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

"The car is quite peppy and fun to drive. Road noise is fairly high on the Hwy."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Slightly underpowered"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I have no problems with the acceleration and handling of my car. It is an easy and reliable car to drive."

Anonymous, RI (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Having driven the car long distances through many states, the comfort of seating was very good and the steering and cruise control we're always excellent."

Carolyn R., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"It’s not a sports car, but acceleration is more than adequate for merging onto highways, and handling is pretty good on winding roads."

Daniel S., PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I love this car. Acceleration is a couple of seconds slow on the start/take-up."

Mildred M., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Too much hesitation when attempting to accelerate quickly."

Bruce L., OH (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"No power and the transmission sometimes shifts funny and very hard and jerky."

William S., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good accelertion and handling for 4 cylinders. It handles a bit rough but we got the sports package."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Drives and handles great. Accelerates great."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Rather peppy acceleration, and gery good handling."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Acceleration is satisfactory for the size engine and handles easily."

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"handles well. Passes with ease, has never faltered."

A R., VA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Acceleration and handling are fine, but both disappointing compared to my previous car 1983 Camry I drove for 26 years. Also especially notable (perhaps most 'modern' cars), very poor visibility due to air bag containing very wide pillars, especially front, and high rear deck."

R S., MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"goes fine no problems not a race car but all the zip you need"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I like the short wheel base."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Steers well, but does not slow down well when foot removed from gas pedal."

Albert W., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Issues with it chronically pulling to the right."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good for local travel, but lacks a highway (5th?) gear."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The turning radius is small. I can make a U-turn on most city streets without backing up."

DAVID L., WI (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very normal driving, slower than average acceleration, but it's an economy car. Pretty much as expected."

ROSS-ROSE P., NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Fun to drive, handles well in all situations, great handling and great gas mileage!!"

KEN D., IL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Accelerates well and brakes well for city driving."

RAM S., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The automatic transmission is jerky and lurching when shifting at low speeds. I assume that this is a fatal flaw that will eventually cost a great deal of money. Since the vehicle has a 100K warranty on the drive train, it will be trade near the 100K mileage point."

ROBERT C., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"More road noise than I expected"

CHRISTOPHER G., TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Somewhat underpowered. Shifting is uneven."

CAROLE D., VT (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The handling response is quick and precise. Acceleration is quite good."

VERNON R., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"slow acceleration, poor gas mileage, noisy ride"

PAUL H., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"poor fuel economy for size, very poor turning radius, high interior noise"

DAVID D., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The transmission has continually sputtered/hesitated on accelerating from a stop. The dealer has not wanted to address the issue."

L R., MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The acceleration is acceptable but certainly not exceptional, but the maneuverability and short turn radius of the car makes it easy to park and get around in city traffic."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very reliable with a proper acceleration and handling. It has enough of kick to pass by other drivers."

WIESLAWA R., IL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Acceleration is slow"

WILLIAM B., MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"braking and handling is superior for its class."

JOE O., MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Transmission slips if quickly accelerating. Slow acceleration. Felt like I slammed into a railroad tie while on the interstate due to a malfunctioning solenoid in transmission (instantly went from 70 mph to 30 mph and 4000 rpm). Think I now have bad CV joints as a result."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)


JOSEPH G., CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"A little sluggish, uncertain gear shifts in automatic."

Anonymous, NS (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Decent handling and accelleration, it has the power to climb steep mountain high way grades. Not a performance vehicle, but it doesn't pretend to be."

PAUL S., AZ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"It runs smooth for a woman who does not accelerate frequently"

Anonymous, PR (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The transmission on this car is electronic. I have never had a vehicle with this type of transmission and will not purchase another vehicle with this type. It has a hard time accelerating."

Anonymous, IA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The Elantra is an eco sensitive model. This means that it is a bit underpowered. It rides a little rough as well. It handles well"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Compared to previous cars it's normal. It gives me what I need when I need it, hills, cornering, braking and accelerating although it needs to "torque up" in some instances."

Thomas R., MO (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"It is a bit noisy and bumpy."

Anonymous, CO (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Great acceleration (gears) in town, and handles good in tight parking spaces."

Derick H., VA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"the ride has always been bumpy"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Car is comfortable and roomy enough for family of 4 for road trips"

Heather B., PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise is noticeable. Air conditioning can be hard to regulate, especially trying to direct the air flow where you want it to go."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Ride is very rough and the suspension stiff. The seats are comfortable. The noise level is too loud."

William S., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Rough ride"

Steven A., MI (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"seats are comfortable, but the road noise is awful"

A R., VA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very firm ride. Lots of wind/road noise on highway."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I use a fleece to sit on - seats are hard. It's noisier than I'd prefer."

Sandra J., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats comfortable; feel road and track bumps; noise level average"

Katherine G., OR (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The seating is stiff would like more comfort in seats."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very hard ride due to stiff suspension and 17 inch wheels. It's an Elantra Touring. Seats are fine."

Martin G., MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"rides great. No outside noise. Seats very comfortable in both the front and back."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"We purchased this car for long road trips. It was extremely comfortable for a smaller vehicle and it was quiet and smooth."

Robert M., AZ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I find my Elantra very comfortable for a relatively inexpensive car."

Anonymous, RI (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seat belt jams into my hip"

JAMES S., MS (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The car is noisy and has some plastic parts that rattle in the cabin."

BRIAN G., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"My wife finds the seats less comfortable than her 2013 sedan"

CHRISTOPHER R., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Great a.c.!"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"This is a very nice small car to drive in and around town. On a long road trip, it doesn't offer the ride or support that it should. Also there is a noted addition of road noise."

JAMES P., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"the roof is so low, that after riding in my SUV, I feel like Mr Incredible in His sub compact and I am only 5ft 9in tall. Air conditioning is under powerd for 120 degree days. This is a decent car- perfectly suited to send off with a child to college, but definitely small."

PAUL S., AZ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"It has lots of wind noise"

JOHN W., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"This vehicle drives the same as day 1"

DAVID K., MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"inadequate air conditioning"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I wish I had selected a larger car."

RACHELLE B., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Styling not very appealing but purchased because of end of year rebate and additional haggling with dealer. Seats and top of center console material wearing and showing dirt."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"At 200K the A/C started to fail. Have added coolant, but it hasn't fixed it. Looks like it will continue to be a hot summer..."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"seats not good for long trips. Lots of road noise."

Anonymous, CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very stiff and rough ride."

WILLIAM S., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Comfort, ride and climate control are fine. Road noise is very pronounced on all except very smooth roads/highways."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Over all, very satisfied, but it is a small lower end car and is a bit noisy. After a long trip, there is discomfort and fatigue."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"road noise is loud. Ride is not smooth."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)


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

What Owners Say

"Very reliable car for the money"

Rachelle B., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"At 147000 miles the Hyundai Elantra Touring still functions well and has no mechanical issues. It is a car that simply works well."

Todd W., OH (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"For the 8 years we have had this car there have been no major repairs, only a few recalls"

Anonymous, MB (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Great value for the money - a good around town car altho mileage suffers in the city. We've taken trips of 1000+ miles with it and the mileage on the highway is very good. We did have the transmission replaced under warranty but otherwise have had no problems with the car."

David P., WI (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Purchased it in 2010 have not had a major or even minor repair. Just Brakes and Windshield wipers."

Charles H., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Inexpensive and reliable"

Heather B., PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The handling of the driving is very good and I get great gas mileage on both Street and Highway driving. The car is very comfortable to be in especially for long distance driving and I've had very little mechanical problems with the car."

Carolyn R., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Great bang for the buck."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"It is well priced, and has been very reliable. It is a small 4 cylinder car so ride is a bit rough but it was worth the price."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"In the 8 years I’ve owned it my Hyundai has never had a SINGLE problem in any area of the vehicle whatsoever. It is also still on the original brake pads after 135,000 miles."

Thomas R., MO (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"We bought it new, got what we expected, and the price seemed fair, with no pressure or haggling."

Daniel S., PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Value for money spent is very good. Reliability is excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Inexpensive basic transportation, slightly underpowered"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I only paid 16,000 for it new in 2010. I have not had any issues other than needed new tires."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The initial cost of our Hyundai Elantra was surprisingly low. The cost of maintenance has been very low. We have had very low repair costs. Our car is reliable, comfortable, gets good gas mileage. We are extremely pleased with our purchase."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Trouble-free at a very reasonable cost"

Steven A., MI (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"very reliable"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I have been very happy with this car. I have been thinking of trading it, but will probably keep it until it sows signs of agimg, then get a Hyundau Elamtra GT."

Anonymous, RI (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I had researched the lowest price I thought a dealer would accept and then called a dealership and told them what "out the door" price I was willing to pay. It worked great."

Robert M., AZ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Price, reliability is good"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The price was reasonable and has not needed any repairs other than standard servicing in 48,000 miles."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Bought new. At the time I assessed as best value; a lot of features for the money and good economy and reliability."

Rita F., BC (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Wanted car with standard transmission, no air conditioning, high gasoline mileage. That is what I found for a reasonable price."

Anonymous, IN (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I will not buy a Hyundai again. Even though "certified used", transmission fluid was black, needed new transmission within two weeks of purchase, car leaked, no windshield wiper fluid when purchased. Dealer and company headquarters ignored me. Because of rebuilt transmission, resale value of car diminished and cannot in good conscience sell to someone else."

BARBARA W., NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The price was in line with other models with much higher mileage. Good value"

RICHARD W., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Got all of the features I wanted for the price I paid"

VICTOR V., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"You get very good value for price, but I don't love the car."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Definitely value engineered. Misc. Cheap parts failing, like electric door lock motor died, chrome on door handle peeling off producing hand cuts."

JAMES B., AZ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good value for the price."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Can't beat that Warranty"

SELVYN C., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"I got the car by ordering it over the internet. An excellent price and just the vehicle we wanted; style, performance, color etc"

WILLIAM G., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very reliable car. Very good gas mileage and good size for running around. It did not cost much but what it has works well. Controls are easy to use and access."

DOUGLS S., MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"IT gives basic low cost transportation."

Anonymous, MB (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Great value for a car that has everything I look for in a car."

R A., AL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Hyundai level of build, carpet, seats, moldings, etc are mediocre and sometimes difficult to clean & maintain."

DANIEL S., IL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"A lot of features for the price"

RANDALL R., NC (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"this car is a workhorse for the money paid"

RAY W., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"excellent value"

DAVID K., MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"very good value and good quality"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Inexpensive car with good CR ratings at the time."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Got a new car for $14,995 which is a very good value."

RAM S., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"This has been the most reliable and trouble-free automobile I have owned in 57 years of automobile ownership!"

COLIN-VIRGINIA N., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Great value, less than my first choice, but with more cargo and passenger space."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The car is very cost effective to drive."

KARIN G., OH (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The value you get out of the Elantra is that it is a low price and it is reliable transportation. It's almost the most boring car you can buy, A to B it works and is cheap."

ROSS-ROSE P., NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"only complaint is poor traction in snow and rain"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Expect flawless performance."

Thomas R., MO (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Practical station wagon for low initial cost. Easy to drive. Good sound system and heated seats a plus. It's the Elantra Touring."

Paul W., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"A very good low cost car, I have had no problems."

Wayne B., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The Hyundai Elantra gets good mileage, is stylish and has all the features of a much more expensive car. The Navigation is significantly better than that of an Acura MDX. It gets great mileage however not as good as advertised."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"The car is very practical for about town use that we wanted. Inexpensive when bought, inexpensive to operate, and inexpensive to maintain."

Derick H., VA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Gets me where I want to go every time with no problems. Only have done normal maintenance. Bought for a reasonable price, and has a 20-year waranty (10 for Hyundai, 10 for the dealer)."

Dennis H., GA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Car was top rated by Consumer Reports and has good for the time, safety features. Seat are very hard and acceleration is barely adequate. Was able to purchase at a very good model close out price."

Jeff T., IL (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"This is a great car. It is driven a lot and has been very reliable."

Anonymous, CO (2010 Hyundai Elantra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The seats are hard to keep clean."

PAT G., LA (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Looks like 80% of the rest of the spiring uninspiring 4 door coupes on the road..just really blah. But it's a great car!"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Not very appealing. 2011 restyling much more attractive"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"It just looks good and feels good."

ALAN R., NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra)

"Clean, presentable lines - good all around vision"

RICHARD W., ON (2010 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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