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2013 Hyundai Elantra Pros, Cons, Prices
And How To Get The Best
(See Also: "The Ultimate Hyundai Elantra Negotiation Secret")
The Hyundai Elantra is one of the most improved cars out there over the last decade, culminating in a dramatic inside-and-out makeover in 2011. The 2013 Elantra can now clearly be counted among the very best picks in the compact car segment, having passed by traditional leaders from Toyota and Honda by offering superior styling, performance, features and value.
But before making a final buying decision, it's best to consider both its strong attributes as well as its weaker potential problem areas. And if one decides to proceed with a purchase, it's also best to have a rock-solid plan for getting the absolute lowest price possible.
The Elantra's overall positives can be summarized to include its sleek and distinctive design, an abundance of features for the money, a comfortable and well-built cabin, a large trunk, a long warranty and very good fuel economy. On the downside, its overall negatives would include limited rear headroom and a drive that's not quite as sporty as it looks or equal to that of some of its sportier rivals.
The Elantra's sleek, head-turning and distinctive exterior design is one of its major appeals. People watch it go down the street and are surprised when they eventually make out its Hyundai badge. While looks are an individual taste, the majority view seems to be that it's one of the better looking choices in the small sedan market and projects an image of a much pricier car.
The interior design is also impressive for the segment, featuring a fresh and edgy design set off with upscale-looking materials and a solid build quality.
Long Feature List For The Dollar:
Even the base GLS is well-equipped with standard features such as remote power door locks, one-touch power windows, cruise control, power and heated mirrors, 16-inch steel wheels, interior air filtration, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, a remote anti-theft alarm system, a trip computer and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, speed sensitive volume control, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.
For additional features, the Preferred package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, foglamps, upgraded interior trim, a sliding front center armrest and illuminated vanity mirrors, while moving up to the Limited model adds all the Preferred package features plus leather upholstery, a power driver seat, a sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and heated rear seats.
The Limited's optional Technology package adds more goodies such as a touchscreen navigation system with voice activation, Bluetooth streaming audio, a rearview camera, automatic headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition/entry and an upgraded audio system.
Indeed, the Elantra can be equipped similar to much more expensive luxury cars.
Comfortable and Solidly-Built Cabin:
The seating is both comfortable and supportive while the design still provides ample legroom and more overall space than one typically expects from a compact. Headroom is also quite adequate up front, although it can be a little tight in the rear for tall passengers.
The cabin's overall look, feel and build quality is among the very top in its class and especially impressive for the price range. It's stylized center stack and controls along with a smaller-diameter steering wheel add to the attractive modern style and spacious feel inside.
The Elantra's trunk is one of the largest in its class, coming in with a maximum cargo capacity of 14.8 cubic feet. The 60/40-split rear seat also offers a large pass-through for accommodating longer storage items.
Hyundai offers one of the longest factory warranties in the business. The standard warrranty covers 5 years/60,000 miles, while the Drivetrain warranty extends to 10 years/100,000 miles.
Excellent Fuel Economy:
All 2013 Elantras are front-wheel drive and powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. The partial zero-emissions vehicle (PZEV) version of this engine, equipped on models in California-emissions states, produce a slightly lower 145 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. The EPA-estimated gas mileage for models with either a manual or automatic transmission are the same, standing at an excellent and pump-friendly 29 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway.
While the overall interior space in the new Elantra is above average for the small car segment, this sedan's sleek style, largely a result of its sloping roof line, produces a somewhat tight headroom situation for taller rear passengers. Of course, it's fine for children if that's who'll be filling your backseat. But 6-footers will have a potential mixed bag back there. On the one hand, they should find ample legroom. On the other, the roofline could become an issue on longer treks.
Not Quite as Sporty as it Looks:
The overall ride quality of the Elantra is quite good. In fact, it offers one of the best combinations of ride comfort and handling in its class. The four-cylinder engine capably provides both peppy performance and very good fuel efficiency.
That said, because the car certainly has a sporty look, it may raise expectations of a sporty and athletic drive to match. But while it's definitely a competent daily driver, it doesn't have the handling abilities of rivals such as the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus or Mazda 3, all of which are a little more refined and sophisticated in this department.
There's also a bit of road and engine noise, although not too intrusive, that reminds us that this is indeed a compact economy car and not the more upscale sedan its looks project.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra has a lot more in terms of positive attributes than it does problem areas, which is what has vaulted it up among the leaders in recent years. It's definitely worth serious consideration by car buyers in the small economy car segment. Others worthy of consideration would include the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Corolla.
How To Get The Lowest Price:
Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best, bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.
Not only is this doable, it's also quite easy ... much easier than most car buyers can possibly imagine and done right from the comfort of your own home or office. Here's the details on exactly how to get the lowest price on a new Hyundai Elantra.
Good luck and all the best,