Why the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Is a Model To Avoid at All Costs

The Veloster is automaker Hyundai’s small, zippy hatchback that offers affordability and fun. But while the Veloster has garnered a very loyal fan base over the years, not all Veloster model years are keeping owners satisfied. In fact, one Hyundai Veloster model year, in particular, is proving to be an expensive annoyance.

The worst Hyundai Veloster of them all


CarComplaints.com gathered all owner-reported complaints about the Hyundai Veloster. After making a model-year comparison of these complaints, one model year noticeably receives the most. The 2013 Hyundai Veloster has more owner complaints than any other model year, with 47 total.

But the 2013 model year doesn’t just receive more complaints. Its number of complaints, combined with other factors like repair cost, average mileage when problems occur, and severity, make the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Car Complaints’ choice for “Worst Model Year.”

Why the 2013 model should be avoided at all costs

Out of 40 total complaints, the “engine problems” category receives more complaints than any other category at 16. 10 owners of the 2013 Veloster experienced connecting rod failure or engine stall while driving. Connecting rod failure is also Car Complaints’ No. 1 worst-rated problem across all model years.

Car Complaints scores the 2013 Hyundai Veloster’s connecting rod failure problem with a high severity rating of 10 (out of 10) due mostly to its high average repair cost and repair solution. Though the engine-stalling problem seems to happen at higher average mileages, both of these problems typically result in an engine replacement.

Car Complaints may have 16 owner-reported problems in the engine category, but there are 74 total complaints made to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) in the same category. The 2013 Veloster’s high number of complaints in the engine category also helps make “engine problems” Car Complaints’ choice for the worst overall problem category. This category receives the most overall complaints, with the average problem occurring at around 45,000 miles.

Engine problems aren’t the only complaints owners have of their 2013 Velosters however. 10 owners complain of interior accessory problems, with six experiencing problems with their speakers. Out of all the reported complaints across all model years, the most-reported is with the speakers. Occurring at a low average mileage of around 13,000, Car Complaints ranks this speaker problem with a severity rating of 7.3 (out of 10). Four more owners have problems with their Veloster’s connective systems.

Four owners have complaints about the 2013 Hyundai Veloster’s electrical system, though there are 36 reports made to the NHTSA. The “steering problems” category also receives four complaints, while lights, transmission, wheels, and windows categories all receive three complaints each.

The best Hyundai Veloster model years to buy

While the 2013 Hyundai Veloster receives the most complaints, there are other model years that are proving to be more reliable. The first two years of production, 2012 and 2013, seem to be the years that Hyundai was working out the kinks with the Veloster. These years receive more complaints than any other model year. But Hyundai must have taken a cue from the 2013 model year as the 2014 Veloster receives a significantly lower number of complaints at 10.

The following 2015 model year only has six total complaints, but it still may not be a wise choice. This is because the 2015 model year is where Car Complaints found its second-worst-rated problem. Though there are only two complaints of the Veloster losing power, this problem occurs at a low average mileage of around 50,000 miles and costs an average of $3,000 to fix. Car Complaints gives this problem a severity rating of 10 (out of 10).

If you’re in the market for a newer used Veloster, the 2017 model year only has four complaints, and the 2018 model year has absolutely no complaints from owners.