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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,360 miles

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 012016


  • 70,000 miles


In the last year the mpg has dropped drastically. When purchased in 2011 (Elantra limited), I got 35 mpg. In the last month, I'm getting 16.9-20.9 mpg. My car has been in for the scheduled recalls, but nothing was detected. I called the dealership and they said that they were not notified of any such problem.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #9

Feb 042015


  • 41,000 miles
2015 winter engine started making a knocking noise took car to Hyundai dealership was told car needed a new engine lifter was making the knocking noise I was told my car was not covered under the 100,000 mile warranty because I had my oil changed at another garage and the oil could have been contaminated.the knocking started 2 weeks prior to having my oil changed.I know another person that had the same problem and after a battle with the garage they replaced her engine at no cost.I have had my car to several mechanics and they felt I should pursue the matter

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Oct 292015


  • miles


Engine knocking dealership said I needed a new engine because it was a factory issue loose pistons on a small block.I had just turned on the vehicle when the noise started and now it does it all the time. I been reading reviews and there are plenty of other people with the same issue. Please help

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #6

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

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problem #5

Jun 262014


  • 34,000 miles
Car will not start. Have battery, alternator, and started all tested and are good. Every so often go to start the car and when you turn the key to first position everything turns on. Windows work, radio works, light on dash turn on. Go to start the car and it does nothing. Does not even try to start the starter makes no noise. You just here a clicking noise. Was told be dealer that it might be inhibitor switch (range switch), that was replaced and a week later it again will not try to start. If you let it sit and come back a day later many time it will crank right over. There are many forums online with the same issue from this model.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #4

May 022015


  • 49,505 miles


Car will not start. Does not recognize my key. Everything else works. Changed all batteries and still not starting and dealer cannot figure it out.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 092015


  • 38,803 miles
When I went to go start my car for work it wouldnt start. Left it at home and had son try to turn on and didnt turn on. Dealership asked me to jump it started for a few days then it happened again not starting. Aaa came out move to neutral then started. Been having this problem for the past few weeks.

- Penns Grove, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 282015


  • 49,989 miles
Random activation of the emergency alarm. The alarm randomly goes off without activaction. This occurs on its on without any activation either accidently or intrustion.

- Steelton, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 212011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 1,800 miles
This is a follow up on complaint #[xxx].. Hyundai checked car on 6/22/11 ordered part and replaced defective part on 6/29/11. While in parts dept. Was stated that this part had been replaced on several other cars. I am well satisfied with the results. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Bainbridge, GA, USA

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