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Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Prius Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Hyundai Elantra or Toyota Prius reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Prius 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 51 Elantras, 8.3 months of data per Elantra, average 11400 miles9
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota Prius 49 Prii, 8.7 months of data per Prius, average 8700 miles8
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Hyundai Elantra 46 Elantras, 9.5 months of data per Elantra, average 27300 miles49
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota Prius 68 Prii, 8.7 months of data per Prius, average 22300 miles12
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Hyundai Elantra 33 Elantras, 8.9 months of data per Elantra, average 37000 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota Prius 77 Prii, 9.9 months of data per Prius, average 36200 miles17
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Hyundai Elantra   23 Elantras, 10.3 months of data per Elantra, average 47400 miles

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2010 Toyota Prius 223 Prii, 10.0 months of data per Prius, average 54000 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Hyundai Elantra   24 Elantras, 9.6 months of data per Elantra, average 51600 miles

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2009 Toyota Prius 47 Prii, 9.8 months of data per Prius, average 66500 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Hyundai Elantra 35 Elantras, 10.1 months of data per Elantra, average 74700 miles31
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota Prius 98 Prii, 10.1 months of data per Prius, average 86100 miles16
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Hyundai Elantra   23 Elantras, 9.0 months of data per Elantra, average 75900 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius 77 Prii, 9.8 months of data per Prius, average 103700 miles19
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Hyundai Elantra   12 Elantras, 9.3 months of data per Elantra, average 87400 miles

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2006 Toyota Prius 60 Prii, 9.9 months of data per Prius, average 112100 miles24
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Hyundai Elantra 26 Elantras, 9.1 months of data per Elantra, average 110800 miles76
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota Prius 70 Prii, 9.6 months of data per Prius, average 134600 miles32
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2004 Hyundai Elantra   12 Elantras, 7.7 months of data per Elantra, average 92300 miles

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2004 Toyota Prius 40 Prii, 9.4 months of data per Prius, average 137300 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Hyundai Elantra   15 Elantras, 7.5 months of data per Elantra, average 114300 miles

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2003 Toyota Prius   11 Prii, 6.0 months of data per Prius, average 146700 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra   15 Elantras, 7.9 months of data per Elantra, average 134900 miles

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2002 Toyota Prius   15 Prii, 8.3 months of data per Prius, average 164800 miles

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2001 Toyota Prius   17 Prii, 10.1 months of data per Prius, average 151900 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 Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Outstanding dependability.
2005 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Over 4 years and almost 28000 miles my Elantra has been exceptionally reliable. Other relatives who own Elantras like mine also report similar reliability. None of us have experienced any major issues in over 4 years of owning Elantras.
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.
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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