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
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
6,700 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2013 Hyundai Elantra suspension problems

suspension problem

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 302013

Elantra 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles


My wife bought the 2013 Hyundai Elantra new in Dec. of 2013. She said it felt like it was always "fish-tailing". I drove it and yes, something was not right. Here in Wisconsin the crappy winter driving was only amplified with this car. Even at slow speeds with a little snow on the roads, it was hard to control.

She replaced the "hard" Hancook tires at 2500 miles with Continental Extreme Contact tires. She also put 150 pounds of extra weight in the trunk for her winter driving. Ridiculous! She "put up" with it until Dec. 2014. She wasn't going to do another winter with it. Now I am driving it.

On an interstate trip, I hit a rough patch on the road and it swayed and danced so hard, it kicked the cruise control off. This is not a snow only issue, as many others have stated, it is a Hyundai problem. Now, before the winter really gets cranking, I came to realize that the tires needed to be replaced. They've only got 31,000 miles on them! I took it to the dealer where we bought the car to see what, if anything they were going to do about the excessive tire wear. Boy did I hear the excuses from Zimbrick Eastside.

1. The tire wear was NORMAL Really? I've always gotten 50,000 miles out of Continentals. 2. The swaying and fishtailing was NORMAL for a small car. I HAD to argue that point. I've owned small cars since 1982. Plymouth Horizon, Plymouth Sundance, Chevy Cavalier, Dodge Neon, (2) Toyota Corollas, and now this car. I know what a small car should feel like. 3. I asked if there were any suspension after market things I could do to it. I asked about a stabilizer or anti-sway bar for the rear end. They never heard of such a thing. 4. The Elantra has a tendency to "eat tires". Again, REALLY???

Hyundai really needs to look into this problem, and FIX IT! A recall is needed. From the readings, there have been injuries and "death grip" steering issues. I actually like the car, as it has the leg room I need. It does give me 34-38 miles a gallon. I don't know if it's a problem or not, but the anti-lock brakes sound like something is just grinding away, rather then the pulsing I've had in other cars. I wish we could go back 35 years. I had a very comfortable 1975 Plymouth Fury I loved driving. It was like a snow plow on snow covered roads. Never had any problems OR fears in that old girl.

- David R., Rio, WI, US

problem #2

Dec 202013

Elantra GLS 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles

I grew up driving rear wheel drive cars in Wisconsin in every kind of foul weather possible. Never have I experienced the vile combination of instability, skittishness, poor tracking, wind buffeting, etc., that I was subject to last winter driving in Missouri. With any kind of snow or ice on the ground this car becomes terrifying to drive. I had to turn back from my morning commute 5 times due to fear of crashing the car. This contributed to my losing my job! I looked on the internet and see that a lot of other people have the same problem. My 2010 Elantra was fine. The car also has a rear end "wiggle" when crossing pavement irregularities. On a recent 700 mile road trip this nearly made me carsick. I am planning to trade this thing in before the upcoming winter. This is going to cost me but I don't think the dealer is going to agree that this car has a problem. Too bad because I like the car fine otherwise. This is on stock tires with no appreciable wear. I drove my 1999 Crown Vic in the same conditions and the handling was serene and predictable.

- festusbro, Carthage, MO, US

problem #1

Dec 142013

Elantra Gls Pzev 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,800 miles

I went to see a movie on 12/14/2013. It had been snowing all day. In the parking lot the snow was about 2-3 inches high. At least 10-15 cars had pulled out of the parking lot without any problem. It took me 20 minutes to get out. The wheels just kept spinning and spinning. I had to press the gas peddle all the way to the floor and back off, I finally got out after 20 minutes and a quarter of a tank of gas. On the way home, on a main street I was slipping all over the place. Cars were passing me by like I was standing still.

- Stephen K., East Amherst, NY, US

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