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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 is 1 recall 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.
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NA
2001
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2002
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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.

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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 2006 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“moldings along to roof and door edges always lifts in the rear on both sides”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint blisters on hood, trunk, front and rear bumpers so its off to Maaco this summer”

Teddy H., FL (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“I have noticed many of the same year and model elantras that are all rusting in the same place on the vehicles. This is the first time I have had a car with holes rusted through in many vehicles that I have owned”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side mirror doesn't respond to control switch. Lift cylinders don't hold up in cold weather. Rust bubbles on fenders, front and back”

Larry P., PA (2006 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted on the back driver side quarter panel, at the seam. Design of the car has water going into and sitting in the seam”

Vicki C., PA (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint bubbled on hood where the opening latch is”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Surface rust that required metal patching and paint. Surface rust has re-emerged in same places”

Kitty B., MB (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Door and wheel well rust prominent now”

David W., IL (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“I am not sure if normal brake wear is more of a problem or just normal maintenance. With 137K miles on the car, I consider it the latter”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rodents were able to get into the system and we had to have lots of new wiring”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“brakes wore to soft within 3 months of replacement at annual inspection. Replaced again”

Michael P., MA (2006 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The whole break system had to be replaced due to rust when the car had only done 65000 km”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“All 5 1/2 years I've had the car, Rotors seem to wear prematurely. I have the brakes serviced regularly but the brakes too often pulsate, between brake service”

Dennis O., OH (2006 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

“Water leak in upper left driver side window. Leak in area of left tail light which has caused rusting. Many 2006 Huyndai have this problem”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“hose leaks. worn belts”

William H., CA (2006 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattles throughout the car. Very noisy cabin area while driving over poor road conditions”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car bought used always had a humming noise from the rear. 4 years later it is very loud. Dealer says need new wheel hubs both sides. <65,000 miles. And car is wind noisy. Insulation not very good”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I think it rattles from us living on a gravel road”

Anonymous, IA (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“sensor governing air/fuel mixture had to be replaced”

Patricia S., ON (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had the exact same problem with the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe we had before the Tucson”

Anonymous, IA (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“No longer plays CD's. Antenna hard plastic mount broken”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Seems to be a problem in the wiring between radio and antenna”

Allen P., WV (2006 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.

What Owners Say

Heater system

“thermostat”

C K., NY (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Radiator leaked”

James S., OH (2006 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
A/C compressor

“Had to replace compressor”

James S., OH (2006 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Didn't think it should go bad that quickly. Should be warranty”

Karin B., IL (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This car has had 2 clutch replacements and had only done 60000 km when the 2nd replacement was done. The dealer blamed the driver who has never worn out a clutch in any other cars in 40 years of driving”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Shifting Problem”

Stewart M., ON (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 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

“Have had to replace both L & R headlights and high-beams at least once and the rear lights also”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Have had to replace all front and rear lights at least once and some twice since purchased the car in 2010”

David W., IL (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side yellow turn indicator. Not bulb or fuse, something in the wiring. Can get to work by moving wires attached to bulb socket, then after a short driving time it returns to not functioning/illuminating”

Timothy C., CA (2006 Hyundai Elantra GT 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

Seat belts

“The spring to pull the car belts back are wearing out. You have to watch or the car belt gets caught in the door”

Vicki C., PA (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Left Driver Window fell off track”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

What Owners Say

“It had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

“It had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

Cylinder head

“car overheated and valves bent and cylinder head warped trying to start it. engine had to be replaced”

Jeffrey R., FL (2006 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

Shocks or struts

“One front strut unexpectedly stayed compressed. No hazard was hit, the compression was under normal driving conditions. After the repair in which both struts were replaced the car was out of alignment (pulls slightly to the right when driving). The repairer, Tires Plus, stated the strut replacement had nothing to do with the mis-alignment”

Joseph S., FL (2006 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“needed 2 shops to diagnose intermittent Check Engine light . 2nd shop determined exact O2 sensor failure. This car has had repeated O2 sensor problems”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

Drive System

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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