2013 Hyundai Veloster
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Can't stop looking at it.

by from Herndon on October 17, 2012

I just purchased the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo this past week. I have already put 225 miles on it, and can't wait to put another 25,000 on it. From the moment I drove the vehicle off the lot, I knew...
I just purchased the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo this past week. I have already put 225 miles on it, and can't wait to put another 25,000 on it. From the moment I drove the vehicle off the lot, I knew this vehicle was no regular car. The exterior finish of the 2013 sets itself apart from mostly every car on the road. I have the ultimate package, so the car literally has all the bells and whistles...and let me tell you, IT TURNS HEADS. The interior has plenty of gadgets to keep you entertained and occupied. The Navigation is super responsive, if not overly detailed, the a/c and heat controls work like a charm, even at the lowest setting. The leather seats are astonishingly comfortable and the panoramic roof makes riding on a sunny day that much more pleasurable. Let's not forget the performance...Can we say...VROOOOMMMM! I have the turbo automatic, and the speed on this thing is exactly what the 2012 model needed, but does not have. The car is super responsive, almost to the point where I have to really watch my speed. When I go 80mph it feels like I'm barely doing 55mph!!! Despite the fact, that I have barely owned the car for a week, I am in love. This is my first car, after owning a Van, a Pickup truck, and two luxury SUVs...I can honestly say the switch is worth it, if not for the increased gas mileage and style! If you can afford to get it, GET IT!
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Nice Car...Now Let's Talk About Winter.

by from Northern New Brunswick Canda on October 16, 2014

This is my second post. I posted in March or April, too. I recently traded my Veloster after 2 years, but the sale of the car is quite bitter sweet. Here's why: First the pros: 1) The fuel economy wa...
This is my second post. I posted in March or April, too. I recently traded my Veloster after 2 years, but the sale of the car is quite bitter sweet. Here's why: First the pros: 1) The fuel economy was top notch, 2) The overall ride was acceptable. I enjoyed taking it on long drips during the summer months even though the plastic interior really hurt when resting the elbow near the door handle. 3) It handled quite well although the base model, non-turbo required one to be quite diligent with timing when passing on a single lane highway. 4) I felt the road noise was minimal. Compared to my CRV it's night and day. Secondly the cons: 1) I reallly take care of my vehicles, so I was disappointed that the center console was beginning to make creaking noises with only 25 000 km. 2) The Voice Command was not recognizing my MP3 stick very often. 3) The huge blind spots due to the car's design required me to put additional blind spot mirrors, which were useless during our long New Brunswick, Canadian winters. 4) Lastly, the overall handling of the car during our long winters. I don't drive like a cowboy, I have 28 years driving experience which includes driving rear wheel 80's beasts like Thunderbirds, the car was equipped with new Blizzacks, yet driving the FWD Veloster on slush covered northern highways was far from ideal. The back of the car seems to sway/jump if you hit large uneven surfaces. Combine that with slushy snowy conditions with roads that have built up uneven pockets of ice like we have and the ride is less then optimal. I drive 50km a day, and didn't enjoy the ride at all during the winter. Now purely on a 'manly' level, as a 42 year male I saw more and more young females driving the Veloster when I was visiting larger urban centers. Arguably, the intended demographics are for 20 somethings; getting out of the car is a little precarious being that it's so low. In summary, this is an affordable car that most young people getting out of university could purchase without stretching the wallet or purse too far. Its fuel efficiency is not an issue. It rated well during crash tests, too. However, this car is not ideal for long harsh winters. I've noticed that many who posts and comment are from Texas or other areas with milder climates. Young owners may quip that this old guy doesn't know what he's talking about and the car handles like a little pitbull in the winter. I'd say that if my daughter were old enough to start university I'd let her drive this car to and from school if there were no winter. Otherwise, the English Bulldog and I would pick her up in the Ridgeline when 12cm of snow is expected to fall. I hope this review helps someone make a solid purchasing decision. However, sometimes you get the fever for a vehicle and you just have to buy it. That's what happen to me over and over again. Ask me about my Jeep wrangler!
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The best car out there for the price

by from Placerville, CA on December 31, 2012

Depending on what transmission you are using, the performance can vary. The beautiful thing about this car is that with the dual clutch system you can have your cake and eat it too. The manual mode on...
Depending on what transmission you are using, the performance can vary. The beautiful thing about this car is that with the dual clutch system you can have your cake and eat it too. The manual mode on the automatic is almost identical to a manual, but you don't have to bother with the clutch. As far as everything else goes, the car is awesome. Great standard features, even in the base model. The only problem I have encountered so far is a little blind spot in the rear on the driver's side. The car is a dream, test drive this model.
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2013 Veloster Turbo Manual

by from Baltimore, MD on July 5, 2013

Fun, Quick, yet economical is what this is in one phrase. owned the car for about 5 months. here is my take: Performance: 1.6L turbo is very good for passing people on the highway. its no supra but ...
Fun, Quick, yet economical is what this is in one phrase. owned the car for about 5 months. here is my take: Performance: 1.6L turbo is very good for passing people on the highway. its no supra but it gets the job done. more oomph than expected to be honest. since the car is only 2800lbs., even with 201HP, it feels quick and light, plus 195TQ will surprise you. Comfort: the turbo version has slightly stiffened suspension than the regular, and that translates into rougher ride. it also has low-profile 18 inch tires, so becareful of pot holes. (looks amazing though). leather seats support you very tight, and to my surprise, it has power lumbar support which moves the side bolsters in and out as well. effeciency: just did a long distance trip with 32MPG with some city driving, which sounds about right. 1.6 litre gets you very good milage. flexiblity: what i mean by this is, with given aftermarket mods, it has so much potential to be a great little car. being a turbo car, it will quickly make power gains with little money. add it's economic milage, and you get a great little balanced machine.
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Best Poor Mans Sports Car Ever!

by from San Antonio, TX on January 22, 2014

I had a Tiburon V6 manual before and after I came back from over seas, decided I liked Hyundai enough for another. I got the 4 cylinder Manual with leather seats and sunroof. For the money its great....
I had a Tiburon V6 manual before and after I came back from over seas, decided I liked Hyundai enough for another. I got the 4 cylinder Manual with leather seats and sunroof. For the money its great. It looks way better than other cars in its class, has a nice interior and feels like a little shuttlecraft from Star Trek. The sunroof makes a big difference in how spacious it feels so get it with one if your over 6 foot like me. The shifting is tight at first but works in like any normal manual. For a 4 cyl engine the manual is the way to go, more power control and its light so it can move if you know what your doing. It is a rougher ride but that's how sports cars are, they have tight shocks due to low clearance so stop complaining other people, if you want comfort, get a medium sized sedan with regular tires. I love it so far, im at 31k miles right now. There is only one complaint and that's the Hyundai Bluelink (Bluestink more like it), if you don't pay for the service, the GPS wont work and it pops a registration message every time you turn it on. Your not going to win any races with a stock engine. The turbo is a lot more power and if you got the money, go for it. I am getting 33m/gal with a mix of highway and city so it does well. I drove to Austin from San Antonio and got 36m/gl. I calculated myself as I didn't trust the dash display and it was about .5m/gal off so not too bad. The warranty makes it worth it to get this over anything else not to mention the safety rating seems better then the rest in it class. I would say Hyundai so far has kept me loyal thus far. If they would only remove the blue link and allow more customizing in the head unit it would be perfect. Cheers.
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Beauty and Economical

by from Mohnton PA on August 22, 2013

I absolutely love my Veloster. I didn't get the turbo, I just wanted a new car that was inexpensive and economical and classy! The Veloster is definitely all that and more. I have an SUV with all the ...
I absolutely love my Veloster. I didn't get the turbo, I just wanted a new car that was inexpensive and economical and classy! The Veloster is definitely all that and more. I have an SUV with all the bells and whistles but it gets 11mpg, my Veloster gets about 30mpg and that is combination city/highway. The warranty can't be topped! I purchased the black on dark gray and I have received so many compliments. My daughter actually purchased the same color and style in manual transmission. She loves hers too! Definitely recommend this vehicle.
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Best Bang for your buck

by from Orlando FL on February 21, 2016

I purchased this car used with about 44,000 miles on it. I loved the sporty looks and the 2 tone interior mine came with black and blue. The car was fully loaded with leather seats, the 1.6 turbo, nav...
I purchased this car used with about 44,000 miles on it. I loved the sporty looks and the 2 tone interior mine came with black and blue. The car was fully loaded with leather seats, the 1.6 turbo, navigation, sunroof, back up camera and sensors, and push button start and entry. I was really impressed with everything this car came with for the price. Its a pretty good value compared to the Focus or Fiesta ST or even the GTI. Of course this car isn't as fast and only has 3 doors. Now for the negative. I noticed the steel wheeling material was peeling off when i bought the car but it progressively got worse and it would get on my clothing. Luckily it was a certified vehicle and was still under the factory warranty which is one of the best ones out there. I contacted the dealership to see if i could get the steering wheel replaced. Fortunately Hyundai agreed to replace it under the warranty. The touchscreen hardly worked it would only work if it was cool/cold like in the morning or at night. I live in Florida so the majority of the time it was unusable. The system would also press buttons on its own and this happened with the navigation as well so it was unusable. There are physical buttons for everything so it wasn't a deal breaker but it was disappointing that i was unable to use the touchscreen or navigation. The interior is also pretty cheap besides the seats which are decent and ventilated. The rest is mostly plastic and the armrests are not very comfortable and there was alot of rattling. Visibility is somewhat of an issue I would suggest removing the rear headrests and the back camera helps alot too. The power of the car is somewhat underwhelming as well (only used regular gas) it was fine on the highway but there was some noticeable turbo lag from a dead stop. The backseat is kinda tight and only seats 2 due to fixed center console. Its fine for kids or short adults. The panoramic sun roof is nice but the cover is attached to it so you cant just open the cover to let some sunlight in and the cover is very thin. I loved the cargo room it was more than enough for me and the seats fold down if you need to transport large items. I just recently traded it in for something bigger and with a nicer interior and a working touchscreen. I would still recommend this car due to the value it offers and the warranty. However you get what you pay for.
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New Veloster Turbo

by from Tulsa, OK on December 6, 2012

Have only had this car for a month, so we can't express any opinion about long-term reliability, of course. But the Turbo Veloster is a lot of fun to drive, handles great, very responsive. Navigation ...
Have only had this car for a month, so we can't express any opinion about long-term reliability, of course. But the Turbo Veloster is a lot of fun to drive, handles great, very responsive. Navigation system is superior. All controls and accessories are very easy to operate. Styling is superb and eye-catching. Have been enthusiastically recommending this car.
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It's a 1.6Liter compact, that said. I LOVE IT!

by from Houston, Tx on July 7, 2014

I have a 2013 1.6l base with the premium package/wheels/sound system. I read so many complaints about how the performance of this car does not meet up with the look of the car. This to me is ridiculou...
I have a 2013 1.6l base with the premium package/wheels/sound system. I read so many complaints about how the performance of this car does not meet up with the look of the car. This to me is ridiculous. Who buys a 1.6liter 4cyl compact Korean car with expectations that it is going to give you whiplash? I came at it from driving a 2007 Accent SE for five years, not expecting a sports car. with that view I got more than I expected. it has everything a $40k car has in gadgets and styling. it handles more than adequately for a compact car, and if you zero out the MPG calculator after you are up to speed on the freeway, you will see that you actually get about 41-42mpg at 60mph. I've driven from Dallas to Kentucky several times. and averaged 36mpg at an average of 75mph after 10hrs. I drive it without the eco and use the paddle shifters in sports mode and feel like i'm driving a much more expensive car. Premium gas helps to...the only fault I can see is the catalytic converter rattle with the a/c running, but only while in automatic, it goes away when I use sports mode. This is also an expectation with a 1.6l 4cyl compact car.........
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Nice sporty coupe

by from chicago on October 15, 2014

The car sounds nice, shifts nice (6sp manual) and handles nice. The ride could be better. It has suprising pickup with the manual. The Dimension sound system sounds great but is missing a few standard...
The car sounds nice, shifts nice (6sp manual) and handles nice. The ride could be better. It has suprising pickup with the manual. The Dimension sound system sounds great but is missing a few standard things. It does not remember your shuffle and info settings through USB stick. Bluetooth and voice command work well. It gets very good real mileage, 29 mpg in suburban driving. I have to tell people to watch their head when using the third door but there is decent room in the back seat. Nice size trunk and with seats folded down lots of room. Cruises effortlessly at 80 with four people in it. Nice panoramic sunroof.
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