What Is It?
The 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe follows the same pattern of mid-generation updates and styling tweaks that have been applied to the Elantra compact sedan and GT hatchback models -- introduced to the world at the 2013 LA Auto Show.
These changes include a new nose and tail, a rear spoiler, optional LED rear lights, special-design 17-inch alloy wheels and changes in the cabin's layout. Sound deadening has been increased, ergonomics improved and the heating/air conditioning system upgraded.
Replacing the previous 1.8-liter engine is a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit making 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque. That muscle goes to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
A sport-tuned suspension and steering system allows greater exploitation of that new engine's output and provides crisper turns into corners, an action made all the more pleasurable by a leather-covered steering wheel and gearshift knob.
Instead of being available in two trim levels like the 2013 model, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe comes as just one well-equipped version. A generous standard kit includes a cooled glove box, heated front seats, Bluetooth, iPod integration and satellite radio/CD/AM/FM/MP3 player.
No official word yet, but the top-level 2013 Elantra Coupe starts at $20,895.
When Can You Get It?
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Standard equipment levels are competitive for the price, and interior space is generous enough for the Environmental Protection Agency to classify it as a midsize coupe.
The 2013 Elantra sedan is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Plus, and scored a maximum of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash-test program. The new Coupe adds a blind spot mitigation driver's mirror as standard.
Every new Hyundai model enjoys a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Other Cars to Consider
2014 Honda Civic Coupe -- The Civic Coupe has also been revised for 2014. It comes with Honda's highly regarded build quality and reliability.
2014 Kia Forte Koup -- Sharing the same underpinnings as an Elantra, this may appeal to someone who prefers the Forte's styling over the Hyundai version.
Used BWM 3 Series Coupe -- One of the most desirable yet accessible coupes ever. A 2010 328i Coupe in very good condition is around $20,000.
Used Honda Accord Coupe -- A well-equipped 2011 LX example in excellent condition would come in under the Elantra Coupe's starting price.