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MSRP: $17,600 - $23,100
Invoice: $16,983 - $21,978
MPG: 27 City / 37 Hwy
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Hyundai Veloster Review

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster ranks 32 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Veloster, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster is ranked:

Critics say that the 2013 Hyundai Veloster looks sporty, but its performance is disappointing. A cramped rear seat keep the Veloster from being as practical as other cars in the class. 

The base 2013 Hyundai Veloster has a four-cylinder engine, which most test drivers say is adequate at best. Many test drivers speak more favorably about the Veloster Turbo and the additional power that its engine provides, though they also note that some of the Veloster Turbo’s chief rivals are quicker. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on both models. If you’re considering the Veloster Turbo, some critics prefer its optional six-speed automatic transmission, saying that it makes good use of the engine’s power. The EPA reports that the 2013 Veloster gets up to 28/37 mpg city/highway, which is better than cars like the Dodge Dart and Volkswagen Golf. While most reviewers say that the Veloster handles adequately, they also write that it’s not as fun to drive as its aggressive styling suggests. Additionally, one reviewer writes that the Veloster has a harsh ride and lacks composure over bumps and road imperfections.

Reviewers say that the 2013 Veloster has an attractive and modern cabin design. They note that the Veloster’s interior plastics are nicely textured, and that soft-touch surfaces in key areas like the armrests enhance its appeal. While auto writers are pleased with the Veloster’s cargo space, some comment that its four-seat cabin is a little short on back-seat space. One reviewer says that the Scion tC has a more spacious second row, though another writes that the Veloster’s rear seat is more spacious than rivals like the Fiat 500, Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle. The base model comes with a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, satellite radio and a 7-inch touch-screen display. Optional features include a sunroof, push-button start, navigation, a backup camera and an upgraded stereo.

  • "Hyundai's own Accent is far more comfortable and enjoyable to drive. If that's not sporty enough, spend a bit more money on a Nissan Juke. I rarely say this about a car, but the Veloster should be avoided at all costs." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "… the 2013 Hyundai Veloster isn't as fun to drive as you'd expect, nor is it as comfortable as it should be. We definitely recommend looking at some of the alternatives, but there's no taking away this funky hatchback's interesting mix of value and practicality." -- Edmunds 
  • "Inside there was Hyundai's traditional attention to detail, and very comfortable seats. Combine that with good fuel economy and this would be a nice long-distance vehicle." -- MarketWatch 
  • "It's safe to say that we enjoy the Veloster Turbo much more than its naturally aspirated sibling, but don't expect a genuine pocket rocket. While it is unquestionably fun to drive, this car never lets you forget that it is chasing fuel economy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing." -- Autoblog 

Other Cars to Consider

If you’re put off by the Veloster’s three-door body style, consider the Mazda3, which is available as a sedan or hatchback. Additionally, reviewers say that that athletic handling makes the Mazda3 one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class.

The Mini Cooper is less spacious inside than the Veloster, but reviewers love the Cooper’s agile handling. Like the Veloster, the Cooper also earns good fuel economy estimates and is available with a more powerful turbocharged engine.

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Details: 2013 Hyundai Veloster

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster seats four and is front-wheel drive. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission are standard, and a six-speed automated manual transmission is optional. The Veloster comes in two trims: base and the Veloster Turbo, which is new for 2013. The Veloster Turbo adds a more powerful engine, as well as some interior upgrades. The Veloster was introduced in 2012, and sees few changes aside from the addition of the Turbo trim. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2012 and 2013.

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Review Last Updated: 10/8/13

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