The Least Reliable 2021 Hyundai Models Still Recommended by Consumer Reports

If you’re shopping for a new car, odds are you want one that’s reliable. Unfortunately, not all 2021 Hyundai models earned high marks in the reliability department. The good news is that while these vehicles are among the least reliable Hyundai models, they are still recommended by Consumer Reports. Let’s find out why. 

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is one of the least reliable Hyundai models

A silver 2021 Hyundai Elantra parked in a driveway, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is one of the least reliable Hyundai models
2021 Hyundai Elantra | Hyundai

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra has a lot going for it. It’s a new car under $20,000 and was even voted the 2021 North American Car of the Year. This year’s new Hyundai Elantra is also one of the safest new cars on the road today and was even tapped by the IIHS as a Top Safety Pick. While that’s all good news, the bad news is that this year’s Elantra is one of the least reliable Hyundai models.

In fact, Consumer Reports gave this year’s model a three out of five reliability rating. Despite its low score, however, the organization still recommends the 2021 Hyundai Elantra. After all, Consumer Reports says, it comes riding on a well-tuned suspension system, delivers an EPA-estimated 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, and has a “relatively roomy interior for the class.” What’s not to like about that?

The 2021 Hyundai Kona EV struggles with reliability

A grey 2021 Hyundai Kona EV driving on an empty road in the mountains
2021 Hyundai Kona EV | Hyundai

The 2021 Hyundai Kona EV is among the least reliable Hyundai models still recommended by Consumer Reports. The organization gave the new EV a three out of five predicted reliability rating. Unfortunately for the Kona Electric, this isn’t the first time it’s earned such a low rating. Consumer Reports also gave the 2019 model a three out of five reliability rating.

The good news is that while the Kona EV is one of the least reliable Hyundai models still recommended by Consumer Reports, the organization did give it significantly higher marks in its road tests. In fact, the organization gave this year’s model a 76 overall score in road tests, adding that this year’s model is one of the best electric vehicles under $50,000 that it’s tested.

“It blends an enjoyable driving experience with practicality, and almost all of our praise for the gas-powered Kona holds true for its electric sibling.”

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The 2021 Hyundai Sonata impressed in road tests but isn’t that reliable

A red 2021 Hyundai Sonata driving by trees, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata is one of the least reliable Hyundai models
2021 Hyundai Sonata | Hyundai

The Hyundai Sonata is a staple among its segment. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least reliable Hyundai models recommended by Consumer Reports. In fact, the organization gave this year’s new Hyundai Sonata a three out of five predicted reliability rating. The most common Hyundai Sonata problems include issues with its body integrity, paint/trim, and in-car electronics.

Fortunately, much like the 2021 Hyundai Kona EV, the Sonata did ace its road tests. Consumer Reports gave it an 81 overall score, which is encouraging. According to Consumer Reports, the Sonata’s standard 191-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is “sufficiently quick.” Additionally, its eight-speed automatic transmission shifts both smoothly and responsively. Handling is secure too.

The Hyundai Tucson is among the least reliable Hyundai models

A red 2022 Hyundai Tucson driving
2022 Hyundai Tucson | Hyundai

Hyundai’s 2021 lineup features a range of new SUVs to choose from. Unfortunately, this specific model is among the least reliable Hyundai models recommended by Consumer Reports. While Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Hyundai Tucson a 76 overall score, it also gave it a three out of five predicted reliability rating.

It’s much of the same story with the recently introduced 2022 Hyundai Tucson. Although Consumer Reports gave it an 80 overall score, it also gave it a three out of five predicted reliability rating. The good news is that the all-new Tucson was able to score an 86 in road tests.

“Hyundai’s redesigned Tucson leapfrogged the model it replaced, with a smoother ride, sharper handling, and a quieter cabin. This boldly-styled compact SUV now outshines several segment mainstays, including the Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.”

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Are the least reliable Hyundai models still worth checking out?

While these new Hyundai models are among the least reliable Hyundai models, they are still recommended by Consumer Reports. So if you’re in the market for a new car? Don’t overlook these models just yet.

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