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2013 Hyundai Elantra

Tuesday, February 12th 2013. | Hyundai

Hyundai Elantra is a compact car that’s passed the test of time. This is the car that firmly put the Korean auto industry on the map and wrested away a large chunk of the market share of compact car from Japanese brands. Named the North American Car of the Year in 2012, the Elantra is arguably the best compact car available in the market today. A sedan since 2011, it is now also available in five-door hatchback model and two-door coupe model. The car is available in GLS sedan, GS coupe and GT hatchback versions.

2013 Hyundai Elantra front

The 2013 Elantra is powered by a 1.8 liters four-cylinder engine that incorporates the Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) technology to reduce emission and improve fuel economy. The engine is slightly smaller than the 2.0 liters of 2011 Elantra, but then the car itself is about 60 lbs lighter. The engine produces a power of 148 HP and torque of 131 lbs-ft, which is good for most roads although sometimes you could wish for more power, especially in tough terrain.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra gives a top speed of 121 miles per hour, which certainly does not make it a race winner. But it isn’t meant to be one. Still, that’s an improvement on 116 miles per hour of the previous versions. However, the car is a clear winner in its class in the fuel consumption department. While its rival compacts give an average of 28 mpg on the highway, the Elantra gives an impressive EPA-rated 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

2013 Hyundai Elantra back

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra is available in standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmissions. The manual transmission comes with Hyundai’s proprietary ECO Shift Light while the automatic uses Hyundai’s patented Shiftronic technology that provides smoother acceleration and improves fuel efficiency. Overall, both manual and automatic transmissions provide good pickup and smooth motion.

Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design concept is excellently implemented in Elantra’s attractive appearance and aerodynamic shape. The car is made to attune to the natural surrounding no matter where you take it. The GLS sedan has a slightly sporty look with wraparound headlights and a larger wheelbase. The GT hatchback, on the other hand, has a touch of aggressiveness. All three versions are aesthetically appealing.

2013 Hyundai Elantra interior

Although a compact, the interior of the 2013 Elantra is so spacious that it could easily be mistaken for a car of larger dimensions. Both the front and back seats have more leg room than any other cars of its class. The trunk has a cargo space of 14.8 cubic feet, which is large enough to fit in several suitcases. The GLS sedan comes with a navigation system with a 7″ touch screen and rearview camera. It also has a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, heated seats and climate control.

What you will love about the 2013 Hyundai Elantra are the gadgets. The 360-watt premium audio system provides crisp and clear sound to fill the entire interior. The SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which is standard on all versions, lets you tune in to over 170 commercial-free radio stations. Other standard gadgets include power windows, cruise control, AM/FM/CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth, telescopic steering and dual-zone automatic temperature control system with CleanAir Ionizer and auto-defog system.

2013 Hyundai Elantra back (blue)

The 2013 Elantra is a pretty safe car with all the standard Hyundai safety features incorporated in it – 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability management system (VSM), electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist system. The GLS sedan has been highly rated by the IIHS. The GS coupe and GT hatchback also do not have any major safety issues.

Available at a price range of $16,965 to $20,965 the Hyundai Elantra is one of the most affordable compact cars. It has an appealing appearance and a comfortable interior loaded with gadgets. The engine may not be as powerful as you would sometimes wish, but it is good enough for most situations. The car rates very high on fuel economy and ideal for long drives. The 2013 Elantra is one of the best compact cars available today.

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