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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.

Reliability

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, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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Overall Reliability Verdict
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
NA
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Transmission Major
NA
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
NA
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2016 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

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)
Warning lights

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

Thomas T., NJ (2016 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)
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)

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)

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)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

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)

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 Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed, covered by warranty, replaced at no charge to me”

Patricia W., CA (2016 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“at highway speeds over 100Kph there is a rattle”

Paul M., ON (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

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.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

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

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.

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
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