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.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2021 Elantra to have about average reliability when compared to other new cars. This prediction is based on Hyundai's brand history and the previous generation of the Elantra.

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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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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.

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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.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"The calipers seized on my car. One on the front driver's side and the other on the rear driver's side. This led to a failure of the anti-lock brake system in the winter in slippery conditions. I narrowly avoided an accident. It's interesting that these calipers are not serviceable. Maybe the calipers would not have seized with such low mileage on them in the first place. Brakes are pretty basic and simple in design. Their failure so early on is very disconcerting."

Anonymous, BC (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle does lots of short trips, and despite our best efforts (rather than driving kilometers out of the way on the way to work and the way home) the brake calipers seize or leak."

Lee W., ON (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Short distance, stop and go driving"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I should have addressed the issue sooner rather than later, it may not have cost as much."

Debra R., TX (2014 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-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)

"Some kind of recall on a switch on the brake. nothing major. I had no problem"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"replaced front rotors and pads before 35000"

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

"The brakes wear out too fast"

Laura P., NJ (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake rotors seem to rust prematurely"

Don D., (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"They wear out too fast"

Laura P., NJ (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"When the brakes are applied, you hear the straining of metal on metal. We have had the vehicle in to the dealer twice for this but the problem still exists. The brakes work fine but the noise is disconcerting."

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

"front wheel was squealing caused by brake problem"

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

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

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)

"AC leaked into cabin of vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"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)

"Strange sound like a barn door, when I open any door. Horrible engine noise when accelerating. Road noise when driving."

Adam P., ON (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Continuous rattle in dash area since day one , they checked said it was things placed in door pocket area but after removal of all items rattle still existed."

Barry B., CA (2014 Hyundai Elantra Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
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)

"excessive noise at high speed60 or 70 mph"

Jack M., NY (2014 Hyundai Elantra GS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The wind noise on this car is very pronounced. I've since rented a 2018 Hyundai which is much quieter."

Allen F., MN (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I never drove such noisy car before. It is any kind of noise in this vehicle. I do not know which way the air is coming to the car."

Adam P., ON (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-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)

"by front wheel curved area around wheel coming off"

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

"Total plastic front end...coming up to cement booster can wreck your car...should be higher Nd stronger"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Hyundai Elantra)

"something about front bumper arrangement has led to multiple needs to replace front bumper....that is inexcusable...."

Gary N., FL (2014 Hyundai Elantra)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"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)

"Paint is peeling from door handles. Dealer says it's out of warranty. Has not been repaired."

Anonymous, AL (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

"nicks on front hood at end in front"

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

"Door handals"

Peter C., FL (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-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

"Air conditioner cools inconsistently. B b ack to dealer several times."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 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)

"New AC system and had to be taken back to the dealership to be fixed. Unlike all other repairs that have been done by our local car shop."

Anonymous, AL (2014 Hyundai Elantra)
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)
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)
Refrigerant leaks

"I have to replace refrigerant at least once each summer since 2017. Purchased summer of 2015."

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

"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)

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)

"My left front light turn signal stops working. Sometimes for days, weeks, or months. Then it starts working, then stops again. I need to get it checked but when I have time to make an appointment, it starts working again."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE Unsure)

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

Anonymous, MO (2014 Hyundai Elantra)

"Rear LED back up light assembly went out. The dealer wanted $420 to replace..it could not be fixed."

Charles M., NH (2014 Hyundai Elantra Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"On and off for years, at times my headlights go off when I am adjusting from high to low or low to high beams. I hit lever again and they come back on"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE Unsure)

"I love this car, but the headlights are not strong enough. I find myself using my high beams a lot. This is my one and only complaint. This is a great car for the price!"

Carol M., (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Driver door re-locks itself frequently leaving the other doors unlocked. There is no auto lock feature on 2014 Elantras"

Don G., TX (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"No matter how many times we have had it fixed the door open light comes on when someone touches the driver's side door, it hits a bump, or just stays on."

Karl W., TN (2014 Hyundai Elantra)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washer not working at all"

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Complete unusable at night. Totally out of focus. Wouldn't be able to recognize or avoid hitting a buffalo if it were behind me."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Hyundai Elantra GS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"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)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Unable to charge devices."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Hyundai Elantra)
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)
Voice control commands

"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)

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)

"Opens hard and squeals loadly"

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

"visor sun-glass holder latch failed, dealer replace under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"Every time I even touch the driver's side door the overhead lights come on. The problem was supposed to have been solved by a warranty replacement. It is a dangerous issue at night because the overhead lights mess up my vision"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Hyundai Elantra)
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)

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

"Started making metatalic tapping noise. Metal shavings found in the oil. Engine replaced under warranty at 40K miles."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I experienced a constant loud clicking when the engine was running. I brought it to the dealership and one of the cylinder arms had broken. They had to replace the top half of the engine, which was luckily covered by my extended warranty. Otherwise it would have cost $5k."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"Covered by warranty!"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine developed a consitant metalic knock. at 40k miles. Metal shavings found in the oil pan. Dealer had to replace the engine. Car was unavailable for several months. Alternate vehicle was provided."

Dan F., MA (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine began knocking when dropping into lowest gear going up steep hills. I was told a bad rod was the problem. Engine was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Hyundai Elantra)

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

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)
Shocks or struts

"The overall suspension system is designed only for the smoothest of paved roads. I live at the end of a long unpaved road. The Elantra feels like it will tear itself apart when it hits any road roughness."

Anonymous, ON (2014 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
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)

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)
Slipping transmission

"The erratic shifting is troublesome. It started soon after I bought the car with 32,000km on it. I don't foresee this car lasting very long with such a problem. I've changed the transmission fluid twice since and it seems to have helped some. It just doesn't bode well at all"

Anonymous, BC (2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited 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

"Engine started to show a tick tick tick sound all the time when running. Changed oil tick tick did not go away. Researched common problem with engine of the generation of Elantra. Solution is to replace engine."

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

"Apparently an internal manufacture problem with process used to manufacture piston parts. starts with piston slap noise. then scarring of cylinders. just gets worse. eventually engine will fail requiring complete rebuild."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

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)
Starter

"intermittent starting issue, unresolved fuel sensor failure"

Steven S., MD (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-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)

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

Fuel gauge/sender

"replaced fuel gauge sensors and pump"

Steven S., MD (2014 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-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

Differential

"Fluid leak but it is covered under warranty and the dealer is currently ordering parts to fix it for me."

Charles M., NH (2014 Hyundai Elantra Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Nov 30, 2017
If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated preventing accurate communication to following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2013-2014 Elantra sedan, coupe and GT vehicles. The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. This will allow the brake lights to remain illuminated continuously. It can also allow the shift lever to be moved without depressing the brake pedal, or activate the engine management brake pedal override feature.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 8, 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 170. This campaign expands recall 16V574.
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: 17V769000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 390467
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