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2012 Hyundai Veloster (photos)

The Veloster puts a twist on the compact coupe segment with standard features such as a unique third door for easy rear-seat access, a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, and lots of extras.

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Under the hood of the 2012 Veloster is a 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine boasting 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. The front-wheel-drive, six-speed manual gearbox, or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, offers an estimated 40 highway mpg.
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The 2012 Veloster will compete with the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mini Cooper, and the Scion tC.
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Standard tech for the 2012 Veloster includes a multifunction, 7-inch touch-screen display, Pandora Internet radio capability, voice recognition, video game console connectivity with 115-volt power outlet, and a Bluetooth and Blue Link telematics platform.
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The Veloster three-door coupe has the functionality of a hatchback and a passenger-side forward-hinged rear door, providing safe and easy access to the rear seats.
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The 2012 Hyundai Veloster offers a chrome dual center exhaust outlet.
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Two choices include the six-speed manual or the six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission. Hyundai estimates 40 mpg highway with the six-speed manual.
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The 2012 Hyundai Veloster comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires. The $2,000 style package includes 18-inch alloy wheels with P215/40R18 tires, and the $2,000 tech package includes unique 18-inch alloys with painted inserts.
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As a hatchback, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster offers plenty of cargo room.
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Starting at $18,060 the 2012 Hyundai Veloster competes in price with the Scion tC at $18,575, the Honda CR-Z at $19,345, and the Mini Cooper at $19,500.

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