Hyundai Elantra - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Hyundai Elantra owners have reported a total of 6,858 problems for their cars built in the 25 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Hyundai Elantra. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra cars have the most problems reported (1,128 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Hyundai Elantra

🔍 Common problems of Hyundai Elantra

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Hyundai Elantra cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,049 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (777 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Hyundai Elantra

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
1,049
  Engine And Engine Cooling
777
  Steering
734
  Electrical System
528
  Service Brakes
493
  Suspension
490
  Equipment
424
  Power Train
388
  Vehicle Speed Control
254
  Structure
251
   
  Visibility
243
  Exterior Lighting
234
  Wheel
182
  Electronic Stability Control
181
  Gasoline Fuel System
135
  Seat Belt
129
  Tire
109
  Other Fuel System
107
  Unknown Or Other
55
  Seats
35
  Latches/locks/linkage
30
  Air Brake
8
  Parking Brake
7
  Traction Control System
7
  Child Seat
5
  Interior Lighting
2
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1

📉 Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Hyundai Elantra of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Elantra model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Hyundai Elantra model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Elantra Model Years

Elantra
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 68232,0382    
0.15
  2017 229285,3573    
0.27
  2016 110173,0844    
0.16
  2015 129134,3425    
0.19
  2014 227122,3016    
0.31
  2013 1,128349,9497    
0.46
  2012 636139,0808    
0.57
  2011 44885,7649    
0.58
  2010 407136,31910    
0.30
  2009 26769,35211    
0.35
  2008 334110,35512    
0.25
  2007 30883,53513    
0.28
  2006 19799,90214    
0.14
  2005 156133,73015    
0.08
  2004 204104,76516    
0.12
  2003 287128,09617    
0.13
  2002 417117,29118    
0.20
  2001 440104,73219    
0.22
  2000 254123,73320    
0.10

📊 Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Hyundai Elantra is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 Elantra
12
  2018 Elantra
42
  2017 Elantra
60
  2016 Elantra
30
  2015 Elantra
20
  2014 Elantra
37
  2013 Elantra
154
  2012 Elantra
69
  2011 Elantra
32
  2010 Elantra
37
  2009 Elantra
15
  2008 Elantra
78
  2007 Elantra
18
  2006 Elantra
15
  2005 Elantra
20
  2004 Elantra
82
  2003 Elantra
32
  2002 Elantra
37
  2001 Elantra
49
  2000 Elantra
51
  1999 Elantra
30
  1998 Elantra
18
  1997 Elantra
22
  1996 Elantra
28


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