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Car Tech Video: 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE

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Car Tech Video: 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE

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Hyundai rolls out the Elantra in Coupe form. But does taking away two doors help it capture the attention of Honda Civic owners? CNET's Antuan Goodwin takes the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE for a spin.

-When we tested Hyundai's new Elantra Sedan, we came to the conclusion that it was good. Actually almost better than to say it good. So Hyundai is taken in if it ain't broke don't fix it sort of approach to the new Hyundai Elantra Sedan. Let's hop in this 2013 model and check the tech. Now the Sedan already had a pretty Coupe-like profile. A lot of people looked at it and didn't even realize there were 4 doors there. So for the Coupe, what Hyundai's done is they've actually given a little bit more aggressive rake to the roof. Of course they've dropped the rear doors and elongated the front. It's a bit of a me too Honda Civic Coupe but I mean, they're trying to take out the best here so they're pretty much sticking with the scripts. So it's actually a little bit amazing how quickly car tech is doing to progress. This dashboard infotainment system is only about 2-- maybe 2 ½ years old and it's already old one. This the same navigation system that we saw a debut in the Elantra Sedan a couple of years ago but it's not Hyundai's newest system that as a new blue link infotainment connectivity and tele-matic system. Now down here at the bottom of the thinner console we've got-- a sort of standard Hyundai USB, auxiliary and quick combo down there. To connect an iPod, you're gonna get a $30 cable that's gonna bridge both of those connections into a dot connector. Now that 30-pin dot connector is definitely not iPhone 5 friendly so you're probably out of luck if you're recently upgraded your phone. Other audio sources are gonna include Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, Sirius Satellite radio and your basic AM/FM and CD sources. If you spec the version with the automatic transmission you also get the option to activate what you call the active eco mode by pushing the button over here next to the steering wheel. Now what that's gonna do is it's going to slightly detune your throttle responds and you tip in so you get a little bit better fuel economy at the expense of bit of responsiveness. Now if you wanna get pretty close to where the EPA estimate for [unk] fuel economy is, you're gonna wanna use that button. Now unto the hood you're gonna find Hyundai's 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine. Now this small engine plays an emphasis on fuel economy not power. You're looking at about 140 horsepower 131 pound feet of torque. Now you can get the Elantra Coupe with 6 feet manual transmission and your fuel economy will be 28 in the city, 38 on the high way and 32 combine. At least that's what the EPA tells you. We've never actually got anywhere close to Hyundai's [unk] number. They must be really good at gaming the system. Now if you have a 6 feet automatic transmission like our vehicle is, you'll lose 1 mile per gallon across the border on all of those ratings. Now, I don't know what's sport Hyundai is talking about when they mentioned the sport tune suspension in the vehicle but surely ain't racing because there's-- it's just not very sporty at all. There's-- it's pretty soft. I suppose what do you expect from a-- you know, about $20,000 vehicle? And of course also as you would expect from the 1.8 liter engine without a tremendous amount of power. You don't get a lot of grunt from a go. The 6 feet automatic transmission also isn't really helping here but I mean, I've had a hard time keeping up with our camera van for this shoot. It's just that little amount of power. Now the active eco mode that I've mentioned earlier, it does really just kinda scaled back all of your throttle inputs and kind of, you know, it's not really a fun car to begin with but does take all of the fun out of it. I almost hesitate to drive around in the active eco mode because, I mean, even though you do maybe get a couple of extra miles per gallon, it really just ads a little too much lag in the responsiveness. There's an extra sort of 1/1000, 2/1000 before the vehicle actually decides that it's gonna down shift for a pass or an extra bit of pedal travel that I think a lot of drivers aren't really gonna be comfortable with. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe starts at $17, 445 then that's for the base GS model with the manual transmission. But to even get the option to add any tech to this car, you're gonna wanna step up to the SE Model and then again to the 6 feet automatic transmission for $20,745. That gives you the option to add the tech package for $2,350 that brings you to our as tested price of $23,095. And as this the case with most Hyundai that's probably the Elantra Coupe's bestselling point. It's a really good car with pretty decent tech, 4,000 less than the competition.

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