Used 2012 Hyundai Elantra

2012 Hyundai Elantra
List price range
$4,995 - $12,998

Pros

  • Outstanding fuel economy on all models
  • lots of features for the money
  • comfortable and well-built cabin
  • large trunk
  • long warranty coverage
  • distinctive styling.

Cons

  • Limited rear headroom
  • not as sporty as some rivals.

Used 2012 Hyundai Elantra for Sale

Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
63,468 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
CarMax
3.1 mi away
List$11,599
Est.Loan: $217/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Rental,Fleet
Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
96,474 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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Dealer Notes
Check this super reliable 2012 Hyundai Elantra Equipped with 16* Wheels, Cruise Control, Power Windows, Power Mirros, Keyless Entry, USB/AUX Entry.All of our vehicles pass a rigorous VA Multi-Point Quality Inspection - Buy with confidence. No Credit, Bad Credit, No problem! Tax ID, No Problem! We Finance EVERYONE! Guaranteed Credit Approval! Rates starting at 1.99%. Apply Online at WWW.CAPAUTOVA.COM. - TRADE-IN WELCOME!!! - Extended Warranties Available! Call (703) 445-CARS (2277) to make an appointment or drop by to check out our new Chantilly showroom located at: 25280 Pleasant Valley Rd.Suite 150Chantilly, VA 20152 We are open 7 days a week - Monday thru Saturday ?9am-8pm , Sunday 11am-4pm, and any other time convenient for you - by appointment.
Hyundai Elantra 2012 Limited PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
97,590 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
Limited PZEV
Dotcom Auto
8.3 mi away
List$8,558
Est.Loan: $160/mo
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Hyundai Elantra 2012 Limited PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
91,519 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
Limited PZEV
Shell Motors
8.8 mi away
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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Good Deal!
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Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
88,264 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
List$6,615
Est.Loan: $124/mo
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Great Deal!
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Hyundai Elantra 2012 Limited PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
81,390 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
Limited PZEV
List$8,495
Est.Loan: $159/mo
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Fair Deal!
$234 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
***LIMITED EDITION WITH LEATHER, POWER SUNROOF.....................2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA LIMITED SEDAN, BLACK DIAMOND WITH A BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, POWER SUNROOF, HEATED SEATS, AM/FM CD PLAYER, XM/ BLUETOOTH/ MP3, LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL, SIDE AIRBAGS, ANTI-LOCK BRAKES, TRACTION CONTROL, 17 INCH ALLOY WHEELS, CLEAN CARFAX***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Hyundai Elantra 2012
104,000 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
Carplex
18.9 mi away
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Hyundai Elantra 2012 Limited PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
40,583 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
Limited PZEV
Auto Connection
19 mi away
List$12,114
Est.Loan: $226/mo
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Hyundai Elantra 2012 Limited 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
156,206 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
Limited
Victory Motors
19.6 mi away
List$6,777
Est.Loan: $127/mo
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Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
49,625 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
List$9,241
Est.Loan: $173/mo
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2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Red***Clean, no exterior work needed. Routine Maintenance was done! Previous customer lived 5 miles from the store. Price to market most aggressive. STEAL! Drive-way kept. Recent Arrival! CARFAX One-Owner. Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Odometer is 32193 miles below market average! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Hyundai Elantra 2012
64,540 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
List$9,250
Est.Loan: $173/mo
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LOW MILEAGE, AND WELL MAINTAINED! JUST FULLY SERVICED WITH NEW MOTOR OIL, AND ALL FILTERS! LOADED WITH PREFERRED PACKAGE: 16”ALUMINUM-ALLOY WHEELS, BLUETOOTH HANDS-FREE PHONE WITH VOICE RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS, 360-WATT PREMIUM AUDIO WITH DIGITAL AMPLIFIER, AND FOG LIGHTS! WELL EQUIPPED WITH PREMIUM AM/FM/XM-SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO CD/MP3 PLAYER, AUXILIARY AUDIO INPUT AND USB iPod INTERFACE WITH SPEED SENSITIVE VOLUME CONTROL, SIDE IMPACT AIRBAGS, ALL-ROWS CURTAINS AIRBAGS, ANTI LOCK BRAKES – ABS WITH BRAKE ASSIST ELECTRONIC BRAKE FORCE DISTRIBUTION – EBD, VEHICLE STABILITY MANAGEMENT – VSM, ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL – ESC WITH TRACTION CONTROL - TCS, AIR CONDITIONING, DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS, POWER STEERING, POWER WINDOWS, POWER LOCKS, POWER MIRRORS, ANTI-THEFT ENGINE IMMOBILIZER WITH KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM, TILT/TELESCOPIC-STEERING WHEEL, CRUISE-CONTROL, DIGITAL CLOCK WITH EXTERNAL TEMPERATURE DISPLAY, CLUSTER TRIP COMPUTER DISPLAY, REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER, SPLIT FOLD-DOWN REAR SEATS, POWER TRUNK RELEASE, INTERMITTENT WIPERS, TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM, SHARK-FIN ANTENNA, CARPETED FLOOR MATS, PRIVACY-GLASS WINDOW TINTING, AND CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM WITH LATCH ANCHORS! MD INSPECTED; VA, DC STATE INSPECTION GUARANTEED*! Includes 3 Months or 3,000 Miles Powertrain Warranty by KAS! Vehicle qualifies for up to 5 years of extended nationwide warranty coverage, ask for details! Nationwide warranty plans starts as low as $250 for 3 Months or 4,500 Miles Powertrain Plus by GWC! *Restrictions Apply.
Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
110,516 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
List$4,995
Est.Loan: $94/mo
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This 2012 Hyundai Elantra 4dr 4dr Sedan Manual GLS features a 1.8L 4 CYLINDER 4cyl Gasoline engine. It is equipped with a Manual transmission. The vehicle is Silver with a Gray interior. It is offered As-Is, extended warranty is available. - Air Conditioning| Climate Control| Power Steering| Power Windows| Power Mirrors| Clock| Tachometer| Telescoping Steering Wheel| Driver Airbag| Passenger Airbag| Side Airbags| Keyless Entry| Security System| ABS Brakes| Rear Defogger| Intermittent Wipers| AM/FM| CD Player| Aux. Audio Input| Center Console| Child Proof Door Locks| Cup Holders| Daytime Running Lights| Heated Mirrors| Side Curtain Airbags| Vanity Mirrors - Contact SALES DEPARTMENT at 703-369-7777 or FINISHLINEAUTOVA@GMAIL.COM for more information. -
Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
62,681 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
CarMax
25.1 mi away
List$11,598
Est.Loan: $217/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
58,882 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
List$9,493
Est.Loan: $177/mo
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Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
76,010 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
List$7,990
Est.Loan: $149/mo
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Fair Deal!
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WARRANTIES AVAILABLE ON MOST VEHICLES STARTING FROM %2524299.WE SELL GREAT CARS AT WHOLESALE PRICES%2521%2521 %2A%2ACALL TO CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY%2A%2A %2A%2AVEHICLES FOR SALE IN ALL PRICE RANGES%2A%2A FOR MORE INFORMATION OR PICTURES PLEASE VISIT US %40 www.windriderauto.com Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,AM/FM,Anti-Lock Brakes,Automatic Headlights,Aux Audio Jack,CD,Child Safety Door Locks,Cruise Control,Daytime Running Lights,Driver Airbag,Electronic Brake Assistance,Fog Lights,Front Air Dam,Front Side Airbag,Heated Exterior Mirror,Interval Wipers,Keyless Entry,Leather Steering Wheel,Owners Manual,Passenger Airbag,Power Locks,Power Mirrors,Power Steering,Power Windows,Rear Defroster,Second Row Folding Seat,Second Row Heated Seat,Side Airbags,Side Head Curtain Airbag,Steering Wheel Mounted Controls,Tachometer,Telescopic Steering Column,Tinted Windows,Tire Pressure Monitor,Traction Control,Trip Computer,Trunk Anti-Trap Device,Vehicle Stability Control System
Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
95,580 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
(3)
Ourisman Mazda
35.9 mi away
List$9,284
Est.Loan: $174/mo
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Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
77,113 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS
(1)
CarMax
36.1 mi away
List$10,998
Est.Loan: $206/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Hyundai Elantra 2012 GLS PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)
47,883 miles
Used 2012
Hyundai Elantra
GLS PZEV
Opequon Cadillac
38.7 mi away
List$9,999
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Thanks to head-turning styling, a fuel-efficient engine and a long list of standard safety features and upscale options, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra is a top pick for a small sedan.

vehicle overview

Once a crummy also-ran, then a dark-horse alternative and now one of the sales leaders, the Hyundai Elantra is quite the success story. After last year's complete redesign, the Elantra has shed its frumpy, anonymous styling and gained fluid curves and a coupelike roof line. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra looks good, and that counts for a lot in a segment not normally known for visual excitement.

Thankfully, there's substance to go along with the Elantra's new sheet metal. Its 1.8-liter engine delivers commendable power for its class, as well as thrifty fuel economy. The latter improves even further for 2012 thanks to a new system known as Active Eco. When the driver selects this mode, the Elantra's automatic transmission shift points and throttle response are adjusted to increase fuel economy by up to 7 percent. The downside, though, is more sluggish performance when the mode is engaged.

Inside the cabin, occupants are greeted by a bold dash design and controls that are still easy to use. Overall materials quality isn't quite best-in-class (that award goes to the Ford Focus), but the Elantra's cabin isn't bargain-basement either. The Elantra can also be loaded up with the sort of comfort and electronics features indicative of a luxury car. Other than a lack of rear headroom for taller folks, the cabin is generally quite spacious.

So the 2012 Hyundai Elantra is comfortable, well-built, fuel efficient, abundantly equipped, sharply styled and covered by Hyundai's long warranty coverage. Of course, other small cars like the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, 2012 Ford Focus, 2012 Honda Civic and 2012 Mazda 3 are also great choices, making comparison shopping a must. But when it comes to the small sedan segment, we can finally endorse the Elantra as a top pick.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra is available in GLS and Limited trims.

The base GLS comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, heated mirrors, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The GLS Comfort package adds 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, solar glass and, when equipped with an automatic transmission, Hyundai's Active Eco system. The GLS Preferred package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, upgraded interior trim, a sliding front center armrest, illuminated vanity mirrors, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth.

The Elantra Limited adds all of the GLS Preferred equipment plus 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. The Limited Technology package adds automatic headlights, keyless ignition/entry, a rearview camera, an upgraded sound system, a touchscreen infotainment interface and a navigation system with real-time traffic, weather and other information.

performance & mpg

Every 2012 Hyundai Elantra is front-wheel drive and comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. Vehicles sold in California-emissions states get a partial zero-emissions vehicle (PZEV) version of this engine, which lowers output to 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. On the GLS, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional. The Limited comes standard with the automatic.

In Edmunds performance testing with a non-PZEV engine, an Elantra Limited went from zero to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds -- slightly slower than average. No matter which engine/transmission combo you choose, you'll end up with impressive EPA fuel economy estimates of 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.

safety

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra's list of standard safety features includes traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, active front head restraints, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, an Elantra Limited needed 125 feet to stop from 60 mph -- a good distance for the segment.

In government crash testing, the 2012 Elantra received a perfect five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for overall frontal impact protection and five stars for overall side impact protection. (It should be noted that some 2012 Elantras that Hyundai built early on received a lower, four-star overall rating resulting from a three-star frontal impact rating.) In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Elantra earned a top score of "Good" for its performance in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.

driving

While the 2012 Hyundai Elantra isn't quite as exciting to drive as it is to look at, it's certainly not dull. The new 1.8-liter engine has plenty of pep for daily driving, and the six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and willingly downshifts. The cabin is a relatively quiet place, with little wind noise to speak of, though there is enough road and engine noise to remind you that the Elantra is still a compact economy car rather than the high-dollar sedan it appears to be.

If you're looking for some driving fun in your compact car, the Elantra doesn't have the outright handling abilities of the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus and Mazda 3. Those cars quite simply feel a little more sophisticated. But in general, the Elantra's balance between ride and handling is one of the best in the segment.

interior

The Elantra's interior features a curved center stack and stylized climate controls that provide a bit of extra flair while still being easy to use. The design is attractive and the materials, while not quite best-in-class, at least have a rich look to them. With available high-end features like leather, heated front and rear seats, an excellent navigation system and a rearview camera, you can even equip an Elantra to near-luxury levels.

In general, the Elantra offers a lot more space than you'd expect from a compact car. Headroom up front is plentiful for 6-footers and the steering wheel is a bit smaller in diameter than usual, which enhances the sense of space up front. The backseat is fine for kids and even most adults, though vertically gifted folks will find its abundant legroom and shortage of headroom a mixed blessing. The Elantra features a large trunk with 14.8 cubic feet of cargo room, a generous number for this segment. Its 60/40-split pass-through is also quite large.

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Read what other owners think about the 2012 Hyundai Elantra.

2012 GLS Elantra w/preferred pkg
mrsrochester, 9/5/2011
So far, I love this car. I bought it 6/5/11 to replace a 2000 Ford Escort ZX2. I started my search by test-driving a 2012 Ford Focus, Chevy Cruz, Mazda3, and the Hyundai Elantra. In the end I went with the Elantra because, for the amount of money I could spend on a car, it had the most features (bluetooth, xm, tilt/telescopic wheel, cruise control, auto mirror w/ homelink, ipod jack) for the most reasonable cost. It also had the best leg room, which surprised me. I am finally able to have adult passengers in my back seat w/out having to send them to the chiropractor after a road trip.
Did Hyundai Provide Me Great Customer Service?
Disappointed, 7/17/2016
Hyundai’s safety recall Campaign 137 was on the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, which may have caused my car accident with my 2012 Hyundai Elantra. I called the Hyundai Recall Campaign Center several times about my case. Many of the reps I spoke with either provided wrong information, inaccurate timeframes for supervisors to call me back, denied my request to speak to a supervisor, or hung up on me. National Customer Care Rep Larry Bane managed my case. He refused my request to have my car tested in post-accident condition. During an oil change visit at my local Hyundai dealer, a service advisor recommended replacing my car’s yaw-rate sensor (the key component to the ESC system), and I approved. More than five weeks later, Larry Bane’s first conclusion letter said, “Unfortunately, we were unable to inspect your vehicle in its post-accident condition since it had already been repaired.” The message ended by saying, “We believe your vehicle operated according to its design in the accident.” The following week Larry Bane sent a second conclusion letter. This letter stated, “We have re-reviewed all of the available information regarding your accident, as well as the points raised in your most recent correspondence. Based on all of the available information, we continue to believe that our previous response is accurate and that your accident did not involve a product defect. With respect to the recall referenced in your correspondence (Recall 137), we do not believe that the condition that the recall seeks to address was present or caused your accident.” Larry Bane’s supervisor Chris said, “We pride ourselves in customer service and delivering excellence to each and every person.” However, he said the decision on my case was already made, and there was nothing else he could do for me. Then he added, “I’m trying to be really honest with you. I’m in the business for helping people, and I want to make sure that I’m doing my part to make us close any gaps and make the process as smooth as possible for you, and unfortunately I don’t make any of those decisions.” I asked him to clarify Hyundai’s conclusion letters. He simply said, “That was the decision they made.” Then I called the Hyundai Recall Campaign Center and spoke with supervisor Ethan. He suggested that “someone that doesn’t know how to write out a letter” could have composed the conclusion letters. Ethan concluded, “Honestly, those letters just sound ridiculous.” I wrote a letter to Dave Zuchowski, the CEO of Hyundai Motor America. He didn’t address my customer service experiences or answer why Hyundai didn’t want to test my car in post-accident condition. He said, “We continue to believe that our previous response is accurate and that your accident did not involve a product defect.” Do you think Hyundai was correct in refusing my request to test my car with the same yaw-rate sensor and ESC system at the time of the accident as part of the recall? Do you think Hyundai provided me great customer service? Do you think my next car should be a Hyundai?
Can NOT reccomend this car
veevolt, 3/20/2013
I hope a ton of people read Edmunds reviews and will not be lured in by Hynundais pleasing designs and high option content. I see there are others here that are dissapointed! I had TWO 2012 Elantras, the first one bought back due a intermitent "no start" problem that the dealership cound not fix. We had car #1 for about 3 months. Car #2 has suffered from several stall outs, this happens in the City, or on the Highway. My bluetooth has never worked right, cruise control worked when it wanted to, had a clunk in the front suspension from 8k miles, the engine developed a nasty ticking sound at idle, and of course the fuel mileage, I've seen best 28 mpg while drafting a semi in Montana. avg is 25
104,000 miles- still pleased.
Bradley Wood, 2/5/2016
I've seen that some people have gotten lemons, but most buyers are satisfied. I drive over 90 miles a day very aggressively. Appreciate the gas mileage rebate, but the way I drive I wouldn't ever expect anything near 40 mpg.. The interior is noisy and lacks a cushion-like feel, but the sound system with nav. is great. At 70 thousand I needed new tires,wipers and brakes. I exceeded recommendations and had to buy rotors, but that was my fault. I change the oil about every 4500 miles because all my miles are on the highway. No mechanical issues that I can fairly complain about. Had the dealer replace the serpentine belt at 75 thousand just to be safe. Update- 96,000 miles. I did as recommended and allowed Hyundai dealer service dept. to change engine coolant and transmission fluid at 85,000 miles. Got slammed with a bill for 550 bucks! Feel like that was excessive. Still, no repairs have been required - not even a bad light bulb. Update- 104,000 miles. Had a taillight bulb burn out. Had brake pads checked for wear. I don't want to buy rotors again, like I did at 70,000 due to my neglect. Pads are still good. Had to get all the tire pressure sensors replaced - two recently. These are fifty bucks apiece plus labor. I don't appreciate having to spend so much for what I think is unnecessary technology. I can tell by looking if a tire is soft. I think this is a widespread inconvenience not unique to this make and model car. I will need new tires again, in the next 5 or 10 thousand miles.
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Features & Specs

MPG
28 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
148 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
28 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
28 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
145 hp @ 6300 rpm
MPG
28 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat4 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2012 Hyundai Elantra
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