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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
4,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2010 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012012


  • miles


2010 Hyundai Elantra (rented). Consumer wanted to know were there any recalls issued related to defects in the steering, accelerator problems, suspension problems or brake problems the consumer stated he was involved in an accident, which caused him to crash. Updated 01/15/13 the consumer stated the vehicle swerved to the left, which caused him to strike a pole. The consumer then crossed the median, and struck another vehicle, killing the other driver. Updated 01/28/13 updated 02/07/13 updated 12/23/13 the consumer stated the cruise control was set at 42 mph. When the vehicle swerved, he hit the brake, but the cruise control did not disengaged, instead the vehicle increased in speed. Updated 07/07/14 updated 09/24/14

- Charleston, MO, USA

problem #2

Feb 082012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
I was stopping my 2010 Hyundai Elantra on gravel road-my right foot on brakes they locked and car jumped to acceleration and landed in bushes know down porto potty with the town gov.'t.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 262010


  • 6,000 miles
A car purchased new and driven for four months is experiencing brake failure. It is occurring when driven in snowy conditions while in lower gear. The pedal locks making it impossible to push down in order to brake. The pedal shakes and grinds in the process.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

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