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2013 Hyundai Elantra: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions June 2015

With the addition of 2-door coupe and GT 5-door hatchback body styles, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra is now a family of compact cars. The 4-door sedan continues with the striking Fluidic Sculpture styling as seen in its larger sibling, the Sonata. It's value-packed with roomy comfort, loaded with design flair and tasteful-looking materials, and has a long list of standard and optional amenities that aren't often found in the compact sedan class. The new coupe keeps the Fluidic Sculpture styling and roominess of the sedan and adds sporty flair. Adapted from the European-market Hyundai i30 model, the new GT 5-door hatchback gets its own sporty sheet metal and offers up to 51 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seat folded down.

The 2013 Elantra, whether it's the popular sedan, new coupe or GT hatchback, is a good used-car value because it delivers sophisticated styling flair, roominess, comfort and fuel efficiency at a reasonable price.

What We Like

Sonata-like Fluidic Sculpture styling; roomy interior and trunk; interior materials, fit and finish; 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; good fuel economy; GT's hatchback versatility

What We Don't

High road noise level; no spare tire; measured acceleration; hatchback has cramped rear headroom; lack of steering feel

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Hyundai Elantra uses a 1.8-liter double overhead camshaft 16-valve 4-cylinder engine. It generates 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. It's available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. After a downward adjustment from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the sedan is now rated at 28 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The coupe and GT hatchback automatics now have a 27 mpg city/37 mpg hwy rating and the GT manual gets a 26 mpg city/37 mpg hwy label. All Elantras are equipped with front-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra is available in GLS and Limited trims for the sedan, GS and SE trims for the coupe, and as the GT hatchback.

The GLS sedan's standard equipment includes a new-for-2013 tilt-telescopic steering wheel, air-conditioning, 16-inch wheels, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an MP3 decoder and iPod/USB jacks, cloth upholstery, a split fold-down second-row bench seat, an outside-temperature display, a trip computer, power locks, windows and mirrors, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes with brake-assist, dual front- and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags, and stability and traction control. Optional equipment for the GLS consists of a garage-door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto headlamps, a backup camera and navigation.

Limited sedan trim adds a new-for-2013 power driver's seat with power lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, a power moonroof, a steering wheel with audio controls, fog lamps, heated front and rear seats, a front center armrest and 17-in alloy wheels. Popular Limited options include navigation, a backup camera, dual-mode air-conditioning with clean-air ionizer, auto headlamps, a garage-door opener and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

GS coupe standard fare includes all of the items in the GLS sedan plus foglamps, heated front seats, steering-wheel audio controls, 16-in alloy wheels and a front center armrest.

SE coupe standard items include sport suspension, a rear spoiler and all of the Limited sedan upgrades except a power driver's seat and heated rear seat.

The GT hatchback includes the same standard items as the GS coupe and adds dual-zone air-conditioning, 172-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 6-speaker audio with Bluetooth and SiriusXM, a hidden rear camera, a cooled glovebox, a sliding armrest and underfloor cargo storage. The Blue Link emergency communications system is also standard.

Pricing

The 2013 Elantra was once again one of the best-selling compacts, so there should be a good supply of used examples available for purchase at moderate prices. Even with reduced Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimates for the 2013 model year, the Elantra is one of the most fuel-efficient compact cars in its class.

To get a good idea of the 2013 Elantra's price range, check out KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following recall for the 2013 Elantra:

A headliner support bracket may be displaced during a deployment of the overhead airbag, which could lacerate an occupant.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2013 Elantra sedan and GT hatchback a 5-star overall rating with four stars for frontal impacts, five for side impacts and four for rollover resistance. It did not rate the 2013 Elantra coupe.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2013 Elantra sedan a Top Safety Pick+ and gave it Acceptable ratings for small-overlap front impacts, head restraints and seats, but Good ratings for side- and moderate-overlap front impacts, as well as roof strength. It didn't rate the 2013 Elantra coupe or GT hatchback.

Hyundai sold the 2013 Elantra with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty (for original owners only), a 7-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty and 5 years/unlimited miles of roadside-assistance coverage.

Hyundai certified pre-owned vehicles can't be more than 5 years old or have more than 60,000 miles. Every certified pre-owned Elantra undergoes a 150-point inspection. Each receives the balance of Hyundai's 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Roadside assistance is extended to 10 years/unlimited miles from the vehicle's original date of sale. Also included are three months of SiriusXM satellite radio and a vehicle history report.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Ford Focus -- The Ford Focus sports European driving flair and fresh styling. It's available as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. The standard 160-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is available with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. A new ST model with a 256-hp turbo 2.0-liter engine offers driving excitement.

2013 Toyota Corolla -- Toyota's evergreen Corolla is consistently at, or near, the top of the compact sales race due to its reputation for trouble-free operation and good resale value. The Corolla driving experience is plain vanilla and its interior lacks the features and flair of the Elantra. The sporty XRS model is dropped for 2013, but Toyota now offers a touchscreen radio with HD radio and navigation.

Autotrader's Advice

Even though it may not be the fastest or best-handling small car, the 2013 Elantra is very stylish inside and out, is well-equipped, and offers impressive fuel economy. The Elantra sedan and coupe have a 14.8 cu ft. trunk that's roomy for its class and a cabin that's quite spacious. The new-for-2013 Elantra GT 5-door hatchback offers European style, sportier handling and great cargo versatility. Always look for a vehicle that's been well-maintained. Selecting a Hyundai certified pre-owned Elantra is a smart choice because the buyer can assume the remainder of the outstanding 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Also make sure all applicable recall repairs have been performed by the dealer.

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