2013 Hyundai Elantra Comparison

By Christina Selter

Time to make a choice between the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback or the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE? Let’s compare both models together as they come with an impressive list of safety features and amenities.

So for me to come to a choice between these two economical Hyundai models, it comes down to the available cargo space that I always seem to need for my busy lifestyle. What do you need? The convenience of 5 door hatchback design so you can carry more cargo? Or are you more about the lower profile and sportier lines of the all the new Elantra Coupe? You can decide at your Hyundai dealer!

2013 Hyundai Elantra Showcase

Hyundai has been taking the highroad the past few years with their sporty and economical vehicles selling like the proverbial hotcakes in recent times. I recently drove these two in sunny La Jolla, California after a great dinner with John Krafcik, the CEO of Hyundai Motors America. As he stated that the Elantra sedan was continuing to sell like “hotcakes” in fact, I tweeted that comment as well.

Taking a gander at the Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE versus the Elantra GT, I felt that both of them were cute and fuel efficient, rated at approximately 27/37 city/highway MPG with 6-speed automatic transmissions as they have the same powertrain a 1.8-liter four cylinder that produces 148 horsepower.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

The 2013 Elantra Coupe SE starts as only $19,898, which comes equipped with standard features including: heated front seats, iPod/USB input jacks and Bluetooth link, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, leather upholstery, a sweet power sunroof, sport suspension, rear spoiler and the shinny17-inch alloy wheels which make the SE one nicely equipped vehicle for under $20,000. A lesser GS variant starts at 17,595 and has 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and power windows with a driver’s auto-down feature.

I actually drove the SE 6-speed automatic transmission PZEV model (PZEV stands for Partial Zero Emission Vehicle) so the fuel economy was excellent. Both the SE and GS had the same cargo space at 14.3 cubic feet, but the GS does not have the sport-tuned suspension like the SE model I tested and enjoyed.

2013 Hyundai Elantra

Now for the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT 5-door hatchback with an MSRP that starts at $15,545 which is not all that bad a price for this sporty and more aggressive driving machine. The GT I drove had the upgraded Style Package, which included an upgraded sports suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, panoramic moon roof, leather seats and the Technology Package that includes the navigation system and back-up camera (an extra $2,350).

Standard equipment with the 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® includes the 16-inch alloy wheels, driver selectable steering mode (DSSM), electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control system (TCS) and brake assist (BA), daytime running lights, front fog lights, remote keyless entry system with alarm, 7 airbags—including driver and front passenger, front seat side-mounted, front and rear side-curtain airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, Blue Link® Telematics system, Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, iPod®/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks, premium cloth seating with heated front seats and the 60/40 fold-flat rear seatback which adds even more versatility.

2013 Hyundai Elantra

All in all both are good cars based on a solid platform but in this case it just comes down to your lifestyle, so if you have more stuff then you need more cargo space so the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is my pick for this AutoComparison.

(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Hyundai.)