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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,159 miles

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 032016


  • miles


Rear trunk lid falls while car is stationary. Bar-trunk lid hinge torsion, left & right broke causing the lid to have no support. Same lid fell due to defective torsion bar 41/2 years before current incident. With head concussion injury to one person, and settlement agreement from manufacturer. I have invoices, but am unable to scam and upload.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 182015


  • 73,070 miles
Sitting in traffic on 405 freeway near exit 52 going South to work when I was rear-ended by a 2013 Nissan. Back and front of car folded up, I was ejected from the seat belt (opened up and flew into passenger seat) and not one air bag opened. I could not move, my foot was fractured, stomach hurt, neck, back and arms in pain. Chp on the scene. Car that ran into the back of me pushed me into a large truck and pushed the truck into a car. 4-car accident. Car has been totaled and I am reporting the failure and defect with the seat belts and air bags. MA 10/5

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
In February 2014 a friend tried to enter the car and the door handle pulled off in her hand. The door was not locked while she was trying to open it. The car had approx. 31,000 miles on it. This was a front door handle. On April 20, 2015 (the car has less than 45,000 miles on it) my daughter went to remove her child from the rear car seat. The door was not locked and the rear door handle pulled off in her hand. I have been watching the news were someone is pulling a passenger out of a burning car after an accident often. If the door handle would have pulled off during these incidents, the driver or passengers would have been burnt alive.

- Petersburg, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 162014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 27,445 miles


The plastic chrome on the inside passenger door handle is "delaminated" and a razor sharp edge is exposed. When I reached across the seat (from the drivers side) to open to passenger door, the sharp edge deeply cut my finger which had to have pressure for about three hours before it would stop bleeding. This car only has 27K miles and rarely sees someone in the passenger seat so this is not due to extensive use as stated in previous recalls for this problem. If the problem was identified and recalled in 2009 then why is it still a problem in 2014? this car was in for service and a non-related warranty fix last month and nothing was said about this problem (and subsequently, the dealer was not inspecting for this problem).

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 232012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the front interior door handles were fractured and became inoperative. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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problem #4

Oct 012013


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while exiting the vehicle, she sustained lacerations to the fingers from the driver's side door handle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 132011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 119 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the trunk popped open suddenly and independently. The failure recurred over fifteen times. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer several times and each time the dealer stated that they could not determine a problem with the latch. In addition, the contact stated that the battery failed twice. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 119 and the current mileage was 13,500.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 232010


  • 2,500 miles
Rear passenger side door cannot be opened from the outside or inside when exterior temperatures soar. A door component seems to swell.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 302010


  • 300 miles
Am the owner of a 2010 Elantra which was purchased new in the spring and have experienced my trunk open suddenly many times over the past 10 months - either while driving and/or in the garage. Once where it was parked for 4 days and resulted in the battery discharging fully because the trunk light was left on. The dealer claims that I must somehow be pressing the fob button to open the trunk, which has never been the case. The actual fob button requires a lot of pressure to open the trunk.

- Guerneville, CA, USA

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