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2013 Hyundai Elantra Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Hyundai Elantra was new.


Interior: 7.9

Some test drivers think the 2013 Hyundai Elantra’s interior plastics are a bit cheap, but since the Elantra is an affordable small car that’s well-equipped and stylish, they’re willing to overlook this imperfection. All Elantra models have good passenger space, though test drivers think the coupe has the tightest rear row of the three. With optional features like a navigation system and a rearview camera, the Elantra’s features list is class-competitive, and even includes optional heated leather seats in the front and back.

  • "Step inside the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT and you're immediately transported into a different class of five-door hatch. The interior is bright, light and open, which is a stark contrast from nearly every other car in the segment. Like the normal Elantra, the GT's interior is well constructed with solid, responsive controls. Unlike the sedan, however, the GT's center console isn't overwrought with futuristic design." -- Edmunds 
  • "Still, the materials used throughout the cabin are high quality and overall fit-and-finish is good, and the main connection points between driver and car - the steering wheel, shift knob, etc. - are wrapped in leather and feel good to the touch. When it comes to the compact class, Hyundai is indeed leading the pack with its interiors." -- Autoblog (GT)
  • "Cabin appointments are stylish. Materials quality is generally good but is a bit shy of class leading. Limited versions add leather upholstery, but few other interior upgrades. Some surfaces look nicer than they feel, but nothing seems inappropriate for the class." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "While its outside is categorized as a compact, the Elantra's interior dimensions are midsize." -- AutoWeek (sedan, 2011)


The majority of reviewers say the 2013 Hyundai Elantra is roomy for an affordable small car, though passenger space varies by model. Test drivers report that the sedan has a lot of room for tall drivers and front passengers, but tall rear-seat passengers may have plenty of legroom but not enough headroom. Like similar models, reviewers find that the Elantra coupe fits adults comfortably in the front, but offers less room for rear passengers. One test driver mentions that the coupe’s design limits rear visibility. According to test drivers, rear passengers will also have plenty of space in the hatchback. The Elantra sedan can be equipped with heated, leather-covered seats for the first and second rows. The hatchback and coupe models only offer heated front seats.

  • "Seats are comfy and the outward vision works despite a wide rear pillar." -- Road and Track (GT)
  • "The front seats are well-bolstered. Rear legroom is adequate in the sedan and Coupe, and generous in the GT." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside is plenty of room for real adults, though considerably less so in the back seat of the coupe." -- AutoWeek (coupe)
  • "In general, the Elantra offers a lot more space than you'd expect from a compact car. Headroom up front is plentiful for 6-footers and the steering wheel is a bit smaller in diameter than usual, which enhances the sense of space in the first row. The backseat is fine for kids and even most adults, though vertically gifted folks will find its abundant legroom and shortage of headroom a mixed blessing." -- Edmunds (sedan)

Interior Features

The base 2013 Elantra sedan has cruise control, a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, a USB port and satellite radio. Optional features include Bluetooth and a stereo upgrade with a touch-screen navigation system and a rearview camera.

Some reviewers think that the Elantra’s audio and climate systems are attractive and simple, while others say both are confusing. While no reviewer explicitly complains that the infotainment system is hard to use, one really dislikes that the system is not well shaded from the sun, causing the display to be tough to see.

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  • "In the GT's case, the center stack controls are nicely separated by function and require little eye time away from the road to operate." -- Road and Track
  • "My biggest complaint is the placement of the nav/infotainment LCD screen. They must have collaborated with NASA orbital physics scientists to manage to get the damn thing to be in the glare of the sun absolutely all the time. I think it was even in glare in a tunnel, somehow. This was annoying. …" -- Jalopnik (GT)
  • "The gauges are easy to read, and the displays remain clear while wearing polarized sunglasses. The audio controls are handy. The climate controls operate as concentric knobs for temperature and fan speed. It's an unconventional layout that takes a bit of adjustment." -- Consumer Guide (sedan, 2012) 
  • "There's a lot of empty space on that stack, and while the climate control is simple and straightforward, the standard radio ergonomics aren't the best." -- Motor Trend (sedan, 2011)
  • "The climate controls are not only easy to use, but far better looking than anything else in this class (and the vent fan is surprisingly quiet.) The infotainment interface is merely okay unless you order navigation-some of the functions require multiple steps to access." -- Automobile Magazine (sedan, 2011)


The 2013 Elantra sedan and coupe have 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space, making their trunks two of the largest in the class. Though the sedan offers a lot of room, one test driver says that the small trunk opening makes it hard to load some items and that the trunk hinges take up space. The hatchback has 23 cubic feet of room with the rear seats up, and that number increases to 51 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. Those figures are good for a hatchback, but one reviewer says that while the cargo area isn’t long enough, it is deep. The same reviewer appreciates the hatchback’s abundance of interior storage.

  • "Total cargo capacity is 14.8 cubic feet, which isn't bad for a two-door." -- Left Lane News (coupe)
  • "The GT had an abbreviated hatch area, but what it lacked in length it made up for in depth. Storage areas and cupholders abounded throughout." -- AutoWeek
  • "Elantra has a roomy trunk, but the small opening may make for tricky loading of bigger objects. Sickle-style hinges steal a bit of cargo room, but there is additional usable space under the floor. Nice in-cabin small-item storage includes a big console box." -- Consumer Guide (sedan, 2012)

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