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Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Prius Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Toyota Prius 13
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Prii, 6.2 months of data per Prius, average 9200 miles

 

2014 Hyundai Elantra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Elantras, 10.3 months of data per Elantra, average 12600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2014 Toyota Prius 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Prii, 9.7 months of data per Prius, average 17100 miles

 

2013 Hyundai Elantra 15
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 Elantras, 8.8 months of data per Elantra, average 30200 miles
2013 Toyota Prius 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 Prii, 9.5 months of data per Prius, average 35400 miles

 

2012 Hyundai Elantra 24
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Elantras, 10.2 months of data per Elantra, average 52700 miles
2012 Toyota Prius 2
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  81 Prii, 8.8 months of data per Prius, average 50800 miles

 

2011 Hyundai Elantra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Elantras, 9.8 months of data per Elantra, average 59200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 Toyota Prius 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  68 Prii, 10.6 months of data per Prius, average 60100 miles

 

2010 Hyundai Elantra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Elantras, 9.1 months of data per Elantra, average 63700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Toyota Prius 21
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  213 Prii, 10.0 months of data per Prius, average 76700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2009 Hyundai Elantra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Elantras, 10.0 months of data per Elantra, average 73300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2009 Toyota Prius 42
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Prii, 9.8 months of data per Prius, average 91100 miles

 

2008 Hyundai Elantra 23
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Elantras, 10.3 months of data per Elantra, average 80200 miles
2008 Toyota Prius 26
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  85 Prii, 9.8 months of data per Prius, average 102900 miles

 

2007 Hyundai Elantra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Elantras, 8.6 months of data per Elantra, average 90300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Toyota Prius 33
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  87 Prii, 9.6 months of data per Prius, average 124300 miles

 

2006 Hyundai Elantra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Elantras, 10.2 months of data per Elantra, average 109700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Toyota Prius 33
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  66 Prii, 8.7 months of data per Prius, average 133800 miles

 

2005 Hyundai Elantra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Elantras, 7.7 months of data per Elantra, average 128900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Toyota Prius 46
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  75 Prii, 9.3 months of data per Prius, average 151200 miles

 

2004 Toyota Prius 51
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Prii, 10.3 months of data per Prius, average 164000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2003 Hyundai Elantra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Elantras, 9.1 months of data per Elantra, average 114300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Hyundai Elantra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Elantras, 7.8 months of data per Elantra, average 141300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Toyota Prius   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Prii, 9.2 months of data per Prius, average 201200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Prius Reliability Comparisons

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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!
2012 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Hyundais are not made like toyotas
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 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
High level of reliability. Best in class. Never had a single warranty issue with the Prius.
2011 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
everyone who owns one, loves them
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Its a Toyota!
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Per Consumer Reports, it is a reliable, durable car especially compared to most other vehicles.
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Have always been happy with Toyota and the current issues in the news have not changed my mind.
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
This car has not had any issues starting or running. My father-in-law put his 2nd gen through 120k miles in under 5 years with the same results.
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Toyota cars have been the most reliable cars during the past quarter century.
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Toyota. That says it all
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
No problems so far
2009 4dr Hatch 76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
The car did not give any problems and still looks and performs like new.
Toyota Prius Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Hatch 76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
heater blower died 2 winters in a row, at 45,000km and again at 75000km, both front wheel bearings at 50,000kms