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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,131 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Jul 042012


  • 0 miles


Car is advertised as having day time running lights, but the drl only turns on with the parking lights. Dealer and Hyundai both state this is normal for the car. This not how any other car I have driven is like. Using parking lights during the day is illegal in many states.

- Frenchtown, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 272013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the based on the monroney sticker, the vehicle was equipped with daytime running lamps however, there were none. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered to switch the vehicle with another one. The contact stated that he had to drive with the tail lights running during the daytime because there were no day time running lamps equipped on the vehicle. The failure and current mileage was approximately 8. kmj updated 5/7/13

- Feasterville, PA, USA

problem #6

Feb 182013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 15 miles
I recently purchased a new Hyundai Elantra gls. One of the features on the sticker claims that there are daytime running lights. The switch that turns on/off the headlights is also the "drl off/on" switch. I contacted Hyundai via email and they refer me to the owners manual. In the state of Georgia its illegal to drive with the parking lights on during the day (unless it's raining or visibility is hundred. I believe it may be illegal in other states also. These are not daytime running lights. The sticker on the car may claim it has daytime running lights, but its miss leading and it seems as a lie.

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #5

May 012012


  • miles


The daytime running light drl system on this car is flawed. A proper drl system requires no user action to activate and only illuminates the lower beam lights. On my 2013 Elantra, you have to turn the lighting stalk to the parking lamp position in order to activate them and when you do, the low beams and all 4 parking lamps illuminate. This is not how it is supposed to work. Also my battery ran down unexpectedly and the tow driver said it strains the battery when you leave the stalk in an "on" position.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 032012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 465 miles
Purchased a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra gls 4 door. Once a person turns on their daytime running lights all of the vehicles parking lights turn on as well. No other car manufacture has mandated all this illumination during daytime hours. On August 3rd 2012 at 11:40am I was issued a moving violation by a los angeles police officer in the city of van nuys, C.a. I was cited for violating California vehicle code section 24800 which states "no vehicle shall be driven at any time with the parking lamps lighted except when the lamps are being used as turn signal lamps or when the headlamps are also illuminated". I explained the scenario to my lawyer and he advised me that the citation is valid because in C.a. the word headlamps in vc section 24800 is interpreted by the courts as the vehicles primary source of forward illumination and daytime running lights do not fall into this primary source category. To avoid future citations I highly recommend that if you operate any 2013+ Hyundai product do not use the daytime running light feature because the parking lights will light up and you will be subject to a citation. I advised Hyundai via a recorded phone call about this problem. If they do not take proper action to correct this they will be considered negligent.

- Burbank, CA, USA

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problem #3

Jun 162012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 7 miles
I recently got a new Hyundai Elantra gls. The sticker claims that there are daytime running lights. When I called the dealer to find out why the daytime running lights on my car do not come on, they could not figure it out and suggested I call Hyundai. The same switch that turns off the headlights is also the "drl off" switch. There is no separate "drl on" switch. The Hyundai case manager told me that on the american-made models it is necessary to turn the parking lights on, and that this is the daytime running light system. Every car has parking lights; they are not on whenever a vehicle is running and must be turned on. These are not daytime running lights. Daytime running lights are supposed to be on whenever the headlights are not on. The sticker on the car may claim that the car has daytime running lights, but it seems to me that this is a lie; there are no daytime running lights on the car. A significant safety feature has been left off the car.

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 232012


  • 1,100 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that when completing a left turn, the left turn signal would continue to flash. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that there was nothing they could do to assist with the issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 1,100.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #1

May 182012


  • miles
I got this car a few days ago. The window sticker claims it has daytime running lights. The lighting stock has three options. The options are "drl off, daytime lights, and night time lights." When daytime lights are activated, it activates the daytime running lights, but also activates rear lights and dims interior gauge lights to "night lighting" levels. This poses several safety risks. Firstly, people may struggle to read interior gauges when driving during the day, increasing the risk of a collision. Secondly, the activated rear lights adds confusion during the day and could increase the risk of other motorists crashing into the rear.

- Anderson, IN, USA

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