This version of the Elantra is a considerable improvement over the model it replaces. Like other offerings from Hyundai during this period, it has user-friendly and clear controls, along with very good fit and finish, a comfortable and quiet ride -- and handling that's safe if not agile. The Elantra also offers good fuel economy for its class.
Alerts
There are 5 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.
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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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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?
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

This version of the Elantra is a considerable improvement over the model it replaces. Like other offerings from Hyundai during this period, it has user-friendly and clear controls, along with very good fit and finish, a comfortable and quiet ride -- and handling that's safe if not agile. The Elantra also offers good fuel economy for its class.

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
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 2007 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Mild, consistent pulling to the left, over several years of ineffective alignments. They finally discovered that the electronic steering was not centered on zero before performing the alignment. This improved steering by about 90%. It has since de"

Richard W., MI (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"With normal driving the wheels went out of align causing the replacement of 2 front tires after only 20,000 miles. After replacing the tires and realigning the new tires the alignment seemed to go out again about 23,000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel toe in was out of adjustment and the manufacture provided no way to align it. I had to buy after market parts so it could be aligned"

Calvin W., UT (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"The front control arm bushings had Deteriorated so badly the cars front end was making a horrible noise and occasionally the right front tire would not function without a bad grinding noise. We had both front control arms replaced as Casey Automotive would not just replace the control arm bushings"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I ahd to replace the struts. It was very expensive"

Anonymous, DC (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace all shocks and struts. Also upper control arm in rear was broken"

Scott F., OH (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Toe was extremely out of spec on the rear of the car. Toe is not adjustable on this car. Had mechanic buy an aftermarket kit that allows adjustability and install it along with new struts, shocks and bushings due to age and mileage"

Dave L., OH (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"as previously mentioned this was caused, according to my mechanic, by less than quality front end parts on the Hyundai"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The inside of the left rear tire was wearing because it couldn't be aligned. I had to buy after market parts so it could be aligned correctly"

Calvin W., UT (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Warped sway bar links"

Barry R., MA (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"It has some vibration and some "clicking" or "knocking" noise when first turning wheel. Haven't had it fixed"

Robert P., AZ (2007 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Outer tie rod ends were worn and needed replacing"

Steven D., WA (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Low mileage, but still wears out the tie rod bushings to quickly on city streets"

Anonymous, ON (2007 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

Air or water leaks

"The car filled with pools of water from a leak on the seal over the back door. The seal was patched and the car needed to be garaged to dry out the upholstery"

Linda G., OR (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear view mirror rattles. We have tried to have this fixed with no success. We have taken to rolling up a cloth to wedge between the windshield and mirro. Additionally, the plastic trim inside the car will, from time to time make lots of noise. On long trips, this can be very annoying and difficult to fix - and only temporarily"

Linda G., OR (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Unsure exactly. The car was purchased used with over 100K miles. "Clunking" noises seem to be coming from the rear-end, especially over bumpy roads. (We haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but will do that soon.) In addition, it seems like the drive train slightly "shudders" when accelerating between 25 and 30 miles per hour. (approx.) It smooths out after that"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Grinding in right rear brakes. When turning the steering wheel in either direction makes a noise, like grinding. Unable to identify the problem after complaining to my Hyundai Dealer"

Arthur S., ME (2007 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear view mirror and other inside trim makes rattling noises so much so that we place a cloth between the mirror and windshield to reduce the rattle. The other noises can sometimes be reduced by banging on the plastic part. It can be annoying"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles from unknown source"

Anonymous, ME (2007 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"battery holder is a bit loose, battery shakes and makes a noise. that is it, sometimes the belts make noise but they are still intact"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I took it to a mechanic to check for problems. They emptied the trunk and checked the jockey box. Still rattles in front and rear. Checked under car. Said they couldn't find anything. Very annoying to me"

Carole B., UT (2007 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

"ABS sensor failure"

Anonymous, ME (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Extreme rusting and seizure"

Anonymous, ME (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Rusted out and needed to be replaced"

Jonathan B., MA (2007 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Breaks don't seem to last long on my elantra. I feel i'm always changing something regarding the breaks on my car. Don't know all the details, not a mechanic"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"cracked brake pads"

Scott F., OH (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had a brake job almost every other year since i purchased this car. New brakes now 3 times"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The annoying squeak is from the brake pedal mechanism under the floor. It happens as you lift your foot OFF the pedal. My garage has never been able to find/ fix it, nor has the nearest Hyundai dealer"

B K., BC (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had front brake pads replaced"

Dorothy M., BC (2007 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

"Persistent rusting of left rear fender and left front door bottom weld"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Passenger visor broke and is not repairable"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"One windshield visor completely broken from normal use; the other seems about to break"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Defective shift solenoids, This is a KNOWN problem as evidenced by the seven technical service bulletins related to the problem.Cost $1,400.00. The problem should have been handled as a recall"

Michael M., MD (2007 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"An independent dealer put in the wrong transmission fluid which probably caused the transmission to fail. Had AAA rebuild it ($2700) and it is still having slipping and other problems"

Robert P., AZ (2007 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission was making a noise that sounded like a wheel bearing or worn out brakes. I brought it in and was told the transmission needed to be replaced. There was a complaint on file with regards the transmission made by the previous owner. It"

Sean G., ON (2007 Hyundai Elantra Limited 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

"not mirrors exactly, but visors that have mirrors. both broke within months of each other. cost is $174 to fix EACH. They are a safety hazard - drivers and passengers bump their heads, especially when entering vehicle. Driver's visor drops unexpectedly. startling and sometimes hurting driver"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"By mirrors, I mean the ones in the visors. Both of the visors have broken. The drive's visor I replaced (although not electric), the passenger's I simply removed and will perhaps replace. It is a real pain. I did not use them any more than normal"

Anonymous, DC (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Driver door lock sporadically has to be operated manually, with key/interior lock switch. Auto lock/unlock with remote does not work"

Anonymous, NC (2007 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

CD player

"radio still works cd player stopped"

John M., FL (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"antenna mounted on the roof failed and had to replace"

John M., FL (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 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

Fuel pump

"Mostly an age/mileage issue"

John H., IL (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Replaced O2 sensors. About $500"

David H., WA (2007 Hyundai Elantra Limited 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've had to replace bulbs in headlights (bright) 3 times over the last 2 years"

Anonymous, AR (2007 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"oxygen sensor light, dealer and Hundai would not fix , due to being second owner. Local Mechanic reset the module, no problems since"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 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

"At times the transmission would not lock into gear when starting off"

Anonymous, NS (2007 Hyundai Elantra SE 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

"Fan intermittently stops and restarts. I haven't taken the car for service since this started (but will at next milestone). When motor stops/starts, there is an audible click from glove box area. Probably a loose wire or relay"

John M., GA (2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"It was defective from the factory, but Hyundai would not repair under warranty, or even acknowledge there was a problem until it was out of warranty, then they offered to repair at a very high cost. The control panel randomly turns the AC / heat on or off regardless of the intended selection. It's one of those things you can live with because most of the time it does choose the correct setting, and is too costly to repair"

Michael B., FL (2007 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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