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.
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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

"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)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"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

"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)


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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