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2013 Hyundai Veloster Review

With its distinctive profile and well-equipped cabin, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster looks to be sporty and fun. However, its performance isn't as stimulating as its styling, and this hatch has a hard time keeping up with its many well-rounded rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Handsome cabin with high-quality materials
  • Uninspiring handling
  • Small back seat
  • Subpar reliability and safety scores




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.0
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2013 Hyundai Veloster Overview

Is the 2013 Hyundai Veloster a Good Used Car?

The Veloster hatchback scores below average in two categories that are essential for peace of mind: reliability and safety. For this reason, it’s not the best choice for your next used car. That said, this three-door coupe (two front doors and a single rear door on the passenger side) still presents a decent value, and it earns a lot of style points inside and out.

Used 2013 Hyundai Veloster Performance and Interior

Hyundai offered two versions of its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2013 Veloster. Base models come with a 138-horsepower engine that's focused more on efficiency than excitement. It's paired with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, and it gets an impressive 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Straight-line speed is boosted in the 201-horsepower Veloster Turbo, thanks to its twin-scroll turbocharger. This gives the Veloster a little more of a sports car disposition, though the turbocharged edition still doesn't feel quite as animated as a Volkswagen GTI.

Overall, the front-wheel-drive Veloster is composed and predictable. However, its middle-of-the-road handling often comes up short for spirited drivers, while its taut suspension system can feel too harsh if you want a comfortable city car.

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The Veloster has an attractive, well-built cockpit, comfortable front seats, and room for up to four people. Rear-seat passengers get the short end of the stick here, with only one door (located on the passenger side) and limited room (though that's typical of a vehicle this size). For child safety seats, two full sets of LATCH hardware are mounted in the back seat. Luxury-grade options like leather seats come in some used models, and the available panoramic sunroof brightens up the small interior.

Most test drivers found Hyundai's BlueLink infotainment interface easy to operate when the car was new. Standard features include a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, and a USB port. A navigation system, a 115-volt outlet, and a rearview camera are among the available options.

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Used 2013 Hyundai Veloster Prices

The base price of a used 2013 Veloster is around $7,800 – slightly above the average price of a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. Stepping up to the Hyundai Veloster Turbo adds about $2,100 to the price tag. Bear in mind that these prices can fluctuate depending on the mileage and the condition of the vehicle, as well as regional demand.

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Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know in our full review of the Hyundai Veloster. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 56 professional Veloster reviews.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Hyundai Veloster?

According to J.D. Power, the Veloster is not as dependable as the average used car. It received a reliability score of two out of five.

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How Safe Is the Veloster?

The 2013 Veloster gets mixed grades from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its crash test performance. The IIHS gave this hatchback top scores in three areas (moderate overlap front, roof strength, and head restraints and seats), a second-place Acceptable score for side crashworthiness, and a third-place Marginal score for the driver’s side small overlap front analysis. Some models come with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and automatic headlights.

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Is the 2013 Veloster the Best Model Year to Buy?

Hyundai launched the Veloster in 2012 and celebrated subsequent model years with new trim levels. In 2013, the Veloster Turbo became available, and 2014 saw the debut of the R-Spec edition. New features were added in 2014 as well (including a standard rearview camera and available torque vectoring), but otherwise the model was unchanged. By sticking with a 2013 model instead of a 2014, you can save yourself an average of $2,500.

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Which Used Hyundai Veloster Is Right for Me?

Part of the charm of this small hatchback is that it is a well-equipped small car for a reasonable price. On the Hyundai Veloster Base, the list of standard features contains essentials like cruise control, air conditioning, and keyless entry. Premium goodies like a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, satellite radio, and Pandora integration are also included. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo takes performance and indulgence to the next level. In addition to a peppier turbocharged engine, this edition features leather seats, heated front seats, an upgraded sound system, a sport-tuned suspension system, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a proximity key with push-button start.

Given the Veloster's below-average reliability rating, you should consider buying a certified pre-owned model. These come with the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Veloster or 2013 Volkswagen GTI?

The Volkswagen GTI is a better option for shoppers seeking a sporty hatch. Much of its performance gains are owed to the VW's brisk turbocharged engine, and the GTI also wins out with its engaging driving dynamics. Its premium-grade interior and roomy back seat are also among the GTI's pluses.

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Veloster or 2013 Hyundai Elantra?

If owning a practical, inexpensive compact car is more your speed, take a look at the Hyundai Elantra. We recommend it over the Veloster because of its spacious interior, superior crash test results, and smooth ride. In addition to the four-door sedan body style, the Elantra is available as a two-door coupe or a five-door hatchback.

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