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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,942 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Hyundai Elantra engine problems

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 102012


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that he was able to restart the vehicle after fifteen minutes, but the failure recurred. 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 mileages were 30,000.

- Mt Pleasant , SC, USA

problem #4

Jan 232012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 10,500 miles
Had been losing mpg for about six months (went down from average 28 to 21) and dealer said could not do anything for me. Finally, engine light went on and brought car back to dealer who diagnosed a faulty oxygen sensor. Dealer ordered part and replaced sensor couple days ago. Engine light is off but it will take several months to check the mpg. Improvement.

- Guerneville, CA, USA

problem #3

May 222011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 18,208 miles
Blown head gasket on 2010 Hyundai Elantra with 18,000 miles, no warnings, first smelled something burning then noticed engine covered with oil and oil dripping to the ground, did not overheat. The gasket was replaced and I was told that the gasket was porous in an area (on the corner) and this is where the oil was coming out.

- Buzzards Bay, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 112010

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Hyundai Elantra. Consumer states while driving all systems locked up the consumer stated the vehicle lost power for the second time while her son was driving. Her son was unable to remove the key from the ignition and the vehicle had to be towed to the dealer.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 142010

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns 2010 Hyundai Elantra. While traveling 40 mph, the contact heard a knock from the engine and the vehicle then stalled. The contact shifted into neutral at first and was unable to remove the key from the ignition. After allowing the vehicle to sit idle for several minutes, the contact was able to shift into park and restart the vehicle. The vehicle resumed normal operation. The vehicle was neither inspected nor repaired. The failure and current mileage was 1,000. Updated 01/24/11 the consumer stated while her son was driving, the vehicle made a noise and the engine completely lost power and the power steering, brakes and gear shift locked up. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the consumer was informed the vehicle had a faulty junction box. However, the same thing happened again 10 days later. The vehicle was towed to the dealer again, but they were unable to find anything wrong. Updated 04/18/11

- Olympia, WA, USA

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