What is it about this 2013 Hyundai Veloster that makes me feel like I'm in one of those Japanese Drifting movies--Bakusou Drift R. I'm not drifting––not speeding, not off the rails, as it were––but the styling of this hatchback-son-of- Elantra and Accent coupling puts me in a drifting state of mind--in my imagination.
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My Veloster is powered by a 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder turbo engine that delivered 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. It's front wheel drive powertrain is paired with a 6-speed manual. I'll take a manual any day over an automatic but I found the gearbox a little indefinite. Others, who can't be implicated here, agreed.
I did get good gas mileage--about 30 combined. The heated seats bolstered the old back on my long drives. I appreciate the Oreo cookie-sized start button is smack in the center console. I found the controls easy to operate. Hyundai has its own version of connectivity in its vehicles, called bluelink that pairs your phone and has voice-activated features.
One of the coolest aspects of the car--and perhaps the reason I felt like I was in a drifting movie--was the paint job. Matte finish steel gray. Matte finish has been showing up on Mercedes AMG's and other premium cars for a few years now. But the Veloster is priced at $27,520, $1,000 of that is the paint. But let's face it, we couldn't get ourselves into one of those drifting movies for $10,000. Not that we'd want to. Although I admit I've been thinking about going to drifting school.
The EPA fuel economy is 24 city/35 highway, 28 combined, which isn't going to win any contests but is acceptable if you love this car. And like I said, I got 30.
What Hyundai wanted to do with this car is make it a standout--something to bring car buyers into the showroom. I hope it works for them. They're doing a bang up job of making take-home vehicles.