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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,412 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #36

Aug 012013


  • 500 miles


Brakes have been grinding since it was new. Car now only has 2000 miles on it now and sounds even worse when you go to stop.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #35

Sep 292015


  • 36,000 miles
Brakes: At 36K, I had to change the brake pads which may not be uncommon, however, it was the back brakes. The front brakes had more than half the life left on it and the back brakes were almost bare. Engine: In summer (July?) of 2013, I came out from work, after a full day of the car sitting out in the sun (approximately 85 weather), I attempted to turn the engine and it continued to turn, but not would not ignite/ start. After trying it for about 5min, I gave it a break and let it sit for about 10min. After which, I tried again and it was very hesitant to start (you could hear it wanted to), then eventually started. I dropped it off to the dealer the next day and they couldn't replicate the issue. Almost a year later (July?) 2014, the same thing happened again. The car sat out in the 80 weather in the sun all day. I came out from work and my car would not turn on; this time, the engine didn't do anything other than continue to turn like when your battery is dead. I called roadside and he jumped the car. He also checked the battery and said it shouldn't do that because it was not even close to dead. I again took into the dealer and they tried to replicate my issue, leaving it in the sun; no luck. They couldn't find anything wrong with it again. I haven't seen the issue since, but I am worried that a new car could even hesitate to start like this.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #34

Jul 282015


  • miles
I have informed my local Hyundai dealer several times since I purchased this vehicle new that the front brakes make a clattering noise and do not seem to brake the car effectively when the brake pedal is pushed with a little more pressure than normal. The dealership each time said that the brakes are fine. I have since learned that I am not the only Elantra owner who has experienced this situation. My vehicle now has over 60,000 miles (out of general warranty) and Hyundai will not even return my E-mails. If you would experience the situation I am describing, you would agree that there is something wrong.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #33

Jun 232015


  • 23,790 miles


Pulling into the parking space at work less than 5mph car accelerated and hit the parking garage wall. Reported to my car insurance company, car was taken to dealership after body shop. Dealership couldn't find anything on diagnostic report.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #32

Mar 212015


  • 37,422 miles
This has been an ongoing issue, when hitting any type of bump in the road, the rear of the car feels like it is going to fishtail, worse on wet roads. The ABS brakes work and then they don't, the steering will feel loose and then tight. I have noticed there is a lot of complaints about the car feeling like it is going to fishtail or has when hitting bumps and yet, no recall is forced on Hyundai. I guess it takes a fatality to get anything done. A car should never feel like it is going to fishtail when hitting bumps. The engine hesitates when going uphill or when accelerator is pressed quickly.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #31

Sep 282014


  • 22,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated while driving at lower speeds, the service brakes were depressed and the vehicle made a metallic low groaning noise which followed by a abnormal delayed stopping distance. The vehicle was taken in for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. However, after contacting the manufacturer they clean the throttle body and performed a software update. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 22,500.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #30

Jan 082015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 10,150 miles


I was coming off of interstate 95 onto my exit and I applied my brake to slow my car but my brake apparently gave out and was not working. It make a loud sound like it was trying to hold but it didn't and in order to stop my car from hitting any others or people standing at the side of the road I tried steering it toward the closest curb so that I could prevent as much as possible within my power. My airbags didn't deploy but the car hit hard enough that my face slammed into the steering wheel, I sustained a concussion and damaged my face and glasses. I have muscle strains in my back, neck and still a swollen eye and cheek bone.

- Folsom , PA, USA

problem #29

Jan 012014


  • 2,000 miles
Brakes very rough and grinding.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #28

Sep 042013


  • 2,000 miles
At speeds greater than 35 mph on rough roads rear end of car will slide out to right causing vehicle to head towards incoming traffic. If brakes are applied when vehicle loses control ABS activates and car seems to leave ground. This continues to happen over and over. Car dealer repair says this is not happening. Notes this might be the first time I had this type of suspension. Car does not feel safe on interstate. I've tested the bump out in an empty lot. If not correct by hard steering car will depart lane.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #27

May 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
Our Elantra began making grinding noises when we pressed on the brake pedal that sounded like the brakes or rotor were defective. When the shop inspected the car, they said they could not duplicate the noise, and told us the car was in perfect shape. Over the next few months, the noise became louder when braking, plus it began making a whump-whump-whump noise that appeared to be directly related to the speed and rotation of the wheels. The sound would increase when we steered the car to the right, and would decrease when we steered left. The whumps were barely audible at 5 mph, but were overly loud at 40 mph. I thought it was plastic trim fluttering in the wind, but could not find anything loose. When we took it to the shop again, I think in August, I told them the car was not drivable that they needed to find out what was causing the whump noises and the grinding noises when we applied the brakes. This time they found the problem was caused by the bolt holding the left wheel coming unscrewed. They tightened the bolt under warranty repair service, and the car has not made the whump noise or had grinding brakes since the repair. I doubt this problem was limited to one car in the fleet, and I believe Hyundai should have issued an advisory to their shop managers to be watching for this problem so that it would have been found and corrected the first time that we took the car in.

- Saint Peters, MO, USA

problem #26

Aug 202014


  • 25,000 miles


Coming to the end of a passing lane at about 60 mph, cars got congested, brake hard and the brakes locked up causing me to lose control of my car, started to go into oncoming traffic. I let up on the brakes and braked again, brakes locked up as before. I thought anti-lock brakes prevented this from happening. This has happened two other times, just not this bad, plus when I go over railroad tracks of hit a pothole, I can't use the brakes. I noticed the other complaints about the factory hancock tires, they should be ban from new cars, I had two accidents in one day due to light snow.

- Green Forest, AR, USA

problem #25

Aug 212013


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the vehicle would become unstable after driving over a bump or pot hole in the road. The contact indicated that the vehicle was very difficult to drive in a straight line. Also, the brakes had malfunctioned on multiple occasions after driving over a bump or pot hole. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. After changing the coil springs and replacing the tires the vehicle continued to experience the failures. The manufacturer was notified of the failures but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- California, MD, USA

problem #24

Dec 022013


  • 10,000 miles
Driving on freeway at speed of approx. 65-70, hit off level pavement on right side on road while braking to slow (for traffic) and brake pedal hardened (pedal hard to press for few seconds) while making clicking sound, but then functioned properly. Felt like front pass wheel. Figured nothing. Months passed, driving in shopping center and going over speed bump at about 5 mph and front wheel made clicking again while braking to slow further and brake pedal hardened again (difficult to press for few seconds) then functioned properly. Took car to dealer for regular maintenance and informed dealer of situation and service rep claimed it was how the ABS system worked and that was all it was, the ABS system working. Told him this problem does not happen when the left wheel is involved hitting or going over bump. First time owned vehicle with ABS but I think the brake pedal is not suppose to harden up while ABS system is functioning as this would limit any braking capacity. Feels like there is a bigger problem and dealer is not taking it seriously. Original owner since 7/31/13, this problem has happened at least 4 times and all seemed to only involve the front passenger wheel.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #23

Jan 212014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 4,800 miles
Was taking trash to the dump, 1 person's worth, going 5 mph 1/ of mile from my home, car veered to right edge of pavement, and where a bulldozer had drug road edges and broke pavement off, caused me to hit a tree at a very slow speed. I reversed car, backed up 50 ft. And car shut itself off & windshield got extremely hot, and I got out of vehicle, smoke coming from hood area, left my purse, and walked across road to ask for fire extinguisher. Man had just got up, hadn't had coffee, and invited me in. I went back outside and saw car was burning, so I stayed on his porch, then front yard. I knew trash may have aerosol canisters, and not worth my life to try to go through fire to save my purse. Cops came (9:45-10:15 am, and said I looked funny and arrested me accusing me of being under the influence of medication. I was not on any medicine and definitely not drinking. Car was a total loss after explosion and I have not had another for over 8 months. I am on disability for fibromyalgia, neuralgia, & osteoporosis, and hollow bones. I fall quite often (one leg is shorter than other). Officer himself drew my blood in a public place, and refused to let me see my attorney 3 times. I never got to use a phone in 2 days. But vehicle was problematic from day 1, battery would not hold a charge, jump a riding lawn mower, and would just cut off while I was going down the road. Steering was also a problem from day one, like tires were never aligned.

- Lagrange, NC, USA

problem #22

Jul 072014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 4,260 miles
Bought this car new as a closeout on May 30th 2014. I was on interstate 57 going South about 60 miles out of paducah ky driving the posted speed limit with the cruise control on. With no warning the car went to the left across 3 lanes and then back to the right 3 lanes and again to the left 3 lanes before I could regain control. The semi behind me just about jack knifed trying to avoid hitting me. It was only because the traffic was very light and the semi and I were the only ones on the road in that area at the time this happened, or there would have been a major accident. I took the car to the dealer in paducah they said it was my brakes, they cut the routers. I could not drive the car even after the repair over 55 mph as it would wander to the left and to the right. When I returned to my home state I took the car back to the dealer and told them to return it to Hyundai. I was told by the dealer that they never heard of this ever happening to anyone else. I have seen reports of others having the same problem so this is a cover up by Hyundai. The steering on the Hyundai is bad! there needs to be a major recall on this electronic steering. The complaints are from sonata owners also.

- Piedmont, AL, USA

problem #21

Jul 132014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 7,860 miles
On 06/19/14, I purchased a 2013 model car at rick case dealership, lauderhill, Florida. Odometer showed 7413 miles. Supposedly certified and with 10 yrs warranty, etc. I drive some 7000 miles/yr so vehicle stays in driveway most of the time. Very seldom do I take it our on the highway. At about 7715 or so miles of slow, street driving, I take it on the highway and notice a loud racket, banging noise. I take it in the dealer. Dealer says they found "a couple of loose bolts" which they tightened and that was it. They returned the vehicle to me. About a week later, [around 7850 miles] I take it again on the road. It took about 15 miles or so of 70+ M/H driving for the racket to show itself again. I take it once more to the dealer. This time I pointed our that I had noticed something unusual with the alignment of the rear, left shock absorber. Upon inspection the dealer tells me the car has been in a serious accident of some sort as the undercarriage is all banged up, the absorber is misaligned, the brake line is hanging precariously close to the tire, etc and that I must have caused this problem. [their gall and audacity is amazing!], as a result, I have to assume all costs!. they clearly want to take advantage of me, the customer. Sales manager says that I "should have inspected" the car before I bought it..again, the gall of this man! I saw no proof that the car had been "thoroughly inspected" as he claims. I swear under penalty of perjury that this car was like that when I bought it. I contend that the dealer had full knowledge of this and willingly and wantonly sold it to me in the hope that I do not notice maybe?. finally, when I told the service manager the danger involved in driving this car, his solution was to "keep it in the garage" until I'm able to pay for the fix...again, the gall of these guys!. I made them write everything.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #20

Sep 232013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 9,740 miles
At first on occasion the front passenger side brake made a metal to metal grinding sound under all braking conditions. The dealership said they could not duplicate customer concern. Today is June 5th 2013 and the brake is grinding constantly at 14000 miles. I documented a complaint with Hyundai corporation on June 3rd 2014 and my case # is [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #19

Apr 302014


  • 5,006 miles
I was in the far left lane of interstate 255 in southern Illinois. A tractor trailer was in the process of cutting my off when I honked and he proceed back into his lane. I had brake quickly and with both hands on the wheel when the car lost control and I was swerving within the lane for around 2 minutes before I could regain control of the car. I almost clipped another car as well as the median, but barley missed both. I had both hands on the wheel, I did not stomp on the brakes, and yet I still lost control of the car. It also constantly sways to one side as well as the brakes lose grip if you run over any bump at all. You guys need to recall these cars, they are not safe and I am not paying almost 400 dollars a month for a car that could easily injure me in an accident.

- Godfrey, IL, USA

problem #18

Apr 012013


  • 15,000 miles
Brakes grind (sounds like metal on metal contact) if applied going over 20mph in all weather conditions however it is worse when the brakes are applied on a bumpy road. Dealer has not made any serious attempts to fix issue except telling me it was the humidity and putting lube on brakes which did not work.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #17

Aug 252013


  • 600 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 35 mph, the brakes failed to immediately respond and the rear end the vehicle veered to the side. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that was the way the vehicle was designed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 600 and the current mileage was 12,000.

- California , MD, USA

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