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CAR OF THE MONTH February 2012

2012 Hyundai Veloster Review

One-of-a-Kind Three-Door Coupe

A three-quarter front view of a green 2012 Hyundai Veloster

In short: An efficient, technologically-advanced three-door coupe.

The all-new Hyundai Veloster utilizes a unique, asymmetrical three-door design aimed at maximizing comfort. The passenger experience is further heightened through Hyundai's advanced Blue Link telematics system, which offers Pandora internet radio capability, Gracenote display technology, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system and video game connectivity. Of course, the best seat in the cabin still belongs to the driver, who will have a blast piloting this peppy yet fuel-efficient sport coupe.

An interior view of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster

The 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Our electrolyte green, manual-transmission-equipped tester zipped us around the city effortlessly, causing heads to turn wherever we went. Furthermore, we loved the comfort and contour of the sports-oriented, bucket-like seats. Offering good utility in a compact package, the Hyundai Veloster meets the demands of a wide range of drivers, from performance-minded twentysomethings to dads in need of a daily commuter. With its folding back row seats and rear hatch, the Veloster is also a great shopping companion, whether your errands take you to the grocery store or the hardware store. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters is also available — although with a $1,250 price tag, you may want to stick with the manual. Look for even more power in the turbo version, coming soon to a showroom near you.

A three-quarter rear view of a green 2012 Hyundai Veloster

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Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000-mile limited new vehicle warranty; 10-year/100,000 powertrain limited warranty; 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $17,300 / As Tested: $21,395

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 3-door coupe

Engine: 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing and direct injection
Horsepower: 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque: 123 lb-ft @ 4,850 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,584 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 166.1/70.5/55.1 in

front ventilated disc brakes; rear solid disc brakes; ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front with coil springs, hydraulic twin-tube gas shock absorber and stabilizer bar; rear V-Beam torsion axle with coil springs and gas-filled monotube shock absorber

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

EPA City: 28 mpg
EPA Highway: 40 mpg

Safety: driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags; roof-mounted front and rear side curtain airbags

Likes: different; sassy design; seats

Dislikes: different; rear view

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