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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,544 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2011 Hyundai Elantra drivetrain problems

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 302016


  • 90,000 miles


Coming home from work.O N the highway..the transmission shifted a little funny..didn't really pay it any attention..but soon after the check engine illuminated plugged I'm my diagnostic tool..PO711..trans fluid issue this just not my car the dealership knows this sensor goes out and is bad and are making big bucks off the consumer because of this problem..the sensor is known to go out on the Elantra model and sonata...if this sensor is not addressed could lead to trans.slipping and vehicle not moving at all

- Shorewood, IL, USA

problem #10

Jun 102016


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle jerked and lost speed. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the shoulder of the road and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact continued to drive the vehicle. When the vehicle reached 45 mph, it began to jerk hard. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 172015


  • 77,500 miles
My Hyundai makes a clunking noise from the front end. It happens whenever I shift from park to drive/reverse, drive to reverse, and vice versa, and also if I speed up, or slow down quickly. I tried getting the vehicle checked out at a dealer, and I was told "I don't know why, but many of the Elantra's come from factory making that noise, and we don't know why. Obviously, if it was a safety issue, then Hyundai would have issued a recall by now." I was upset by this statement, because it does cause my vehicle to jerk when I am accelerating and breaking, as well as other strange things, so I am concerned that there is a safety issue here. I did buy this vehicle pre-owned, and it has been happening since the day I bought it. I brought the vehicle back to try to get it repaired under warranty, but I was told that there wasn't anything that could be done to fix the issue. I feel really uncomfortable driving my own vehicle when there is something wrong with it, and according to the dealer, there is nothing I can do to resolve this issue.

- Logan Twp, NJ, USA

problem #8

May 132011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,700 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle independently shifted into neutral. The contact had to force and hold the gear into drive in order to continue to drive properly. On another occasions, while the vehicle was shifted into reverse, the engine stalled without warning. The failures recurred multiple times. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that there was a crimp in the gear cable. The vehicle was repaired; however, the repairs were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 27,700. Updated 09/18/15 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. Updated 09/22/15

- Boynton Beach , FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 142015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Gear shift will not go into park or reverse. Also the ESC light comes on and off at times.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

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problem #6

Aug 182014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 26,758 miles
While driving my vehicle on the freeway traveling at speeds of about 60 mph, my tire pressure light came on, although all 4 tires were previously checked for pressure. When the tire pressure light came on, it triggered the traction control light to begin blinking uncontrollably. The engine then began to clicked loudly as my speed decreased, out of my control, to about 40 mph, although I had my petal to the floor. I then had to exit, taking local roadways as to my speed would not increase past 40 mph with my RPM was at about 4.5. after notifying the dealership and taking it in to be serviced, I was informed nothing was wrong but reset the computer just in case. Since then it has happened 3 other times with no explanation and diagnostic coming back clear.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Jun 182014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


Engine runs rough at idle.. buy 89 octane gas in the winter time. Drive shaft is a new bearing and drive shaft from the dealer and make certain the new one is not defective. I replaced the bearing only and it appears to be fine, for wear out extremely new shocks and struts earlier than you had to on the more expensive foreign cars.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #4

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 #3

May 222013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
My Hyundai Elantra has had several issues since purchasing it March 09, 2013. Chief complaints are my vehicle will not start. Took it to dealership and they informed me to pop off the shift lock button on gear shaft and my car started. Took it to the dealer for further evaluation and was informed it was a relay switch, which was not covered under my warranty. Paid $260 to have this part fixed and my car still has problems starting. I have been stranded several times and unable to start my vehicle. Second complaint is my car is not getting the gas mileage it is supposed to. Spoke to the dealership about this issue as well. They informed me to only use shell gasoline. I still do not receive the gas mileage I was promised upon purchasing this vehicle. I did some research and have found that I am not the only person that has encountered either one of these issues.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 272013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while stopped with the brake pedal depressed and the gear secured in drive, the vehicle lurched forward but would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000.

- Cannon Falls , MN, USA

problem #1

May 262011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 30 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the brakes were depressed when the vehicle stalled while the contact was shifting into drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30 and the current mileage was 66. The consumer stated within the first week of ownership, the vehicle stalled in reverser, the same thing happened two more times after the vehicle was re-programmed twice by the dealer. On one occasion, while driving, the gear suddenly shifted from drive to neutral and stopped short. Updated 09/14/15.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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