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Hyundai Elantra vs. Chevrolet Cruze Reliability Comparisons

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2002 Hyundai Elantra   14 Elantras, 6.1 months of data per Elantra, average 143100 miles

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2003 Hyundai Elantra   14 Elantras, 8.6 months of data per Elantra, average 115200 miles

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2004 Hyundai Elantra   11 Elantras, 6.3 months of data per Elantra, average 107300 miles

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2005 Hyundai Elantra 26 Elantras, 8.4 months of data per Elantra, average 123000 miles60
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Hyundai Elantra   16 Elantras, 9.3 months of data per Elantra, average 99600 miles

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2007 Hyundai Elantra   22 Elantras, 9.2 months of data per Elantra, average 86100 miles

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2008 Hyundai Elantra 36 Elantras, 8.9 months of data per Elantra, average 75300 miles19
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Hyundai Elantra 26 Elantras, 9.0 months of data per Elantra, average 58400 miles36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Hyundai Elantra   22 Elantras, 8.7 months of data per Elantra, average 57600 miles

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2011 Hyundai Elantra 28 Elantras, 9.4 months of data per Elantra, average 48700 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Hyundai Elantra 39 Elantras, 8.7 months of data per Elantra, average 38600 miles42
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Hyundai Elantra 58 Elantras, 9.2 months of data per Elantra, average 18700 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Hyundai Elantra   14 Elantras, 6.9 months of data per Elantra, average 4800 miles

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Chevrolet Cruze Reliability Results through December 31, 2014

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Hyundai Elantra

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
With no spare, I'm not sure what will happen when I have a flat halfway between Barstow and Blythe.
2012 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This car has not had to be repaired yet, and the warranty gives me great peace of mind.
2011 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The electrical systems on this car are a problem. We have experienced many instances of the car not starting and having electrical problems that the dealer cannot find or repair. In addition, the engine makes a loud clicking sound when first started that goes away after about 10 minutes. It did not do this when new, and the dealer would not make this issue go away. Finally, the ride is harsh and bumpy. Like driving a large truck.
2010 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The reputation of the Elentra provides an element of assurance
2009 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Consumer Reports rated #1. 5 year BUMPER TO BUMPER WARRANTY, 10 year WARRANTY,10 year WARRANTY,10 year WARRANTY,10 year WARRANTY,10 year WARRANTY,10 year WARRANTY
2008 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I have not had any major problems with my car. It has 117,000 miles on it and it has been very reliable.
2007 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Despite having some early production problems like any newly designed car, it has never had a major issue. It has never broken down on me or left me stranded.
2006 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Very few repairs.
2005 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I keep very good records of every car I have ever owned. The Elantra (this will be the third one I have owned) has performed the best. The net investment (excluding maintenance, and operational costs for fuel fluids, tires etc.) was $6,500.00. The car had 63,000 miles on it when I sold it for $7.000.00 within 5 days of listing it to a private party.
2005 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Outstanding dependability.
Hyundai Elantra Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very high rating, superb warranty, and the free rodaside assistance is great!
2010 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Repeated trips for TPMS repair, key fob frequently locks doors unexpetedly, and on several occassions activated horn alarm when not intended.
2008 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Cheap interior materials, knobs and buttons wear prematurely
2006 0 I have had innumerable problems with this car. I have had a cracked radiator, a dead alternator, 3 malfunctioning power steering pumps, an exhaust leak, and have replaced the front wheel bearings. These are just SOME of the repairs I've incurred in just the last 2 years!
2003 4dr Sedan 135-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The entire cooling system should be replaced around 100000 miles. My thermostat failed catastrophically blowing up the radiator. Everything I have seen from other owners show this is a problem too. Not a big deal as long as you plan on this and take preventative steps.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 136-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
At the shop for CEL on the second day of ownership
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
unproven, first year car