SHARP TURNS – The Hyundai Elantra takes on the modern world

2013-09-06T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – The Hyundai Elantra takes on the modern worldMATT SHARP Auto Columnist
September 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

2013 Hyundai Elantra is everything consumers could want in a sedan. The Elantra has three different models, the base model, the coupe model, and the GT model. After reviewing all three, my personal favorite is the Elantra Coupe model. The major difference with this model is that it is only a two-door. Being the owner of a two-door Chevy Cobalt myself, you can tell why I picked this one—the coupes always stand out to me.

What makes the Elantra Coupe stand out is its dynamic flowing lines down the side of the car. This coupe is wider overall, longer in overall length, and offers a larger wheelbase then most coupes on the market. The standard wheels are 17-inch alloy with painted black inserts that offer handling and performance advantages to enhance the driving experience. The distinctive front grille matches the black wheel inserts, and is accented by the stylized fog lights. To match the fog lights are side mirrors with turn-signal indicators to help traffic know where drivers want to go. From the rear, sharp eyes will notice that the Elantra Coupe features a twin-tip exhaust and an available integrated rear spoiler.

With an extensive list of standard features, the Elantra Coupe delivers impressive content and value. Here's what's included: heated front seats, air conditioning, power windows, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition. On the steering wheel, you will have access to everything from your cruise control to the Bluetooth controls. The environmentally friendly soy-based foam that makes the Elantra Coupe's seats so comfortable is made from renewable resources and lowers carbon emissions when compared with traditional seating materials. In the middle of the center stack is of course a 7-inch LCD touch screen, where passengers can access available navigation, iPod or other music device controls, and more. This feature makes the most of the 172-watt audio system with 6 speakers.

That comfort even carries over on a long road trip, or commute to work. Plus, the performance of the coupe will get you there in a hurry. Drivers will be impressed by a responsive 1.8-liter engine that features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, which improves breathing on the intake, and exhaust camshafts to help lower emissions and provide better fuel economy, an EPA-estimated 38 MPG Highway. To go hand in hand with the engine, the coupe comes standard with a slick-shifting 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Suspension and steering have been tuned for responsiveness and control. The result is an engaging driving experience that's known to even make some of your passengers jealous.

All of the Elantra models are reasonably priced as well. The standard Elantra starts at a little under $17,000. The GT model, which is the most expensive of the three starts out at about $19,000, and the coupe starts out at about $17,500.

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