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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,200 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #6

May 012014


  • 21,781 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. While driving various speeds, the check tire pressure motoring system warning light illuminated sporadically and then disappeared. The contact would periodically pullover when the malfunction occurred and the tire pressure on all tires was normal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer held the vehicle for 90 days and brought a Hyundai engineer to diagnose the failure. Both the dealer and manufacturer were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure persisted. The failure mileage was 21,781.

- Rockport , TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 052014


  • 29,741 miles
We were traveling in a remote area and while going down a hill the tire pressure monitor system alert came on. There was no place to pull off the road due to guard rails, so I slowed down and continued down the hill until I could pull off the side of the road. There was no cell phone service and this car has no spare tire. The tire was not completely flat and a nail was seen in a repairable area of the tread on the driver side rear tire. The manufacturer provides free road service, but since there was no cell phone service, I had no choice except to use the provided tire repair and inflation kit. The instructions were followed and the tire was inflated to 32 psi as per the instructions. I disconnected the tire repair air pump from the valve stem and my wife was about to replace the valve stem cap when the tire exploded and force from the air knocked her to the ground and onto the roadway. She skinned her knees and had a headache for hours after this. The force of the tire explosion also shattered the wheel well plastic liner. Had the tire explosion been on the outside of the tire my wife would likely have been gravely injured. The loud sound from the tire exploding got the attention of a ranch crew repairing fences in the area. They said it sounded like a shotgun blast. One of the crew members offered us use of his phone to call for help. We spent 2 hours in the heat arranging for a tow and waiting for the tow truck. The car was towed to the nearest tire shop that had the correct size tire for sale. This was over 25 miles away in pinetop, AZ. I have contacted Hyundai numerous times in an attempt for them to compensate me for the damage to my car and injury to my wife caused by their tire repair kit without any reasonable response from them. In my opinion, their tire repair kit is a safety issue that needs to be addressed by Hyundai, and I should be compensated.

- Corona De Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 132014


  • 22,000 miles
I was driving on the highway when all of a sudden my low pressure tire light came on. As I was slowing down, the passenger rear tire suddenly blew and I began fishtailing until I could control the vehicle and come to a complete stop on the side of the road. The vehicle came with hankook optimo tires, and they are only 10 months old with about 22000 miles on them, well under the warranty. Had to get a flatbed tow and purchase a brand new tire from local dealership.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #3

Jan 072014


  • 3,000 miles


Tmps lamp illuminates intermittently, had tire pressures checked and they are/were in compliance with manufacturers standards, the tmps continues to come on and off randomly so it is difficult to know for sure if their is a problem with a tire.

- Iuka, MS, USA

problem #2

Jun 032013


  • 1,080 miles
I purchased a new 2013 Elantra GT in may of this year. A week after taking it home the tire pressure light went off while driving. We pulled over & immediately blue link sent an alert telling me a malfunction in my TPMS was found & to take the car to service asap. Took it to the dealership & was told that is was a simple learning failure. Reset code & was sent on my way. The next week the car did the same thing with the TPMS. Back to the dealer it went. Had it scanned again. Was told nothing was wrong & they cleared the codes thru blue link. I was then told to just ignore it & it should be ok. Mostly it is just electronically interference. I parked the car & used my husbands car for a while. I start using my car & going down 295 it happened again. Pulled over & blue link sent the alert again. Called the dealership & made an appointment. I was told that they had a certified Hyundai professional technician that was going to look my car over. After 4 hrs of waiting I was given a paper asking me not to use electronics in the car as this was causing my TPMS issue. They paper was dated March 2007. Really? at that point I was frustrated so I called Hyundai Corp office. After an hr conversation I was told to take it to another dealership for service. So that Friday off the car went to another dealership. At the dealership I was told that the car needed an alignment bad & that my tires were over inflated by 8lbs each. So 3 hrs & a lot of patience I was told the car was all set. 20 mins after leaving the dealership the TPMS light goes off again with the blue link alert to service the car asap. The following day back to the dealership again. This trip I was told I needed a sensor changed. 3 hrs later I leave & half way home TPMS again. That's 5 times no repair. Now they can't provide me a loaner but want to keep the car overnight. Car has been parked for 2 weeks waiting.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

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problem #1

Aug 042012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 1,600 miles
I bought my 2013 Elantra on 7/17/12 from orlando Hyundai. On 8/4/12 while driving on I-95, the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) light began to flash. I immediately pulled into the nearest tire shop and had the tire pressure checked on all 4 tires and they were all fine. The mechanic suggested I have my dealership take a look and possibly have them reset the sensors. Upon my arrival home, I took my car to the dealership and they were unable to provide a reason for the sensors going off. The issue persisted for several months causing me to spend countless hours at the dealership. They even went as far as to keep my car for over a week, drive it several miles and replace the entire system including all four tire sensors. Despite this, the TPMS light still flashes. They have attempted to convince me that usb and aux cords in my car (used with my phone) are causing a signal interference with the sensors. In my opinion that is a bogus excuse. The car should not have the features if they are unable to coexist. The dealership has also attempted to reassure me that nothing is wrong with the car and it is safe to drive even while the TPMS light is flashing. I do not believe this either as I constantly have a safety feature alerting me to believe otherwise. I have told the dealership and Hyundai headquarters that I believe this car is a lemon on several occasions. They informed me that a car is only a lemon after having the same issue fixed 3 times. Thus far I have had my TPMS fixed twice. I do not feel safe at all driving this car with dysfunctional features.

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

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