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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

2/22/2013
Hyundai has no trouble selling the 2013 Elantra Sedan, a small car equipped with what the automaker calls "Fluidic Sculpture" design traits and offered with a handful of upscale amenities at a competitive price. Last year, the Elantra Sedan was named the 2012 North American Car of the Year by a jury of automotive journalists, and this year auto-leasing authority ALG has recognized the Elantra with a residual value award, meaning that it holds its original value better than other vehicles in its class. If you are thinking about buying a new 2013 Elantra Sedan, here are 5 fast facts that you might find helpful.

1) DESIGN: The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan was designed in California and boasts a 0.28 coefficient of drag. Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design approach "considers the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion."

2) POWER AND MPG: Every 2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan is equipped with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated to generate 148 horsepower (145 horsepower in PZEV states). A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, and a 6-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. Following a well-publicized investigation by the EPA late last year, the Elantra's fuel-economy ratings have been revised for 2013;  the vehicle is now rated to travel 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway regardless of transmission choice.

3) WARRANTY: Hyundai provides a lengthy warranty for the 2013 Elantra Sedan. The standard warranty lasts for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first, and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. Additionally, the powertrain is covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles.

4) SIZE, UPGRADES: Though the 2013 Hyundai Elantra is priced to compete with compact models, the EPA considers it to be a midsize car by interior volume, and the Elantra Sedan offers a 14.8 cubic-foot trunk. The Elantra can be upgraded with leather seats, front and rear heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with an air ionizer, touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth with music streaming capability, power sunroof, and a keyless entry system with push-button ignition.

5) SAFETY: A Blue Link smartphone pairing and telematics system is standard for the 2013 Hyundai Elantra, offering access to a number of safety features and emergency assistance services in addition to voice text messaging capability. Every Elantra is equipped with 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and a traction and stability control system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2013 Elantra Sedan a 5-star (out of 5) overall crash-test rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the 2013 Elantra Sedan is a "Top Safety Pick."

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