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2013 Hyundai Elantra Review: Trims, Features, Prices, Performance, MPG Figures and Rivals

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist May 22, 2020 at 02:34 PM
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra is one of the best compacts available in the market. It offers a lot for the price in terms of safety, equipment, technology, and comfort. Sure, there have been a few niggles here and there but the model hasn't faced any real trouble. Let's find out if it is worth buying a used 2013 Hyundai Elantra instead of a new one.

The Hyundai Elantra is one of the best picks in the economical sedan segment. It houses a 148 bhp motor under the hood which is quite close to what the present generation engine produces. The seamless fluidic design on the Elantra does provide a mixed athletic and luxurious outlook. Packed with features and comfort does go the distance with its fuel efficiency. On the inside, it houses leather seats and one of the largest touch screen in its class on the inside.

2013 Hyundai Elantra

So, How does the Car stack up?

Closely competing with Honda Civic, Mazda 3, and Chevrolet Cruze, the Elantra fairs well in most of the comparison factors. Even in the present calendar year, Elantra is not far behind the top Honda Civic. 2020 Elantra carries the superior comfort of the cabin that was very remarkable in the 2013 version. Elantra does stack up close to its competitors in the class and it would be the small details that differentiate all.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Trims and Features

The Elantra came into the market with two trim levels, namely the GLS and Limited. Both were available in Manual and Automatic transmissions. The GLS preferred package consisted of the Limited trim features with additional upgrades as listed below. Customers chose the GLS preferred package over the limited owing to its economy and luxury. The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is offered in six different trims with three enigne options.

Trim

GLS

Limited

MSRP (Manual)

$16,965

-

MSRP (Automatic)

$17,965

$21,115

Key Features

Heated Mirrors

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

 

16-inch steel wheel

17-inch Alloy Wheels

 

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Sunroof

 

Tilt and Telescoping Steering wheel

Leather Upholstery with Heated Front and Rear Seats

 

60/40 Folding Rear Seat

Rear view Camera

 

Six Speaker System

Bluetooth enabled audio system, with touch screen navigation system

 

iPod/ USB interface

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Engine and Performance

As of 2013 the Hyundai Elantra housed a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine under its body. It produced a staggering 148 bhp and 131-pound feet of torque. There was also the PZEV version that had a reduced power output of 145 horse power and 130 lb-ft of torque. In the up to date Elantra power figures range between 128 bhp to 201 bhp from three different engines. There is the 1.4-liter Eco engine, the regular 2.0-liter engine with 147 bhp and the Sport engine with 201 bhp.

How does the Engine feel?

The Elantra does put astonishing numbers on the paper but does not perform as well in real-world conditions. Even the thrilling power of 148 bhp in the 2013 version fails to excite. The 2020 edition fails particularly in the same department as well.

Models

2013 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic

MSRP

$10,326

$19,150

$21,000

$20,550

Engine

1.8-liter NA inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter NA inline four-cylinder

2.5-liter NA inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter NA inline four-cylinder

DrivetrainFWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Six-Speed Automatic

Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic (7-speed)

6-Speed Automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

148 @ 6500

147 @ 6200

186 @ 6000

158 @ 6500

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

131 @ 4700

132 @ 4500

186 @ 4000

138 @ 4200

The turbocharged variants of the 2020 fall short on the excitement sector too. The Mazda 3 is the clear winner on paper as it has the most power and torque. The good news is that the power translates on the road as well. The Mazda has to be the most fun to drive car in the bunch.

How fast is the car?

There has been much change in the Elantra’s over the years in terms of reduced time on the track. The 2020 Elantra is much faster than the outgoing version. The engines have been refined much further to induce the thrill the Elantra always lacked but does not seem to be the best of jobs done by Hyundai.

Models

2013 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.4

9.0

7.0

7.1

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17.2

16.8

15.4

15.3

Top-Speed (MPH)

116

130

121

137

Engine

1.8-liter NA inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter NA inline four-cylinder

2.5-liter NA inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter NA inline four-cylinder

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

N/A

5.2

11.2

4.1

Amongst the latest of competitors the Elantra does stay in the middle of the pack with its timings amongst different tests. Again with its brute power, the Mazda races ahead of the competition. The best part is that the Mazda is not just quick in a straight line, it performs around the corners as well.

How does the car handle?

The Elantra in all sorts is the most soothing economical sedan one can choose from. There is a nice hint of sportiness you get from the vehicle and stays silent even racing through highways. The 2013 edition and 2020 edition seem thrilling on the daily routines but do struggle when pushed hard down on the corners.

Both the models are stable in a straight line, however, as soon as you throw in some curves and they roll like a boat- especially the 2013 model. For the 2020 Elantra, Hyundai has stiffened the suspensions ever so slightly in order to make the car more stable. The trick has worked slightly as well. There is still a ton of body rolls that might make one sick.

How well does the car stop?

Hyundai has failed to score points for the Elantra in the braking department too. The Elantra 2013 does good but you might be disappointed slightly. It manages to cut down on the speed and momentum in a good manner, however, under any circumstance if you have to slam hard on the brakes, you might want to be in a different car.

Models

2013 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.03

11.0

11.0

11.1

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.3

8.0

10.4

10.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

2701

2844

3071

2771

60-0 (feet)

123

118

112

113

The Kia Forte and Elantra of 2020 do compare at a level ground in the stopping distance. All the cars are offered with a disc and drum combination for the lower trims and an all-disc set up for the more expensive ones.

How many miles to the gallon does the car offer?

There is no doubt that the Elantra fairs quite well in the fuel efficiency department. Hyundai has progressed the Elantra well over the years. The 2013 Elantra offers 32 MPG combined and, on the other hand, the 2020 Elantra offers 35 miles per gallon combined.

Models

2013 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic

MPG (City)

28

31

27

32

MPG (Highway)

38

41

36

42

MPG (Combined)

32

35

30

36

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

12.8

14.0

13.2

12.39

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

358/ 486/ NA

434/574/490

343/462/396

372/471/446

In the present day Elantra is close to the segment king – The Honda Civic. The Civic however falls a little behind given its smaller fuel tank capacity. The 2020 Elantra has the highest range in the bunch.

Is the interior of the car a nice place to be in?

The top model Elantra offers a lap of luxury inside its cabin with leather-upholstered, heated front and rear seats. The seating is well comfortable for even 6 footer folks. A smaller diameter steering enhances roominess in the front row while the legroom is ample in the rear. There is a small shortage of headroom in the second row for tall occupants. Into 2020 the Elantra remains much the same with heated leather seats, both in the front and back. There is a large trunk Hyundai has put in with a 60/40 split rear seat.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Dashboard​​​​

Are the seats comfortable?

Seating a total of 5 passengers, the Elantra is roomy and comfortable. There is a mixed blessing in the rear with ample legroom but a slightly reduced headroom. The rear seat does stand a little too stiff with a very vertical seating position. Again, the only major issue with the interior is the rear seat which offers a slightly compromised headroom. Apart from that, the Elantra is exactly what you would expect at this price point.

Models

2013 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.0/55.9/43.6

40.3/56.2/42.2

38.0/55.7/42.3

39.3/57.0/42.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/54.8/33.1

37.3/55.3/35.7

37.3/53.5/35.1

37.1/55.0/37.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

14.8

14.4

13.2

15.1

Elantra falls just a little behind the Honda Civic in terms of trunk space. Kia on the other hand in its present generation does lead the pack with maximum trunk space in its current avatar of 2020. Amongst the Civic and Elantra the numbers do prove that the Elantra is more spacious owing to reduced trunk space.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2013 Elantra comes equipped with AM/FM/CD player along with an USB port as standard. You do get a flauntingly larger touchscreen with Bluetooth with voice recognition. The satellite radio and navigation systems do cost an additional fee. The present 2020 Elantra gets a 5.0-inch touch screen as standard on the base SE trim but moving up it is switched with a 7.0-inch screen. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio – SiriusXM, navigation, and voice recognition do come along too.

Are the car’s look enough to attract buyers?

The 2013 Elantra has been well reformed from the previous version. It carries around the ‘fluidic style’ which makes it seamless in motion. On the front you have the smooth long headlamps stretching over the wheels and slightly raised sheet metal smoothly flowing in towards the A-pillars. It has one of the steepest windshields too. Into 2020 the Elantra does not carry much of the fluidic design but stands on a sharper output which is much in trend in given the year.

Models

2013 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Honda Civic

Curb Weight (lb)

2701

2844

3071

2771

Length (inches)

178.3

181.9

183.5

182.7

Width (inches)

69.9

70.9

70.7

70.9

Height (inches)

56.5

56.5

56.9

55.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.5

5.3

5.5

-

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

106.3

107.3

106.3

The 2013 Elantra stands very close to the present generation in dimensions. The cabins of the two remain identical in terms of space. The footprint of the two is the same while the present lacks ample ground clearance.

Safety features of the car

Improvements carried out by Hyundai in 2011 raised the safety bar in Elantra as it received a 5-star rating by NHTSA and several ‘good’ accolades by the IIHS for the 2013 version of the Elantra. Further looking at the safety aspect, you got the stability control with a Steering Effort Assist System that assisted in a skid, and a rear-view camera came along as well.

The present version of the Elantra did not well match up to the standards put forward above. The NHTSA rated it a 4 out 5 in its array of crash tests. Although the IIHS did shortlist it for the safety pick of the year given its LED headlamps on the Limited trim level. The halogen headlamps were straight away rated ‘poor’ in the tests. The prominent safety features on the vehicle include automatic braking, active-lane control, and driver attention warning system.

Which one should you go for?

Looking at the 2013 Elantra and its present avatar there have been no major downfalls or upgrades. The major difference is about the way Elantra looked in 2013 and the present calendar year. Even the overall dimensions of the two remain comparable. The fluidic design has been beaten into a much smoother straight body fit. Weight has been added onto the present generation and the power reduced. Engines under the hood of the Elantra’s in question have the same figures on paper. Opting for the 201 bhp motor on the Sport trim of 2020 would have a cost equal to another 2013 Elantra. The interior is at par with each other, with the leather upholstery and heated seats.

The higher price tag does not justify the upgrade on the infotainment systems either. You have the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in place over the Bluetooth in the 2013 edition. Navigation and satellite radio are very much available to use in the 2013 version. In terms of safety that each offer, Hyundai did a better job in 2013 than with the present version as the crash test ratings of the government organizations suggest. Overall the present 2020 Elantra is no better than the 2013 version but it does have the latest features on board with a better-looking body on the outside. Not to forget that a well equipped 2020 Elantra is equal to two 2013 Elantra’s.

Also Read:

Read our review of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra

How much should you pay for a new Elantra

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