Which Hyundai Elantra's years should Car Enthusiasts try to avoid?

What are some key considerations and factors to keep in mind when looking to purchase a used Hyundai Elantra? I am particularly interested in learning about specific model years that may have had notable issues or concerns. Could experienced Hyundai Elantra owners or automotive enthusiasts share their insights on which years to potentially avoid and why?

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Sure, happy to provide some insights on this topic. While the Hyundai Elantra has been a reliable vehicle overall, like any car, certain model years may have had their share of issues.

  • 2007-2010 Elantra: These model years have been reported to have some issues with the automatic transmission, particularly in the 2007 and 2008 models. Owners have reported transmission slipping and jerking, which could lead to costly repairs.
  • 2013 Elantra: The 2013 Elantra faced criticism for its handling and ride quality, with some owners experiencing excessive road noise and a harsh ride. Additionally, there were complaints about the effectiveness of the braking system.
  • 2017-2018 Elantra: Owners of these model years have reported problems with the dual-clutch transmission, including rough shifting and hesitation during acceleration. This could potentially affect the driving experience and require frequent visits to the dealership for repairs.
  • 2019 Elantra GT N-Line: While praised for its sporty performance, some owners have noted issues with the turbocharged engine, including oil leaks and premature wear on engine components. It’s worth noting that Hyundai has been proactive in addressing these concerns through recalls and warranty extensions.

When considering purchasing a used Hyundai Elantra, several key factors can help guide your decision and ensure a satisfying ownership experience.

  • Research Model Years.
  • Check Maintenance Records.
  • Consider Mileage.
  • Inspect for Signs of Wear and Damage.
  • Test Drive Multiple Vehicles.
  • Research Common Issues.
  • Consider Safety Features.
  • Evaluate Warranty Coverage.
  • Consult Expert Opinions.

When buying a used Hyundai Elantra, here are some simple tips and years to be careful about:


  1. Service Records: Make sure the car was taken care of regularly.
  2. Check for Recalls: Look up if the car had any major problems before.
  3. Mileage and Age: A car that’s old but hasn’t been driven much might still have issues because parts like rubber can wear out over time.
  4. How It Was Used: Cars used for rentals or as fleet vehicles might have more wear than a car used by one person.
  5. Get It Checked: Always have a mechanic you trust check the car before you buy it.

Years to Watch:

  • 2011-2012: These cars might have steering, suspension, and electrical problems.
  • 2013: Better than earlier years, but some had paint and interior wear issues.
  • 2011-2016: Engine problems like failure and noises were reported, especially if the car wasn’t well-maintained.

Newer models, especially from 2017 and later, usually have fewer issues. Remember, how good a used car is can vary a lot. It’s a good idea to look at car reviews and talk to mechanics who know about Elantras to learn more.