The 2013 Hyundai Veloster vs. the 2013 Honda CR-Z


2013 Hyundai Veloster

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster has left many drivers smitten with its aggressive styling. It’s not much like anything else on the road. This sporty little hatchback boasts not only style, but performance and flexibility, too. One car that makes a bid for the same buyers is the Honda CR-Z. At Happy Hyundai, we’ll take the Veloster over the Honda CR-Z, but as a savvy shopper why don’t you take a look at these differences and judge for yourself.

Performance and Efficiency 

The Veloster comes in two flavors: the base model and the Turbo. Both come with the same four-cylinder engine but the later, as the name would indicate, is turbocharged. The naturally aspirated version gets a pretty impressive 37 mpg on the highway and cranks out a muscular 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Go Turbo and you get 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque for some real fun. The CR-Z comes with a hybrid powertrain that’s only good for 130 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque, and only beats the Veloster by 1 mpg on the highway. Does a miniscule mile per gallon advantage trump a significant performance advantage? You be the judge.

Space and Flexibility 

When it comes down to flexibility, you’ll sacrifice quite a bit with the CR-Z, as it only has two seats. The cargo volume of the CR-Z is listed at 25 cubic feet, compared to the Veloster with 15 cubic feet. But that’s with the Veloster’s rear two seats up! Fold them down and you have considerably more space. While Hyundai hasn’t released an official max cargo volume for the Veloster, they do claim it will fit a mountain bike, which is enough room to come in handy, whatever your hobbies are. Top it off with the third door on the non-driver side of the Veloster, which makes it easier to get in and out of the back, and you’ve got a sporty coupe look, paired with practical hatchback functionality.

Visit Happy Hyundai

Happy Hyundai is your local Chicago area Hyundai dealer. We’re located at 8900 S Cicero Ave in Oak Lawn, just 25 minutes southwest of downtown Chicago. We’re happy to let you test drive the Veloster or any of the other cars in Hyundai’s excellent lineup. Come visit us today and let us find the right car for you.

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