Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: We're not used to seeing any major problems with Hyundai, which makes the early signs of trouble with the 2013 Elantra very surprising, in a bad way.

Early trends show problems with the steering wandering / pulling to one side along with premature tire wear. Elantra owners have tried sensor adjustments, wheel alignments, even replacing axles, most with no luck. Hyundai has made vehicle buybacks through arbitration, but that rarely works out well financially for owners in the end.

Also there is a pattern of complaints about the 2013 Elantra brakes grinding at very low mileage. It seems there was a bad batch of OEM pads & rotors, but so far Hyundai is not doing a recall. Instead Hyundai issued a TSB & dealers have been replacing pads & rotors on a per-complaint basis.

The final straw is that for several years in a row, Elantra owners report significantly lower gas mileage than the EPA estimates, & there's a small trend of engine problems.


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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Sep 232013

Elantra GT 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 230 miles


Hyundai told me that the mileage would get better when the engine broke in. I have never gotten more than 31 mpg on highway driving. Day in and day out, I average 27.5 mpg. I tried to turn this car in under the Lemon Law, but they brought their lawyers. They wouldn't allow my gas receipts (I recorded gas mileage on every tank of gas). They tested my car and they said it got 41.3 mpg. I guess if you jackup the front wheels, turn off the air conditioning and set cruise control at 30 mph, that may be possible. They got fined $300,000,000 by the government for false mileage claims, but I never got a nickel. I can hardly hear anyone on the phone when I'm driving: they designed it that way to keep people off the cell phones. I will never buy another Hyundai.

- , Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #37

Apr 022016

Elantra GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

Wish I had known about this site before. I just bought this stupid Elantra and it get 14/27 for a combined 22mpg. You literally can see the gas gauge goes down as you drive. Unbelievable for the crappy performance you get from this car. I am going to sell it even if I lose more than the cost of the extra gas because it is just stupid to drive this car.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #36

Apr 102013

Elantra GLS 1.8L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190 miles

Purchased this car for the Great Fuel Mileage. Was unable to get even CLOSE to the 40 (later changed to 38) MPG that the car was supposed to get the best I ever saw was a trip to Vegas at over 250 miles with just my wife and myself in the car. I got a poor 31mpg. Mind you this is 100% highway at 70 mph... while my 16 year Civic gets 362 miles per 9.7 gal on the last fill up. You can do the math.

I feel cheated every single time I get in the car and it upsets me that I settled for this car that can't even get its rated MPG. I had a 2003 Altima that was rated 28 on the highway. That same trip to Vegas? I got 31 out of it? so Why did I downgrade to a smaller car with less power and comfort for the same fuel econ? Just knowing that Hyundai cheated on the EPA test means more about the confidence they put in their cars....

- , Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #35

May 182015

Elantra Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


This car gets nowhere near the gas mileage promised by the dealership. I'm now down to 21/34 and about 267 miles to empty on a full tank. I'm trying to dump this car if at all possible because I'm constantly have to fill it up. Don't buy this car.

- , Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #34

Jan 142016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

Hyundai advertised avg.'d have to have over 37 and right under 37 do average 37!!!!! This car doesn't even come close! 30 maybe 32 in the summer! False advertisement - AGAIN! Won't buy another one!

- , Westwood, KS, USA

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problem #33

Feb 042014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles

Hyundai Elentra 2013 does not get advertised gas mileage.This is major for me.This is a deal breaker!!!

- , Canton, GA, USA

problem #32

Nov 012015

Elantra GL 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


My 2013 auto Elantra (built in S.Korea) with 30000+ miles of driving has averaged an excellent 39mpg with 15% city driving & using 100% ethanol-free gasoline(E0). Top mpg with extra highway driving has been 43mpg. When using E10(10% ethanol), mpg drops to 36 & lower with excess city driving & stop&go traffic.The car is now in the hands of another family member & we purchased a 2016 manual Elantra. MPG is lower, down to 35.5 mpg, but in heavy stop&go traffic, 25% city, & more use of E10. When E0 was used in a trip to the ocean, with stops for pix & beach walking, travel over hills & a bit of stop&go I-5 traffic, we got 46mpg. Elantra only has 130lbs-ft of torque. MPG goes away quickly, with anything but the easiest of featherfooting.

- , Everett, WA, USA

problem #31

Jun 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Bought the Elantra in December of 2012. The first few months we had decent mileage, but then it went south quickly. We traded our 4runner in to save money but we only get low 30's for gas mileage on the highway, and low 20's in town. We feel betrayed, and it just plain ticks me off!

- , Waco, TX, USA

problem #30

Jun 012015

Elantra GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

The Elantra MPG is totally a lie. I've driven this car for almost 2 years (half local and half highway), and the average mpg is 25, anything but close to the advertised mpg. During the first few months when I first noticed the problem, I went to the dealer and they told me there's an ease-in period, and once I got 5000 miles, the mpg would pick up. However, that never happens, even with 12000+ miles now.

Before this brand new Elantra, I had a used 2002 Honda Civic. It had much better mpg, 32 on average. So Elantra doesn't save me money at all.

I wanted to love this car - indeed, it looks sleek and pretty from outside. But its performance is disappointing. Very unhappy with the misleading advertising of Hyundai. Will not buy from Hyundai again.

- , Bothell, WA, USA

problem #29

Sep 242013

Elantra Limited 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,200 miles

Purchased my Elantra in March of 2013. Loved it. Was getting 35MPG combined city/highway. The following September (2013) over a period of 3 fill-ups, I watched my great gas mileage drop from @350 miles on a 10 gallon fill-up to 335. Okay things happen. The next fill-up it dropped to 320. The next fill-up was down to 290 miles. And it stayed there. After 3 more fill-ups of less than 300 miles per tank, I made an appointment with the dealer. This was a drop off of almost 20%. The dealers answer, "it's winter gas". Really? I bought the car last March in "the winter!" But they insisted winter gas was the cause. I got no satisfaction from the dealer. It's now a year and a half later. I've gotten about half of it back. Getting @ 32MPG now. But I guess my days of 35MPG are gone forever.

Also need to mention that this drop in mileage coincided with an acceleration issue that also couldn't be resolved. But that's another complaint.

- , Feasterville, PA, USA

problem #28

Jul 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles


My 2013 Hyundai Elantra gets 18-20% less mileage (city/hwy/combined) than originally advertised (I measure mileage by filling the tank up and calculating based off my odometer). I told the dealer and Hyundai Canada and they said there were no reported problems they need to fix and the car is fine. Then they fed me the regular excuses like, your car isn't 'worked in' (I have 30k now), or you don't drive it efficiently.

The class action lawsuit seems to have been cutoff right around my model VIN. Has anyone considered another class action lawsuit for 2013 Hyundai owners that were not covered in the original settlement? Sign me up !

- , B, NS, Canada

problem #27

Sep 162014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

Mileage has been down year to year throughout the lease, which began August 2012. The drop was extreme, however, since we moved and my commute was cut from 25 miles to 7 each way, where in the space of 1 fill-up, my mileage went from about 27 MPG, which itself was inadequate and below par to me, to around 20 mpg (The lying gauge usually indicates 23.5 thereabouts, but it always showed me more than I really got)..

After a wasteful back and forth with the dealer about it, both the service manager and Hyundai itself finally decided that my mileage stinks because I don't drive long enough. So I should maybe take a 15 mile out of the way detour to and from work every day to increase my mileage? What kind of @#$% is that?

I should warm up the car for about 10 minutes before driving? What am I, driving a 1965 Oldsmobile that it has to sit idling cold for an eternity before it will move? I start it up in 70 plus degree weather every morning. It needs to be warmed up? WHAT KIND OF S@%T IS THAT?

So I'm punished by Hyundai for having a blessedly short commute. If you drive only 7 or so miles each way, you can only get about 20 MPG. My old 1986 Grand Marquis could nearly match that.

No solution and no satisfaction. They lied through their teeth about the mileage, period, no discussion!

Very unhappy.

- , Charlotte, nc, USA

problem #26

Apr 132014

Elantra LTD 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles

Manufacturers estimated MPG should to be close to MPG. Hyundai uses as a selling point for their cars an inflated MPG .

- , Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #25

Nov 282013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles

I bought my 2013 hyundai elantra in November 2013, within weeks of having it I noticed the fuel gauge is inaccurate. I learned this by being on the side of the road when my hyundai dashboard said I had 42 miles to E left. I took it to the dealership the issue was never resolved. I was told they recalibrated it. I took it to the dealership in Raleigh and was told that is common with hyundai.

- , Durham, NC, USA

problem #24

Nov 242012

Elantra Gls Pzev 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles

The sticker shows 32 MPG combined,28 city, we were told it would be closer to the 32 MPG for city. I average about 26 in the summer, in the winter I'm getting anywhere from 19-22. Terrible, terrible!!

- , East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #23

Apr 172014

Elantra ES 1.8L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles

I'm getting 18mpg city driving. Just horrible considering I should be getting 28 city. We drive it to and from school (about 5 miles each way) daily. We drive it normally. I would never have bought this car if I new the gas mileage would be so poor.

- , Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #22

Nov 202013

Elantra Limited 1.8L 145 Hp 4c

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

I wanted this car. Now I would like to drive it off a cliff. I bought it because I thought I would get 28-36 MPG. Ha! I have checked since day one and get 23-25 max. I now have 6000 miles on my car. I take it in to Tustin Hyundai Ca.and they say nothing is wrong with my new car. I show them my receits from every fill up. ???? It's got to be how I drive. I've been told I drive like a grandma so??? This is so misleading to consumers.

I wanted to get at least 30 to justify the buy of the car for the car payment monthly. I use to drive a SUV that got 16 MPGS. I guess I should have just kept it due to the fact I'm not saving ANYTHING. To top it off that's NOT all that is wrong with my NEW car. Brakes squeak, can not run AC and have car in drive without the car shaking like crazy, blue tooth doesn't work (and this problem they DO know about) but not sure when Bluetooth will be fixed. I said put in a diff. radio NOW. That is a safety issue because I drive all over and need to talk to clients, not use my phone which I can get a ticket for. Customer service there at Tustin Ca. is BAD. GM and the Service MNGR both do not care. Lemon law I guess here I come.............

- , Tustin, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 242012

Elantra ES 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles

The mpg is lousy. I drive half highway and some city and have yet to avg. 28mpg. That's with Eco on.

- , Emmaus, PA, USA

problem #20

Dec 012013

Elantra Gls Pzev 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

One key factor in me buying the Elantra was that the sticker says 32mpg city/hwy, 28 city, 38 hwy. I am currently getting 20-21mpg.

I live in a very congested area and my 17 mile commute each way to work takes an hour, so its all stop and go. Seeing that 28mpg made me very excited, but turns out its the same, actually slightly worse than my old cars were. I had a 2000 Grand Prix which averaged 22mpg and a 2011 Accord which was about 24mpg. And they were midsized cars with a much larger gas tank, prob 18 gallons. So now im getting a worse mpg and going to the gas station almost twice as often to fill up, i think this car has about an 11 gallon tank.

- , W Babylon, NY, USA

problem #19

Apr 092013

Elantra GT 1.8L 4 CYL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles

I purchased this car because the fuel economy was supposed to be 27mpg city 37 hwy. When the tank is full the distance to empty isn't even 300 miles. I drove the car from Florida to New York which is all highway and only got about 22mpg. I brought it in for service to complain and Hyundai said there was nothing wrong with it. Hyundai has been cited before for poor gas mileage for their 2012 models. Shouldn't they also look into 2013? I have two big cars that get better gas mileage than this car. Are there other complaints like this?

- , Holbrook, NY, USA

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