The 2012 Hyundai Veloster, the three-door coupe that joins siblings Accent, Elantra and Sonata Hybrid by achieving 40 mpg on the highway, has begun to generate end-of-the-year honor including Best Economy Car in Bloomberg's recent "Best Drives of 2011."

The Veloster also features Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, Pandora internet radio with seven-inch touch-screen display and a new 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine that can be mated to either Hyundai’s first EcoShift dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.

2012 Hyundai Veoloster rear view

Bloomberg praised the Veloster for “amenities like touch-screen navigation, automatic everything, Bluetooth and a rear-view camera.”

“Hyundai has four models which hit the 40 mpg mark, only one a hybrid. That’s progress for the people,” said Jason Harper, Bloomberg’s auto critic. “Most of us want a nice-driving, good-looking automobile that won’t sledgehammer us into debt. Hyundai has gotten in the habit of over-delivering very good cars at underwhelming prices. The Veloster is the most out-and-out fun.”

The Range Rover Evoque, Lamborghini Aventador, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and tAudi A7, which was named the overall title winner in the Bloomberg selections.

The Veloster has also received recogntion from Popluar Mechanics. The magazine slected the Hyundai as of its “5 Fun, Affordable New Coupes.”

2012 Hyundai Veolster side view
Images © James Raia, 2012

 

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