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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  
2013 Hyundai Elantra 50 Elantras, 7.0 months of data per Elantra, average 8700 miles3
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Mazda Mazda3 38 Mazda3s, 6.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 5300 miles0
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Hyundai Elantra 41 Elantras, 10.9 months of data per Elantra, average 24200 miles38
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda Mazda3 69 Mazda3s, 10.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 16100 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.1 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 15000 miles

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2011 Hyundai Elantra 33 Elantras, 9.4 months of data per Elantra, average 36800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
46
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mazda Mazda3 41 Mazda3s, 9.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 25300 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Hyundai Elantra   23 Elantras, 9.7 months of data per Elantra, average 45200 miles

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 104 Mazda3s, 10.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 45900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   22 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.0 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 39300 miles

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2009 Hyundai Elantra 25 Elantras, 9.4 months of data per Elantra, average 48900 miles15
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   22 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.3 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 48800 miles

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 40 Mazda3s, 9.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 62000 miles

Includes 2008.5s.
39
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Hyundai Elantra 35 Elantras, 9.2 months of data per Elantra, average 70600 miles33
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   18 MazdaSpeed3s, 8.7 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 67100 miles

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 55 Mazda3s, 9.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 64600 miles44
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Hyundai Elantra   22 Elantras, 9.2 months of data per Elantra, average 71700 miles

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2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   17 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.1 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 58600 miles

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2007 Mazda Mazda3 60 Mazda3s, 9.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 76100 miles58
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Hyundai Elantra   13 Elantras, 9.0 months of data per Elantra, average 83600 miles

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 45 Mazda3s, 9.8 months of data per Mazda3, average 88500 miles68
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Hyundai Elantra 25 Elantras, 9.8 months of data per Elantra, average 107700 miles73
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Mazda Mazda3 36 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 89600 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted. Common problem with motor mounts. These failed earlier with the 2004, so they no longer affect the stat for that year.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Hyundai Elantra   11 Elantras, 6.6 months of data per Elantra, average 91600 miles

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 29 Mazda3s, 8.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 112300 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   14 Elantras, 8.6 months of data per Elantra, average 112900 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra   16 Elantras, 8.1 months of data per Elantra, average 132200 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.
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
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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