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.

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

"Quieter than many other small cars, composed, fuel efficient, has automanuel transmission allowing the car to cruise and have power."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Due to my job in the local mountains, I cannot use this car. Be it the climb up the mountain in optimum conditions, or it's inability to handle severe weather conditions - it simply cannot do the job. A weak engine during the climb, less than surefooted handling when it is wet, or a weak AC intensifies the engine's lack of power when it is hot combine to make this my last choice to use for work."

JON B., CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Poor visibility to rear and front oblique. High steering effort. "Twitchy" accelerator response."

ALAN T., VA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Great Fuel Mileage but the vehicle which has a 6-speed manual transmission is somewhat jerky in acceleration in the lower gears and stalls very easy in start up."

CRAIG H., CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Tho' a slightly smaller--bur more high tech engine, the 6-speed automatic transmission gives better acceleration than my 2009 Elantra SE and better gas mileage. 2016 Engine is turning 500 rpm less at 74 mph on freeway. 6-speed shifts are very smooth and well timed, both up and down. .. Because the 2016 SE has bigger, wider, low aspect ratio tires it handles extremely well for an inexpensive little car. It stops extremely short too. It is fun to drive..I've had absolutely no problems with it"

ROY S., TX (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Mostly handles fine. But going over bumps, the car seems to jerk a lot more than I'd expect. And going around corners, the engine revs highly as it seeks a lower gear."

DENNIS H., GA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Handling is somewhat unpredictable over irregular road - can pull to one side suddenly."

SCOTT S., OR (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Lag in shifting when going uphill"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"I wish it had more hp"

RICHARD K., NJ (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"I have been a little disappointed with the acceleration of the car. It sometimes feels a bit pokey."

ANDREW C., IN (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Over all the car is great, however with the low profile tires (45) you feel every miner bump in the road plus some road noise because of the tires."

Anonymous, WV (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Took it to the dealer after a few weeks because it was sluggish at acceleration and felt like it was chugging, Dealership treated me like I was stupid and said it didn't chug on the highway. I didn't tell them that, it is when i am driving on the side streets, slow acceleration I will not have this car in 12 more months nor will I ever return to the dealer"

LINDA B., MO (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"I was worried about the handling of this vehicle in inclement weather because of the low price and size of this vehicle but this front wheel drive, very cheap sedan handles better in the snow and rain then some of the SUV's I have owned in the past!!! Awesome vehicle!!"

BOBBY G., UT (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Outstanding driving comfort, drove from So. California to Southwest Florida the month after purchase. Comfortable ride as well as great gas mileage. Very happy with car!"

JEANNIE F., FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"excellent performance overall"

MIKE B., AR (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Nice styling"

PAULINE W., WI (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"easy to handle both cases"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"The sports ability to change the steering options was a very Interesting experiment for me and given the types of roads l encounter I found the tight steering and engine response of the sport option gave me a feel of control I had never encountered before"

MALCOLM P., NS (2016 Hyundai Elantra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seat belt is cumbersome and does not retract very easily if I have it at the lowest setting"

DARLENE F., FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"The car suffers from a lot of road noise. The design of the windshield wipers is annoying. The driver's wiper blade is about 2' long while the passenger side is only about 8" long. The long blade creates a bad streak on the passenger side window."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"I like the car so much I trade in may 2013 Elantra GT for a 2016"

GARCIA J., DC (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"No room in the back eats for even my grandchildren it might as well be a two seater, only my dogs are comfortable in back no leg room at all"

LINDA B., MO (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"The handling is good, the bounce over uneven road is more than I like."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Pedals too close for steering wheel position. Needs telescoping steering wheel."

ALAN T., VA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"I think the climate control vents should be more flexible. I don't think they move up, down or from side to side as much as they should (or as much as my former Toyota Corolla's did)."

HONORA D., VA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats good support. Air takes a long time to cool down and on hot days only cools fair"

JO L., FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Everything is great so far. The price was much higher that the 2006 Sonata which I expected it only to be somewhat higher, due to it being a smaller vehicle."

CARLOS G., AZ (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"noisy ride"

RICHARD L., ON (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"On my Elantra GT teck model I would have expected a better passenger set. All manual adjustment and no adjustible lumbar."

KEN D., ON (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"everything seems to be ergonomically well placed, easy to reach , uncomplicated controls, good visability, easy simple overall controls."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Its small tires transmit every little defect in the road"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"We recently had very warm weather where I live, and this was the first time I have driven this vehicle in a warmer climate. I had the climate control on max A/C, and within minutes I had goosebumps from how cold the A/C was. The temperature outside was 93 degrees Fahrenheit outside. I was blown away by how well it worked, no pun intended."

DAVID E., MN (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Seats are comfortable although the passenger side seat is way too low. Rear seats are good for a car this size. The road noise on concrete roads is loud. Ride is very stiff and you feel every bump in the road. Climate control system is good"

WILLIAM H., NY (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"I am 5'10 and 210 lbs, but the seat is very snug around the hips"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Only negative I have is the comfort of the drivers seat as compared to my 2011 Elantra touring. Drivers seat is too narrow on the 2016 Elantra"

ROBIN J., FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)


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

What Owners Say

"Outstanding value for the money. Dealer beat all the NewCar dealer offers."

JOHN L., MA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Many features are available with a tech package that comparable cars don't have. The tech package was just a few hundred dollars more and worth every penny."

DEBORAH G., CO (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"This car was only a little over $20K but I bought the Value Edition and got a load of extra useful options for very little money. You can't go wrong for the money. It's no sports car, acceleration is adequate but car stumbles on bumpy roads and can be noisy. Still, a good car for around town, easy to handle and park."

WILLIAM H., NY (2016 Hyundai Elantra)


Anonymous, OK (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"mid size sedan style; feels like a larger car"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"For the price (low) it has provided satisfactory performance, comfort, mileage, appearance - essentially meets all the basic requirements for (so far) reliable transportation. Obviously it's not a luxury sedan but once again: the price is low."

GILBERT H., ON (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"It travels too low to ground and catches on parking stops. Viability not good has bad blind spots area. Somewhat noisy cannot get road noise from interfering with conversations and music"

LINDA D., FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"It performs quite well, has relatively good comfort, and gets exceptional gas mileage (over 40 on the highway). An exceptional value for the price I paid. Close to a Honda Civic but at a significantly lower price."

JERRY S., CO (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"The car is very good and we like it but the dealership financial managers ripped us off with trick contract leasing the car adding in 3 years of maintenance on the contract saying it was free but turned out they charged us extra in the contract and we got stuck paying way more $293 a month for the 2016 Elantra lease which is way more than they advertised at $179/month for 3 year lease. Fought with manager to no avail because he said we signed the contract and its tough luck! Shady Long Island Ci"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Purchased using True Car and obtained a very good value."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"best warranties, rebates and overall buyer incentives of ANY manufacturer."

MIKE B., AR (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"It's just been a great car. The bargained price was excellent. 40 mpg on the freeway if driven under 65."

JOHN H., UT (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"This car is a wonderful value for a $179 a month standard lease. It is one of the best automotive values possible."

JON B., CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Compared to small sedans from Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Mazda, the Elantra gives a lot more bang for the buck. While it doesn't drive quite as nicely as the Civic or Mazda 3, it has more features and great room in front and back, and the driving experience isn't that much worse. It's great for around town driving and ok on the highway where it doesn't have as much acceleration when merging from ramps or trying to pass."

ROBERT G., VA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Great looks. It looks like a smaller Sonata. There is much more inside room from the previous Elantras."

CARLOS G., AZ (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"I consider the Elantra to be, for me at least, a luxury car because of its sleek exterior and the number of features included. I could have spent at leat $20000 more on a car and not gotten the same features."

ANDREW C., IN (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Styling is edgy and modern. moreso than others in class."

KEN D., ON (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"The curvy lines are very visually appealing. It's not boxy like many 2016 models."

CHERI M., MN (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"looks and eels like it should be higher in the market and is priced."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Sports car look"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Sleek, and streamline"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"looks good, rides well, gas mileage very good"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"the elantra styling is showing its age , thats why the 2017 redesign. how ever for the money paid the car was a steal especially with a $3500.00 rebate and a $500.00 loyalty rebate, then another $1900.00 equipment discount,can't beat that"

RONALD R., FL (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"Very attractive look that grabbed my attention"

MALCOLM P., NS (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

"It is a very generic looking car even for its price range. Not distinctive, hard to find in parking lots. Have to add bumper stickers."

ELEANOR L., NJ (2016 Hyundai Elantra)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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