that leans more on the comfort side, consider the Chevy Cruze.

What's New for 2013

In addition to the sedan, the 2013 Elantra is now available as a 2-door Coupe and 5-door hatchback called the GT that replaces the wagon-like Elantra Touring. All are front-wheel drive and offer 5-passenger seating. The Elantra GT is the first Hyundai to feature a driver-selectable steering mode that can make the steering response feel firmer or softer with the touch of a button.

Driving the Elantra

Driving Impressions The 2013 Hyundai Elantra competently straddles the middle ground between frisky, fun-to-drive compacts like the Mazda3 and Ford Focus and the more comfort-oriented Chevy Cruze. Bland it is not, though....

Hyundai's in-house transmissions – a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual – both work well to wring the most out of the Elantra's 148-horsepower engine while also getting the most out of the regular unleaded gasoline it uses. Steering could use some fine-tuning in the Coupe and sedan versions for better feel, but the GT hatchback benefits greatly from Hyundai's first application of a 3-mode driver-selectable steering adjustment. GT models also feature a sport-tuned suspension that makes the car surprisingly fun to drive on twisty roads. In everyday driving the cabin is well-insulated from wind and road noise, and the front seats are comfortable for this class of car.

DRIVER SELECTABLE STEERING MODE
This ingenious technology enables drivers to firm up or soften the steering feel with the touch of a button. Available only on the 2013 Elantra GT for now, we wouldn't be surprised to see this nifty feature on more Hyundais in the future.

HEATED REAR SEATS
Not that long ago, just having heated front seats in a compact sedan was laudable. Coupe and GT versions of the 2013 Elantra now get those standard, while sedans can be optioned with heated rear seats, a first in this segment.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Details
Interior

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra's cabin is laid out well and easy to use. Technically, the Elantra's interior is roomy enough to be classified as a midsize car by the EPA. The cabin is comfortable and features some soft-touch materials, but also uses some rather low-end plastics on the doors and switches. The optional navigation package gives the Elantra a more upscale feel, but other aspects, such as the clock and climate display, appear somewhat dated. The front seats are well-bolstered. Rear legroom is adequate in the sedan and Coupe, and generous in the GT. Trunk space is laudable, and the folding rear seats in the sedan and Coupe are convenient when hauling bigger items. The GT, meanwhile, features rear seats that fold flat and is a smart pick for those who regularly haul extra gear but don't want an SUV.

Exterior

Hyundai calls it "Fluidic Sculpture." We just call it good-looking. The Elantra continues to evolve Hyundai's design theme that is meant to evoke "fluid in motion." For the sheet metal that means lots of curves, a prominent beltline along the sides and headlights that appear as if they are being drawn back into the hood. It all works without feeling gaudy. Aside from having only two doors, Coupe versions are distinguished by a large, trapezoidal mouth and twin tailpipes in the rear. The GT hatchback receives a similar treatment up front and a sloping roof that looks much more fashionable than the model it replaces, the rather bloated Elantra Touring.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Hyundai has raised the price on the 2013 Elantra sedan by over $1,300 compared to the 2012 model, but in doing so has expanded the car's standard features. Even base, manual-transmission GLS models now come with once-optional air conditioning, 16-inch wheels, cruise control and telescoping steering wheel. Elantras also come with remote keyless entry, 4-wheel disc brakes, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a 172-watt 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/satellite radio with USB/iPod inputs. Coupe and GT models feature heated front seats and GT models come standard with a glove compartment that can be chilled. Coupe and sedan models have six airbags, while Elantra GT versions add a seventh for the driver's knees.

Optional Equipment

Upgrading an Elantra sedan to the Limited trim model adds a power sunroof, leather seating and heated front and rear seats. In Coupe form, the upscale SE model adds a power sunroof, sport-tuned suspension and leather. A $2,000-plus Tech Package includes a 7-inch screen, navigation and 360-watt audio system. To get the Tech Package on the GT requires the $2,750 Style Package that includes a panoramic sunroof and leather seating.

Under the Hood

All versions of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra are powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. The engine gives the Elantra average acceleration and decent passing power. Transmission choices are a good-feeling 6-speed manual or a very smooth 6-speed automatic that is eager to shift and feels well-matched to the engine. Automatic-transmission versions of the 2013 Elantra come with Hyundai's manual-shifting mode, called Shiftronic, which lets drivers toggle through the gears if desired. The engine returns exceptional fuel economy, reaching 38 mpg in all sedan versions and that figure or just slightly less in Coupe and GT variants.

Elantra sedan
1.8-liter inline-4
148 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
131 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/38 mpg

Elantra Coupe
1.8-liter inline-4
148 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
131 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/38 mpg (manual), 27/37 (automatic)

Elantra GT
1.8-liter inline-4
148 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
131 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/37 mpg (manual), 27/37 (automatic)

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 353 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Wonderful car with awesome gas mileage!

By on Saturday, August 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price, amazing gas mileage, comfortable"

Cons: "could be more responsive drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"We've been extremely pleased with our Elantra, especially when it comes to gas mileage. We've averaged 43 mpg on the highway which is higher than epa estimations. For us the sweet spot seems to be around 70mph. The interior is nice, not flashy but comfortable and well-designed. The car feels very solid."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car, owned a 2005 Elantra for 10 years

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 750

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Handles fine, good gas mileage & relatively quiet."

Cons: "Wind is noisy on side windows, blind spots are big"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I'll admit, I've only had this car less than a month, but the quality far exceeds that of what I thought I was getting when I bought my first back in 2005 when it was brand new. This car is far more quiet and handles great for what the car is supposed to be. The mileage is better (so far) than my previous Elantra, which had a 27/34 rating. While the hwy was about right for my 2005, I only averaged about 20-21mpg in the city. I still live in the exact place I did when I bought my 2005 and I am averaging about 25-26 with my 2016, and my area has quite a few long hills I need to use as well. So for now, I am getting decent mileage for my area on this Elantra's 28/38 rating. I read the rating from KBB and while that's their impression, I disagree somewhat, because it seems as if it is to be treated like a quasi-sports car, and this vehicle isn't. I bought it for what it states it is, an economy based car with lots of extras, though its size really come close to, or is a mid-size car. It handles fine, tight steering, has decent acceleration and the 6 speed transmission really helps and it is relatively quiet. My main complaint is that when I get up to speeds over 40 or 50mph, the air whooshing sound is a little noisy around the side windows, but it is more quiet over my previous car. It is fairly comfortable as well."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love this car !

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price, fun to drive & efficient on gas"

Cons: "Vent locations and inferior fabric quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had my Hyundai Elantra since 12/2011 and love this car. It gets great gas mileage, performs and drives great. I've had no problems with it so far. It's the perfect size for me and moves very easily in traffic. I wish the interior design was a little better with respect to where the a/c vents are located. Also the fabric used on the seats could be better quality. The quality isn't as nice as I had in my Toyota Camry which was "real cloth". Other than this I have no complaints and would recommend the Elantra to anyone looking for a very reliable and gas efficient car under $20,000."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Loving my new-used Elantra!!!

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,646

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gas Saver & Luxury Looking!"

Cons: "Mine didn't come with a remote/keyless entry."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I couldn't be happier with the overall sporty style and MPG! This is the car for you if you like a compact, gas saver with a luxury feel! Without the Hyundai emblems, one look & you'd swear it's a BMW or a Lexus. I recommend this vehicle to anyone who's looking for a reliable, inexpensive yet classy car."

2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Wish I could give it back.

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Ok to drive, handles fairly well."

Cons: "Uncomfortable seats."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Driver's seat is extremely uncomfortable on anything longer than an hour drive. I've tried maneuvering the seat with the power settings but no luck. Causes so much pain that if I have to take a long drive I'll rent a car."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Awesome Ride

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "So comfortable to drive & stress free driving"

Cons: "No black rims"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the most awesome car. I actually love driving it everywhere. It is sleek and sharp, has beautiful leather interior, sun roof that opens all the way and just pops up to allow for air to come in. Everything works great and has extremely dark tented windows."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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