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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,058 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 242013


  • 230 miles


The sheet that came with the car says 28 mpg in city driving. I get 20-21 in the city. When I take it to automax Hyundai they do a road mileage test and say it get 42 mpg. I tell them that I am not concerned with road mileage since I only do city driving. They do not have equipment necessary to check city mileage and are not concerned at all about my city mileage problem.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #3

May 032014


  • 20,000 miles
The first incident occurred as I was on an on ramp about to merge on to a highway. The car lost power and acted like it was about to stall - though there was gas (it was about 1/4 full); its an automatic so as far as I could tell it was not in the wrong gear. It revved up but did not gain any speed. Somehow it recovered and I was able to continue without further incident. I am not sure where this falls - but even though we balance and rotate the tires every 5000 miles the car has been pulling to the right. When it is windy or if the road is bumpy you have to grip the steering wheel very tightly to keep it in the lane.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 032013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchased this vehicle based on the gas mileage rating and the 5 star safety rating. I traded a 2012 VW passat SE for the Elantra GT. The Elantra cost $5,000 less, but the insurance is $600 more annually. The VW was rated 31 mpg highway, but averaged 33+ mpg highway: The Elantra was rated at 37 mpg highway, but at 4 different speeds (resetting the indicator between speeds), the best mileage is 32 mpg. To make matters worse, the car had to be refueled at 400 miles because of the small gas tank. Not touting the VW, but I drove 540 between fillups. I am seeing a lot of Hyundai's on the road, but this car is a big disappointment. The NHTSA has a 5 star safety rating, so why does my insurance cost more" how can the government allow a 37 mpg rating on a car that gets at best 32 mpg on the highway"

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 012013


  • miles
2013 Hyundai Elantra. Consumer writes in regards to dealership fraudulent tactics and wants dealership to purchase vehicle back. The consumer stated he never test drove the vehicle and the purchase was made strictly on the claim of the outstanding gas mileage that was posted on the sticker on the window which read 34 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. The consumer stated after making the deal, the general manager informed him that Hyundai was having problem with the vehicle mileage actually living up to the advertised figures. The consumer contacted the dealer and informed them, the vehicle was only getting an overall mileage of 26 mpg. The dealer drove the vehicle a 150 miles, and they claimed the vehicle was getting 34 mpg. The consumer documented the all the gas mileage, and the best was 28 mpg and the worst was 25 mpg. The consumer also noticed the window sticker was gone when he arrived home. After requesting a new sticker for over six weeks, the dealer finally gave him a sticker. However, the gas mileage was different on the sticker.

- Fort Gibson, OK, USA

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