This version of the Elantra was a well-rounded competitor with rankings near the top of our small-sedan Ratings. An easy car with which to live, the Hyundai combines nimble handling with comfort and a well-controlled ride. The car also offers a neatly laid out and well-equipped interior. However, the coupe-like stylling dictates a beltline that swoops upward toward the rear. This can impede the view to the rear quarters.
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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

"Starts fast but does not accelerate evenly."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Fun and easy to drive. Simple and useful audio system."

Robert M., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very poor handling in ice and snow"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The car "hops" when it hits bumps. Feels unsafe"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Nothing"

J S., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good for a 1.8L inline 4, but definitely need to be in the upper RPM range for max performance."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I live on Michigan and it is the worse car I have ever owned when driving in snow. The car was made to be driven in Florida."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The acceleration is about what one would expect from o compact car with a modest engine. In other words it's perfectly adequate. Being a small car the handling is reasonably nimble and I have no complaints."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The frame around the front windshield in combination with the side mirror creates a big blind spot and has on several occasions completely blocked my view of pedestrians crossing the street. This is a design flaw that must be corrected in future"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I already answered this. All good except the car does not take bumps well."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Quick, responsive"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The Elantra drives well. Engine and 6-speed auto xxxxxx work well. Acceleration is adequate. The car is quite agile. Ride is acceptable, but not outstanding."

J S., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Handling is poor. No feel through the steering wheel at all. Very tiring to drive because the car tends to wander and not track true. First car I've owned (out of maybe 20 in lifetime) that I really don't like to drive!"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Requires constant steering corrections. and lack of road feel Slow acceleration and noisy interior."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very poor handling in ice and snow. mostly due to the low aspect tires, I believe."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It is a smooth drive but responds to wind."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"good acceleration, good gas mileage"

Orson W., UT (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Adequate acceleration, but a little more power would be good. Ride and handling are excellent for this type of car"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Fun to drive... the factory warranty has been extended for a steering issue, I am told this takes about 3.5 hours to repair and only available Monday thru Friday"

Robert M., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It handles and accelerates fine for me. The "economy" setting engages the a/c compressor less and hastens upshifts by the transmission. However, I've found that using the setting makes no difference to overall fuel economy."

Samuel B., MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"handling is good. Accereration ok"

Michael S., NC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good handling but only fair acceleration"

Todd W., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It has very quick acceleration, great power, especially for a small car, and great handling. The steering wheel is very responsive. Overall, it is very nimble, safe and easy to drive."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very good acceleration and handling for a car in its class."

Harrison V., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Acceleration is weak but he auto box shifts very smoothly."

JONATHAN D., QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Handles well but rides harshly. Good acceleration for the mpg."

WILLIAM F., PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It accelerates well when passing but you need to down shift into 5th gear. The 6th gear can be frustrating o a standard."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"like it very much, only problem is the road noise."

JIM B., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The Elantra is a very rough ride."

LOREN M., OK (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Horrible handling (borderline unsafe) and poor acceleration with a crude sounding engine."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Has a very stiff ride."

Anonymous, LA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It accelerates a bit better than my Prius, which isn't saying much, but I'll take what I can get."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"easy to drive, suspension could be softer"

HERBERT M., NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"handles great and precise , great gas mileage"

WILLIAM W., OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"a. steering is "sticky" to slight adjustments when driving at highway speeds, requiring extra attention and a less smooth (more jerky) ride than other vehicles ive owned. b. excessive heat enters the vehicle near front floor ventilation areas, causing additional/excessive heat in vehicle when running."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Under powered, especially with air conditioning on."

THOMAS D., CT (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Terrible on snow and ice"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"This is not by nature a snappy car, whether in econo mode or not, but when you push it, it will respond. The steering and ride are smooth without being mushy."

R R., MN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Really lacks acceleration and the road noise is terrible!"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I put the engine in ECO mode, so not so fast accelerations, but I hope the engine will last longer because too much gasoline injected can wash the oil in the cylinders and reduce the life of the engine."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It handles very poorly in icy conditions."

ANTHONY U., OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Handling ok, but tires were rotated and ever since then the ride has been bumpy."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The car handles well. The acceleration is lacking. The gas mileage really is poor for this size vehicle."

LYNN E., AZ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"good mileage no complaints"

MURRAY S., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I think the acceleration is what I expected, but will look for a car that has quicker acceleration in the future."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"This car is used mainly for in-town driving. I don't use it on long trips because it does not have the "poop" going up mountain roads. We use the Santa Fe instead."

D B., BC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Road noise is bad. Great mileage, but you pay the price with road noise. Would not buy this vehicle again because of this problem."

Robert R., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"To much road noise."

Kenneth J., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise is unbearable. We don't use the car much for this reason. Otherwise it's a great car. There's no question I'd buy another if the noise issue got fixed."

Bob B., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The ride is quite stiff, like a sports car. Road noise is very prominent."

Anonymous, UT (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats, noise and ride are quite acceptable, but only when considering the very low cost of purchasing the vehicle."

John N., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The seats are very supportive, and the ride is comparable with other vehicles in this class. Road noise can be pronounced at highway speeds but not overbearing."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"No problem with the noise or ride. My only comment is that as we age getting in and out of a car becomes more challenging. Getting out of the low seats in the Elantra can be challenging, especially if the door can not be opened completely. Consequently, we will be more careful considering this in any future car purchases."

Ruth F., KS (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Rides rather stiffly and is somewhat noisy."

Wayne H., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats very comfortable"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Fun car to drive."

Robert M., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise is relatively high; especially, if you are accustomed to driving a car like Toyota Camry."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The ride is not good and is easily unsettled by bumps on the road."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Rides rough. Somewhat noisy"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Too low to the ground."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The Hyundai Elantra is a very rough and noisy ride. Most uncomfortable for both driver and passenger."

Loren M., OK (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The ride is fairly bumpy and the cabin is not very quiet. The seats do not give very good support."

Roger G., OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"A bit noisy, hard see see out of, too low to the ground"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The seats are very hard and uncomfortable, making all but the shortest drives uncomfortable."

Anonymous, KY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I have difficulty adjusting the seat to a level of comfort."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"A lot of road noise seats no comfortable on a long drive"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The Elantra is my wife's car. It fits her well. I find the drivers seat forces cramped posture with no back or lumbar support. I use a back pillow when driving it. The Elantra is noisy, with lots of road noise. The ride is OK."

J S., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"the car is comfortable to sit in seats are great, The road noise is a little loud, and the ride is good for size car it is. Does not compare to larger cars Lincoln town car, Cadillac as far as road noise and ride. It is adequate we have taken on trips over 1800 miles was pleasant but you get what you pay for."

Patricia S., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise is really bad and is getting worse."

Randy R., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The seats are fine, I don't drive long distances, but they are comfortable for short trips. The road noise in the car is slightly greater than I would prefer, but certainly not objectionable. The ride is not particularly good, I always do my best to avoid streets/roads that I know are rough."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The back seat room is great for a smaller car. The engine noise is a little harsh under full acceleration. The handling and cornering are much better with replacement sport radials Pirelli P-7s. The reliability is a very positive factor. The original battery is still showing good strength after 7 years+."

John G., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Over all a very comfortable ride, but suspension could be better, you feel every bump on the road. Better quality shocks could be helpful."

Herbert M., NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise and does not handle rough roads well"

Raymond B., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Ride OK except when the road is bumpy This model does not take bumps well."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats are very uncomfortable - especially on a longer drive. No lumbar support at all. The headrests are too far forward and constantly poke the back of your head. I had to turn the headrests 180 degrees they were so annoying! Car is boring to drive due to no feel in the steering. Also, rear suspension is harsh - especially on rough roads."

Anonymous, SC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The ride is noisy, especially on rough roads. The low profile tires do not absorb bumps well leading to a rough ride on bumpy roads. The seats are supportive but not particularly comfortable."

Matthew S., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Nice leather heated seats."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"seats are comfortable noise while highway driving is loud"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Comfort. Headroom, legroom, heated seats front and rear."

William S., IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"noise"

Michael S., NC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Main complaint is suspension system when we hit potholes and bumps. Jolt factor then is just too high. Car would be downright fun to drive except for ride on rough roads. Noise factor, seats, and getting in and out are fine for a small car. climate system is very good; prompt heat in Minnesota winters."

D G., MN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Not easy gettin on and out of. And it is uncomfortable traveling over 75 miles in distance."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Our Elantra has the top-end trim with lots of features. But it is still "an economy car". For that class of car, the ride and comfort are good. A few times I have taken it on 10 to 12 hours drives and the comfort was fine."

Dave P., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise. Good seating"

Peter P., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seat cushioning is comfortable except for the upward protrusions at the side rear, which tend to exert unwanted pressure on driver's buttocks."

Harrison V., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The seats,noise and ride ore ok for short in town driving but for any long or out of town trips the car is bad in all aspects... most road imperfections just jar the car like being in a wagon."

Brian W., AL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Super comfy sport seats. GLS trim level has leather steering wheel and shifter to enhance comfort on long drives."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise, but this was expected from the reviews. Tolerable, but not great."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Rated the comfort as very good above. No need to expand as I am very satisfied!!!!!!"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Heated seats in front and back make for comfort in winter cold. Front seats padding to prevent sliding are somewhat uncomfortable on long rides and center console restricts leg/feet movement. Noise level is not bad for small car."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I only use this car in dire emergencies because road noise inside the cabin is intolerable. But for the noise level this would have been a great car, maybe the best ever but because it’s so noisy I’ve moved on to alternatives"

Bob B., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I've taken a few trips in my car and find I am thrilled with how my car seats are comfortable. The a/c keeps me very comfortable and it gives me a great ride. The trips I've taken are 5+ hours and I have no complaints."

KATHLEEN Z., GA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It's comfortable, but a little noisy, and not as smooth a ride as our other car."

MARTY H., NC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats: Are great. Climate control: can't control the air flow from vents very good. Noise: To much road noise. Ride: Rough ride, doesn't take bumps, pot holes well at all."

LYNN E., AZ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"For me it would be a perfect car if it wasn't so noisy. On some roads it's so loud that conversation is not possible. After 117,000 miles We just couldn't take it any more. Our Camry is much better."

BOB B., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Air conditioning doesn't work. Loud outside noise when driving."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The shock absorbers aren't that great. I;m aware of every bump in the road. It does get noisy, too. I've gotten used to the seats, knowing how to adjust helps. Wish the steering wheel were angled differently."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"too noisy"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Poor visibility"

ROGER G., OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The cleverness of the Elantra's interior design was a surprising improvement over my 2006 Prius. Very roomy for its apparent size. (Elantra was bought in a pinch after I destroyed the Prius in January 2013.)"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Loud and light. Feels like a tin can."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"In 4th year, floor carpet sheds, leaving floor fibers everywhere. I consider this to be a health and safety matter for those with asthma. Was happy until this development. Seats are also too low and make it more difficult for older people to get out of the car."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Too much road noise. Don't like the ride from the performance tires."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Noisy on the highway, and already needs new shocks."

JAY W., SC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"noisy, cramped"

SANDRA V., MI (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Driver's seat too Hard. Road noise too loud."

DENNIS A., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I'm used to being tall but, at 85, I've shrunk. I bought the car without thinking about seat adjustment. Turned out not to have the capacity to raise the driver's seat. I got a cushion for this and will pay more attention next purchase."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The seats are hard; vents for climate control blow right on me; the car is noisy."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Front passenger to low"

FRANK F., NB (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats are not comfortable over a long distance. Road noise is also pretty pronounced in the city. The controls are easy to use and pairing the blue tooth is a snap"

JONATHAN D., QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The seats in this car are a bit too stiff, could use more springs or padding for long trips"

BLAKE L., VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Springs could be better--you feel the bumps. However I really like the comfort of the seat's shape."

D B., BC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"road noise very loud"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Clunky and cheap"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Many cars have seats with sides that come up around you. They can be uncomfortable.We would rather have flat seats. Material is very hard to clean.Asked dealer how to clean and they didn't seem to know."

D M., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise high,ride just ok."

WILLIAM M., CO (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Car is black inside and out, leather. No window tinting when purchased used. Had windows tinted . Still almost intolerable upon initial entry in summer"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It's a bit noisy."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road and wind noise excessive. Noisy valves when starting. Dealer unconcernd."

ROBERT S., PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats are not so comfortable, pass seat does not raise or Lowe and short persons view is not great"

DAN M., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats are not comfortable for long trips OR over rough roads."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"On highway driving the car is very comfortable with excellent gas mileage (35). The only issue is that the car tends to "drift" towards the left to the point that I can change lanes without trying. All the controls are very user friendly."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Comfortable seats , good power from 4 cyclender."

P P., LA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Climate control is excellent. Ride is only satisfactory. Really feel bumps in the road. No repair issues at all. Dealer "adds on" extras during servicing unless you are top of game. Gas mileage is disappointing; was expecting over 30 mpg. With a combo of city and highway driving, only average 28 mpg. This is main reason I would not buy again. Better repair record than CR ratings indicate in our case."

D G., MN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"the heated leather seats"

WOODSON N., GA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It has heated seats in both the front and back. It has ample headroom and leg room for a tall driver (6' 3", 35" leg inseam) while still allowing someone to sit behind the driver."

WILLIAM S., IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"A/C vents in worst possible position"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"There are a number of blind spots, including not being able to see the front or back end of the car. Newer models now have cameras, which would have been helpful. Also, noise is sometimes annoying. But it is roomy and comfortable for a small call."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"It is an excellent value because your truly get your money's worth as it isn't that much money!"

John N., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"stylish, comfortable, options"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"At 76,000 miles our Elantra began to lose engine coolant. Took it back to the dealer and after extensive testing they found it had a warped head which was causing the coolant to be aspirated into the engines crankcase. Fortunately I use only Mobil synthetic oil so there was no engine damage. Hyundai completely repaired the engine by putting a new head on it. During this time they loaned be a brand new Hyundai Genesis G80 without any cost to me. They gave the car back to me with the engine i..."

R B., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It's a good vehicle for the price. It's been reliable and a good car to drive."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"$16.000 out the door a steal"

Michael P., NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"At the time, very good value with basic bells and whistles like iPod integration (grudgingly still works with 30 pin to lightening adapter). Very basic but everything we needed at the time. It has not aged well and the interior fit and finish is plain cheap with lots of creaks and movement."

Ryan M., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I bought this car for $16,800 in 2011. It has required no maintenance beyond oil and filter changes and new tires."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Nice looking. Good mileage"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"the price paid for car was good The warranty has been excellent"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"For around $19K I think I got quite a deal. No major issues, nice ride, lots of space for a small car. Trunk is awkward and small, but other than that I love it."

Rose L., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very good car all around"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The car was well-rated by CR when purchased in 2011. The warranty is quite good. The car is easy to maintain and pretty reliable."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It came with features that were standard, outstanding value for a car that size and price."

Herbert M., NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Was worth what we spent on it brand new, very happy overall with the car, the mpg, size and price is what attracted us to the car. The looks were an added feature ."

Patricia S., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It's an inexpensive "quasi" low suv. It has ample room for 4 people but it lacks performance especially as low speeds. It was great for a job/duty vehicle to transport patients but not for a daily family vehicle."

Isabel D., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Best car ever. 122k miles with no problems or issues except road noise. Excessive road noise inside the cabin have reduced this otherwise great car dire emergency use only."

Bob B., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The styling was fresh at the time, and still looks good. I got the few options I wanted/afford at the time - blue tooth, wheels, ac, good mileage at affordable cost. Best price and appearance i felt at the time."

Peter S., MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"A really nice, economical, and reliable car at a very competitive price"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Sporty handling, economical"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I think it was a very good value for the price. It doesn't have all the latest internet features but I don't want to do any of that while driving. It is good, dependable transportation."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"This car met and then exceeded our needs and wants about 6 years ago. We do maintain our vehicles quite well. We have had no trouble at all with this car for over 150k miles other than normal maintenance. That is why we bought another one recently."

Brad L., AZ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I have not had any mechanical problems with this car. However I find your rigorous warranty upgrades very expensive!!!!!"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Inexpensive, sturdy way of transportation. Safe, roomy and has equipment leading to some confort. Does the job."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Limited has many luxury features for a relatively low price."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The only maintenance item of merit was the replacement of the front shocks about 6 months ago. There have been no items that require replacement or repair in the engine or drive train."

John G., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Excellent vehicle - absolutely no issues mechanically. A winner"

Peter P., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"great value and few problems"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I have had no mechanical problems, get reasonable gas mileage and a comfortable cabin."

William S., IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very well equipped for the price. Only minor repairs which were rectified quickly"

Janet P., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The Elantra required it’s fourth transmission at 150,000. 2nd trans was put in at 25k miles, 3rd at 80k and 4th at 150k. Spoke with Hyundai and they would not stand behind the quality of car and would not cover it. I will not buy another Elantra."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Elantra has been reliable. Have replaced a lightbulb or two, but no major repairs and costs since we have owned it. Main disappointment is low gas milage. Not what advertised, and Hyundai had to pay a fine for that, but our token award didn't amount to much. Under 30 mpg average in city and country driving. Would not have purchased if we had known true mileage at time of purchase. Needs winter tires to navigate Minnesota roads Nov - April. But car has been reliable and that has been its saving grace."

D G., MN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good car for the money"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very dependable for a cheap car."

Roger G., OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"does everything I need pretty well if not particularly outstanding. roomy enough for four adults."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"They LIED about the fuel economy, gets no where near what was promised! The engine rattles and buzzes like its going to fall apart. Have taken it to the dealer to look at it but all they ever do is upgrade the engine software."

Michael J., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Excellent buy for the dollars."

Raymond B., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Auto is almost seven years old and I STILL consider it a good value."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"We bought the Elantra at a great price, we have had to do very little maintenance on it other than routine scheduled maintenance, and the great warranty has given up real peace of mind knowing that we didn’t need to worry about a major repair."

David W., UT (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"All you have to do is make sure you change the filter and oil and it will go for a long time it was worth getting the special edition with the roof rack and mag wheels."

Michael T., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"THis vehicle holds it value and has great MPG for the price."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"We paid $17900. Came home and checked our Consumer Reports car issue and determined that this was a good deal."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"70k miles and the car feels/looks like a much older car. I am sorry we spent the extra $$ to get a Limited model."

WILLIAM F., PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I feel it was an outstanding value for the price. I have had a family member and two friends purchase Hyundai autos based on their impression and experience with my vehicle. While I have not had to use it, the warranty seems exceptional."

WILLIAM S., IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good car for price"

FRANK F., NB (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The main factor about this car, is when you are braking and going of a bumping road at the same time, the brake system appears like it going to crash and break apart."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"They lied about MPG. They only just now recalled vehicle for problem I complained about in the first 30 days of ownership."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"All things considered, I pretty much got what I paid for with the car. The black interior is a bummer, tho. That's the only interior color available with the silver exterior. The warranty is excellent. I know I've had less expense than owners of other makes of car. I do think the gas mileage estimates are rather inflated. Also the windshield wiper blades are cheap - I have to pay extra to get blades that do a good job of clearing the windshield and LAST. All of the glass, windshield, etc."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"many features, everything works, good performer (despite basic transmission missing gears)."

DONALD F., MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Road noise too loud but overall I got my moneys wotrth."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"For about $19,000 and all the "bells" and "whistles" that were standard on the car, it was a very good deal."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Initial price paid. MPG was grossly overstated. Engine problem(s)"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I bought the car partially due to their claims of 40 mpg. Later found this wasn't true and my mileage is significantly less than advertised."

MICHAEL F., NH (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Overall mileage was misrepresented by the manufacturer"

J G., KY (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"My operational costs have been very minimal. With 94,000 miles I still get very good mileage, solid handling, decent acceleration, and a comfortable ride. The controls are all user friendly and it's been a great value for me."

PHILLIP T., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"great value"

WOODSON N., GA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I have owned this vehicle for over a year now and it has been completely reliable (knock on wood) .... I cannot begin to tell you how comforting it is to drive a car without worries!"

BARBARA C., DE (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Mileage is way below expected"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Exceptional value for the money! Even the base model included features that normally cost extra in other makes - little features that add up to a very pleasant car to own. Examples include elevator seat height, tilt steering, remote mirrors, electronic locking, and in-car USB/Audio jack."

R R., MN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Hyundai advertised a mpg that was determined to be fraud but instead of settling the lawsuit, they keep appealing the decision. The result is that the ill feelings toward Hyundai continue and I will not buy another at any price."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"We purchased a relatively inexpensive model. I think they cut corners and did not include a high security lock system, which they have on most cars. We also bought an after-market spare tire "donut" as all that was included in the car was an inflation kit which can't repair all tire damage."

ROBERT T., PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Cheap company, no spare tire, Cannot purchase a service manual for the car. Lied to EPA about MPG. Then did mot fulfill agreement to compensate owners. Computer always overstates MPG by 3-4 MPG. All in all, an untrustworthy company."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Vehicles in the same class or group with the same options were at least $5,0000 more than my Elantra. The Elantra was a very good value."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I was first attracted by its looks, then found out it cost less than others in its class, and have been very impressed by the good workmanship and appearance of the interior. All together, great value for the money."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Car has provided good service, but am not confident that it will continue to do so going forward, am returning it at end of lease, would not want to buy it."

PETR V., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I bought this car based on the promise of 29mpg in city and 39 on freeway. They lied. Lucky to get 24 in city. It will get 39 + on long trips. They give about 1 tank of gas a year for misleading adds about the mileage. That doesn't help much. I wanted a car that was more green for the environment. It's no greener than most other new cars. Very disappointing for me. Also the seats' fabric is so cheap that water even leaves ugly dark stains."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good styling. Disappointed milage."

K N., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I feel that I overpaid for this car. It lacked features for the cost."

Anonymous, NB (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good value for price so far with 36,000 miles. We will see in the long run."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Hyundai falsified gas mileage. They have a compensation program that is insulting. I would never buy another car from them again."

MYRNA B., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Too much road noise and cannot get better MPG than 30 on freeways and 24 in city."

KENNETH J., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

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"seat are hard to keep clean. Leather would have been better"

HERBERT M., NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"up to date"

K N., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Great lines set it apart from other brands"

P P., LA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"I like the style of the car on outside. Very pretty lines. I like the interior style too except the seats stain way too easily."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"A stylish car that is not 'plain jane' in appearance and it doesn't look like so many other cars on the road."

JOHN K., AZ (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Looked nice at time of purchase"

JAMES R., OR (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Good styling that has bold look."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"Big blind spot created by sides of front windshield decreases safety. Sometimes cannot see pedestrians at street corners die to this. This alone would prevent me from purchasing this vehicle again"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"My car is always noticed. The styling of the 2012 should have remained the same. It is a beautiful car."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The body and paint quality is so poor. It scratches and dents incredibly easily and with the cheap plastic parts things just break. Incredibly disappointed."

NATALIE D., TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"The distance between seat and consol is either too wide or too narrow. Took almost 60 minutes to retrievecar keys dropped between seat and consul. Blind spots so bad it os dangerous. A lot of quality car for the price."

J P., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

"It still has that new look, especially since I added the exterior butler coding.neasybto keep clean."

JAMES C., NV (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

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