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Contemporary compact sedans have grown roomier, more substantial, and more fuel efficient. These aren't the tiny, "first new cars" the segment used to be. Case in point, the redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra. The Elantra delivers the roominess and fuel economy to compete in this crowded segment, but it falls short in refinement and performance.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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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The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Potential Trouble Spots
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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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 2017 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“blind-spot module failed in first thousand miles. replaced by esealer”

Jerald B., FL (2017 Hyundai Elantra ECO Unsure)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Several problems with android auto. I think it is an android issue but not sure. System worked fine for about 6 months then began to have problems. The system would read you a text then when you answered it to send it would freeze. All issues revolve around texting. Another issue or complaint is the limited apps through android auto. Don't know if it is limited by Hyundai or not but my friend has an apple and she has considerably more apps on Apple play”

Ed B., VA (2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Traffic from SXM not displayed. Radio unit replaced under warranty to correct the problem”

Anonymous, VA (2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“reception stinks unless you buy sirius”

Anonymous, CO (2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

“Does not recognize or respond to voice commands”

Larry C., PA (2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The interface does not recognize commands. When you say a name it does not understand. You have to speakers very slow them it will come up with multiple responses. The only way to get it to work is use the call feature. Then speak the name, no just call so and so. I utilize android auto due to the inability for the installed vehicle system to work. Even android auto has its issues but I think it is an android issue not the car. I also prefer the Google maps over the installed navigation. I have”

Ed B., VA (2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 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

Squeaks or rattles

“Rear package shelf rattle, repaired, no other noises or rattles, satisfied with quietness”

Anonymous, VA (2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Headliner rattles. Two different occasions in the same area. Very annoying”

Ronnie C., OH (2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 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

Antilock system (ABS)

“There was a recall on a brake part”

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“I did not understand the specifics of a recent recall on this model but this repair to the braking system was a result of ONLY a recall - not any problem experienced on the road. I believe this was the recall for brake booster failure”

Chris M., AR (2017 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

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

“Threw a rod/sucked a valve at less than 2500 miles. Took two months to get a new engine. Had to replace the engine TWICE; the first replacement engine had low compression, so we had to wait for a second replacement engine. Rare, but, it happened. No other problems”

Karl B., TX (2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“Car threw cooling system MIL last April; dealer replaced thermostat and housing (existing TSB on this issue) under warranty”

Mitchell M., IL (2017 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-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

Stability control (ESC)

“Same comment as previous as several things failed at the same time. One part seemed to control several features”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 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

Heated or cooled seat controls

“Dual system - Driver side is good -warms fast, has to be dialed back soon. Passenger side warms very slowly - does not give a heat output”

Gerald G., MI (2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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.

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.

Exhaust

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

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

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.

Paint/Trim

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

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.
Recalls
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STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Mar 28 2017
Loss of power steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2017 Elantra vehicles. The affected vehicles may have a damaged Electronic Power Steering (MDPS) connector resulting in a loss of electric power steering assistance.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EPS motor, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 28, 2017. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-243-7766. Hyundai's number for this recall 161.
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: 17V213000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 99
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:HYDRAULIC
Jan 26 2017
A loss of power brake assist can lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2017 Elantra vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the brake booster may fail, resulting in a loss of power brake assist.
What should you do:
Hyundai has notified owners, and dealers will replace the brake system booster assembly, free of charge. The recall began on February 6, 2017. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 157.
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: 17V063000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33803
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Dec 30 2016
In the event of a crash, an air bag that does not inflate fully increases the risk of injury.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2017 Hyundai Elantra vehicles manufactured April 15, 2016, to September 13, 2016, and Sonata vehicles manufactured May 27, 2016 to September 16, 2016. In these vehicles, the end seal for the driver's frontal air bag inflator may not have been properly installed, possibly resulting in reduced inflation of the frontal air bag in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began February 13, 2017. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 156.
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: 16V956000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 110
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Apr 21 2016
An air bag that does not inflate increases the risk of injury.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 29, 2014 to February 11, 2016, 2017 Elantra vehicles manufactured January 12, 2016 to February 22, 2016, and one 2016 Sonata Hybrid vehicle manufactured October 15, 2015. In these vehicles, the driver's frontal air bag may be missing a chemical enhancer required for the second stage air bag deployment, resulting in the second stage not deploying in certain crashes. The primary stage will deploy as intended.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began on May 5,2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 144.
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: 16V232000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33
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