The new Hyundai Elantra adds a coupe and a hatchback for 2013

Hyundai just keeps cranking out good choices and folks just seem to keep turning their heads to take a look. Photo: 2013 Hyundai Elantra Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, February 18, 2013 — Hyundai just keeps cranking out good choices and folks just seem to keep turning their heads to take a look. Case in point is the 2013, very fuel-efficient, Hyundai Elantra in the compact sedan market.

There are many features on this car so consider it a real option, with competition coming in from the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, and the Mazda 3.

Redesigned a few years ago, this year’s Elantra is all about cool styling and a good gas mileage record even with a standout engine.

There are two trims on the 2013 Hyundai Elantra the GLS and Limited. The GLS trim has 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, power accessories, height-adjustable driver seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

Also available on the automatic transmission GLS is the Preferred package offering the same size alloy wheels, fog lamps, heated front seats, lighted vanity mirrors, and steering wheel audio controls.

If you want those extras standard then opt for the Limited sedan but with 17-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, leather upholstery, power driver seat, and heated front and rear seats.

On this one you can opt for the Technology package and you get headlamps, keyless ignition/entry, rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an upgraded audio system.

Under the hood, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra will give you front-wheel drive and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. A manual transmission is standard, but you can get a six-speed automatic on the Limited.

Safety on the Hyundai Elantra is impressive with traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, active front head restraints, and front seat side-impact and side curtain airbags.

Inside the Hyundai Elantra, the interior boasts a center stack climate control system with a nice look and it’s easy to navigate.  Of course, on an upgrade there is also the leather seating, heated front and rear seats and a rearview camera.

While the Hyundai Elantra is a compact, the space will fool you.  There is 14.8 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk and the 60/40 split pass is a good size too.

For tall drivers and passengers, this is definitely a go-to vehicle and even the backseat is good on the legroom, but headroom might offer a challenge in some cases.

For the behind-the-wheel experience, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra has plenty of power, is a quiet ride takes the curves handing just fine and could be considered “best all around.”  

Should You Need to Know: This year the 2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan saw little change other than the introduction of the coupe and hatchback model body styles.

Miles Per Gallon: I drove the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe GS PZEV with 28 miles per gallon in the city and 39 miles per gallon on the highway. 

Cost: The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe GS PZEV price tag came in at $19,315. 

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1300 articles to her credit in the past 15-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a national radio show called “The Duva Show” where her “The Insider Mag’s” I’m Standing Here segment can be heard weekly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday evenings. 

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and the North Texas Film Critics and writes for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily New, Living Magazine and Valley Scene Magazines as well as www.greensourceDFW.  

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book release is “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma” from www.historypress.net and she will be publishing her ninth book this spring about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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