Reader Review of the Week: 2011 Hyundai Elantra

Reader Review

If you’re somewhat surprised that we already have consumer reviews of the redesigned 2011 Hyundai Elantra, you shouldn’t be. With nearly 3,000 units in our online inventory, the car’s launch is aggressively under way. “Rossonero” of San Leandro, Calif., did a lot of research before choosing the economy car and decided the Elantra was the right buy because of its roominess and good fuel economy. There are a few gripes, though. Check out the rest of Rossonero’s impressions below. Once you’re done, write a review of your own car here.

2011 Hyundai Elantra

“I did a lot of research before deciding to buy a Hyundai and decided on a 2011 Elantra weeks before they actually came out. I test drove one and decided that this was the model I wanted (though I didn't buy the one I test drove; it didn't have navigation). I ended up with a GLS with Navigation. I would have loved to have gotten a Limited, but it was just out of my price range.

“Pros: Love the exterior design and color (Desert Bronze). Two features I didn't really care about have turned out to be two favorites, voice recognition and the rear camera. If I had the option of getting navigation and Bluetooth without them I would have, but voice recognition makes making phone calls and using the GPS way easier, and parallel parking/backing in are a breeze when you have a rearview camera.

“The mileage could conceivably be in the upper 30s. I haven't had the chance to get on a flat freeway with it yet. But from the little I gauged on a flat stretch, I will get at least 34 (mpg).

“It's roomy inside for a compact and has plenty of space for things, though with the USB connection, the things that took up the most space in my old car (CDs) aren't even needed. The sound is good, and satellite radio is fun, though I doubt I'll keep it after my free 90 days are over.

“Great warranties on paper. Obviously it's early for me to say how well they work when there's an actual service need.

“Cons: I was surprised that there is no blinking light inside indicating the car has an alarm, maybe thieves now know that new cars generally come with them. Anyway, I bought a $5 blinking light from Radio Shack which should solve that.

“The GPS seems to be missing quite a few locations (i.e. restaurants, stores), and not necessarily new places that haven't been listed yet, either. I've been able to find places on my cell phone GPS that the Elantra's apparently has no record of.

“The car didn't come with a spare tire (to cut down on weight, a means of getting the gas mileage up to 40), though there is room for a spare (I'll be buying one) and a tire repair kit.

“It does gauge your average mileage back to where you re-set it. I would have preferred something like in my Dad's car letting you know your current mileage at any given second.

“But the good by far outweighs the less good, and I'm very happy with my purchase. I highly recommended this car!”

By Colin Bird | January 27, 2011 | Comments (39)



The only gripe I can actually see there, is the fact that the navigation isn't as full featured or all inclusive as the person would like. Otherwise, it's a glowing review. I am a little surprised though, that the navigation isn't totally up to par. Kinda disappointing. This is good to know, my girlfriend is going to be looking at an Elantra in the very near future.

Ken L.

No spare tire? I didn't think new cars were sold like this in this day and age, unless the OEMs were runflats -and in this case, I know it's not. How much more weight and cost could a little donut be?


All the cons he listed are something I more or less wouldn't care about. I was worried he was gonna say something like "The blind spots were huge" (even with the rear view camera...just like for making turns and stuff) so I'm very happy. Way to go Hyundai!

Derrick G

Ken L.,
Apparently some Elantras come with a can of sealant and a compressor. This seems to be becoming the norm these days in this class. Most likely to cut weight.

Collision of Souls

The Elantra has more interior room than a Nissan Maxima. Impressive. What's more impressive that it is nearly 150 hp and get's 40mpg. Seems to me they'll have a hard time keeping these on the lot. Beware Civic, Focus and Corolla....and even Sonata!


The Elantra is a damn good vehicle for not too much money ($15K full pop). My daughter bought a 2008 new and uses it to commute from San Diego to Temecula five days a week. It has over 160K miles on the clock now and is still running strong. No problems! Compare that to the Cobalt she had before and the Saturn before that, both which turned out to be pc of sh it cars. I would expect the 2011 Elantra to be better yet than her 2008. It would not surprise me if she buys a new one this year and trades off the 2008.


I think everyone knows this car is way better than the Cruz and if rental sales are excluded from Chevy's 'sales' numbers it'll prove to be true. Hyundai did a great job with the Elantra.


Good luck buying that spare tire; there seems to be no way in h*** that a dealer can order you a spare tire and jack that will fit in your Elantra Premium. Also if you pop the hood and 'look up' you will notice that there is no hood insulation; although the Korean version has it.


I think some of the "more interior room "was created by shortening the seat length versus prior year vehicle. So on a long drive your legs are going to feel it, but you have more 'interior room'.


If this car does not have a spare tire, then what happen when you have a flat tire?


Well, I've heard they give you a repair kit which means that if you suffer more than one problem you have more versatility but I also think most people these days have some kind of coverage for things like that. In Canada we have CAA, I don't now if there's something similar in America or not but as part of your membership they'll come and pick you up or tow you if necessary.

Also, I'm pretty sure Hyundai offers that service too.

Still, I prefer the security of a spare so I'd probably get one (or a full sized tire) too.

Had first one on the road here in the Omaha area back in December. Has been a great vehicle so far averaging about 30mpg around town. For everyone complaining about no spare tire,they come with a sealant repair kit which is better and way easier than changing a tire. Don't waste your $ on domestic junk, this car not only is built better but has a waranty that chevy and ford will never offer because of all their problems.


If it is such a good car then why do they have to provide such a long warranty to begin with?

Just enjoy your car and stop trying to provoke people.


With Hyundai's excellent Road Side Assistance, you wont need to manually replace a flat tire. They will do it for you.

Besides, its dangerous to change your tire out on the freeway anyway.


@ H

Because Hyundai's cars are better than Hyundai's image.

The biggest hurdle to Hyundai is its image. Once you get people into their showrooms, customers perception of Hyundai instantly changes. The key is getting them into the show rooms. The 10 year warranty helps with that.

Besides, if Hyundai didnt make their products that lasted for over 10 years, they would be in financial ruin due to the potential warranty issues they would have to spend money on.

However, that isnt that case.

Their engineering department worked overtime to meet the marketing departments goals and they have succeeded with flying colors. Just look at all the quality rankings Hyundai now gets on industry surveys.

Their brand image is slowing improving through word of mouth.

The recent recession could'nt come at a better time for Hyundai as they have always been known for providing value to their customers. While others have lost market share, Hyundai has actually GROWN market share.

This is truly a company to watch (or invest in ).


The car is very roomy for a "small" car...they have really compacted the engine to almost half normal space. My only complant is the "no spare tire"...suppose my phone dies or no service and it can't be fixed with the compressor.. any body know any older rims that would fit the car to get from a junkyard?


The tire shop I do my tire purchases stated the tire sensors can be damaged using the gel pack to repair a flat. They are pretty expensive so I am not sure I want to take that chance. I may just buy a spare and jack and not worry about damaging these.


I am cheap. In the day and age of $100-$200 TomToms and Garmins, I cannot understand why anyone would plunk down $1-$2k+ for in-car navigation systems. I suppose it's all about "image". I'd rather save the bucks and stick with my TomTom. We get along just fine.


Love my 2011 elantra. I get compliments almost daily of the new design. The only problem was that I found out a month afterwards that there is no spare tire. The dealership or salesperson did not notify me of this matter. I called and complained and they said that they are working on a design for the spare tire. They said there is a sealant in the car however I used this on my four wheeler and it actually ruins the tire. What needs to be done is that everyone needs to speak up and express their complaint with having no spare tire. They may offer the tire at no cost. Like a recall. I have a few friends that were thinking about the elantra but after hearing that there was no spare tire they were thinking twice. It should be illegal to sell a. Car without one


I really like the Elantra but Hyundai made a major mistake in not offering the car with a spare tire. This is a big deal for me as it limits your choices for wear you buy your tires as some vendors will only sell you run flat tires if you don't have spare and run flats very expensive and there are limited choices of run flats (they also have a more punishing ride as compared to non-run flats). I strongly believe that not including a spare is a disturbing trend that I would hold against any car company that adopts this practice.


A sealant and an inflator are no substitute for a spare. There are some tire damages that a sealant will not fix and you also have to replace the sealant as they have "shelf life" and the OEM sealant can be rather pricey.


If you put the flat fix fluid in a Michelin it will void the tire warranty and the road hazard warranty further more stores like Costco and Goodyear tire centers will not repair a tire that has ever had flat fluid in it. BTW Hyundai wants $94.00 for a replacement can of that fluid. I will not buy a car without a spare. Driving for 44 years over 2million road miles and an uncountable number of flats that required a spare be put on. I'm to busy to spend several hours messing with a flat when I can change it In a few min. I wanted a sharp looking Hyundai Elantra but I'll be looking for something else, with a spare.

Monica Gely

I also found out a month after I bought the car that it had no spare tire. I alled the dealership and they also found out recently (the salesman?). The sealant DID NOT work fixing my tire and I now have to find a permanent solution since most of my driving is long distance (reason why I bought Hyundai). Where do I have to complain so a RECALL can be made and provide us with a spare tire AND a jack.

Marie Horton

I am reading this a little to late. I bought a Hyundai Elantra in July and had not had any real problems w/it. Recently I was driving at night with a small child in my car and got a flat tire. My husband was out of town and unable to help me. I found a friend to help me but we were surprised I had no spare tire on the car. I called Hyundai Roadside assistance and they did not believe me that I didn't have a spare so they sent a tow truck out which had to tow me to the nearest dealer(the driver thought it was a mistake there was no spare). Thank goodness roadside assistance paid for the tow. I do think it would have been cheaper for the dealer to put a spare in the car instead of paying for a tow everytime a flat occurs. I would have liked to known I did not have a spare. I will never buy from them again because I feel that was pretty important piece of information to tell a buyer. I would of prefered to buy the tire at the time of the cars purchase plus it would have saved me alot of stress.

Disappointed in Dallas

I have been driving cars for over 40 years and have NEVER had a car with so many tire problems! I have already had 2 blow outs on the front two tires...simply from hitting a small yellow bump in the road for left turns. Both time, the tire completely blew out and was not reparable with the spray stuff any way. The first tow caused the car to have the bottom literally ripped out of it...using the tow hook underneath the chassis...the towing company had to cover the repair on that which was $2000!!! This past week, I, once again hit one of those yellow bumps on a left hand turn and now I have two bulges on the sidewall of the tire and one forming on the right rear tire as well(?) So, now I am looking at replacing 2 more tires - that makes 4 total - and the car has 3,500 miles on it! YES, you read right!!! I called the dealership where I bought it and was "passed off" to Hyundai Consumer Affairs who "PASSED ME OFF" back to the dealership for the warranty on the tire!!!!! Of which there is none UNLESS you bought the tire insurance, which I declined, NEVER having had tire issue in my entire driving life EVER. Guess they knew from the get-go there was a problem with the low profile tire (with virtually NO sidewall to protect from the simplest of bumps and potholes) and did not emphasize the purchase of that well enough!!! I'm disgusted and have NOT given up with Consumer Affairs or the Dealership. Believe it or not - the dealership suggested I purchase 4 NEW RIMS AND 4 NEW TIRES with more sidewall to try to "get around" the poor design...Yeah, to the tune of $1200!!! A HORRIBLE CAR!!!!!

Tom Martin

I got a flat and used my "tire mobility kit". I called the dealer to replace the can of sealant and was told this kit doesn't come from Hyundai and they have no relacement. I said what happens if I get another flat and was told to use roadside assitance. I am going to start a class action. I would not have purchased the vehicle if I knew the only way to deal with a flat was to have the car towed.

Danny the Dentist

I have a 2012 Elantra. LOVE the car. I drive easy so I'm averaging 37 mpg- unreal. About not having a spare, who cares. The roadside assistance is free@! I would rather have somebody come out than have to change a tire anyway. I don't see that as a problem at all. Also, I can count on my left hand how many flats I have had in my entire life. Geesh, people are such whiners today.


I too have had serious tire problems on my 2011 Elantra. I'm sitting at the Hyundai dealership buying my THIRD new tire and I have 17,000 miles on this car. Sidewall split...a nail...and now two screws. And none can be repaired with this Honkook brand of tire that Hyundai puts on this vehicle. And no cheaper tire repair shops carry this tire in this size. I think Hyundai should take a serious look at this tire, or how the design of the car affects how the tire hits the road. There is bad luck and then their is bad quality. As I sit here I still don't know which it is. Also, not having a spare is a problem because you are forced to drive on a tire without enough air pressure in it, which destroys the wall of the tire. I like the gas mileage, but when you have a flat you simply don't have good options. Very frustrating.

Jim Heverling

I agree with all the comments about the Elantra not having a spare tire. I recently purchased a 2012 Elantra and just love it. My wife had a flat recently and I couldn't repair the tire with the flimsy kit that was in the trunk. I had to go home and get my jack and take the tire off the car and then buy another tire and have it mounted and go back and put it on the car. This is a pain. Now I must go and buy a rim and tire and a jack for the car in case this happens again. This is my wife's car and if it happens again, at least she could have someone assist her in changing the tire since it will be there. I don't understand why Hyundai did this. After all, how much could this weigh. Bad choice Hyundai!!


Similar experience with sidewall damage, no spare, and no jack. Had to do what Mr. Heverling did. One tire blew out the sidewall and the other a raised bulge. This was in the evening, so had to replace both tires at a nearby shop to get home.

Daniel in WV

A spare tire is a necessity for drivers in rural areas. Hyundai should at least provide the option of a full sized spare to anyone who feels he needs one. An LA Times article on the growing trend of car companies to ditch the spare, Hyundai stated that it saved the company $22 per unit. My niece shredded a low-profile tire on her new Elantra last night (Saturday) and, instead of a half-hour chore that the family could have handled on its own, Hyundai Roadside Assistance was called. This resulted in the car being towed 35 miles to the nearest dealership where it will sit until Monday morning at the earliest. Bad for business, Hyundai, especially for a company that could rival Toyota in the next decade.

grieving hyundai

car SUCKS dealer SUCKS false representation... NO TIRE, no DISCLOSURE


Please read my comments of Jan 27, 2011 2:56:13 PM.

The Elantra is one hell of a car for the money. My daughter did indeed trade her 2008 for a 2011 and is very happy with it.

In all the time and distance she traveled in both Elantras she has never experienced a flat or blown tire.

The "no spare tire" criticisms are a non-issue.

Anyone who travels a great deal would know enough to get AAA coverage for emergencies, including fixing a tire.

But if having a spare tire is important to you, you can always order one.

Last I checked, the whole kit and kaboodle that includes the full-size wheel, tire, jack, socket and wheel chocks, costs $150 in Escondido, CA.

My daughter bought a spare tire kit, just in case, but never had to use it.

And the insulation is around the passenger compartment, so there is no need to have it under the hood or trunklid.

But if you want those insulating pads, they can be ordered for $75 each, and install with industrial adhesive or plastic clips.


Have a 2011 Elantra Limited am having a major audio issue. Car has been in service for 16+ months but I drive lots of miles (have about 50,000 now). This past week the audio system stopped working - no radio, satellite, bluetooth, navigation system audio. Dealer says that I need a new system (at about $2,500 plus labor) and Hyundai will provide NO relief. Anyone else have audio issues? If they do not fix this I will certainly be looking at a different car supplier!


I bought a 2013 Elantra in April 2012 and I have loved it. Until today. I sent my college freshman son back to school in it last month so we could sell his vehicle and purchase him something else. On his way home, through rural Georgia, someone ahead of him threw something out of their car that punctured a front tire. At that point he was 2 1/2 hours from home. Although the sales person had told me that the "spare was located in the trunk", we quickly learned that there was no spare, only a reinflation kit. That's not helpful when there is a large hole torn through the tire. I thought, no problem, and told him to call the roadside assistance phone number. He filed a claim and then received a call that the tow truck would be there in an hour. The hour passed and he had another call telling him that they were running late and it would be another 40 minutes. At that point, I realized that he was going to barely get back to the nearest dealership (40 miles away) in time to get the tire repaired before they closed for the weekend and was told they didn't have the tire in stock and it would be next Tuesday before they could change the tire. This on a Friday evening. They called Hyundai service and suggested that it be taken to a dealership that was about 60 miles away but equipped to replace the tire, and Hyundai said sure, but that any charges over 48 miles I would have to pay for. I refused, called Hyundai Roadside myself and after an hour on the phone got the override from Hyundai for them to cover the charges instead of me paying them..not my fault the dealership closest was not equipped to handle a tire change. THREE HOURS after the initial call, the tow company finally showed up. If I haven't mentioned it, my son is a diabetic, and was stranded with nothing nearby. The tow truck driver said that Hyundai wouldn't cover the entire charge and demanded $150 cash. After 2 more phone calls to Hyundai Roadside, they finally got the tow company to understand that they would cover it. The tow driver picked my son and the car up and then informed him that he had to go in the other direction to drop a car off first....The inital call went in at 3:30, the tow truck got there at 6:30, went in the opposite direction (with my son) and finally started heading toward the dealership at 8:30pm and arrived at 10:30pm....If I'd known that my son was going to be stuck on the side of the road for 3 hours and then riding with the tow truck driver for 4 hours, we would have immediately gone down to get him. We were repeatedly misled by Hyundai and the tow company. Luckily for Hyundai we don't have it financed with them or my husband would drop it on their front steps with the keys in it, permanently. Waiting to see what happens in the morning when the dealership opens.


Same experience with my 2011 Elantra. Salesman didn't tell me I didn't have a spare or jack. Had a flat out of town. Called roadside assistance. Now going to cost me to buy spare and jack, if I can even get one. I think there should be a class action lawsuit against Hyundai. Hyuandai should have to provide everyone with a spare and jack. My daughter bought a 2012 Elantra. Saleman didn't tell her either.


I went to a junk yard and found an infinity donut tire took a chance and it fit like a glove. 205/55 R 16 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Five lug nuts. I'll pick up jack when they are special.


If you don't have a spare, how can roadside assistance help you? Most assistance doesn't come with a tow truck, they come out to change a tire or bring you gas.


Daughter caught a rear tire flat 2013 Hyundai Elantra had it towed by insurance roadside service flatbed to tire dealer-- got into car after new tire was put on car would not go straight- it had extensive damage to the subframe and undercarriage $3200 worth. Now has a 1000 deductible- insurance will cover damage but not as a tow truck incident were out $1000 plus because of spare tire situation.

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