Notes: So far the 2011 Elantra doesn't have the same volume of transmission problems that 2010 owners are fighting with. It also doesn't have the same pattern of steering and braking complaints that are piling up with the 2013 model year.

We're not saying the 2011 is perfect -- I mean, what were they thinking advertising their MPGs -- but there are worse choices.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,324 miles

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2011 Hyundai Elantra body / paint problems

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 072014


  • 69,000 miles


On March 07, 2014, my Hyundai Elantra was hit on the passenger side by a large Jeep. We took our 17 year old grandson to the hospital to be checked out because of a headache but other than that there were no injuries. My vehicle was taken to a repair shop and now to a Hyundai dealership. My concern is; there have been two (2) front axles put in my car and neither worked. The dealership said they were defective. They ordered a third (3) one and it was defective. They did not install it. Now they have ordered the fourth (4) axle to install, if it isn't defective. In the meantime I have been without a vehicle for almost 3 months. I do not trust luck for another defective front axle.

- Mead, OK, USA

problem #2

Aug 202013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Front of Elantra traveling at 40 mph hit another car entering 4 lane on the drivers side.(T-boned") the car was declared a total loss. None of the head, front or seat airbags deployed.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 172012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 61,973 miles
Since I purchased the car in 2011 I have had issues with mice getting into the cabin of the vehicle in spite of always closing all windows and doors. I have also heard of a coworker's family member who had the same car and the same problem. Additionally there was a similar complaint filed recently with NHTSA (ODI id number : 10477843). At every service stop, I would ask if there was any technical service bulletins sent by Hyundai for the issue. On wed, 10/17 when I got into my car to go to work, there was a mouse on the dashboard inches away from me. I told the dealership this was unacceptable and that I wanted an appointment to have them locate the place where the mice are getting in. I was amazed when they showed me a large opening in the metal firewall for the cabin air filter right next to a large gap in the cowl meant to cover it. That design allows a rodent, like a mouse, uninhibited access to the vehicle cabin without any need to damage or chew the cowl to get in. I supplied foil tape and aluminum screening to correct the flaw, but I had to pay a significant amount for the labor to do so. I filed a dispute with Hyundai usa and it was declined, meaning they thought it was my responsibility to correct their design oversight. If I did not see the mouse until after I was on the road, the consequences could have been much worse.

- Wells, ME, USA

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