2013 Hyundai Veloster Review


Looking for a Used Veloster in your area?

CarGurus has 5,080 nationwide Veloster listings starting at $8,950.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



Avg. Price: $16,097
Avg. Price: $16,437

Hyundai Veloster Experts

#1 tenspeed
Reputation 50
#2 kbro
Reputation 20
#2 Jacob Fraser
Jacob Fraser
Reputation 20
View All

Have you driven a 2013 Hyundai Veloster?

Rank this car!

2013 Hyundai Veloster Overview

2013 Hyundai Veloster

A critical darling and crowd-wower since its introduction last year, the quirky Veloster coupe with the extra door held a lot of promise. Most reviewers were impressed with the styling and price point, but felt it lacked distinction under the hood. This year, Hyundai attempts to silence the critics by adding a much-anticipated turbo engine.

Two levels of trim are available. The base Veloster will give you last year’s 4-cylinder engine, making 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. But an added turbocharger jacks it to 201 hp and 195 lb-ft for Turbo versions. Both have front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission standard. The standard Veloster offers an optional 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the Turbo a 6-speed automatic; paddle-shifters are available for both. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard on the base, with an option for 18. The Turbo rides atop 18-inch alloys with chrome accents.

Reviews for the Turbo thus far, however, have been disappointing. Many feel on paper its specs are decent, but on the road it doesn’t deliver. Some suspect since the suspension and handling haven’t been adjusted for the turbocharged engine, it doesn’t have the performance it should. On the positive side, it still delivers stellar gas mileage for a turbo—it’s estimated at 26 mpg city/38 hwy (28/40 for the regular Veloster).

On the outside the Veloster is still a head-turner and essentially unchanged from 2012 for the base. The Turbo is a little more aggressive and flashy, with fog lights, projector-beam headlights and dual exhaust manifold. A new matte-grey finish is available for Turbo owners that want even more pizzazz, but this finish requires extra care (hand washing only) that should be taken into consideration. A panoramic sunroof is optional.

Hyundai keeps the feature-rich interior, including the cockpit-like driver’s seat, the same. Bluetooth, a touchscreen and push-button ignition are standard. And, of course, so is the Veloster's unique combination of hatchback, coupe and sedan. Between the hidden right passenger door and the hatch, there is room for both storage and students. Six airbags are standard as well as electronic brake assist, and stability and traction control help keep you safe on the road.

And the Veloster is unquestionably a hit anywhere you go. With its cartoon-like colors and unusual silhouette, be prepared to talk to strangers at filling stations and stoplights. It may not deliver the performance promised, but in terms of owner pride and satisfaction, it rates very highly.


by Stephen Moramarco

What's your take on the 2013 Hyundai Veloster?

People researching a 2013 Hyundai Veloster contacted a dealer about

2013 Hyundai Veloster, Rear-quarter view, exterior, manufacturer
Hyundai Veloster
20% of the time
Mazda MAZDA3
5% of the time
Hyundai Sonata
4% of the time
Hyundai Elantra
4% of the time
Looking for a Used Veloster in your area?
CarGurus has 5,080 nationwide Veloster listings starting at $8,950.

Hyundai Veloster Questions


We Have A 2013 Hyundai Veloster. What Is The Best Oil Interval Change Time?...

2,150 views with 10 answers (last answer 2 months ago)
Markus Feldhofer

Why Does My 2013 Veloster Car First Slow Down And Then Speed Up When I Pres...

70 views with 2 answers (last answer about a year ago)

Hyundai Veloster Head Room?

Hi I'm looking at a Hyundai veloster and the Nissan juke cuz there both in my price range and I love them both! But my concern is that I'm 6ft and I'm wondering if I'm gonna be able to have enoug...

252 views with 8 answers (last answer about a year ago)

Is The Hyundai Veloster A Good Car For Me??

I'm graduating highschool soon and the Hyundai veloster & and the nissan juke was on my list I really like both it's just the hyundai is sporty looking and the Nissan is a little faster right? If...

467 views with 7 answers (last answer 2 years ago)