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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,610 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #2

May 272013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 220 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the color of the defroster dish caused a glare in the front windshield and the contact was distracted when driving. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The problem was reported to the manufacturer. The failure and current mileage was 220. Updated 7/8/13

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 102013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
We got in the car and as we drove down the street we noticed the rear window was broken. The entire window had cracks running through it. There were no indentations in the glass or scratches on the vehicle as one would expect if someone or something had impacted the vehicle. This was confirmed by the police department.

- Margate, FL, USA

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