5th Generation (2011—2016) Elantra Problems

This generations ranks 51st out of 52 Hyundai generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (21%), wheels (10%), and the brakes (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Mpg Not Close to Epa Estimates 41 complaints at an average of 9,632 miles in the 2013 Hyundai Elantra.
  2. Steering Locked Up 3 complaints at an average of 6,533 miles in the 2016 Hyundai Elantra.
  3. Engine Ticking 28 complaints at an average of 58,641 miles in the 2012 Hyundai Elantra.

What Elantra Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Hyundai model years.

Watch out for the 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2016 30 0 23 32.8
2015 48 0 37 16.65
2014 65 1 35 20.76
2013 476 3 69 117.58
2012 129 2 42 27.52
2011 88 3 56 32.5

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