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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,902 miles

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2011 Hyundai Elantra transmission problems

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 162011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that when trying to place the vehicle in drive it put itself into reverse. In order to shift into drive gear she had to restart the vehicle. The dealer was contacted and advised him that they were unaware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current miles were approximately 9,000. Updated 07/28/11 the consumer stated the vehicle was shifted from park to reverse to back out of a parking space. The vehicle was manually shifted to drive, but the transmission did not go into to drive, but stayed in reverse. Even though the shift was in drive. When the consumer applied the accelerator, the vehicle went several feet in reverse, before he could stop. Updated 08/17/11

- Memphis, TX, USA

problem #1

May 182011


  • 804 miles
2011 Hyundai Elantra with 800 miles on it. Transmission violently bucks at highway speeds and then shifts to neutral. There is suddenly no throttle response at speeds exceeding 60 mph requiring the car to be coasted to safety if possible. After turning off the key and restarting, the problem appears to be gone. This has happened 2 days in a row for me.

- Fallbrook, CA, USA

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