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The New and Improved 2013 Hyundai Elantra

When designing the Hyundai Elantra for 2013, there was a lot to consider. Hyundai wanted to offer an even better vehicle with more efficient and better standard features and upgrades.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra definitely delivered, but the biggest change that was made is that it is now offered in a 2 door coupe style along with the 4 door sedan. The new 2013 models and trims are about options and features, and here is what is so impressively different about the new and improved Hyundai Elantra.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Review

Offering the new coupe style allows for more options, but as other coupes have shown, the space inside the vehicle is not always the most user friendly. Hyundai took this into consideration, and thought very seriously about the space issue. The coupe was designed to represent the interior of a mid size vehicle where more space is generally available. The front seats offer lateral support, and the back seats can be folded completely flat to allow more cargo room if needed.

You will also enjoy the storage space that is provided with storage bins and hidden cubbies. One of the most convenient storage spots is the covered bin that is located close to the shift level where you will find an auxiliary jack, USB port, and a power point to keep everything you need within hands reach.

Hyundai Elantra 2013Another major change in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra models is the engine size. The previously used 2.0-liter four cylinder has been replaced with a 1.8 engine with 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque that can be driven as either the six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

The change has finally brought Hyundai into this generation of automobiles, making the car more lean and efficient. The steering has also been improved with a better center feel while driving, and the road noise inside is almost undetectable. The new coupe models are also nice to handle with easier turning, a stiffer rear suspension, and a faster ratio, than what you will find in the sedan models.

Feature Changes in 2013’s Elantra

When it comes to making sales, it all comes down to features, and consumers want more technology, comfort, convenience, and safety features included in the list of standards, so that is exactly what Hyundai delivered. The base levels, the GLS sedan and GS coupe, are overly impressive, and include the following: cruise control, keyless entry, telescopic steering, an AM/FM/CD player, and power windows, locks, and doors. Surprisingly, Bluetooth is also standard which is just one way to show how they really threw in the extras at no extra cost.

You can also choose a few options that will make your Elantra seem more like a luxury car than an affordable, economical car. The navigation system includes an oversized touchscreen that uses voice recognition for phone calls, audio, and to get around in the most efficient manner. You can get live updates on everything from traffic to weather. For added safety, this upgrade also includes a rearview camera that is viewable with your LCD touchscreen. It is safety features like this that earned the 2013 Hyundai Elantra ratings such the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick designation and the NHTSA’s coveted five-star rating for crash safety.


The Hyundai Elantra 2013 Limited models are crammed full of more standard features than you can imagine. With leather, heated front and back seats, 17- inch alloy wheels, and fog lamps, this car exudes a certain type of luxurious feeling. For additional safety, you will find turn signals mounted in the mirrors so that other drivers on the road can see you are signaling. Upgrades for this model include the Premium Package, which will also give you a upgraded audio system, a navigation system, and push button start.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Improvements and Final Verdict

There are also improved packages that come in specific models and trims which include the Technology Package for the SE coupe trims. A sport suspension, automatic headlamps, automatic climate control, a 360-watt audio system, and navigation system from the Navigation Package paired with standard features such as leather seats, rear spoiler, and powered sunroof can transform the Elantra Coupe GS sports model into a vehicle ready to hit the road.

There are both major and minor changes that have been made to the 2013 Hyundai Elantra, and although it was already a great car, it is now one that is impressive in every aspect.