Hyundai announced that the 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe that goes on sale later this month will start at $18,995 with shipping for the base GS model with six-speed manual-transmission model. Add $1,000 for the six-speed automatic version.
The pricing for the Elantra coupe is lower than the $19,305 base for Toyota’s Scion tC coupe, but more than two grand higher than the base price for the closest rival, the 2012 Honda Civic coupe ($16,545).
Hyundai, however, is touting the features on the entry GS that are not standard on that base-price Civic DX coupe, including air conditioning, heated front seats, audio system with satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls, illuminated vanity mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth, power heated mirrors, remote keyless entry, 60/40 fold-down rear seat and 16-inch alloy wheels.
For the extra bucks, base Elantras also come in eight colors; Civic DX in silver and blue.
The Elantra coupe also will be available in an up-level SE trim starting at $20,520 with a manual transmission, $1,000 more for automatic. Upgraded standard features on the SE include 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, leather seats, more sound damping and a rear spoiler.
You can add to the SE with automatic, a $2,350 Technology Package with a navigation system with 7-inch screen, backup camera, premium audio, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control and proximity key with push-button start.
The powerplant is the same 1.8-liter direct-injection four as other Elantras, rated in the coupe at 29 mpg city, 40 highway, 33 in combined driving with manual, 28/39/32 for the automatic.
Earlier this week, Hyundai priced the 2013 Elantra GT hatchback at $19,170 and up with shipping. It also goes on sale this month. The 2013 Elantra sedan starts at $17,470 with shipping.