2013 Hyundai Veloster

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Hyundai Veloster. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Distinctive styling
  • Lightweight
  • Roadholding (with 18-inch wheels)
  • Front-seat legroom
  • Extensive connectivity

The Bad

  • Steering
  • Limited backseat space
  • Awkward cargo-hatch opening
  • Rear visibility
  • No street-side rear door

Notable Features of the 2013 Hyundai Veloster

  • Three-door hatchback body style
  • Curbside rear side door
  • Up to 37 mpg
  • Choice of four-cylinders, including turbocharged engine
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Blue Link Telematics

2013 Hyundai Veloster Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Hyundai adds a turbocharged model to the Veloster lineup for 2013. The Veloster is a boldly styled hatchback with two front doors and one forward-opening rear door on the passenger side of the car.

Competitors include the Honda CR-Z, Mini Cooper and Scion tC.

(Skip to details on the: Veloster Turbo)


New for 2013
Besides the new Veloster Turbo, the regular Veloster can now have optional Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires.

ExteriorFrom all angles, the Veloster looks like no other car. Its far-out design will draw comparisons with the Nissan Juke, but a longer, lower and slightly wider stature makes the Hyundai more of a car than a crossover.

Hyundai says the Veloster's styling was inspired by high-performance motorcycles, and the black A-pillars are meant to give the windows the appearance of a wraparound helmet shield. Exterior features include:

  • Passenger-side rear door
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch wheels optional
  • Headlights with LED accents
  • Rear spoiler
  • Optional grille with chrome surround and piano-black accents
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional panoramic moonroof

InteriorLike the exterior, and perhaps even more so, the interior's shapes recall the front of a sport bike. The backseat accommodates two with limited headroom and legroom that depends greatly on how much the front occupants require. Because the curbside rear door is front-hinged, it can be opened independently of the front door, an improvement over other three-door models.

The Ve...

Vehicle Overview

Hyundai adds a turbocharged model to the Veloster lineup for 2013. The Veloster is a boldly styled hatchback with two front doors and one forward-opening rear door on the passenger side of the car.

Competitors include the Honda CR-Z, Mini Cooper and Scion tC.

(Skip to details on the: Veloster Turbo)


New for 2013
Besides the new Veloster Turbo, the regular Veloster can now have optional Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires.

ExteriorFrom all angles, the Veloster looks like no other car. Its far-out design will draw comparisons with the Nissan Juke, but a longer, lower and slightly wider stature makes the Hyundai more of a car than a crossover.

Hyundai says the Veloster's styling was inspired by high-performance motorcycles, and the black A-pillars are meant to give the windows the appearance of a wraparound helmet shield. Exterior features include:

  • Passenger-side rear door
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch wheels optional
  • Headlights with LED accents
  • Rear spoiler
  • Optional grille with chrome surround and piano-black accents
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional panoramic moonroof

InteriorLike the exterior, and perhaps even more so, the interior's shapes recall the front of a sport bike. The backseat accommodates two with limited headroom and legroom that depends greatly on how much the front occupants require. Because the curbside rear door is front-hinged, it can be opened independently of the front door, an improvement over other three-door models.

The Veloster also features Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, a cellular-enabled suite of features similar to GM's OnStar. Features in the Essentials package include voice text messaging, remote door unlock, remote start, alarm notification, diagnostics and maintenance alerts, a recall adviser, stolen vehicle slowdown and recovery, and more. Blue Link Guidance provides turn-by-turn navigation, point-of-interest search and traffic features separate from the optional navigation system. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth upholstery; available cloth and simulated leather
  • Standard 7-inch touch-screen display
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 jack, USB port, RCA jacks and Pandora internet radio support with a connected iPhone
  • Optional Dimension premium audio
  • Optional push-button start

Under the HoodA 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine powers the Veloster. Mechanical features include:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • 138 horsepower with six-speed manual transmission
  • 132 hp with six-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Engine uses regular gas

SafetySafety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera


Veloster Turbo
The new Veloster Turbo features a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 201 hp and 195 pounds-feet of torque. Buyers can choose either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Additional mechanical work includes sport-tuned steering, exhaust and suspension.

Aggressive styling enhancements include a unique front bumper with LED accents, fog lights, ground effects, an optional matte-gray color and Turbo-specific 18-inch wheels with chrome inserts.  Toward the back, LED taillights join a restyled rear bumper that features a diffuser and a center-mounted exhaust. 

Inside, heated leather seats feature "Turbo" stitching on the seatbacks. A Dimension premium stereo is standard while navigation and a backup camera are optional. Back to top


Latest 2013 Veloster Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Great car

by Cece1717 from Cherry hill New Jersey on August 25, 2018

Great car to drive . Nice and smooth. Love how it?s a different kind of car and how it?s a nice size. I will recommend this car to everybody I know Read full review

(4.0)

Excelent car si very good i like

by Omar hernandez from Kissimmee on July 8, 2018

Excelente veh�culo muy bueno llamativo , un carro de gran aptitud, debido a esto es un veh�culo deportivo ideal para j�venes o personas con esp�ritu libre recomendado Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster currently has 0 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Veloster received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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