2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe, GT: 40MPG Highway, Less Than $20k

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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, Chicago Auto Show, Feb 2012

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, Chicago Auto Show, Feb 2012

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Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai announced the expansion of its highly-popular Elantra line by announcing two new models for 2013.

Now we know that both cars -- the 2013 Elantra Coupe and 2013 Elantra GT Five-door hatchback -- will go on sale for less than $20,000.

Powered by the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, 148-horsepower engine found in the existing 2012 Hyundai Elantra sedan, both cars come with a choice of six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic transmission.

2012 Elantra Coupe

Starting at $17,445 (plus a mandatory $775 freight charge) for the base-level 2013 Elantra Coupe GS with six-speed manual transmission, Hyundai hopes the sport-inspired coupe will offer Honda’s Civic Coupe some tough competition in the marketplace. 

With the manual transmission, Hyundai predicts the Elantra Coupe will get a gas-mileage of 29mpg city and 40 mpg highway. For $1000 more, Hyundai's six-speed shiftronic gearbox lowers gas mileage by 1mpg for both city and highway driving.

While the base level Elantra Coupe GS comes in well under the $20,000 price bracket, the better equipped and more sporty 2013 Elantra Coupe SE Automatic weighs in at $20,745, plus the $775 freight.

Opt for the technology package with navigation system, review camera, premium audio system, dual automatic climate control, keyless remote and automatic headlights, and you’ll be looking at an invoice price in excess of $23,000

2013 Elantra GT

Essentially the same car Hyundai sells elsewhere in the world as the 2013 Hyundai i30, the 2013 Elantra GT is a five-door hatchback, combining practicality and great gas mileage in a sports-inspired car.

Like the 2013 Elantra Coupe, the cheapest 2013 Elantra GT comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and 1.8-liter engine. 

With an estimated highway gas mileage of 39 mpg, Hyundai promises both the six-speed manual ($18,395) and six-speed automatic ($19,395) will be equally frugal. 

Standard features include heated front seat, hidden rear-view camera, and driver knee airbags. 

Both cars attract a mandatory freight charge of $775, while specifying both style and technology packages will set you back another $5,100.

With more cargo and passenger volume than competing cars like the 2013 Ford Focus, 2013 Mazda 3, and 2013 Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai is confident its subcompact will give it some serious market attention. 

Are you tempted by the charms of both the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe and Elantra GT?  Are they both reasonably priced, or are you worried they won’t deliver on Hyundai’s controversial gas mileage promises in the real world?

Let us know in the Comments below. 


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Comments (6)
  1. I am waiting for a preordered shimmering silver GT with the style package.Was told Hyundai only sends what the company allocates to each dealership.Don't understand why they cannot fill orders that have a deposit down.Bad business plan!But we do enjoy our 2010 Elantra Touring SE,so I will wait.

  2. Wanted the coupe or the hatchback. After making the far-in-the-lead & exhilarating elantra design that told other makers what style really was, the recent playings with the coupe & hatchback front ends(in a keep up with the Jones's effort) sours my stomach. In their continuing desire to raise prices, Hyundai shows they are now looking at other people's money as if it was their own, more than they want to make Elantra better.

  3. Picked up my preordered silver GT on June 26.I am very happy with my purchase.Thank you Hyundai!

  4. Hot!!!

  5. Just picked up my 2013 elantra gt with all the options both tech and style package mileage states 28 city i drove in real city traffic getting 24 miles per gallon

  6. Hyundai and Kia ADMIT to the MPG lies!!!!!! Google it! Owners of select vehicles will get a debit card for life for the miles they've driven and the miles in the future. MPG estimates have changed, for instance the Elantra was 29/40 but now it's 28/38! So you can get a debit card that gives the difference in MPG, given local gas prices, and they assume +15% gas price hike to help cover customer stress.

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