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Hyundai Elantra vs. Mazda Mazda3 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Hyundai Elantra or Mazda Mazda3 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Hyundai Elantra and the Mazda Mazda3 truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Mazda Mazda3 52 Mazda3s, 4.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 4900 miles

Redesigned and off to a very good start.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Hyundai Elantra 55 Elantras, 8.6 months of data per Elantra, average 13500 miles15
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Mazda Mazda3 47 Mazda3s, 8.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 8600 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Hyundai Elantra 43 Elantras, 9.6 months of data per Elantra, average 30900 miles43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda Mazda3 67 Mazda3s, 10.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 23100 miles14
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   15 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.3 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 19900 miles

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2011 Hyundai Elantra 32 Elantras, 8.7 months of data per Elantra, average 39500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mazda Mazda3 45 Mazda3s, 8.8 months of data per Mazda3, average 31900 miles24
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Hyundai Elantra   23 Elantras, 9.3 months of data per Elantra, average 49800 miles

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 100 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 51800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   19 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 46700 miles

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2009 Hyundai Elantra   23 Elantras, 9.9 months of data per Elantra, average 54500 miles

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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   18 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.8 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 50700 miles

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 35 Mazda3s, 9.8 months of data per Mazda3, average 65100 miles

Includes 2008.5s.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Hyundai Elantra 35 Elantras, 10.1 months of data per Elantra, average 73600 miles24
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda Mazda3 57 Mazda3s, 10.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 71300 miles27
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   13 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.0 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 77000 miles

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2007 Hyundai Elantra 25 Elantras, 9.0 months of data per Elantra, average 81000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda Mazda3 58 Mazda3s, 9.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 80600 miles48
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.0 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 60700 miles

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2006 Hyundai Elantra   13 Elantras, 9.2 months of data per Elantra, average 97200 miles

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 50 Mazda3s, 9.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 95500 miles58
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Hyundai Elantra 25 Elantras, 9.7 months of data per Elantra, average 113800 miles64
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Mazda Mazda3 36 Mazda3s, 8.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 95600 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Hyundai Elantra   10 Elantras, 8.5 months of data per Elantra, average 104100 miles

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 27 Mazda3s, 7.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 114200 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Hyundai Elantra   17 Elantras, 7.9 months of data per Elantra, average 109000 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra   15 Elantras, 7.7 months of data per Elantra, average 148200 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Hyundai Elantra

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What Our Members Are Saying about Hyundai Elantra Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Hyundai Elantra: 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 Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I have put 55,000 miles on this car in less than 3 years, and it has not given me any trouble.
2005 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Outstanding dependability.
Reliability and Durability of the Hyundai Elantra: 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
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.

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