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:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,365 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra suspension problems

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #74

Nov 252016


  • 43,000 miles


Rear suspension is unsettling. First off, the car destroys tires in a relatively short time. Second, over bumpy terrain the car's rear shakes back and forth like it's trying to steer itself. Third, when it's icy or slippery and the road surface isn't smooth the rear of the car tries to swing out when one side has grip and the other doesn't.

- Machesney Park, IL, USA

problem #73

Nov 212016


  • 29,000 miles
From day one the suspension always seemed mushy or soft. When driving over uneven pavement, the car seems to experience lateral gliding or swaying. At highway speed it can feel like you're going to shift into the adjacent lane.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #72

Nov 092016


  • 50,450 miles
My car drives funny over the road and on hill and steering really feels bad like something wrong with the car this is driving in my town. I just brought the car fom the dealer what can I do?

- Tifton, GA, USA

problem #71

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 #70

Sep 072016


  • 23,500 miles
The vehicle fishtales and mishandles on the highway especially at higher speeds 40-60. I have to grip the steering wheel tight to have safe control. At times it is a whiteknuckling experience. I just bought the car 7 weeks ago. The dealer has reassured me on 3 visits to service that it is safe. However there is something defect with this vehicle and I dont feel safe driving it.

- Tustin, CA, USA

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problem #69

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 #68

Nov 102015


  • miles


The lights in the inside come on by it self when while driving the dome lights N the other panel light. Suspension under the bottom of the car rattle. Also when stopping the car when it raining it slids

- St. Rose, LA, USA

problem #67

Sep 022014


  • miles
I drive 2013 Hyundai Elantra, rear suspension is terrible, very unstable even on small bumps. It's dangerous and unsafe!

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #66

Mar 232016


  • 50,000 miles
Owned vehicle for 3 years, have been noticing a few problems with the vehicle that is the result of the poor suspension. The mil came on today hinting to possible sensor issues, the vehicle also constantly shakes and trembles when idle. The core of the problems appears to be the result of poor suspension as the vehicle rocks up and down after hitting any idea speed bump, hill or pothole. It puts drivers at a difficult position since the rocking of the vehicle causes it to jump over to the right when you are on a highway. Please serious look into this. Every dealership is advising this is normal but no other vehicle does this.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #65

Mar 142016


  • miles
I have taken my Hyundai Elantra into red mccombs Hyundai in san antonio tx. On I-10 West several times only to be told that there was nothing wrong wit the struts. And they did work on the surging part of the engine but it still surges when speeding up. I was told by Firestone that the struts needed to be replaced, and I was told by two different mechanics here in kerrville, tx the same thing but they said I was under warranty and should take it back to the dealer and insist they repair it. So I'll try one more time. The front end makes a loud clicking sound when taking off and feels like it bottoms out when you hit a bump. It is a bit nerve racking. The last mechanic told me to take it back to the dealer on 3/14/2016. This problem is two years old now, billy carson

- Kerrville, TX, USA

problem #64

Dec 102014


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the suspension caused the tires to become flat when driving over a pothole at speeds between 30-60 mph. The contact had to replace the tires four times in two weeks. In addition, the tires experienced bubbles in the sidewalls. The tires had to be replaced due to the safety risk involved. The contact stated that the tires were replaced a total of six times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000. The VIN was not available.

- Audubon, PA, USA

problem #63

May 222015


  • miles
No spare tire, no jack or tire iron.

- Perry, OH, USA

problem #62

Feb 112013


  • miles
Is has been 2 years now since I have owned the 2013 Hyundai Elantra. I have brought the vehicle in the dealer approximately 15 times for suspension and steering problems. The vehicle handles poorly on pretty much any road condition. The vehicle will sway and jump over every bump or crack in the road. It is very difficult to keep the vehicle straight in a lane and feel you have to constantly correct the steering wheel. I have to whitenuckle the steering wheel to keep control of the vehicle. The suspension has been clunky since day one and the dealership finds nothing wrong! there are numerous complaints of the same issues. Hyundai needs to step it up and protect the owners of these vehicles before something tragic happens!

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #61

Sep 012015


  • 18,000 miles
While driving my car on uneven roadways the rear of the car likes to fish pot holes, rough roads etc.. the front of the car always wants to sway back and forth on any type to road surface as it fells like the car is not connected to the road. Windy days are even worst and passing semi's is just as bad. You consistently have to fight with the steering wheel and it seems to be a unsafe car. We need a recall to solve this problem...also my steering wheel is making a knocking sound and pops when turning and it happens all day long

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #60

Nov 042015


  • 35,000 miles
Rear of the vehicle tends to fishtail or sway at speeds above 40 mph while operating on snow covered roads, during rainy road conditions, when the vehicle travels uneven pavement such a steel bridge deck joints. I checked and there were approximately 20 simliar complaints in the first 80 complaints that I looked at. So 25% percent of the first 80 complaints that I looked at for against this car are similar in nature. These condition is very dangerous and should be addressed. I called the dealership and he declined to say there are any known issues as described. I just mounted my winter tires and was made aware of severe wear as if only 1/3 of tire is actually in contact with the road surface. If this is the case, that would explain why the car is unstable in poor weather conditions. I just had the alignment checked and it was fine. The poor design of the rear end as far as tracking goes could explain why tires are wearing out prematurely and why the vehicles fishtail. Listed below are similar complaints: NHTSA id number 10785827 10782948 10782179 10777921 10776596 10749640 10748705 10726713 10722309 10721075 10716682 10713795 10712467 10706333 10704445 10695023 10694257 10691288 10680416

- Campton, NH, USA

problem #59

Dec 032013


  • 100 miles
The first time I took the car on the open road, 3 days after I purchased the car, is when I noticed the problem. The Elantra feels like it's wants to fishtail every time I drive over a small pothole or slightly uneven pavement. I would only be traveling around 65 mph, so I wasn't going very fast. Also, any little cross breeze (12-15 mph) will cause the car to swerve all over the place, to the point that I have to get off the highway and take the access roads. There is something very wrong with this suspension and something must be done to resolve the problem before someone gets killed, if it hasn't happened already.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #58

Oct 152015


  • 11,420 miles
When I was driving the vehicle in a rainy and windy weather with a speed of 35-40 mph on a highway I realized that the vehicle is sliding on the road! it really slid on the road and the wind pushed the car to the left. I was holding the steering wheel so hard and reduced my speed a little bit. When this happened I remember many other similar moments I had experienced. In fact, whenever there is a little bump in front of me and I move over it the car becomes very unstable and I feel I cannot control it for less than half a second. If I move over more uneven parts of road the car becomes very unstable. This happens if my speed is over 20mph and with small bumps! again last night, right after the first incident, I was stopped at traffic light at an intersection of two highways. When the light turned green and I was turning left with a speed less than 15mph the rear wheels were sliding so bad that for a moment I thought I won't be able to control the vehicle and will definitely crash into something! it was an amazingly scaring experience. I just don't know what is going on with the car's suspension.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #57

Oct 012015


  • 46,000 miles
I just purchased this car about a month ago. I noticed much like numerous complaints similar to mine that when I hit bumps or potholes or uneven roads, it seems to sway. Almost feels like you are losing control. I am starting to think this might be a major issue and might result in serious injury or death. Which in turn may result in major lawsuits. If I were the NHTSA I would seriously open a investigation! now! do it now please before people get killed!

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #56

Apr 032013


  • 250 miles
They car drives fine until you hit a any sort of bump or hole in the road. When that happens the back end wiggles and in the rain it is much worse. It is even worse on the highway going at a higher speed. I have read several other complaints online with drivers facing similar issues. I am worried that it will one day lose control. I do not feel like I am in control of the car, I've taken it to the dealer several times and they say everything is fine and that is just how the car drives.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #55

Jul 102015


  • 17,500 miles
I drive a 2013 Hyundai Elantra gls and every time I drive over an uneven surface or bump the rear end fishtails out of control and when it happens on the free way it's either you lose control or risk getting rear ended by braking Hyundai refuses to do anything about it they sent us to a mechanic 3 times in 1 month and they keep saying nothing is wrong when clearly something is there is an entire forum about people complaining about the same exact issue

- Murray, UT, USA

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