The Elantra is a well-rounded competitor that ranks near the top of our small-sedan Ratings and out-points strong competitors such as the Ford Focus and Honda Civic. Easy to live with, the Elantra combines nimble handling with a comfortable, well-controlled ride and a neatly laid out, well-equipped interior. Coupe-like styling, with a beltline that swoops up toward the rear, can impede the view to the rear quarters.

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
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2001
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2002
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2004
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2005
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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.
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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

The Elantra is a well-rounded competitor that ranks near the top of our small-sedan Ratings and out-points strong competitors such as the Ford Focus and Honda Civic. Easy to live with, the Elantra combines nimble handling with a comfortable, well-controlled ride and a neatly laid out, well-equipped interior. Coupe-like styling, with a beltline that swoops up toward the rear, 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. Road noise is rather pronounced. While the Elantra coupe is simply a two-door version of the high-scoring sedan, the Elantra GT hatchback is a noticably different car that 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
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (145 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (166 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (173 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Abs sensor failure"

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Rear brake overhaul at a cost of $600 (before taxes)"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I did not notice the problem while driving, but the dealer's mechanic found it during my annual inspection. He showed me the brakes, and the degree of wear was so great that I was surprised I hadn't noticed a problem. The actual repair was relatively simple and quick, albeit not cheap, but I was glad he spotted the problem brought it to my attention. The only thing I found a bit disconcerting was that I had not noticed symptoms of it myself ahead of time."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Hyundai Elantra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear rotors and pads needed replacement at 60000km front rotors and pads needed replacement at 90000km"

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Brake pads separated from backing plates on rear. Mechanic told me to replace front brakes & rotors within next 6-9 months.. Car will have less than 35000 kms"

Anonymous, NB (2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes needed replacing at 40000 miles"

Leroy L., IL (2016 Hyundai Elantra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"With only 64000 km on the clock I didn't expect a $1000 repair bill."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rust in the rear brakes caused detachment of braking pads"

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ive spent thousands of dollars replacing my break pads and rotors on this vehicle the entire time I've owned it."

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"At times when I step on my brakes, the breaks start to pulse and I start to skid a little bit."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE Unsure)
Rotors

"New rotors installed after considerable grinding and squeaking ffrom brake pads being worn completely down."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 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

Cruise control

"I now use cruise control rarely. On the trip I made a few days ago the system just turned off as I was driving. The road was rough but it should not have turned off. I also find I can set it at 70 mph and it fluctuates from about 67 to 74. I only use it now to be able to change my leg position for a while"

Linda B., MO (2016 Hyundai Elantra)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Driver side blinker light does not work when main headlight is on however blinker light does work when only daylight headlight are on"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)
Gauges

"Temperature gauge gave erroneous readings. It took two weeks to replace the entire instrument cluster. I did have a loaner car"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlight burned out. The dealer was unable to replace the bulb and replaced entire assembly."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Hyundai Elantra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights would briefly go off when shifting high/low beams"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"I shut the car off and everything goes dead. Cannot lock the doors, radio has to reset then get back into the car, hit the on button and the car starts and everything works again. My radio resets, etc. I sometime get in and hear the system buzzing until I hit the start button then it stops. Hyundai dealer no help on this"

Linda B., MO (2016 Hyundai Elantra)
Warning lights

"Tire pressure low. Brougjht to the dealer and they could fix the problem"

Thomas T., NJ (2016 Hyundai Elantra)
Wiper motor or washer

"The washer became clogged and would not work. The dealer's service department blamed it on the windshield washer fluid used and suggested using "plain water!" I found that to be an absurd solution, but they said it was a common problem with the Elantra"

Jon B., CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"My windshield washer stopped spraying water completely. This happened after freezing weather in SE Iowa where I live, but the washer fluid I store in trunk--plus sample I have in my freezer at 0F (zero degrees F, lower than temp got here) didn't freeze. Wiper motor works fine. I haven't yet taken this to my closest Hyundai dealer in Des Moines, 95 miles away from me. Hope it will be covered under warranty."

Roy S., TX (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 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

Alignment

"The wheel was not aligned after driving for 8,000 miles only"

Ju-Hyoung K., IL (2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"The ride is very stiff almost like dead shocks, brought it into the dealer and they said the left rear shock had leaked dry, it makes me wonder about the overall quality of the shocks"

William B., NL (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks leaked out and there was a loud bang everytime you hit a bump, also the ride was very rough"

William B., NL (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks on both cars leaked out, loud bang everytime you hit a bump and in general the ride is roug"

William B., NL (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealership noticed a problem and initiated a free warranty repair."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear shocks wore out and needed replacing after only 36000 miles."

Kenneth K., IN (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"I replaced shocks under 50,000 miles. At 56,000 miles, my mechanic told me they need replacement again."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition Unsure)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"speed sensitive steering over 50mph becomes to sensitive and hard to maintain a straight line, i.e car wanders. Also over 50mph steering wheel seems to be locked in the center position and requires too much effort to correct, and movement from center becomes over sensitive and have to correct the oversteer, common problem that Hyundai refuses to recitify."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 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

"From bumper trim is separating from body"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"At 2000 miles Had an area about 8" in diameter on the right front bumper where paint erupted, almost looked like a shotgun blast. Paint was sanded and repainted, looks fine now 10 months later. Dealer was very cooperative with repair"

Tom L., OH (2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chips easily"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The handles on BOTH rear doors have paint defects. I took it to the Hyundai dealership and they said it was NOT covered under their 60000 mile warranty."

Albert M., FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim started to bubble on driver side door (black trim). The passenger side has blotched paint on lower passenger door - just missed the paint warranty so not corrected unless I want to pay them a $1000. Sloppy paint on underside of driver side rear frame."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"had two small bubbles appear. one on the roof and one on front passenger door. both were repaired by dealership."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the door handles has deteriorated. It is ugly but was NOT covered (after 25000 miles) under warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor quality of scratch resistance. I did not get the upgrade to prevent this when I purchased the car. No rust but visible scratches"

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE Unsure)

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

"Manufacturer recall on faulty compressor failed in the heat of the summer. Delivery was 2 weeks due to shortage of inventories based on wide spread failures"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Hyundai Elantra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed, covered by warranty, replaced at no charge to me"

Patricia W., CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Car has difficulty in cooling the cabin. Of course we live in a very hot climate."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AC does not work well in the extreme heat in Arizona"

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Elantra GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Ac went out completely. Had to be completely replaced at $2000"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 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

"Sun Roof leaked but was corrected by the dealership quickly."

John H., TX (2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"at highway speeds over 100Kph there is a rattle"

Paul M., ON (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeak is noticeable when going over bumps or dips in the roadway."

Maria H., KY (2016 Hyundai Elantra)
Wind noise

"At high speeds wind noise is pronunced."

Maria H., KY (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

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

"The backup guidelines are misaligned. Therefore if you were to backup based on using the guidelines alone, you would always be not aligned while backing into a parking space"

Ju-Hyoung K., IL (2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"In cold weather ( -5c or colder) the sound system sounds awful, basically no bass or decent sound until the car warms up"

William B., NL (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"In cold weather ( -5c or colder) the sound system sounds awful, basically no bass or decent sound until the car warms up"

William B., NL (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Electric trunk latch stopped working. Also, the driver seat truck latch does not work. No key lock on truck. Unable to open it."

Theodore D., CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)
Windows

"The power window control has a very fragile part to it. If you press too hard (I did) it breaks and makes it subject to the window going all the way down without intent."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 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

"Problem with Hyundai 1.8 litre NU engines - knocking. My engine started knocking at startup but eventually disappeared. The dealership said that it was a known problem with the specific engine and my engine was replaced under warranty. I was required to provide copies of all my oil changes since I purchased the car."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A year ago I brought my car in several times complaining of a noise in the front passenger side of the hood and they kept telling me nothing was wrong. My car started to not turn on on the first turn of the key about three times spread out by a month or so that I just thought it was me not turning the key all the way the first couple times. I was driving one day and my oil light came on and my car stalled for a second I was very close to home so I parked my car and called the closest dealership and ended up I was told not to drive it anywhere and I had to get a whole new engine. Only lucky thing was I was at 74000km of my 75000 km warranty and due to my regular maintenance records I was able to get the new engine under warranty."

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died after 30 months of driving in central Florida. Inconvenient but our neighbor came to jump start car and Hyundai warranty supplied tow from our home to dealership at no charge. Battery was covered under warranty so no charge for that either. Except for the unexpected failure of the battery, we were completely pleased with the way we were taken care of by Hyundai."

James M., FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"Faulure of coils (covered under warranty) caused engine to run roughly"

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"ECU had to be updated for cylinder misfire (also covered under warranty)"

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8-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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"At around 39000 miles, purge valve (EVAP) failed and MIL came on. Replaced by dealer under warranty."

Donald H., NY (2016 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

Slipping transmission

"The engine was changed from the previous year model and does not accelerate smoothly"

Anonymous, DE (2016 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

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