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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2 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.

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2011 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 282011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles


At 17K miles, and my 4th oil change at the dealership, I was informed that Hyundai recommended the rear brakes be lubricated at 15K miles to avoid future issues with the calipers/pads/rotors. I found this to be very unusual because the front brakes should be doing most of the braking on these front wheel drive cars and they only mentioned the issue happening with the rear brakes. I told them if this was actually true then there must be a manufacturer defect as I have never had this occur with any of the other foreign cars we have owned in the last 10 years. ( 4 Honda's, 2 Subaru's) this dealership is actually being proactive in that they are trying to prevent higher future repair costs, they mentioned the rotors having to be replaced if this "preventive maintenance" wasn't performed. Hearing this, I have searched the internet and have found the following: Many people reporting rear pads wearing out way earlier than front pads, brake calipers were getting rusted and sticking, eventually seizing, overheating the rear discs and eventually damaging the rotors. There is definitely something defective in the rear braking system if Hyundai admits that the rear brakes should be lubricated at 15K miles. But not the front brakes and that the rear brake pads wear out faster than the front pads.

- Stroudsburg , PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 132011


  • miles
At my next scheduled service (6K), I am going to mention this while my car is at the dealer, but it's happened quite a few times since I bought my 2011 Hyundai Elantra in April. I live in Florida, and as it's summer I've been using my brand new A/C quite a lot. However, when it is on and I am at a stoplight (only at a stoplight or waiting at idle with the car in drive), whenever the compressor cycles on/off, my car will slowly move forward (and brake pedal sinks a little). I have to push on the brakes even harder to keep the car from moving. There have been a few times when I've almost hit the car in front of me. The pedal only sinks an inch or two and it only happens when the A/C compressor cycles. This does not happen everyday or at every stop light, but it happens at least twice a week during my work commute, and I figured it's worth mentioning.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

May 022011


  • miles
Brakes on my 2011 Hyundai Elantra in a emergency, pull hard to the right. Consumer Affairs said the brakes were ok as long as I do not stop quick. But if I do, the car will pull quickly to the right and dip which puts the car in the next lane of travel. This has been an ongoing problem.

- Smithfield, RI, USA

problem #1

May 012011


  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 70 mph, the contact abruptly applied pressure to the brakes and the vehicle shifted abnormally to the right lane. The failure was recurring. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle was operating as designed and the manufacturer agreed however, took a complaint on the contacts behalf but provided not further assistance. The current mileage was 1,000 and the failure mileage was 10.

- Smithfield, RI, USA

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