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:
28,284 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.

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 272016


  • 82,600 miles


In May 2014 while utilizing the cruise control, applying the brakes did not disengage the cruise control even while my husband was braking to decrease speed as we were entering bastrop, tx on hwy 71. It took us by surprise, and my husband finally managed to bring the car under control by pressing the cruise control disengage button on the steering wheel. I took our vehicle to the dealership where we purchased the car, and the dealership replaced the brake light switch. On Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, we were using the cruise control while we were traveling southbound on hwy 79 approaching hearne, tx. The car in front of us slowed, and my husband braked to slow down as well, but it seemed that the car actually sped up. He looked down to be sure that he hit the brake and not the accelerator. By the time he looked up, we were about to hit the vehicle in front of us. He hit the brakes harder, and the car seemed to speed up again. My husband swerved to the left to avoid hitting car in front of us, but there was another vehicle next to us in the lane to our left. Fortunately, the drivers of the other vehicles managed to swerve to the right and to the left so that we had room to pass between the two vehicles. Our brakes were squealing, but the car was not slowing down. Finally my husband managed to disengage the cruise control and pulled off the road so that we could collect our composure. I returned to the Hyundai dealer in round rock on November 29. The service manager told me that my vehicle was no longer under warranty, so I would have to pay to have the issue fixed. I know that Hyundai and Kia have had recalls for defective brake light switches on other models, model years, and I believe that this is a continuation of the same type issue with my vehicle. It is truly a safety issue, and I think that Hyundai should fix this again on my vehicle at no charge.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #10

May 022015


  • 61,000 miles
When driving it is difficult at time to regulate my speed. If I stop at a red light and then try to drive on a green light my car will jolt forward. It is hard to speed up, it feels like my car is stuck in on speed. It makes it difficult to drive on the freeway as it is slow to pick up speed.

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #9

Jul 102013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
Driving home from work on narrow 2 lane road.,my car suddenly accelerated and shot across the opposite side of oncoming lane..thankfully no car was coming toward the time. I managed to get it under control, but was terrified thinking what if a car had been coming up toward me. This happened sometime in summer of 2013. I thought maybe it was just a fluke until today when I was reading about Chrysler autos having sudden acceleration problems. I decided to check to see if any Hyundai cars had the same problem. I was surprised to see that indeed there had been a case reported. Now, I am very uneasy driving my car, and especially since my 19 yr old also drives it. I have not seen any recall to have this issue fixed. I have also email the Hyundai Corp. To inform them also of my experience. I certainly do not want to die or have any one else killed because of this. Would like to see Hyundai recall these cars to fix the problem.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Sep 052014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 55,400 miles
As I was driving the skid control light came on. At first, nothing was different, then all of a sudden my car started slowing down and would accelerate with gas being applied. Then, it started moving again. After a while the light went off, but then came on and did the same thing.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 052013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The car pulls to the left/right. The steering wheel is sticky.when the wheel is left straight, it will go straight but a small turn to left/right results in very jerky and unsafe ride for higher mileage speed. It is incredibly difficult to drive for longer period of time and on icy roads due to driving behavior. Hyundai says it is because of the electronic power steering. I don't care if it is that. It jerks to left/right while driving which is painful. I have changed tires and brakes thinking those were the culprit. This needs to be fixed before someone gets in a wreck and die.

- Alexander, AR, USA

problem #5

Apr 112013


  • 26,357 miles


I was driving my Elantra when the ems elec. Stability control light came on and the auto began to shake as I was driving. The road was dry and weather was regular. It feels as if the auto is driving on flat wheels or on ice. I lose stability in my steering. I have taken my auto to Hyundai twice. They claim they there computers can't find any errors. This is an issue that randomly occur and can't be created at will. I don't feel safe driving while these incidents happen. I've found similar complaints of this issue online with other Elantra 2011 customer. Hyundai doesn't want to acknowledge that there is an issue with the electronic stability control and steering.

- Pennsauken, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 012012


  • miles
Safety issue driver floor mat keeps getting entangled with gas and brake pedals. The hooks design by Hyundai for there 2011 sonata fails to keep them in place. *updated 12-20-12 smch

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 082012


  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated while driving 30 mph the vehicle suddenly acclerated and crashed into a light pole. The contact was severely injured. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 192012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 33,250 miles
I was turning from gas station onto road, crossing 3 lanes of traffic when vehicle stalled in the middle of the road and I was nearly broad-sided. All dash lights came on, and ac and radio were on, but engine had stalled. After calling Hyundai usa I took vehicle to dealership, reported as stalling at low speed and rough idle. Hyundai usa representative said no problems like this reported. Also service adviser reported never hearing of the problem when took into dealership, despite numerous reports I had printed off the internet. In fact said "we don't acknowledge internet reports as being valid".

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282011


  • 764 miles
Sudden acceleration while perpendicular parking.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

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