Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.
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.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
Common Trouble Spot
Common Trouble Spot
The 2010 Hyundai Elantra has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
Research Years *Redesign year
Worse Better
00
01*
02
03
04
05
06
07*
08
09
10
11*
12
13
14
15
16
17*
18
Overall Reliability Verdict
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Engine Minor
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Major
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Drive System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Fuel System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Electric System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Climate System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suspension
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Brakes
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Exhaust
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Paint/Trim
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Body Integrity
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Body Hardware
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Power Equipment
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
In-car Electronics
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

Learn more about car Reliability.

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“The 12v plug stopped working a few months ago. I need to get it repaired”

Marianne S., ME (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Alarm triggers when not disturbed”

Catherine P., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It goes off whenever it wants and can't been localized by the dealer”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

“Door locks would not work, power windows would not work, turn signals and emergency flashers would stop working”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver door lock did not work properly... some sort of regulator module had to be replaced”

Lanny F., CO (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the power and wiring in the dash are poorly done”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Head lights burn out at least 2 times a year”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“bulbs burned out”

Charles L., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“All exterior lights (including headlights) blow out frequently. Most vehicles can go several years without replacing a single bulb. I am replacing multiple bulbs in multiple places 2-3 times per year”

Steven R., MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“All exterior light bulbs (headlights, taillights, etc) are blowing out with abnormal frequency, sometimes lasting only 6 months or so”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Lights bulbs are always burning out, this has been ongoing since I bought it new, not sure what the problem is but it's constantly happening...crazy”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Hyundai Elantra)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“The right rear running light is out with no visible, easy way to get to it to change it. There is no access from inside the cargo area & it seems that the right rear tire and plastic wheel well would have to come off to change it. This seems too costly for an auto repair shop to do or too time-consuming for the average car owner. Therefore it remains burnt out. Very poor design”

Donald S., IN (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“White backup lights have failed, still trouble shooting with mechanics”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“All exterior lights (including headlights) blow out frequently. Most vehicles can go several years without replacing a single bulb. I am replacing multiple bulbs in multiple places 2-3 times per year”

Steven R., MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“tail lights burn out more than is nomal”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“ECS malfunction lights was a recall too”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Light issue is headlights back lights and as I write this, the passenger back light is burned out again...frustrating”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Hyundai Elantra)
Horn

“Alarm with horn goes off intermittently for no known reason. Completely random beeping. Fixed by local mechanic who said they've had multiple complaints on the same issue”

Anonymous, RI (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“car horn does not always work--need to have this investigated”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior driver's light intermittmently worked/didn't work. after 59K miles had a mechanic estimator figure it out and fix. All better now!”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“no work in driver door”

Eugenio F., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“drivers side actuator failed”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Company recall”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“ESC warning light, Electronic Stability Control, came on.Took to the dealer and they fixed it drove off and it came on again and took it back Fixed again.A few months later it happened again.Dealer fixed.Still is happening not bothering to take back”

Kenneth R., GA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Tire pressure lights malfunction and ECS malfunction lights”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Windshield washer fluid will not spray onto the windshield in temperatures of ten degrees below zero”

Emma M., KS (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear winter wiper was stuck.We had to ask our mechanic to fix it.The moving arm could'nt move because of the dirt and salt (calcium ) which stucked the moving shaft”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission was slipping and failing to shift gears when driving. The car had 30,000 miles on it and still under warranty. The local new car dealership handled the repair very well. Car was however in the shop a while because it appears several other Hyundais were having the same problem and getting a replacement transmission was back ordered”

Steven M., SC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission slipping with resulted in a replacement, under warranty”

John W., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission began slipping slightly and got worse. Brought it into the dealer. They did test and inner workings of transmission were malfunctioning. Had to wait a day to get Hyundai approval of repair. Replaced transmission under warranty. No cost to me”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the transmission had to be replaced at about 30,000 miles”

Riley W., SC (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission went out but was covered with 100000 mile warranty”

Rhea W., NC (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission "flaired" between 2nd and 3rd gears. Dealer replaced it under warranty”

Judy L., CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brought in because of vibrations shifting and they said it needed replacing under warranty”

Alex V., GA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“it broke Hyundai put in a new one”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“no problems after it was replaced”

Anonymous, NL (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission would not slip into gear correctly. sometimes would wind out, sometimes would not find a gear. Dealer checked it. It was under warranty and it was replaced at no charge”

Kenneth G., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission would not shift and eventually would not engage in Park. Hyundai replaced the transmission under warranty”

William B., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough shifting. Dealer raced trans under warranty”

Lane S., PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission was slipping and rough shifting requiring transmission replacement”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor shifting when cold. Transmission replaced by dealer under warranty, no charge to me”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“was slipping and not shifting into high gear until 40 mph 'trans was replaced same problem going for second replacement”

Bohdan-Elizabeth P., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced Trans and is ok now”

Bohdan-Elizabeth P., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer could not figure problem. Had to take to transmission shop for diagnosis. Have little faith in dealership service department to diagnose own vehicle issues. Too much dependency on code reader and not enough common sense”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealership replaced transmission - under certified pre-owned warranty”

Dean B., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough shifting degenerated into unUSble, code flash fixed nothing. Transmission replaced”

Matt K., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“They would not tell us what was wrong with it because they had to send it to the manufacturer but they put a new one in”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Over the course of ~5 months went from running fine with clear transmission fluid to very rough shifting and cloudy/burnt smelling transmission fluid. Hyundai replaced the entire transmission. 100% covered by warranty (even gave me a loaner)”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Slipping, uneven shifting, not smooth. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission was replaced. Car would lurch when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. There was a TSB”

Sonja M., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission vibration at 35 mph. Transmission replaced twice. Still have the problem. Dealer won't acknowledge it because with three times, they'd have to replace the car under the Lemon Law”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“underbody shielding and wheel opening undercover shielding deteriorated, fell off”

Joe O., MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Plastic moldings on roof cracked/deteriorated”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Inside door handles fake chrome peeled off...causing small cuts on passengers hand”

Jeffrey S., TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“clear coat is peeling in some places and black on chrome almost all flaked off”

David C., RI (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“interior door handles all lost their chrome covering -rust and paint fading randomly exterior”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Exterior door handles paint peeling. Window weatherstripping cracking”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“my paint faded on the door handles and had to have them repainted”

Riley W., SC (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Fading paint on bumpers, Peeling paint on black roof strips”

William B., MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Several spots on the roof cracked and the paint peeled. This effect is spread over the whole roof. My dealer said it was due to being chipped by flying rocks. It is obvious that it is a manufacturing defect.I have sent a registered letter to Hyundai Canada but received no reply. I am going to have it repaired and take Hyundai to small claims court. Thank you”

Charles S., QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“clearcoat peeled on rear spoiler above door exterior black trim strips peeled”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clearcoat is breaking down on plastic parts (door handles)”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“ThoUSnds of little chips on the front hood. I drive mostly in the city and I didn't have this problem with my other car. My friend and I both bought the same car only hers is blue mine is black and her car looks better”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“all door handles have had the clearcoat peel off the rain trough on the roof has also peeled”

Anonymous, RI (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“clear coat flacking off at door sill and door handle”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Hyundai dealership replace moving door latches ( outer handles) because of peeling top coat. Now the stationary part of the outer latches is peeling also. The fake chrome finish on the interior door handles are showing wear also”

Teresa W., GA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“all 4 exterior door handles have peeling paint”

Sonja M., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint on door handles peeling”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I am having bubbles of rust/paint appear on the lower part of my passenger-side back door. Auto body guy says it is an isolated incident but will cost approx. $550 to repair. Also, it had an underbody spray to protect it from rust when I purchased it”

Jodi R., MO (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor design around the rear wheel well would trap road salt creating rust problem. Problem was not sufficient enough to be covered by warranty”

Tom P., WI (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust around rear wheel wells will need repair”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust spots began appearing on the body of the car and the hood”

Anonymous, UT (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake light indentation in the roof above the rear door had rust coming out from behind the light”

Helmut M., MB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 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

Calipers

“calipers required replacement”

Guy D., QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“75000 km inspection showed normal wear, 8mm left on pads. At 110,000 brake system light came on, took car to dealer, RR caliper leaking,m had to replace both rear calipers and pads”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“One Caliper came unbonded and fell off. Had to replace both because that's the only way they sold them. $330. Never happens when calipers are riveted to assembly”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the parking brake froze and it was hard to drive. Had to get to the dealer to fix it and drive with the parking brake on”

Nancy G., MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“parking brake stopped working completely--rusted through?”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The parking brake sticks. The parking brake dash light flickers on and off constantly while driving”

Jeff J., NB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes needed replacement as did tires much sooner than called for”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brake pads completely worn out in less than 25000 miles”

William G., NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace rear brakes after only 50,0000 miles”

David A., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes had plenty of wear remaining but needed to be replaced due to EXCESSIVE noise while driving”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I seem to need brake servicing and replacement of the calipers and rotors more often than any other car I've ever owned and this gets costly. Although the vehicle has been good overall, this element makes me hesitate to recommend this vehicle”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Need changed”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors were wearing thin. Break pads changed as well”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to pay over $ 600 to replace front rotors which became warped and were defective. Dealer charged me and siad it was not covered under the standard 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. I felt cheated”

H I., AE (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“changed the pads,squeaking stopped”

Charles L., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake pads needed to be replaced. When I bought the car it had Elantra sedan pads instead of Elantra Touring pads”

Robert J., CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Would almost always hear serious, loud rubbing sound when applying brakes for first 5-10 times”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Company recall”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“one tire was wearing out faster than all others”

Paul R., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake pads and rotors were worn and had to be replaced”

Andre L., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Pads wore out. Not bad after 5 years”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“regular break repair”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

“Unusual wear on tires”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car was recalled for steering issue. Third recall on car (different issues)”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“1st recall was a defective stop lamp switch (defective 2 diff times for my car), and electrically assisted power steering fail. Not to mention the rubber coupling in the power steering needing replacement”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Very bumpy ride”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“They broke just after 100 000 km .In fact it was the right end shock that broke”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“when going over bumps the spare tire was jumping in its well in response”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“BAD SUSPENSION,”

Jean L., QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Loose steering wheel and column that had to be replaced”

Robert Q., AL (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering coupler replacement”

Ken W., TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“recall for potential defect”

Edward O., MN (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“they installed a new electronic steering module as a recall item, now I have shimmy in the steering. I'm taking back in to have it repaired”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic or air suspension

“Hyundai Recall campaign 127: Electronic power steering. Received recall notice 4/18/15. Notified 4/20 needs new steering column. Given rental car at Hyundai's expense”

Mark R., NC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“have had to replace the drag licks”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“At about 44000 km both front and back stabilizer bar bushings and linkages wore out, resulting in loud "clunks" each time a minor bump on the road was hit. It felt like both ends of the car were going to fall off”

Anonymous, MB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“Broken, rattled”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“can't seem to get good tire mileage from factory tires”

John M., PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 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

“Door handles chrome finish separates from plastic handle causing a sharp edge at top of handle. Under recall”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Door handle surfaces delaminated and the heavy chrome foil cuts our hands”

John S., OR (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The door handles are also on recall as the paint is peeling and people are getting cut when opening the door. Both front door handles need replacing as the paint is peeling and I have been cut numerous times”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“no work the driver door keylees”

Eugenio F., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked inside doorhandles”

Dave R., IN (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The lock on one door was not moving”

F T., TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side lock stopped working. This vehicle has been plagued with many electrical problems related to the locking mechanism to include the trunk's locking mechanism”

David N., WA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Back drivers side door does not lock or unlock with the key fobs. It is a pain having to reach in to unlock it all the time”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the "chrome" has loosened so that the edges are sharp and have cut me”

Anonymous, RI (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The coating was starting to deteriorate and come off of the interior door handles, sometimes scratching my hand when I opened the door. This was also replaced under warranty”

Janis P., AL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“Sunroof control got out of sync with the roof and damaged components of the roof. Dealer estimate to repair is $1265”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“switch failure on main door panel drivers door”

David C., RI (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Since I got the car in 2011, the drivers' power window has made a loud THUNK when I close it. It was a part that was cheerfully replaced under warranty”

Janis P., AL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The trunk will not stay open. Has been repaired once already, same problem occurred again”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 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

“Automatic trans. shifts roughly and jerks us forward between first and second gears”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“See comment on transmission replacement”

Judy L., CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“hesitation between gear change & rpm shoots up before changing to higher gear”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“it is in the shop now. if it is a major issue I will be very disappointed as there would be no excuse at 59K for a transmission to go”

Joe O., MD (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“shifts funny (hard and slipping) bought 3 years ago and has done it since we owned it. Hyundai dealer can't seem to fix it. Had fluid replaced and flushed”

Gary H., IN (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This is covered by the warranty. I've taken it to the dealer, but they say nothing is wrong with it. I'm going back in a couple of weeks n”

Oscar M., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes bangs into gear. They say the motor mounts are bad, but the dealer is incompetent; they may yet have to replace the transmission”

John S., OR (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“At times the transmission is slipping - release gas and try again and it is fairly ok. Did not have it repaired yet. It is still under warrantee”

Marja T., WI (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Two trips made to dealer to fix slipping transmission were unsuccessful. Transmission replaced after I pointed out that this model/year had known transmission problems per Consumer Reports”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission has a slight slip when cold and when shifting to reverse. The vehicle has been to the repair shop multiple times with no diagnosis. All the scheduled maintenance has been done”

David N., WA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“car just stopped moving - car had to be shut off for at least five minutes so that a reset would occur”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“transmission pan gasket leak”

Carl D., OH (2010 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

“Radiator replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Hear a lot of wind & noise. Don't feel doors shut tight enough”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Usually at slow speeds and usually when turning, the front suspension makes a squeaky noise”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“After trying to diagnose the backup light issue the car now has a terrible rattle in the rear hatch”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Just a noisy car.have had it checked numerous times with no problems noted. Clunks, thuds”

Sandra J., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“INCONSISTANT SQUEAKING THAT THR TECHS CANNOT LOCATE”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A rattle which my trusted mechanic cannot find. I'm just living with it”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“In the winter months due to the cold the dash rattles and the car's suspensions seems to tighten up making the ride less smooth”

Anonymous, NE (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“car makes a sound and then hesitates. Our mechanic thought it could be the transmission,but the Elantra people said it needed new timing belts and a believe one other thing (I can't remember)”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“glove box and dash”

Don H., ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A rear suspension component squeaks loudly”

Jeff J., NB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Do not know where the noise is coming from but a whistling rattling sound starts coing from the dashboard when dirving on the highway which is very annoying”

H I., AE (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 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

A/C compressor

“A/C compressor replacement”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Trouble maintaining cold air”

Stan M., OK (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When driving on the highway on hot days, the air conditioning unit does not keep the car cool after it runs for a couple of hours”

Bill W., MB (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The blower fan had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This was the third time the blower has been replaced in the car in the last 4 years”

John C., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“Defroster makes a burning smell”

Anonymous, UT (2010 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“My a/c unit has stopped cooling several times. I have recharged the coolant, which helps for awhile, but I believe I have a leak, which I have had trouble finding”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Metal high pressure tubing leaked refrigerant, requiring replacement of tubing, evac of system and replacement of refrigerant”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“oil cap fell out after routine oil change and engine seized up and ultimately died and had to be replaced”

David B., MI (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine experienced major oil leak = head gasket, then experienced cracked block = complete engine replacement”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“New car came with cracked block that took 6 months to detect and replace”

Norm D., CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Sudden MAJOR oil leak. Used 2 gallons of oil (!) to get 5 miles to repair. Internet revealed others had same problem, Hyundai denied problem with manufacture or design. Engine replaced. Used car dealer split cost with me since I was repeat customer”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“Timing belt did not fail, but was recommended for replacement by dealer service dept. They replaced the idler and tensioner too”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“New Brakes Change Belts Replace head gasket”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“At 37,000 miles they said the timing belt was cracked and worn and in need of replacement. Manual says 60,000 miles, "or five years." Not covered by warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“required replacement”

Guy D., QC (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the two O2 sensor failed, no change in operation of car but had to wait a week for new sensor to be ordered”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The car would not get going easily and sounded like it would stall at any moment. I had to buy a new mass air flow sensor”

Jack R., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Failure - was failing to hold pressure if it didn't start the first try Replaced under warranty”

Carol B., TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Would not start after driving. Took it in a couple of times before they figured out it was a faulty fuel pump that they knew had problems”

Anonymous, CA (2010 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

Display screen goes blank

“Lines across bottom part of screen”

Robert S., CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“The radio includes GPS, bluetooth, telephone, Ipod, and Xm radio. The entire system froze and went out. Took Hyundai over 2 months to fix”

Anonymous, NE (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“SATELLITE ANTENNA DID NOT WORK”

David C., FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Problems with radio included AM stations with continual static interference. SIRIUS worked fine for awhile, then would suddenly stop working. After changing the dark window tint on the back window we had great reception. The window tint contained lea”

Marilyn D., CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“wheel locked-- ignition key was unable to turn and start engine”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 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

Driveline vibration

“Feels like the car has a 'limp' - one side goes up while the other goes down, like there's a bent rod or shaft. Coincides with revolution of the tires. Frequency increases and decreases with speed”

Eugene F., NY (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“Warning light for Stability/Traction problems appears. Dealership charges $129 for a "software update" that clears the warning light!!!”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car just received a recall to correct a potentially dangerous problem with the ESC”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“Dead battery”

Anonymous, NS (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Left axle had a tear in the cupping and began to throw grease out. When the clicking sound with the bearings started, I had to replace the axle. The axle and cupping come as a unit and cannot be replaced seperately”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“One time only: Hard to start the car. Once started rough idling / tendency to stall. Towed the car to the dealership for diagnosis. Was told fuel injection system was gummed up and it was cleaned up after. No problem since and I was satisfied with the repair”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil pan rusted prematurely and had to be replaced. Luckily the entire cost was covered under warranty. This problem was discovered during a routine maintenance inspection literally 2 weeks before the warranty was up!”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the strut had to be replaced in order to pass inspection because it was leaking a lot of oil”

Diane E., PA (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

“Gas tank door takes 2 people to open. # 2 plug wire replaced”

Norm D., CT (2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Overpressure in the engine after head gasket repair blew up coolant bottle”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

Compare 2010 Models

Similar Cars
Ford Focus
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra
Kia Soul
Mazda 3
Nissan Sentra
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Yaris
This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Feb 23 2015
If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Elantra vehicles manufactured June 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, and 2009-2010 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured November 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010. The electronic power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may sense a discrepancy in the steering input signals and, as a result, disable the steering power assist.
What should you do:
Hyundai will verify the proper operation of the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and update the EPS control unit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 127.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V100000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 204768
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Apr 01 2013
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V113000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1712336
Check Vehicle for Unrepaired Recalls
Enter a valid 17-character VIN
Enter a valid 17-character VIN
Change Vehicle