The 2013 Elantra is an immensely important car for Korean automaker Hyundai. Competition with well-established heavy-hitters in the Canadian marketplace, including the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic is part of the reason why. This is one of Canada’s hottest market segments, and it’s one that Hyundai has tackled with tremendous success since the launch of their latest Elantra model range. With this in mind, check out our 5 reasons why you gotta love the Hyundai Elantra:
1. Design – Originally launched as a sedan, the Elantra badge has since found its way onto a sleek and sporty coupe variant, as well as a high-versatility ‘GT’ 5-door variant. Hyundai’s world-class “Fluidic Sculpture” styling language helps to set the model range apart, conjuring excitement and exclusivity on the visual front. The 2013 Elantra is now easily accessible as a 2 – door Coupe and 5 – door hatchback regarded as the GT.
2. Value and features – The Elantra’s highly competitive pricing and generous feature content allows it a product lineup that’s hard to beat where value is concerned. That value has become a staple of Hyundai’s market presence, and a major reason why more shoppers than ever are checking out the brand.
Shoppers after a high-value compact car demand selection and choices for their money, and the Elantra offers three unique versions in a class where many competitors only offer one.
3 and 4. Trims and technology – With three different options to choose from, Hyundai has the range of possibilities well covered depending on what interests you:
- Elantra Sedan: as voted upon by a panel of Canada’s top auto reviewers, the AJAC, the Elantra Sedan was recently called the “Canadian Car of the Year.” That’s a two-thumbs-up from dozens of Canadian experts, and a fantastic reason to check the model out. Elantra also earned the prestigious title of “2012 North American Car of the Year.” Advanced technologies for safety, convenience and communications abound here, including a standard array of computer-controlled driver assist features designed to help keep the Elantra Sedan confidently in control at all times. Active ECO technology is fitted to models with the automatic transmission, helping drivers to visually confirm that they’re operating the Elantra Sedan in as fuel-efficient a manner as possible.
- Elantra Coupe: For a sportier and more personal driving experience, be sure to check out the Elantra Coupe. Designed to give the Honda Civic Coupe a run for its money, this two-door Elantra variant is as roomy and spacious as the sedan, but more aggressively styled and fun to drive. Revised fascias, dual exhaust outlets and exclusive wheels help set the Elantra Coupe apart from the other models. Look for high-tech features including a proximity keyless entry system, push-button start, voice recognition and more. iPod and USB connectivity is standard, and Bluetooth, touch-screen navigation and a backup camera can all be specified. Electronic Throttle Control technology ensures plenty of responsiveness when demanded, as well as improved fuel economy.
- Elantra GT: European-inspired and tuned for driving pleasure, the Elantra GT brings five-door practicality to the segment with active families, outdoor enthusiasts and pet owners squarely in its sights. The Elantra GT is based on the new generation of the European-market Hyundai i30 model, which is internationally acclaimed for its fuel efficiency and handling. A high-tech, variable-output air conditioning compressor trims away at fuel consumption, while the first application of Hyundai’s DSSM system allows for fine-tuning of the driving experience. That “Driver Selectable Steering Mode” system allows drivers to change the calibration of the Elantra GT’s steering system at the touch of a button to match their current mood and preference.
5. Driving impressions – one word. Fun. This compact car offers complete comfort, and a feeling that you are sitting in a luxury car that embodies the essence of sport and class. The front-wheel drive and response time gives the car a very smooth feel.
AutoGuide.com comparies the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe to the 2012 Honda Civic Coupe:
Want to give it a go? Visit us at Destination Hyundai (445 Kingsway in Vancouver) or click here to book a test drive online. Our product advisors look forward to meeting you and answering any of your questions about the Elantra lineup.
2013 Hyundai Elantra Quick Facts:
|Price Range:||$15,949 to $19,949 depending on trim|
|Trims||Coupe, Sedan, GT|
|Engine||1.8-liter inline-4, 148 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm, 131 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm|
|Fuel Economy (mpg)||EPA city/highway fuel efficiency: 26/37 mpg (manual), 27/37 (automatic)|
|Notable features/equipment (based on trim)||Driver selectable steering mode, heated rear seats, iPod and USB connectivity, Bluetooth, touchscreen navigation, backup camera, ETC, Active ECO technology|