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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  
2014 Hyundai Elantra   13 Elantras, 4.6 months of data per Elantra, average 3700 miles

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2014 Toyota Prius 25 Prii, 4.4 months of data per Prius, average 5800 miles11
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Hyundai Elantra 58 Elantras, 8.8 months of data per Elantra, average 15400 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota Prius 50 Prii, 10.6 months of data per Prius, average 14200 miles5
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Hyundai Elantra 43 Elantras, 8.7 months of data per Elantra, average 35100 miles45
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota Prius 61 Prii, 9.8 months of data per Prius, average 30200 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Hyundai Elantra 30 Elantras, 8.4 months of data per Elantra, average 41000 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota Prius 79 Prii, 9.5 months of data per Prius, average 42900 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Hyundai Elantra   20 Elantras, 9.7 months of data per Elantra, average 51500 miles

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2010 Toyota Prius 216 Prii, 10.0 months of data per Prius, average 59300 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Hyundai Elantra   21 Elantras, 10.0 months of data per Elantra, average 57000 miles

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2009 Toyota Prius 45 Prii, 11.2 months of data per Prius, average 76000 miles19
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2008 Hyundai Elantra 35 Elantras, 9.8 months of data per Elantra, average 74200 miles21
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2008 Toyota Prius 98 Prii, 9.6 months of data per Prius, average 87400 miles20
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2007 Hyundai Elantra   23 Elantras, 8.7 months of data per Elantra, average 84400 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius 77 Prii, 9.9 months of data per Prius, average 109200 miles24
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2006 Hyundai Elantra   17 Elantras, 9.4 months of data per Elantra, average 94400 miles

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2006 Toyota Prius 55 Prii, 9.9 months of data per Prius, average 120500 miles35
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2005 Hyundai Elantra 25 Elantras, 9.2 months of data per Elantra, average 116600 miles62
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota Prius 77 Prii, 9.2 months of data per Prius, average 143100 miles34
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Hyundai Elantra   10 Elantras, 8.3 months of data per Elantra, average 101700 miles

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2004 Toyota Prius 42 Prii, 9.2 months of data per Prius, average 145300 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Hyundai Elantra   17 Elantras, 7.6 months of data per Elantra, average 110900 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra   14 Elantras, 7.2 months of data per Elantra, average 148100 miles

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2002 Toyota Prius   15 Prii, 8.9 months of data per Prius, average 184300 miles

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2001 Toyota Prius   17 Prii, 9.1 months of data per Prius, average 167900 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 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
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.
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
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
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
No problems so far
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
Toyota cars have been the most reliable cars during the past quarter century.
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
Toyota. That says it all
2010 4dr Hatch 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Its a Toyota!
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