Notes: There's an emerging trend of transmission problem with the 2010 Elantra at fairly early mileage.

So far owners report having the transmission replaced under warranty but that won't hold up for much longer. It may be a bit premature but for now we're putting the "CLUNKER" rating on the 2010 Elantra just to be safe.

Speaking of being safe, you might not be unless Hyundai can figure out why their airbags aren't deploying.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,667 miles

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2010 Hyundai Elantra body / paint problems

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012014


  • miles


The metallic covering on both front inner door handles has rippled and started peeling. The metallic sheet covering both handles is very sharp and has caused me to slice my hands/fingers multiple times as I attempt to open the door. It's sturdy enough that it is difficult to just peel off, so I am constantly being cut by my handles and am worried this may soon happen to my passenger(s) and/or children.

- Hartford City, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 042013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The door handle cuts my finger when opening my door, from the driver's seat.

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #1

May 132010


  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the vehicle would pull violently to the left or right while driving. In addition, the contact stated that he would get shocked whenever he would open the doors. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure but decided to performed an alignment to temporarily remedy the problem. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 0 and the current mileage was 14,000.

- Juana Diaz , PR, USA

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