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:
12,459 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Jun 172014


  • 22,000 miles


Flat tire. Brand new from the dealer only 22000 miles on the tire. Not past warranty. No work was ever done on the tire. Found out that it was purchased brand new with a plug in it.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #18

May 262014


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra equipped with Continental tire line: 215/45 R17 tires. The contact stated that the front passenger tire exhibited bubbles within the tire. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 7,000.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #17

May 122014


  • 6,728 miles
Bought vehicle in 07\2013 vehicle has now 6728 miles. Tread wear on hankook P205\55R16 89H optimoh426 and dot is T7bc dl H. I have notice irregular tire wear on the front tires.thread wear seems to be flaking off. Took car to dealer and informed hankook on the issue. Waiting for response. Not comfortable driving vehicle with this tire conditions.

- San Sebastian, PR, USA

problem #16

May 102014


  • 31,413 miles


I was driving on I278 West bound in brooklyn, NY, and my driver side front tire went over a pot hole. It wasn't a deep pot hole since the impact was not severe, so I continue driving. After a minute of driving, the tire pressure indicator came on. That's when I pull over to the side of the highway, and called road side assistance. This has happened four times since I purchased the car. Three out of the 4 cases happened on the driver front wheel. They either had bubble on the sidewall, or completely blew out. There is definitely a problem with the tire design, or the material used. It is becoming extremely unsafe to drive the vehicle due to the frequency of tire blow out.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 222014


  • 3,435 miles
While driving my 2013 Hyundai Elantra down the highway @ approx 50mph, the left rear tire failed in the center of the tread. No warning. The car is driven by my teenage daughter for school and work. She hit nothing in the road. Hasn't hit anything with the tire. Dealership says it was due to a puncture. I refuse to believe that. If you have wire(s) showing, seems to me that would be a tire failure and not a simple puncture. This is not acceptable with me. Hankook tire warranty in New Jersey said to have the dealership send them the tire and they would inspect it to make a determination of failure or puncture. I have as much faith in them as I do the dealership at this point.

- Walker, LA, USA

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problem #14

Mar 172014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
The car came with Continental tires and both the front tires sidewall have bubbles. Seems to be tire defect. Hyundai - brad benson Hyundai - NJ refused to cover the tires. Huyndai refused to replace the tires. Continental tires paid 50 % of the cost to replace both the front tires. I still paid 160/- for 2 front tires. There seems to be a defect in the tires or the Elantra 2013 4 dr ltd design. I would like to be compensated. I am scared to drive the car now. Maybe all 4 tires needs to be replaced.

- Dayton, NJ, USA

problem #13

Mar 102014


  • 9,983 miles


Hankook tire H426 P215/45R17 87H passenger side front tire sidewall bulge 9,983 miles on tire, no apparent road hazard, no credit from hankook cost $180 for new tire, mounting, online search revealed high incidence of this tire and sidewall bulge, asked hankook for quality assurance tracking, told no due to their opinion tire failure not a defect but due to road hazard, too many incidents of this exact tire failure warrants a study of tire safety standards.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #12

Mar 092014


  • miles
Tire with only 8800 miles went flat as I was driving down the road.

- Cave In Rock, IL, USA

problem #11

Feb 142014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 32,550 miles
Noticed a golf ball sized bulge on left front tire side wall. Tire brand are hankook optimo 215/45 R17.

- Harrah, OK, USA

problem #10

Feb 012014


  • 3,000 miles
Wanted to correct one part of my previous complaint with info on an online discussion about Elantras developing bubbles and blowouts on a regular basis. The correct forum website is

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #9

Feb 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles


I have a brand new Hyundai Elantra GT with 17" wheels. It has about 3200 miles on it. I know that I recently hit a pothole on the highway, but nothing that I thought was very serious. I discovered a bubble on my left front tire shortly thereafter and ordered a brand new nexen 215/45R17, which is the brand the car came with. When the shop installed the tire, they discovered that my other front tire also had a smaller bubble on it. I am now getting that replaced as well. There are discussion forums online detailing case after case of Elantras with 17" wheels having bubbles, blow-outs on the highways etc. Here's one for example: guess a few people will have to die before anything is done but hoping that isn't true.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #8

Nov 072013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 1,435 miles
The tire blew out the side wall. Now there are bubbles appearing on the other tires. I contacted Continental tire. Was told to take it to a Continental tire dealer and give them file # [xxx]. I went to discount tire and they said Continental tire would cover 50% of the two tires to be replaced, file # [xxx]. I believe that the tires are defective. I am afraid that the other 2 factory tires are going to do the same thing. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- League City, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 18,430 miles
Tire on vehicle developed a blister on the outside part of the tire.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 092013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 1,171 miles
I was at the local mall and I left to go to a nearby kohls, not even a mile away. I noticed that the lowtire indicator had come on and parked the car in kohls parking lot. A couple noticed me struggling with the equipped air pump and came to help. The tire wouldn't hold air and we tried a can of fix-A-flat. It didn't help either and we noticed that there was a small hole in the tire which had apparently blown out. I stopped at a nearby walmart and had to purchase a tire to get home. My husband and I stopped at the dealership early the next morning to speak to our salesman who immediately ushered us to the service manager who said " no" no problems with tires that we know sorry. The whole conversation and their customer service took about 2 minutes. I truly believe that there was an issue with the tire but they were reluctant to even discuss it. The car has less than 1200 miles. I guess it was easier to be friendly when selling than servicing.

- Brookfield, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 012013


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra limited equipped with Continental tires, line: Conti pro, size: 215/45/17. The contact stated that the low tire pressure warning light was illuminated. The tire affected was always the front passenger side tire. The vehicle was taken to dealer for inspection, who stated that the failure was caused by the weather. The dealer suggested adding nitrogen, however the failure was not corrected. The contact noticed bubbles on the sidewall of the front passenger and driver side tires. The front driver side tire was previously replaced because of a pin sized hole. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but no assistance was provided. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000. The current mileage was 21,800.

- Voorhees Township, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 102012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
I was traveling on interstate when the tire pressure sensor indicate there was a problem with the tire. I pulled over and front passenger tire was extremely low. I used the air pump and filled tire. I exited the interstate and drove to the nearest tire repair shop. All 4 tires were below 32 psi. A digital reading indicated the tires range from 13 to 19 psi. I had the tires filled. On 12-17-2012 same problem. Tire sensor indicated there was a problem. I drove to mechanic and had tires check. All four tires were inspected and no damage or punctures were founded. All four tires were filled with air. On 12-29-12, tire pressure sensor came on. I drove to mechanic all four tire were check. All four tires were low (range of 12 to 21 psi). Tires were filled to 32 psi. On 1-8-2013, sensor came on again. Tire were check and all four tires were low (tire ranged from 15 to 22). All four tires were filled to 32 psi. On 1-21-13, tire pressure sensor light came on again. All four tires check and needed air. Digital reading indicated the tire range from 9 to 15 psi. Tires were filled back to 32 psi.

- Homewood, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 032012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
2003 Hyundai Elantra 10000 miles I head tire wall separation for no apparent reason I call hankook tire H426, the company refuses. To look at the tire. Thank good nobody was injured, I have the tire with me for inspection. I call al labador hankook tire representative at 1-800 426-8252.

- Farmingville, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 062012


  • 2,700 miles
Driving on the pa. Turnpike at 65 mph, hit a small pot hole and the back left tire blew. I needed to be towed because the car air pump did not work. This was the second flat in one month. The first was due to hitting a curb at 2mph which punctured the side wall of the tire which had to be replaced.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 543 miles
A blow out of a tire occurred while driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra limited with 543 total miles on the car. The speed of the car at the time was 25 mph on a smooth road surface in a residential area. In talking to other owners, and searching the internet, we find that premature tire failure occurs frequently on the Elantra. Fortunately, this incident happened at a very slow speed otherwise there may well have been a fatality involved.

- Voorhees, NJ, USA

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