2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe

Where first there was one, now there are three. We’re referring, of course, to Hyundai’s Elantra lineup, which has blossomed to include a new five-door hatchback dubbed Elantra GT and also this new-for-2013 coupe in addition to the sedan. Today, Hyundai released pricing info for the two-door Elantra: The swoopy coupe will start at $18,220, which slots it neatly between the Elantra sedan ($17,470) and the GT hatch (which was just priced from $19,170).

The 2013 Elantra coupe is available in base GS and sportier SE spec. Both trim levels come standard with a six-speed manual; a six-speed automatic with a manual-shifting mode is available for an additional $1000. Full pricing below:

  • Elantra coupe GS: $18,220 + $1000 for automatic transmission; notable standard equipment includes fog lights, heated front seats, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth.
  • Elantra coupe SE: $20,520 + $1000 for automatic transmission; SE upgrades to 17-inch aluminum wheels, adds a sport-tuned suspension, a sunroof, leather seating surfaces and steering wheel, aluminum pedals, a unique grille, and a rear spoiler. A Technology package is available for $2350 on automatic models only, and includes navigation, a rearview camera, a 360-watt premium audio system, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry with pushbutton start.

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The Elantra coupe’s pool of competitors may be shrinking—small, front-drive coupes are hardly the rage these days—but it includes the evergreen Honda Civic, as well as the Kia Forte Koup and Scion tC. Both the base Civic and the Forte Koup are less expensive than the Hyundai. However, the base Honda Civic DX model lacks air conditioning; the mid-level $18,795 LX model is more similarly equipped to the base Elantra coupe. The Scion tC is slightly more expensive, but it also boasts a 180-hp, 2.5-liter four; the Hyundai makes do with a 148-hp, 1.8-liter four. On the flip side, the Elantra coupe should win hearts and minds with its fuel economy, which Hyundai estimates will return up to 40 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission.

The two-door Elantra will start arriving in Hyundai dealerships later this month.

By Alexander Stoklosa