The Elantra SE is a well-rounded package with a roomy cabin, a comfortable ride, nice fit and finish and a quiet interior. It provides excellent braking and very secure emergency handling, aided by standard electronic stability control. Fuel economy is respectable at 27 mpg overall. Acceleration is adequate, if not breathtaking. A wagon version is also available.
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

"Noticeable hesitation in transmission shifting that mfg says is within spec. That maybe so but it is noticeable"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Could use more power and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Gets good gas mileage, though. This is my wife's car."

ROBERT S., QC (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"acceleration is not so great and at higher speed car engine is noisy and vibrates a lot"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Handling seems good, but acceleration is a little slow and noisy."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"I was driving about 65 mph in the right lane on a freeway when a tractor-trailer passed me. Just ahead of me, a right rear tire exploded, filling the air with large tire fragments. I jerked the wheel to the right to avoid the large tire segment, then jerked the wheel to the left to try to avoid a foot-long tire tread segment, which hit my right fender. At that high speed, jerking the wheel one way and then the other, the Hyundai remained in perfect control."

JOHN H., GA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good acceleration and agile handling."

JIM L., MN (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"great acceleration and handling ,interior is roomy and controls on steering wheel is handy,love all the cubby compartments."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"mediocre acceleration"

BERT C., MA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Slight knock at z 30ish. Never got mileage claimed. Service at dealership poor."

GREG B., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Hyundai dealer can't seem to get the AC working right for more than a few months. Why even take it back to them?"

KAREN C., VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise excessive"

BRIAN G., ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"The air conditioning reaching the back seat is minimal. The children often complain about the temperature."

MICHELLE A., MD (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"The A/C is a little weak on very hot days."

JOAN S., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Noisy ride, has always sounded like suspension is loose."

BETTY S., MS (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"I've had issues with the air conditioning."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats could offer more lumbar support and seat cushioning. Climate control is excellent. There is too much road noise, and the ride is hard going over any bumps or road roughness."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"car rides harshly. feels even the smallest bumps."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Needs vents for air conditioning for rear seat area passengers in front are cold while hot for rear passengers"

IAN W., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"The material of the seats is itchy/scratchy to me, and I don't feel like they are shaped in a way that is completely comfortable to me."

Anonymous, MO (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Ride on this model is too stiff - but it's set that way for better handling."

BART R., OR (2009 Hyundai Elantra)


FRANK D., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Acceleration and gas mileage are very appeptable and there's ample room for carrying things to and from the cottage. Love the chili pepper red colour and the stereo has a good sound. Car is somewhat noisy inside but is well finished with quality parts. It starts and warms up quickly and is generally a pleasure to drive. Hyundai has taken it off the market now - pity, because I for one would happily buy another when mine grows too old."

PHILIP B., NS (2009 Hyundai Elantra)


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

What Owners Say

"In comparison to the competition, very good value."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"its been reliable and for the money a good deal"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very good commuter car for a great price"

JOHN S., AZ (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Sticker over $20K. Purchased for 12993.00 after clunker trade in. Did it by pricing the car in Cincinnati and using that leverage here in New Jersey."

THOMAS N., NJ (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"get more value for your money than a car from another manufacturer"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"The original price was excellent given the features that were included in that price. I have not had to spend any money except for ordinary maintenance."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"I find this car to be easy to drive and park and have had no problems"

MARJORIE M., ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"excellent value"

JAMES M., WI (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"This has been a great vehicle over the time we had it."

RICHARD S., PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"It has been a dependable vehicle requiring limited repairs despite high mileage. Fuel economy is excellent."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"the 2009 elantra was priced low with great value. today the price of an elantra is so high I will buy a suburu instead."

Anonymous, VT (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"For the first 3 or 4 years it was a good car. Then it started having multiple minor problems. Gas mpg dropped significantly after 4 years."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good hauler, no repairs needed, economical. A great buy for the money"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Elantra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It is homely. I never have to worry about anyone stealing it because even car thieves have taste!"

DON S., MO (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"looks good"

FRANK D., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Bland looking."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"You probably won't consider this "styling", but the exterior door handles, which are painted, are peeling the clear coat and look horrible."

CATHERINE M., VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"I like the styling of the Elantra because it still looks up to date even though it is 7 years old."

LINDA K., PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"It still looks like it is in style, even thought it is 7 years old."

PAUL M., TX (2009 Hyundai Elantra)

"Styling is ugly. But for the money it is a solid car."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Elantra)
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