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:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,921 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #35

Sep 092014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 5,500 miles


On September 9, 2014, my daughter was driving our 2013 Hyundai Elantra (purchased January 2014) to school on a surface street. She stopped at a stop light and upon accelerating heard a loud noise and pulled over immediately into a parking space. She noticed that she had a flat tire. She called me immediately and I showed up to change the tire. I noticed a large hole in the oem hankook optimo tire and I took it to the dealer (Hyundai inland empire) for repair. The hole was too big to repair and I was told that I needed to replace the tire. Two hours later the service advisor called me and stated that I needed to replace the rim because it was cracked. The cost of replacement was $399 for the rim and $153.67 for the tire. I could not believe that the rim was cracked. There was no significant mechanism to crack the rim. This was a simple flat tire on a high traffic, 30 - 40 mph street, at 7:30 in the morning. Both of my daughters were in the car and both confirm that they heard a loud noise and pulled over immediately. There was no tire sidewall damage and no evidence of rim damage. I have owned 8 cars in my lifetime and have had several flat tires, and I have never had a cracked rim. This is an 8 month old car with low miles and there is no other reason for a cracked $399 rim, other than manufacture defect. I have researched the internet and have found 12 other reported cases of cracked rims in the 2013 Elantra. As a parent, who purchased this car for his daughter based on the safety rating, I am very concerned about the size of the tire blow-out and the cracked rim. I have contacted Hyundai, both customer care and the dealer, and they have refused to cover the cost of the rim or admit any defect or fault. A nine month old rim should not crack with a simple flat tire. The fact that 12 other cases have been reported in the last 9 months is substantial.

- Colton, CA, USA

problem #34

Aug 112014


  • 14,000 miles
Was making a left turn at a intersection and T boned a pick up truck, extensive damage to front end of the Elantra front end, [ air bags did not deploy on the Elantra ] even though the whole front end was tore off. Driver door damaged, windshield cracked both front fenders damaged, plus unknown if transmission and or transaxle has been damaged until the car can be repaired. Hyundai has stop any repairs until they send a Hyundai investigator to look at the car, which they say could take up to 6 to 8 weeks to check it.

- Rickman, TN, USA

problem #33

Aug 282014


  • 8,044 miles
The tires that came with my Elantra ((hankook H426 215/45 17) had to be replaced in less than 18 months as the side wall was bulging dangerously. My son who has a 2010 Elantra with hankook tires had a blow-out while driving. I think these hankook tires are dangerously unreliable. Thank you.

- Glencoe , IL, USA

problem #32

Jul 232014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 25,100 miles


Car purchased new (limited trim) in December 2012. During winter 2013 (Dec/Jan timefrime), I hit a significant pothole ona local highway on-ramp blowing out the front passenger-side tire. After being towed to a local repair shop (no spare tire supplied), tire was replaced with a new identical tire. Service station called asking for authorization to replace D/S front tire also since it had a side-wall bubble. I declined permission and when I picked up the car brought it to advantage Hyundai for the second tire. On July 11, 2014, I found another sidewall bubble on the D/S front tire and had the same dealer again sell me a new tire. Today 10 days later, another front D/S tire sidewall bubble. No abnormal potholes encountered. Including the blowout, this is four tire failures in 19 months and 25,000 miles. Tires are 17" low profiles and rubber is from hankook. Situation is unsettling. This is a dangerous situation for anyone driving in this vehicle.

- Bethpage, NY, USA

problem #31

Jul 142014


  • 5,000 miles
When driving on the freeway approx 65 mph and you hit a pothole or uneven road the car sways back and forth like a boat I have new tires and just got it aligned thinking it would help but it still sways and feels like it will jump into the other lane. I had noticed it before but didn't think too much until my son drove it and mentioned something. I have viewed the other complaints about this so I know I am not alone thinking this is unsafe.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

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problem #30

Jun 152014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
Purchased 2013 Elantra less than a year ago with hankook tires. Driver side tire blew out on 6/15/14 at 11K miles. Thank god it happened going around a corner at slower speed than highway driving. Another tire on the rear was also blistered and ready to pop - we had to change before driving to avoid bending another rim should tire blow. Anyway, to make a long story short, neither dealer or tire manufacturer would take responsibility for this defect and cover under it their warranty. Out of pocket expenses currently at $1600. Had to purchase 4 good year tires (including rim, alignment, strut, etc) since no one is safe driving with tires that came with vehicle (18 yr old daughter is primary driver).

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #29

Feb 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles


Every few months one of the tires on our 2013 Elantra limited fails while driving. Our car currently has just 11,000 miles and is less than 1 year old and since we bought the car we have had 2 tires blow holes in the sidewall (months apart from each other) and a third developed a large blister. My dealer referred me to Hyundai cust svc, Hyundai customer service told me that they do not cover the tires at all and it is not their problem. Continental tire customer service told me that they manufactured the tire specifically for Hyundai and to their specifications and if there is an issue with design then I would have to pursue it through Hyundai because they do not warrant against "road hazards." I do not feel that this is a safe vehicle for my wife to continue to drive unless this situation is addressed. Currently we have had 2 tires blow out while driving leaving my wife stranded and without a spare (vehicle does not come with a spare!) the car then needs to be towed. Oem tire brand is Continental contiprocontact radial - 215/45R17 87H.

- Thornville, OH, USA

problem #28

Jun 092014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 699 miles
Purchased new 2013 from dealer. Mileage at pick up - 212. I picked the car up, approximately 2 wks after signing paperwork, because my mom was hospitalized. I drove the car for a couple of wks - to work, the hospital. I'm 48 yrs old, I drive cautiously. It's my first new car in 17 years. I'm parking far from all cars + being very careful with the car. The car has been having some problems so I gave it a really close inspection + discovered the front tire had a small bubble, the size of a quarter, in the outer wall. At that point mileage was under 700 miles. I returned to the dealer, salesman implied they would fix it - not the case. The dealer said not our product and sent me to a tire company who they said deals w/ nexen warranty paperwork - not the case. I called nexen on June 12th (mileage was approximately 726 miles) + reported it. I gave them tons of information + told them the name of the dealership manager I've been dealing with on the multiple car issues. They said they would call the dealership + see if they could get them to cooperate with them. They also said they were going to see about replacing the tire on a 1 time basis. To date I have heard nothing. The tires are written about extensively online - many people have trouble with this tire on this car. Some think it could be the combination of the tire size 17" + the car, speculating the car might not be able to handle this size. It's a huge safety issue. Bubbles equal blow outs, endangering the lives of those in the car + those driving or walking in close proximity. Hyundai is also misrepresenting the car and so are the sales people at mirak. I told them I did not want low profile tires. They told me they were not low profile tires. And they told me to look at the sticker. The sticker does not say low profile tires. But the tire pros say - they absolutely are low profile tires.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #27

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 #26

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 #25

Apr 152014


  • 5,500 miles


The night I bought this car I drove home and there was a snow dusting on the road. The car seemed to float all over the road. Whenever I hit a small bump, pot hole, or a seam in the road (no matter how small) the car jerks out of control and swerves dangerously across the road. I thought I had to get used to the steering, but it has been a constant issue. I am very nervous for winter to lose control of the car and get into a serious accident.

- Olean, NY, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Nov 202013


  • 100 miles
Vehicle fishtails and sways when hitting a bump or a seam in the road. This happens every time. Yesterday evening I hit a seam in the road on a curve (dry pavement) and it threw me into the other lane. I'm grateful there was not a car in the other lane it would have caused an accident. Dealership states there is no recall or known issue but this is a very dangerous characteristic of this vehicle and it's going to cause great injury to an owner or passenger. In researching this problem there are many other 2013 Elantra owners experiencing this same issue.

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #22

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

problem #21

Apr 142014


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while traveling at unknown speeds, she hit a pot hole and experienced a blow out. Upon inspection, it was found that the vehicle was not equipped with a spare tire and the equipment provided was not sufficient to repair the blow out. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000.

- Arverne, NY, USA

problem #20

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 #19

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 #18

Feb 162014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
I previously had reported that my brand new 2013 Elantra GT had suffered two tire bubbles on two different oe nexen tires within weeks of each other. One of those tires blew out after I hit a pothole. After I made that report, one of the brand new nexen tires that I had just installed also developed a bubble after hitting a pothole. The low profile tire upgrade, which was included as part of the "style package" on my model car appears to be dangerous. I have now changed the 17" wheels and tires to 16" wheels and tires in order to have a thicker tire on my car and less chance for damage and injury. This is a huge problem with Elantras with 17" wheel "upgrades." Please do something. This wheel/tire size on this model needs to be recalled!

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #17

Nov 122013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
At around 38000 miles I noticed that I was hearing a lot of noise out of the rearend of the vehicle. Thinking it was a bad wheel bearing I took it to a dealer and they said my rear tires were bald and needed replaced. I took a look at the rear tires after leaving the dealership and noticed it was a very uneven and irregular tire wear pattern so I took it back to the dealership and they told me it was because I needed to rotate my tires more often (tires were rotated every 3000 miles when oil was changed) and that was why the irregular wear on only the 2 rear tires. The wear appeared as wavy spots where the tire had no tread then right next to that it had plenty of tread left. So I gave in bought all 4 brand new tires and after 1500 miles I went ahead and rotated the tires noticing that the rear tires had already began to wear in the exact same pattern so I took it back to the dealership and they told me it was a bad set of tires. Needless to say I took it to a local tire shop and had them check the alignment on the back tires even though it is a solid rear axle. The alignment check showed that the rear wheels do not track straight and that is what is causing the rear tires to wear very fast. I took this information back to the dealership which refused to check the alignment on the rear wheels because it is a solid axle vehicle and there is no adjustment for it. They continued to blame the tires and rotation schedule for the problem. After doing more research on the web this is a known problems with the Hyundai Elantras and the dealerships refuse to fix it even knowing that problem with this particular vehicle. If a tire ends up blowing out due to the rear axle not being mounted correctly I could see that being a big problem.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #16

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

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