Notes: Be aware that there's a significant trend of owners complaining that the Elantra's fuel economy is significantly less than the EPA estimates.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,043 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Hyundai Elantra steering problems

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

May 172012

Elantra 4-cyl Diesel

  • 12,500 miles


My car began pulling strongly to the left at various speeds. I contacted the dealership and arranged to have them look at it. Our dealership first suggested a roadforce balance and wheel alignment and wanted to charge us $250. Since the car had recently been to them for service including tire balancing and rotation, I pushed back and refused this suggested remedy. I had read online how people were experiencing this "pulling" problem. It does make your arms tired fighting to stay on the road. I called the dealership management and informed them of the identical complaints I was finding online. To the manager and our salesman's credit, they made the service dept look harder. A thorough inspection found that the steering "toe" was not calibrated properly. It should have been at zero (0), but instead was at +1. the service department reset the toe back to zero. Everything has been fine so far. (2 weeks.)

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 082011


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the steering veered the vehicle toward the left while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the steering wheel was electric and she needed to become accustomed with using it. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and instructed the contact to take the vehicle to another dealer for inspection. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 6,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

May 012012


  • 50 miles
Purchased Elantra 3 days ago and noticed car pulling to left. On highway especially nearly went off road, veered into other lanes. Must keep constant pressure on wheel wants to pull away if hand pressure releases. Car at 200 miles went to dealer after 2 days, they acted surprised as if they never heard of it happening. Dealership looked at car (2 hours) stated they centered the steering wheel? and did an alignment. During test drive later with mechanic car veered to left constantly and nearly went off the road several times when I let go of steering wheel. Mechanic reported that car performed within standards. Have filed complaint with Hyundai, and with bernardi dealership. Car is unsafe to drive! brand new just days old. Requesting replacement of car since I have safety concerns about the vehicle.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 092012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving on straight roads the vehicle veers hard towards the right. We have to fight to keep it on the road. It feels like we are driving on a slippery icy road, always steering the car back and forth in order to keep it on the road. It is physically exhausting driving this car, hanging on hard to the steering wheel to keep it out of the ditch. Dealership claims nothing is wrong with electronic steering.

- Baraboo, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 192011


  • 1,006 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle began to shift abnormally into the left lane. The contact stated that the failure recurred when driving various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised the contact that the vehicle would need a wheel alignment. The alignment was performed but the failure continued. The manufacturer was contacted and recommended that the technicians replace the rear axle. The rear axle was replaced but to no avail. The approximate failure mileage was 1,006.

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

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