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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Acceleration is good handling and braking could be better."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"It was given to us free."

Jim F., PA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Handles like a sports car, very responsive. Keeps up with Chicago expressways/tollways very well."

Terrence K., IL (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"I bought the car used with 25,000 miles; when I first got the car and was driving at 60 mph I hit 3000 rpms, Now I have to drive 85-90 mph to hit 3000 rpms, and take off and acceleration is superb!"

KATHLEEN C., IN (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"The Elantra handles best that can be expected from a compact car"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Getting some miles on car but still has good power and quiet engine."

JUNE Y., PA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"After more than 10 years the car still gives good service and I have had no problems with this car at all."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very good acceleration and pretty good handling for an econobox."

Robert T., ON (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"I have slower acceleration than most vehicles on the road today. As a result, drivers behind me frequently tailgate or switch lanes."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"The acceleration has been excellent since we bought it -- aged 5 years -- and remains so now at 12 years old."

Susan W., MB (2006 Hyundai Elantra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats seem too firm and it is difficult to find a comfortable position. Very uncomfortable for long trips."

David B., TX (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"After 11 years system is still working completely.."

Kathleen C., IN (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seat bottom not long enough for average size men."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"It's small and on the highway the ride can be punishing."

Jim F., PA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Basic automobile. Comfortable seats with plenty of room inside. Doesn't handle or brake well. Engine is powerful and transmission shifts smoothly."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"I have had problems with the air conditioning after one year of owning this vehicle. It has been costly."

JAMES S., OH (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Noise during driving started about six years after purchase. It is rather annoying to hear while driving."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"seats somewhat uncomfortable for tall drivers on long drives.not enough thigh support. lots of exterior noise on hwy.very good heat and air conditioner;it will run you out of there when on.I would however buy this vehicle again if need be especially since it has a sunroof."

MARIA H., KY (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"good leg room, seats are good"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"This car has over 200,000 hard miles. It has towed a 14 foot trailer fully loaded to central Mexico 3 round trips over the mountains and is still running well. It has out lasted is true value. I drove one suburban for 360.000 miles in the US. 4 other suburbans for over 100,000 ea."

RAYMOND H., VA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"leg room in the front seats is short."

R L., MN (2006 Hyundai Elantra)


KEITH D., NH (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"old unit needs a lot to equal current models"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"For the price, the seats are very comfortable, providing four different levers in addition to the normal sliding adjustment of front and back. You can also angle the bottom seat up and down, using two levers. You have a standard seat lever on the upper portion, and a lombar support in between. The only feature I might want to add is an adjustable head rest."

DOUGLAS W., CA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very comfortable ride although through the years, the road noise is louder but not distracting."

Terrence K., IL (2006 Hyundai Elantra)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"This car has been a tank. We bought it new and have not regretted it at all. Kept up with maintenance and have not had any serious issues with it all. We've gotten more than our money's worth in it."

Michelle C., MI (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"No major problems with this auto since we have owned it. Mileage continues to be good and handling is very good. Interior is still good and there is little or no rust on the exterior."

Terrence K., IL (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"We thought this car has given has great value in terms of styling and driving experience."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"For the price and warranty, the car has had extremely few mechanical issues over the decade I've owned it."

Michael P., MA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good middle of the road car"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"good as honda at LESS money, in my view"

CARL N., NC (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"excellent value, excellent warranty. no problems with it."

REGINA D., PA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"The Hyundai has been a good vehicle, bought for the purpose of commuting. My husband is now retired and uses it for running errands, etc. It has easily paid for itself and the warranty was fantastic, although we never had any problems."

GAIL P., VA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"No major issues, routine maintenance only at 145,000 miles."

RICHARD M., KY (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"The car cost just as much as my 1995 Saturn SL1. It's been trouble free since Jan 2007."

PAUL K., MD (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Considering the year and the mileage (< 100,000) this car was a great value to us, considering the gas consumption, reliability, comfort and safety."

DOUGLAS W., CA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Solid and stylish after 10 years"

TIMOTHY C., CA (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"This might not be the fastest or most stylish car around, BUT it has been rock solid for 10 years and almost 200,000 miles. Considering what I paid new, I couldn't have asked for a better car. I have had relative few issues."

ALBERT M., NC (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"This is one of the best cars I have ever purchased. The handling and acceleration for a 4 cylinder is amazing even at 125000 miles. A/C is still going strong. Other than tires and regular maintenance, the only thing I had to replace was the stereo/CD player, but then I have never kept a auto for 9 years."

KATHLEEN C., IN (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Paid a good price. 0% interest for 5 years. Quiet and a pleasure to drive."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

"Outstanding reliability"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Hyundai Elantra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Engine, Gears, accélération, all Its belles and Whistelles, seat covering warm in winter, suspension perfect though I have mounted the curb and hit potholes, general comfort. All it lacks is heated seats, but who cares."

DENNIS Y., NS (2006 Hyundai Elantra)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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