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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

May 182013


  • miles


2013 Hyundai Elantra. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle tire issues. The consumer stated the vehicle was sold to her, without a spare tire. She discovered there was no spare tire, after her tire went flat. The consumer stated only a mechanical instrument came in the vehicle to put air in the tire. However, the instrument did not work correctly.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 012013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 6 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the vehicle was not equipped with a spare tire or a jack. The contact also mentioned that without a cellular signal no one could contact road side assistance to change a flat tire. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 6. updated 04/17/14

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

May 152013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
I find the lack of a spare or doughnut, not provided on this model to be a absolute accident and safety issue waiting to happen. Most flats today because of so much debris on our roads cause most tires to inccur damage unrepairable with a areosol far as having road service solving and replacing the tire there are so many different senarios that affect the repair or replacement and towing of the vehicle consequently putting the driver and his passengers in harms way. These type breakdowns on busy highways and less traveled routes only expose the drivers and passengers to additional safety issues. If this unit had a doughnut spare it could be installed and on the vechile as soon and as fast as road service arrives. Issues on roads less traveled on holidays, weekends, and late and very early hours, and the need to find a shop to purchase a tire and a place to spend the night become a larger issue than the flat tire. As far as not providing a spare because it eliminates weight and will increase mpgs is a bogus premise on the part of auto makers. Unfortunately I believe we will see injurys and sadly some deaths resulting because of the absence of a spare or doughnut. These sad circumstances will result in law suits and class-action litigation.

- East Haven , CT, USA

problem #1

Apr 082013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that instead of being equipped with a spare tire, the vehicle was equipped with a repair kit. The contact was advised by the manufacturer that he would have to purchase a spare tire. The contact felt that the feature was a safety issue because he could experience a failure with the tire and not be able to get to a service station or repair facility. The manufacturer advised that the spare tire kit was equipped on the vehicle based on their specific policy. The contact had not experienced a failure. The current mileage was 935.

- Pheonix, AZ, USA

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