2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Hyundai’s 3-door Veloster gets a new turbocharged model for 2013, so if you like to celebrate cars that look different, the 2013 Veloster Turbo brings 63 more horses to the party. The Veloster Turbo has a 1.6-liter direct-injected engine that kicks out 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The Veloster was already fun to look at, but the turbo’s added horsepower makes it fun to drive as well.

The Veloster is either a 2-door or 3-door coupe, depending on which side of the car you’re standing. From the passenger side, it’s a 3-door coupe with a door to the rear seat. From the driver’s side, there’s no back door and it looks like a 2-door. The regular version of this coupe-on-the-left and sedan-on-the-right has a 138 horsepower engine that delivers 40 miles per gallon on the highway with the 6-speed manual transmission.

While the Turbo boosts horsepower to 201, highway mileage is still a pretty great 38 mpg with the manual transmission. With the automatic, the Veloster Turbo gets 34 mpg on the highway. In city traffic, the Turbo is rated at 26 mpg (manual) and 25 mpg (automatic). Best of all, the 2013 Veloster Turbo runs on regular unleaded gas.

Scott Margason, director of Hyundai product planning, told journalists attending the vehicle’s launch in Austin last week the 2013 Veloster Turbo will start at $21,950 with the 6-speed manual. The regular Veloster starts at $17,450 with the manual transmission. With the automatic, the regular Veloster is $18,700 and the Turbo is $22,950.

The Turbo model sports a serious front facia with a gaping grille and fog lights. A really cool and unique gray color with a matte finish is available. The Turbo Veloster rides on 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts. Other Turbo features include projection headlights with LED accents, side mirror turn signals, LED taillights, an electroluminescent gauge cluster, a standard leather interior, heated front seats and headliner graphics.

On the road, the Veloster is fun if not fast. On the road, the Veloster Turbo is more fun, but still not that fast. It’s the combination of performance and mileage that makes the Turbo dazzle. It looks fun to drive and it is. The Veloster handles well, takes corners like a champ and has a firm ride.

Inside the cabin, the center stack and controls resemble a motorcycle’s fuel tank. In fact, Hyundai says the exterior design was inspired by a high-performance sport bike. There are lots of metallic accents throughout the cabin.

The sport front seats are comfortable and well-bolstered. And once you get through the rear passenger side door, there is pretty decent room back there for a coupe. Front seat headroom is 39 inches and in the rear, it’s 35.3 inches.

The 2013 Veloster Turbo should attract a youthful crowd for its looks, its price tag and its strong fuel economy.

Looking cool for less is always cool.

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

  • Engine: 1.6-liter 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
  • Horsepower: 201
  • Test model base price: $21,950 (MT)
  • EPA mileage ratings: 26 mpg city / 38 mpg highway (MT), 25 mpg city / 34 mpg highway (AT)