The wait is over if you’ve been wondering how much the upcoming Hyundai Veloster will cost you. On Tuesday, Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik tweeted, “Full pricing details coming later this week, but a very well-equipped Veloster will start at just $17,300. Arrives in Sept.”
That’s less than one of the Veloster’s main rivals, the Honda CR-Z. Autoblog comments, “that base price undercuts the Honda CR-Z, arguably its most natural rival, by over $2,000, while offering more room and the promise of 40 miles-per-gallon on the freeway.”
Granted, the $17,300 base price is also more than competing affordable small cars such as the Ford Fiesta, but the Veloster also boasts more power and standard features. “All Velosters are fitted with a 138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4, but base models receive a 6-speed manual transmission, alloy wheels, and a seven-inch touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity,” writes Automobile Magazine. “Thanks to a set of A/V jacks and a 115-volt power outlet, owners could use this very screen to play video games when parked (a feature Hyundai actually touts in releases), but that screen is also tied to an optional rear-view camera and navigation system.”
A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will also be an available option. Fuel economy estimates are not yet available from the EPA. Automobile Magazine reports that Hyundai estimates the Veloster will get 28/40 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 29/38 mpg with the dual-clutch automatic.
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