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 1 of 3)

problem #56

Jul 132016


  • miles


Parking lights won't turn off, car won't start within minutes/seconds later, had 7 roadside assistance to jump start me in two months, plus others from security guards, etc. My car is on recall for these problems, just my VIN number isn't, the Hyundai-it dies within happens when I am waiting in my car, no engine on, when I run the radio engine off, always after the engine is off, with or without radio playing or everything is shut off, it happens--my parking lights stay on unless I get out of the car, open the door, and lock it imediately if I take a few steps and come back to lock it, it's already dead, has left me at work, school, in middle of the night, everywhere, anywhere, engine cuts of and on when taking off or making a slow curve, car dies while parked dealership said they could approve my issues to be fixed because no recall on my VIN # but I have no car half the time engine cuts off and on while driving, brakes grind strange noise

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #55

Dec 232016


  • 1,000 miles
About 4 times per year, the vehicle will not shift out of park. I must use the shift release button and this takes awhile to work. I have had this happen when the car is idling in a parking lot, parked at a drive-thru, trying to leave a parking lot. This has happened about 12 times since I bought this vehicle. I took it to a Hyundai dealership and they could not replicate the issue. The first occasion was around 1,000 miles on the odometer.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #54

Aug 302016


  • 39,000 miles
When driving in rain for awhile, then gently come to stop, get a brake noise that shouldn't be there and whole car vibrates. Not going through puddles or standing water. This has happen several times. I discussed it with the service manager at our dealership, and he acknowledged the issue, and that Hyundai did as well, but said there is no solution currently. The stopping power is not good when this happens. After it dries, then the brakes function normal. Dealership said new pads and rotor might help, but wasn't a warranty issue. There is a problem and it should be fixed! this could be a problem that gets someone killed. Also, I find that other Hyundai owners have experienced the same brake problem.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #53

Oct 172016


  • 25,000 miles


I was pulling into a parking spot and put the vehicle in park when all of a sudden the vehicle accelerated and crashed into the building.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #52

Oct 172016


  • 129,000 miles
My airbag light was off and on for about a month and now it is a steady light. The repair shop I took it to said I needed a clock spring and a new driver air bag. They also said I might need another part. Total cost of all of this will be around $1600. Since my car has over 100,000 miles, it is not under warranty. I've noticed other people are complaining about the airbag light.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #51

Oct 122016


  • 57,000 miles
1. airbag light has been turning on. No apparent reason but I was told that if in an accident will not deployed. Since 10/12/2016 2. suspension is not the greatest, car will swirled sometimes if exceeding 40mph hello I live in puerto rico there is no such thing as 40mph in our roads... 3. tire sensors are constantly braking. 4. front headlights seems get humidity when it rains or get too cold. 5. brakes sometimes do not work as they should, I stop and it seems to keep going I would have to brake again to make it stop and these is not going more than 40 mph.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #50

Jun 282016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 10 mph with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle independently accelerated and crashed into a concrete patio. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained injuries to the neck and bruises to the arms and legs. Medical attention was not required. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and repaired. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Independence, LA, USA

problem #49

Aug 152016


  • miles
The contact owned a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brakes failed without warning and the vehicle crashed into a ditch. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a towing facility. The contact sustained injuries to the right arm and the passenger sustained injuries to the eyes. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Jasper, TX, USA

problem #48

Sep 022016


  • 42,200 miles
Sept. 2nd, 2016, my 26-yr-old daughter (an experienced driver) left work, approached a "T" country road intersection at moderate speed, on a somewhat rough road, and applied brakes to slow down. Nothing happened - the car did not slow. The car drove across the intersection into a farmyard. She pulled the emergency brake, but it did not stop the car. It skidded, but she was able to steer around a wood pile and avoid trees. Car stopped when it crashed into a dirt mound. This was total brake failure. Bumper was ruined, and there is damage in engine compartment. No fire or injuries. No air bag deployment. Car was towed to dealership, who next day drove car around dealership lot and found no brake problem. Crash damage made car not road-worthy to test brakes at higher speed. Car has about 42,200 miles on it. Back in mid-summer, the dealer had repaired a problem that apparently was brake stopper recall-related (a late-August recall). We reported the failure and crash to Hyundai America.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #47

Aug 132016


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 7 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and the brakes failed to respond. No warning indicators illuminated. As a result, the contact went over a curb and fractured the front driver side tire and axle. The contact had to shut the engine off in order to stop the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but had not been diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 13,000. Updated 10/05/16

- Mount Dora, FL, USA

problem #46

Aug 152015


  • 7,000 miles


My car has 7000 miles and the brakes grind excessively and when braking at speeds 40 mph or higher, the car shakes and vibrates so hard I am afraid that the brakes will fail. This has been going on for more than a year. Last year, I brought it to the dealer (fairfax Hyundai in fairfax, Virginia) for this problem and all they said was that this was due to rust buildup even though my car just had less than 5,000 miles on it and I just needed to brake hard to get rid of the rust. This has not helped and I believe that the brakes pads and rotors are defective and need to be replaced.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #45

Jul 132016


  • 28,026 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. While making a left in the garage, the vehicle accelerated independently. The brake pedal was depressed, but failed to operate. The vehicle stopped by crashing into the bushes. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 28,026.

- Haiku, HI, USA

problem #44

Dec 122015


  • miles
I purchased my car in 2015. I was loving this car until I was on wet/bumpy roads. I applied the brakes to stop. The Hyundai started making a grinding noise.when I applied the brakes it felt like the brakes was going all the way to the floor. When it is snowing I can't drive the car because the brake gets locked up and makes a lot of noise. This car is dangerous to drive in inclement weather. Also this car suspension is horrible. You feel all the bumps in the road. Hyundai needs to do a recall on this car. Most of my problems with this car was driving in the city. Driving on wet roads coming to a stop or hitting a bump in the road. The car swerves and make aloud grabbing noise. Sounds like the brakes are coming up through the floor. I love the car but don't love the way it drives. I had to replace the front rotors and brake pad with a full alignment. This vehicle still drives the same way even when all this work was completed.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #43

Jun 132016


  • 30,000 miles
Braking difficulties and air bags structure.

- Alington, TX, USA

problem #42

Jul 202015


  • 39,000 miles
Takata recall. My complaints involves the steering and brakes. When in motion and apply pressure to steering either direction nothing happens. Its very sticky. Apply more pressure and it over steers. His to the point that it is extremely aggravating and dangerous. When in motion the brakes chatter terribly. Even worse in rainy conditions. Vibrates the whole car. I found that Hyundai is well aware of these problems. Why haven't they corrected these problems " are they simply using their buyers as guinea pigs " or do they even care about the quality of their product. This is the second time I've made these complaints and as of now, still no response. Wasted my hard earned money for sure as well as my time. Thanks.

- Florence, MS, USA

problem #41

Jun 102015


  • 25,000 miles
Making unusual vibration and noise on one side and dealer visited several times but can't find or fixed

- Oakland Tonwship, MI, USA

problem #40

Jan 292016


  • 35,000 miles
I was braking to make a turn on a an icy road when the brakes made a loud grinding sound and the brake pedal would not press in properly - sort of like it was fighting back. I thought it was a response by ABS and traction control because of the ice, but then later the same day, slowing down at a traffic light the same sound occurred again on a completely dry road surface. The sound continued while braking for the rest of the trip while braking on dry roads. I even tried pressing the brakes with different force - lightly and suddenly - to the same result. Stopping distance and braking quality were compromised - it definitely took me longer to stop so I am very thankful I was not on the highway when this occurred. I will also note that the sound occurs towards the end of a long drive (approximately an hour), not running brief errands. So it is as if the car must be running hot first and then the issue replicates.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #39

Dec 012013


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving at any speed during rain, there was an abnormal noise coming from the brakes and there was a increase in stopping distance. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to replicate the failure. The failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Mountainview, AR, USA

problem #38

Dec 302013


  • 24,161 miles
Brake pads and rotors make a grinding noise when applying brakes to stop to avoid an accident. Reported problem to Hyundai southern states dealership on 12/30/2013. Dealer stated that the problem could not be reproduced. As of 10/19/2015, the problem still persist and is worst. This brake problem has been reported by consumers nationally to Hyundai dealerships; but, Hyundai will not admit to the safety problem with the brakes on this particular model.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #37

Oct 132015


  • 25,000 miles
I was parking my car in a parking lot of a store. I slowed down and applied the brakes. Somehow the brakes failed and I hit another car. The collision stopped the car. I have only had the car for 1 year and feel very unsafe.

- Warwick,, NY, USA

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