Notes: We're not used to seeing any major problems with Hyundai, which makes the early signs of trouble with the 2013 Elantra very surprising, in a bad way.

Early trends show problems with the steering wandering / pulling to one side along with premature tire wear. Elantra owners have tried sensor adjustments, wheel alignments, even replacing axles, most with no luck. Hyundai has made vehicle buybacks through arbitration, but that rarely works out well financially for owners in the end.

Also there is a pattern of complaints about the 2013 Elantra brakes grinding at very low mileage. It seems there was a bad batch of OEM pads & rotors, but so far Hyundai is not doing a recall. Instead Hyundai issued a TSB & dealers have been replacing pads & rotors on a per-complaint basis.

The final straw is that for several years in a row, Elantra owners report significantly lower gas mileage than the EPA estimates, & there's a small trend of engine problems.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
45,800 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace radio (3 reports)
  3. reset radio (2 reports)
2013 Hyundai Elantra accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 012021


  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,131 miles


Was driving on freeway and car had a ticking noise & died. Then, while driving recently, the stereo just turned off by itself while I was driving.

- Madeline D., Elk Grove, US

problem #8

Jan 072016

Elantra GE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

Radio, CD player, clock out completely. It was working in the morning and them when I left from work, it was dead.I don't see the hole for any reset? Changed fuse. That was not it. Frustrated. Don't have the money to fix this. At just a but over 3 years this should not be this way. I am not pleased with this car at all and with Hyundai. Will never buy another. I had a Toyota and will go back to them. And there is a brand new CD stuck in it. Grrrrr!!!

- schneiderde, Laurel, DE, US

problem #7

Jul 142015

Elantra Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

Radio, rear cam, navigation work volume......its speakers make no noise.

- 10ker1, Cardiff, ON, Canada

problem #6

Nov 202014

Elantra Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Radio stopped working. Had to just use the reset button to reset it all.

- Kristin R., Glenolden, PA, US

problem #5

Feb 122015

Elantra GT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,855 miles

During the winter of 2014 the problem first started. Radio would be on in the car, sound working but the display would be frozen (no time change) and you could not adjust the volume or change the station. When I turned the car off the radio would not shut off. Only solution was disconnect the battery as it was close to midnight and I was at work. Radio works for a while, then the same problem occurs. Took it to the dealership and they "reset" it for me but made no record of the issue.

Problem started again the next winter, this time the display would also go dark. Dealership never open when problem occurs, finally able to take it in when it is happening and they still have no record of my issue even though I called and emailed. Tech was nice and ordered me a new radio about a month ago at no cost to me, however it still has not come in.

- Tanya T., Belleville, ON, Canada

problem #4

Dec 172014

Elantra GT 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,224 miles

The car is only 18 months old i have had it since new but i have but 80,000 km on it all highway and the am radio part stop working the rest works. Hyundai wants $400 for a new radio. I think they should replace it as car is only a year and half. I am Looking Into after market as I will not pay them. Warranty is crap 3 years 60,000 km second Hyundai and now it will be my last. They don't back up there vehicles.

- Jim B., oshawa, Ontario, Canada

problem #3

Nov 072014

Elantra Limted

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


The audio keeps going out, 3 rd time taking it in this week. Took it up to dealer, no service people there have called them about it, just got back in town. Has anyone else had these same problems, it seems to very common problem. I was able to duplicated it for someone at the dealership ? 2013 Hyundia Elantra Limited.

- Cindy F., Ardmore, OK, US

problem #2

Jan 242014

Elantra GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles

The stock radio that came with my Elantra will reboot itself every 30 seconds or so continually. This is more of an annoyance but still shouldn't happen on a new car by any means.

The dealership checked it out and said the radio from Hyundai was defective and needed to be replaced.

I'm happy that the warranty covers it, but i am still disappointed that once again, Hyundai has horrible quality control. I have had many cars in the past and never had such an issue.

It would seem Hyundai is using the cheapest parts available to build a car and it really shows.

My next car is going to be a Subaru.

- hyundai, Allentown, PA, US

problem #1

Oct 232012

Elantra GT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,700 miles

the radio stopped working and you have to go to the dealer and they have to pull it out and reset something. they say there is no problem with the radio or the fuses.

- Ronald L., Ontario, NY, US

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