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:
Average Mileage:
32,750 miles
Total Complaints:
18 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new tires (10 reports)
  2. not sure (5 reports)
  3. diy repair (1 reports)
  4. replace tires (1 reports)
  5. wheel alignment and suspension (1 reports)
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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #18

May 022018

Elantra Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,236 miles


Excessive wear on tires. With proper alignment, balancing, rotation, etc. I am getting an average of 30000 miles per set of new tires (rated for 65000 miles). The tire warranties are not honored with the dealers claiming the issue is the automobile it self. Hyundai says they don't have an issue. I have replaced tires on this vehicle three times and have less than 80000 miles on the car. Will never own a Hyundai again.

- mygagoo, Phil Campbell, US

problem #17

Apr 062018

Elantra GS 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 121,560 miles

I have driven my 2013 Elantra over 120,000 miles, mostly highway. The only real annoying problem I have with this vehicle is excessive rear tire wear. The original Kumo brand rear tires wore out on the inside edge, probably about 50% faster than the outside edge and much more wear than the front tires. I do not rotate my tires willingly, never have, never will. I am sure if I rotated them I would have had four tire worn unevenly on the inside edge. Alignment was checked and well within the normal parameters. Hmm.

Second set of tires top of the line Continental brand exhibited the same wear pattern in the rear and for added annoyance became cupped as well, (flat spots on tread). Tire store suggested re-balancing. this didn't help. Third set , present set, top of the line Goodyear Assurance rated for 60,000 plus miles look great on the front axle, but the rear are toast at 35,000 miles. Same old, same old...severe cupping, different cupping pattern on each tire and of course the inside edge is worn to the wear bars.

I guess I just have to live with this as there really is no adjustment to the solid rear axle. I would consider purchasing another Elantra but only if the have solved this problem. I generally keep my cars for 250,000 miles or so and average around 30,000 miles per year. I purchase top of the line tires, and in the past, on different make and model cars have consistently driven between 50,000 and 60,000 miles on a set of tires. Yes, I do not rotate, and the front tires typically would wear faster than the rear. My Elantra is a great car with a large appetite for rear tires.

Whats your experience?

- Robert B., Hampton, US

problem #16

Jun 292016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,700 miles

In the last year I've had 5 flat tires resulting from "rim leaks". Finally a manager at just tires showed me that I have a manufacture defect of the bead seal, my tires were not sealed. The tire was temporarily sealed and I was told my car was not safe and to contact Hyundai. At the dealership Grossinger, the service manager told me that I shouldn't expect tires to last much longer than 8,700 miles. That they would have nothing to do with tires and to take my problem up with Hankook. This was surprising as it was the first time I needed the service center, because I typically traded my cars after 1 to 2 years. They were so much nicer when they were taking my money for a new car every couple of years. In the 3 years that ive owned my car ive had 11 flat tires, so this explination made sense. From reading this I see i'm not the only one with this exact problem. Considering this is a safety issue you would expect Hyundai to act more responsible. Its a little crazy to say tires only last 8,000 miles when the good year tires I priced are good for 65,000 miles. Clearly this service manager preyed on my lack of knowledge. I hope Hyundai can afford to loose my business over this, and if that's how much they care about safety they are the wrong car manufacture for me.

- Ruth P., Chicago, IL, US

problem #15

Jun 112016

Elantra SE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,418 miles


went to rotate the tires at 57000kms. Rear inner tire tread is worn down almost to the wear bars. Reading the other complaints, this lines up perfectly with everyone else's problems. Looks like the solution is to replace the rear axle...

Update from Aug 15, 2018: So, as it turns out there is a workaround to this problem. Im at 110k and I have shimmed out the rear hubs. Using a DIY (aka me and a helper) toe plate setup I have managed to get my total toe in to about 1.5mm and I no longer hear tire noise I thought was "normal". I had added 0.6mm of shims and the Toe in was still 1/8" (I didnt measure before) in the end I added a total of 1mm in shims which I made from LeeValley's brass shim stock, a 1/2" drill bit and some snips. Its a 14mm socket/wrench to remove the caliper bracket and the caliper, a Philips #3 to remove the rotor, and a 12mm wrench/socket to remove the hub bolts. 2 rusty guide pins hold it in place so hammer persuasion is needed, shim it, put it back together and you'd done! I shimmed the 2 front hub bolts. I didn't do a fancy calculation, I just "ish'd" it. Worked for me, and hopefully this helps someone else! Also it didnt give me any ABS problems in case anyone was worried about changing the hub to sensor distance.

Update from Nov 26, 2018: 118000kms. Tire wear is now less in the rear than it is in the front, and confirmed by many 1000's of km's driven

- Ryan T., Pickering, ON, Canada

problem #14

May 032016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

We are about to replace our second set of tires. The first set we were able to get the dealer to replace but they tried to blame us for not rotating but we had receipts where this was completed. Now we are going to have to replace the tires again. Again the dealership has placed the blame on us!

- Michael J., Peru, IN, US

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problem #13

Jan 142016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

On 3rd set of tires - every 18 months have to buy new ones. Had 30,000 miles on the Michelin 45,000 tires. Did receive credit for having less miles than expected, but really? 3 times/every 18,000 miles? I've upgraded on tires, but this is ridiculous. I do drive a lot of miles, but according to everyone else who drives this many, they don't have to change tires all the time.

- Denise K., Westwood, KS, US

problem #12

Aug 152015

Elantra GS 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


Low mileage and already needs new tires. They should put good ones on a new car as much as you pay or at least warranty them.

- Rene B., DALTON, GA, US

problem #11

Jan 012014

Elantra GLS 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles

I bought my car new. No wrecks. I replaced my factory tires at 18,000 miles. Replaced 2 of those replacements at 40,000 and am getting ready to replace the next two at 43,000. The problem is when the tires are on the rear. They didn't even rotate them because the front tires had more tread on them than the rear and this is a front wheel drive care which makes absolutely no sense at all. So now, with 43,000 miles I'm starting on my 3rd set of tires and the replacements I put on are 50,000 mile tires. They did prorate the replacements for them because of the low mileage but still...this is ridiculous!

Update from May 13, 2016: Tires on the rear are bald again. At 43,000 I replaced them (June 2015) and at 48,000 (Sept 2015) I replaced them again. Now at 59,000 (May) I'm looking to put my 5th set on the back. I had Hyundai send a regional person out to inspect my car but was told that it is in spec (Total toe 0.77, spec is 0.8) so there is nothing they can do. I was given 250 reward points and Hyundai has washed their hands of my problem.

- Gregory P., Riner, VA, US

problem #10

Nov 012014

Elantra Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles

It is crazy to me that I had to replace all 4 tires with only 24,000 miles on my car. They never informed me when buying this car that they are high performance tires that need to be replaced more often. It is also annoying they never told me there wasn't a spare! To have to buy tires so often kills my wallet when this car is nothing but issues anyway.

- Kristin R., Glenolden, PA, US

problem #9

Jun 212015

Elantra SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

I love my 2013Hyundai Elantra, but if I had known that this year model had received the "clunker of the year" award, I would NEVER had bought it!! My right front tire blew with only 5,000 miles on it in 2014, and this year, it's the rear tires!! I had left the car out in the driveway instead of putting it in the garage; it was a blessing that I did! My DH happened to check my tires on a whim and noticed that the reveal bars on both rear tires were almost worn down themselves! The tires only have 23,000 miles on them!!

Being married to a prosecutor and the mother of a Police Officer, I was keenly aware that driving on my tires wasn't just unsafe, it was also illegal! I call the tire store to make an appointment for new tires (not the dealer - it seems that whenever you call the dealer, they always seem to find something expensive wrong with your vehicle); since my car is considered "sporty", they had to special order tires which would take and extra week. Good thing none of the four-legged family members had a vet visit that week.

In the meantime, I look at the tire warranty that came with the car; basically, I'm up a crick without a paddle, I have no recourse but to buy new tires on my own dime. Finally, I take the car in and get a lecture that I should have been rotating my tires - I (wrongly) assumed that the dealer was doing that when I brought my car in for it's regular maintenance. Five hundred fifty dollars later I had two new rear tires; but was also informed that my rear shocks/struts were now shot. The car is so 'new' that they can't find replacement parts for it! What next???? My DH's 2011 Ford Fusion has it's original tires with 70,000 miles and has spent less time in the shop than MINE has!!

- Terry A., Burlington, WI, US

problem #8

Jan 092015

Elantra LS 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,965 miles


I am currently leasing a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. Prior to this I leased a 2011 Elantra. I had numerous issues with tire pressure on the 2011 and thought it was a fluke. I turned that car in with less that 13,000 miles. I did like the car and the gas efficiency, so I decided to lease a 2013. I should have known something was up, when the finance manager tried to sell me a tire warranty. Within one month of the lease, I started having tire pressure problems and it continues constantly. I informed a service rep about this issue, when taking the car for service. He offered a "Hydrogen Upgrade" for $69. I am so annoyed. Hyundai knows these tires are faulty and are using the warranty and the hydrogen upgrade to make money. My car currently has 8900 miles and I've had at least 10 issues with tire pressure. Can't wait to get out of this lease. I've been driving for 37 years with new and used cars. I've never seen anything like this.

- Dana P., Amityville, NY, US

problem #7

Jan 022014

Elantra 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 10,000 miles

Caught on my new tires was wearing from the beginning. I bought new tires and the wear was on the inside of all these tires that I changed. Since I owned the car, at first I thought the dealer and it's service checks would have caught on or aligned it, but they never did. I finally took it to car to a different shop and the problem was some bolt that had to be changed to keep the tires from continuing to wear. The dealer inspection at Hyundai of Longview said I just needed an alignment.

This car has been wearing tires since I bought it. I had just kept buying new tires. Only the inside is worn on all these tires front and back.

- Edward M., Linden, TX, US

problem #6

Aug 032014

Elantra GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,151 miles

2013 Hyundai Elantra, with only 5000 miles, tire got torn on the side supposedly from a pot hole. Had to replace it. Reading this is fairly common with these Optimo tires. Thinking of replacing them all with better brand.

- ppny, Flushing, NY, US

problem #5

Apr 252014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles

Really terrible that I had to replace the tires after only 21,000 miles on them! :(

- essetee, WYOMING, MI, US

problem #4

May 242014

Elantra ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles

I DON'T THINK I SHOULD BE REPLACING REAR TIRES AT 17000 miles 2013 Elantra. There is a bubble in the driver's side front tire also...The dealership won't help me they say it's not under warranty. I feel that the tires are a defect.I feel the manufacturer should warranty their product. Obviously their has been complaints with their tires.I want some resolution...

- Frances M., Jersey City, NJ, US

problem #3

Apr 222014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

All 4 tires on this car are shot with only 20000 miles on them. The car goes in regularly for oil changes, etc. Dealership says to only rotate tires at 10,000 miles (never have I heard of waiting this long). It wouldn't cost me anything to rotate them as it is covered under my warranty, but it would cost them! As soon as I possibly can, I will get rid of this piece of junk and get something else. And, please, if you are considering buying a Hyundai, DON'T!

- Judith B., Spout Spring, VA, US

problem #2

Feb 142014

Elantra GT 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

2013 Hyundai Elantra - have gone through 3 sets of tires on rear with only 42,000 miles on car. Tires have been rotated and balanced at 6,000 mile intervals. The alignment has been checked and set. Right rear tire wears excessively inside tread. There is no adjustment on rear as it is a solid axle. Hyundai has a major problem. Service Tech at Hyundai told me they have major problems. We will never buy another Hyundai again unless they correct this problem.

- Terry H., Carl Junction, MO, US

problem #1

Mar 112014

Elantra GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,425 miles

a brand new 2013 Hyundai with only 16425 miles should not need new ties after only 8 months of use.

I have underwear that have lasted longer than these tires.

- tancra129, Ashburnham, MA, Vanuatu

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