• Devin

    Secretaries of the world: Your car has arrived.

    Seriously though, young women who answer phones buy two door economy coupes all the time. If I don't see several by the end of the year with a flower sticker on the back window I'll eat my hat.

    Otherwise, I'm much more curious about the Elantra GT than I am about the coupe. Even if I should just keep my Matrix and save my money, these new things are new and shiny and I like new and shiny things.

    • Spoiler: The Elantra GT is a much better car.

      • Devin

        I'm really curious about how well this fancy multiple setting steering is going to work, but then again it sounds like you know already and will tell everyone at some point soon.

        • Yup!

          Another spoiler: I wish the coupe had the Sport setting like the GT.

      • PowerTryp

        Embargo broken, Glucker is never invited to another press event.

        • Haha… GT embargo already passed. Veloster Turbo lifts at midnight EST this evening.

          • Kogashiwa

            That's the one I'm interested in! Looking forward to it.

    • Gene

      Ha – I'm in the same boat. Nothing is wrong with my old Matrix, but that GT is right up my alley

  • PowerTryp

    "they gave us a pair of Oakley karting shoes, which we are still figuring out what to do with." Like these?

    <img src="; width="500">

    Seriously Jeff, you have a competition coming up and you've been handed new shoes to use?

    /No this isn't all I got out of this post, just all I wanted to comment on.

    • ramLlama

      So, not sure when he got the shoes, but the competition is done.

      Assuming Jeff was Hoons McSmitty, he got a respectable middle-of-the-pack 5th place.

      • Yep, see my other comment. I will write about it soon too.

        Yes, I am indeed Hoons McSmitty. I finished slightly higher up in the first race, and the competition was stiff.

    • The red ones, that's what I got, or at least very similar to that.

      The karting competition went down the last night of the trip… I … I didn't win.

      /runs crying from the room

      • There, there. It's okay. Tiny little cars are stupid, anyway.

        • coupeZ600

          Agreed, if it weren't for corners they would be completely useless.

      • PowerTryp

        Well now you have shoes to practice for the next one. Regardless you did us proud Jeff.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Useful review. Looks like there's a decent potential hop up market for Hyundais to develop. Some more HP, and tighter suspension, and a larger pulley on the power steering and you might have something pretty interesting. Although the exterior design is pretty embarrassing. Way back in Japan that used to be called 'Surface Activity' to designate all the zoomy doodads that got tacked on.

  • The last orange grove in Southern California, alas.

    • dukeisduke

      I've seen old Laurel & Hardy shorts where the backgrounds in outdoor shots showed huge expanses of orange groves.

  • skitter

    Some tell me the Elantra GS is turning about 2850 rpm at 75 mph. Leaving the other five ratios aside, while I applaud Hyundai for not gearing the car for the more typical 4000 rpm at this speed, I maintain that with the current state of fuel injection controls and dual continuous variable valve timing, the sixth ratio is Not. Tall. Enough.

    • I'd be fine if sixth was simply overdrive 5, but let me have 2nd and 3rd!

    • Van_Sarockin

      That assumes you've got the rev range to climb the ladder that high. This sounds like a peaky engine that's only developing power right at the top. If your next gear is too high, then your measly torque at lower rpms won't save you.

      • skitter

        Very true. I guess I didn't check to see if it's a very short stroke engine. With a 6250 redline, I assumed it was not. I just feel that the adjustability it has built in should make it more capable than my 20 year old Accord.

    • Almost total tangent, but I'm reminded of the 1st time I rode in an early Chrysler Sebring coupe w/ the Mitsu V6 & automatic. I was convinced my friend had intentionally stuck his auto-box in 3rd gear, because the engine was running near 3000 RPM @ 75 MPH on the interstate.

      • Van_Sarockin

        My first van was like that. It was geared for in-town deliveries. It was great at a stoplight, but sounded like a sewing machine on the highway.

      • FuzzyPlushroom

        3000 RPM was 72 MPH in overdrive in my 745 Turbo with the slightly-smaller-than-stock 185/70-14s I usually kept on it. That's about as high as I want anything to be revving at that speed; with a six, there's no excuse.

  • rovingardener

    Kia Forte looks more than a little better to my eye.

    Otherwise, nifty review.

  • wunno sev

    My mind is completely blown at how good these look on the road. They are hands down the best-looking Civic-sized car sold today, if you ask me. And that includes the Focus.

  • TurboBrick

    Sporty looking economy car with excellent fuel mileage? Welcome back, Scoupe.

  • NoKetchup

    Having a significant amount of seat time in the 2013 Elantra (but preferring not to say why), its a solid car. The interior is solid but springing for the leather is almost mandatory as the zebra skin cloth seats are flat out embarrassing.

    I've found the mileage to be lower than advertised. I've managed to eek out 41mpg (as calculated by the car but surely to be lower in real measurements) on a 300 mile trip but the whole intention was to beat the claimed 40mpg hwy, and not realistic driving behavior. Yes the mileage is mainly achieved from tall gears and the acceleration can be a bit on the embarrassing side. Average hwy driving even with eco turned on tends to be closer to 34mpg.

    The suspension is greatly improved over prior years, and by improved I mean softened and far far more comfortable for everyday driving. I will say our car does have a very annoying squeak from what I believe is a front swaybar end link.

    The GPS system is on par with Acura…. 10 years ago. I will grant that on one occasion it was able to correctly find a store that google maps could not, but the system is embarrassing to use as well as any of the voice controls which are a novelty at best.

    lastly, the car really could have used 2 more cup holders.

  • Even against a rough backdrop, the car still manages to look so good. It's no wonder a couple of friends of mine went shopping at local as soon as the Elantra was released.

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