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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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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.
2000
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2001
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2002
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2007. Side air bags standard from 2001. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2011.
Road Test

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. The 148-hp, four-cylinder engine delivers solid performance and very good fuel economy. The cabin is well finished and the rear seat is relatively roomy, though road noise is rather pronounced. While the Elantra coupe is simply a two-door version of the high-scoring sedan, Elantra GT hatchback is noticeably different and scores significantly lower in our ratings.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (145 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (173 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (166 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Sometime difficult to turn on. CD player replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Can't see writing on display without glasses, too small. Identification of Sirius radio information impossible to see. Do you really need to buy a backup camera to get a decent display?"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The radio/cd/info screen/satellite radio/bluetooth went blank/no power at 6 mo and couldn't turn it on. After 2 weeks, it came back on on its own and then turned off again -->buggy. Dealer replaced whole unit with an updated one. No problems since"

N W., PA (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"All of these remaining issues are directly related to the main problem of the info/entertainment going "dead" and then coming back on independent of and without operator involvement"

N W., PA (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear view mirror had wire failure and no controls worked within one month of owning"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 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

Condenser

"Condenser lines clogged and came loose causing a water leak into the inside of the car under the dash"

Gary K., NE (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The A/C has been a problem. 4 repairs and still not working properly. When I slow down or stop for a light, the A/C may blow warm air. The latest repair has improved this somewhat. I can't confirm until the outside temp is greater than 90 deg"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"front defroster is not efficient. takes a long time to clear frost and ice and allows slush to build up on the windshield which can cause visibility issues in poor and snowy weather"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)
Refrigerant leaks

"hose from ac was installed incorrectly at factory,was damaged"

Frank R., FL (2014 Hyundai Elantra Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had a major problem with my A/C system. 4 visits to Hyundai to attempt repairs: Problem: When the vehicle is stopped at a light or moving slowly in traffic and the outside temp is greater than 90 deg, the A/C will prob blow warm air. 1. N"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 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

"Seems to have rattles in several areas. Dealer cannot find"

Malcolm O., NY (2014 Hyundai Elantra GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks began in drivers side of dash and quickly spread to passenger side. They were intermittent, making them hard to pinpoint"

Michael E., KS (2014 Hyundai Elantra Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"I have encountered "no leaks", just noise coming from the front passenger door window"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)
Wind noise

"Passenger side door front window: noise coming from this area while car is moving. Speed increases the noise"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

"excessive noise at high speed60 or 70 mph"

Jack M., NY (2014 Hyundai Elantra GS 1.8-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

Doors or sliding doors

"Doors squeak while opening"

Stanley R., OH (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT Unsure)

"Opens hard and squeals loadly"

Malcolm O., NY (2014 Hyundai Elantra GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The car's trunk keeps opening up to the point I can't trust putting anything of value in the car and leaving it if I am going shopping, etc. Have locked musical instruments in the trunk, gone for a walk only to see the trunk open when I return! Also"

Gregory C., BC (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"I occassionaly find the trunk open. It has an electeonic lock that opens via the fob or the latch at the driver's seat. This problem is on Hyundai forums. The dealer says I have to leave the car there for several hours to reprogram the lock"

Thomas L., CA (2014 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

"The modelings on exterior doors became loose"

Stanley R., OH (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT Unsure)

"by front wheel curved area around wheel coming off"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Part of the driver's door molding came off"

Willliam N., AZ (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"nicks on front hood at end in front"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-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

Shocks or struts

"The rear suspension is poor and looses contact with the pavement when you hit a bump while cornering. It will often trigger the anti-lock brakes"

Peter H., IN (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Original rear shocks on this vehicle were insufficient to maintain Control of the rear of the vehicle. I had my mechanic replace the rear shocks only with KYB shocks in the rear of the vehicle is much more stable now"

Anonymous, NH (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"When at a stop sign, the steering completely went out. It was the motor (?) of the power steering? The warranty covered it, but it took 2 days for the dealership to receive/fix it, and we were traveling at the time"

Elizabeth C., NC (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Front driver's side wheel bearing failed and died a quick, noisy death. Required replacement at dealer. Under warranty, but we were treated with high suspicion of abuse and counseled to feel "lucky" they were replacing it under warranty. Absolutely n"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 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

"front wheel was squealing caused by brake problem"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Driving SLOWLY on an icy street with at least 8 car lengths of stopping "room" ahead of me, car failed to stop by applying emergency brake. 2nd problem: wheels are big, tires are thin-snow stays in the wheel wells and brakes can't work. Car not good"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-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

Gear selector or linkage

"It's a design flaw: the reverse gear is at the top left"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"going uphill will not shift down and almost stalls before jerking into gear. have to accelerate sharply to make it shift when it should then let off accelerator then do again on steep hills. seems damgerous to me. will not lease one again unless t"

Linda G., HI (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Tail light that wouldn't work. Repaired by installing new socket"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washer not working at all"

Linda C., CA (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-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

Ignition switch

"The engine stpopped suddenly while driving at low speed"

Anonymous, QC (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-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

"Unfortunately after less than25000 the engine needed to be replaced. While Hyundai did the work at no charge, it took 31/2 weeks and is a rebuilt engine not new"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Elantra GS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"No af in reserve tank. One gallon low in radiator"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"The engine did not run smoothly. It vibrated and felt as if it was going to stall. This occurred when the car is in an idling position. The dealer worked on the problem twice. The first time, no improvement. The second time the problem is better"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

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.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Exhaust

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

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