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Although well-equipped, the Elantra is largely basic transportation. The ride is comfortable, especially on the highway and the cabin is quiet. Handling is secure, but neither agile nor sporty. Fuel economy is unimpressive, but acceleration is on par with other small sedans. This version of the Elantra's IIHS offset-frontal-crash-test score has improved to Good and its overall crash protection is average.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
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2001
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2002
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2003
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2007. Side air bags standard from 2001. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2011.
Road Test

Although well-equipped, the Elantra is largely basic transportation. The ride is comfortable, especially on the highway and the cabin is quiet. Handling is secure, but neither agile nor sporty. Fuel economy is unimpressive, but acceleration is on par with other small sedans. This version of the Elantra's IIHS offset-frontal-crash-test score has improved to Good and its overall crash protection is average. However, it scored a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (138 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Brake caliper ceased. Was an original caliper so not a surprise failure with the amount of miles on it”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“rear brake caliper froze so was replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Caliper on the left rear locked up, causing wheel to drag on pavement. Had to be towed using a flat bed tow truck. Replace wheel cylinder not under warranty.”

Eta H., PA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Created by issue with parking brake”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Developed a grinding noise. brake pads replaced. Still a grinding noise. Replaced both front rotors and brake pads”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes squeeked when brake pedal was depressed”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Again just routine maintenance. Had pads & 2 rotors replaced”

Glenn Y., NV (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It was just time to change the brakes on the car due to mileage and USge. I try to keep up with my maintenance schedules”

Lavera P., NC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have a Routine Break check. ( NEW break pads and rotors.)”

Janice A., NY (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“Parking brake cable needs to be replaced. Creates premature wear to rear brake pads. Rear brakes lock in extreme cold if parking brake is engaged overnight. Too costly to repair”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“One parking brake cable snapped; It was best to replace both cables which ended up being a $450.00 dollar job. Each brake cable was $95.00”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“same as previous answer”

Lavera P., NC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“I replaced the CV joints & axles due to wear”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“At about 74000 control arm bushings were cracked and I heard and felt it and saw it myself. This apparently had been happening for awhile and until it got louder and easier to demonstrate, dealer could not find problem. It was repaired free under the”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“rear struts are leaking”

David E., AZ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibration from uneven tire wear due to struts”

Pierre C., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“required replacement earlier than expected”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“They were leaking oil and suggested a replacement around 150,000”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Had to replace both front axles”

Gilbert W., NC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“Intermittent check engine light”

Anonymous, ND (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Just had to replace the airflow and O2 sensors”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace”

Gilbert W., NC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light came on. Shop said O2 sensor was broken. Fix cost about $375. Took 2 days”

Robert K., WI (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light failure, cannot pass inspection”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“1 failed sensor of 2”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Both O2 sensors had to be replaced. Mechanic said it was most likely due to the low mileage. Although it IS low mileage, it is mostly HIGHWAY driving. The cost was almost $500”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“I had the drivers side headlight burn out and needed to go to the dealership for it to be changed”

Karen B., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“My key fob did not work anymore. When I opened it to change out the battery, the locking mechanism broke. I needed to purchase a new key fob”

Karen B., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“alarm gos off when car sit by it self. Some times will not start”

Robert B., MD (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“speedometer stopped working, had to guess speed I was travelling”

Anonymous, BC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Check eng light came on. says replace sensor. replace all and light came on”

Robert B., MD (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“needed a special canister - windshield washer fluid mechanism wouldn't activate. part was expensive according to my son in law (a mechanic for GM) who had to order part from Hyundai”

Anonymous, BC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“The clear coat peeled from the bumpers, mirrors and spoiler and the paint faded on the bumpers, mirrors and spoiler just after 50,000 miles”

Karen B., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint chipped very easier on area near trunk opening. Air foil on trunk is not metal and has totally discolored from original blue”

John C., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“paint is peeling”

Pearl B., AR (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Top of car and other surfaces are fading very badly”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint is fading, peeling off and discoloring where it is peeling off”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

“Passenger mirror fell off the sunshade”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The electronic switch to open and close the sun roof stopped working”

Karen B., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“hard to lock”

Pearl B., AR (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“Remote control (or Key control) stopped locking or unlocking. New power cell did not help. Must use manual lock and unlock”

John C., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“2 of 4 power windows are no longer working. They were not used all that much, so it's irritating, but more importantly, it's what i want to know when I want to buy a used car”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“clutch master cylinder fail”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch pack was defective slipped on even the slightest incline”

L C., CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch pack would slip and burn”

L C., CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Clutch slipping”

G H., PA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch pack burned out. Resulting slippage and smoke”

L C., CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch pack slipped and failed to engage fully on an incline”

L C., CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“top cap of radiator started leaking. Replaced radiator, upper, lower and bypass hoses. Problem resolved. Not that expensive, but did need to be resolved to have a reliable vehicle”

Brian S., IN (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeeling belts, noisy ride”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“As the car has gotten older, the road noise has become a much larger problem”

P F., WA (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“I replaced the radiator due to leakage”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“spent $880 on new radiator and thermostat”

David R., MA (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Antifreeze leaks

“Coolant lines were leaking and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MS (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“I had to replace the flex pipe”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Flexible coupling between engine and exhaust pipe directly under the engine leaked. Replacement not under warranty”

Eta H., PA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

“Radio comes on when starting car”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

“At the beginning of last year I replaced 1 motor mount, then in December was told that i needed to replace all 4”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“Actually, after almost 170,000 miles the timing chain wore out and one of my secondary belts broke. They had never been replaced and this was the first time I had to do anything other than standard maintenance on this car it has been a phenomenal vehicle so far and I hope to drive it for many more miles”

Laura B., VA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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