2013 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Review: Very good car... Except....

2013 Hyundai Elantra - Consumer Review

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GLS Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

Very good car... Except....
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2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


I've owned this car for almost 7 months so far.
At 16K miles the brakes started to make a strange noise, I thought that it must be due to the extreme cold temperatures we've been having.
NOPE, at 17k miles I'm being told that my brakes need service, and guess what it's out of pocket!
Never mind that this car is driven 80% highway with limited use of brakes (no heavy traffic).
Dealer treats this as NORMAL.
I've had a Mazda3 which only needed brakes every 60Kmiles.
At this rate I'll be changing brakes every 8 months!
Very poor design Hyundai.
You may have just lost a(nother) customer.

3.5 years into the ownership and over 100,000 miles on the clock now.
Brakes SOMETIMES make a thunk thunk noise - this braking at all speeds, whether in the city or highway, it's just louder on the highway but it seems to be dependent on which way the last sharp turn was made. More research needed here (by me).

Fuel economy reduced slightly by use of new winter tires. Can't wait to get some summers on shortly for a) a quieter ride and b) improved fuel economy. The loss is about 5-8%.

A few creaks and groans are audible now, especially when it's freezing outside. The colder it gets the more the dash area seems to protest, almost like the bits are expanding/contracting at slightly different rates thus causing friction where there is none at warmer temperatures.

Best Features

  • Instrumentation
  • Logic of controls
  • Bluetooth
  • Fuel economy
  • Maintenance cost

Worst Features

  • Resale value
  • Warranty

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