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Pros: Sporting funky styling and a functional third suicide door, the Veloster is fun to drive with its refined manual transmission and taut handling. It’s also spacious for its class and comes equipped with a great sounding audio system in Tech Package trim.

Cons: That taut handling also has a downside. You will feel every nook and cranny in the road. Also, the sloping rear roof and rear hatch glass make visibility a bit of a pain.

2014 Hyundai Veloster
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2014 Hyundai Veloster Pricing: Pricing for the Veloster starts at $19,849 for the manual-equipped base model and $21,249 for the dual-clutch six-speed automatic. Tech package models jump to $23,799 and $25,199 depending on transmission choice and include a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, automatic projector headlights, LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, navigation, and upgraded audio.

2014 Hyundai Veloster Economy: Six-speed manual Velosters are rated at 7.8/5.6L (city/highway) per 100 km. Those equipped with the dual-clutch six-speed automatic return slightly better fuel economy, rated at 7.4/5.5L (city/highway) per 100 km on the EverGuide cycle.

Improvements and Changes: Tech Package models are upgraded for 2014, adding a heated steering wheel and power-adjustable lumbar support. Also, new projector headlights with LED accents grace the front fascia, while LED taillights illuminate the rear. Side mirrors are upgraded as well and now include integrated turn signals.

Don’t Miss: The six-speed manual transmission offered on all trims is almost perfect and great for those seeking a car to learn how to row their own for the first time.

2014 Hyundai Veloster Powertrain: Only one engine is available (kind of) for the Veloster as turbocharged versions of the car are considered to be a separate model. Non-turbo Velosters produce a healthy 138 hp at 6,300 RPM and 123 lb-ft of torque at 4,850 RPM mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or nifty dual-clutch six-speed automatic unit. The Veloster Turbo is covered in another article.

Safety: The Veloster comes standard with six airbags (front, front seat-mounted side, and side curtain) available on all trims. Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control Systems comes as standard on all trims as well.

Comparables: The Veloster is kind of on its own when it comes to compact cars. Though, one could make the argument that the Nissan Juke would be the closest competitor, with its turbocharged engine and equally funky styling.