Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,142 - $5,107
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,142 - $5,107
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5

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Ranks #9 Compact Cars by Fuel Economy

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Hyundai Elantra Models & Trims

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2006 Hyundai Elantra Owner Reviews

4.18
134 Reviews
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Amazingly reliable car for the price

2006 Hyundai Elantra GT

To start off my Elantra has approximately 270,000 miles on it and it's a 2006 model. I've owned it for about 2 years and it was my cousins before that. At some point it used to be a hospice care car but even with all the wear and tear of its many owners driving it around it's still running well. When I first bought the car from my cousins one of the belts to the a/c was busted but it was a relatively cheap and fast fix. I have had both headlights go out and the license plate light but they were replaced. The alternator did need to be replaced in around march. As far as comfort the inside is semi-roomy. Not spacious but comfortable. The interior has held up pretty good with minor staining. The factory speakers that come preinstalled are pretty good and the sound can be quite loud on the radio if you want it to be. The factory-radio is outdated in 2019 but there is a CD player and radio so not too bad. The thing I mainly LOVE about my car is the gas mileage and it's a little fast thing. The main drawback is the safety, I've been in some very minor car crashes/ fender benders and the exterior ripped right off the bumper. Every time I get in a small car crash the other car comes out fine, minus a few paint scratches) but my car comes out looking MESSED up. It drives quite well, my only complaints being that it is not a smooth ride above 65 (any interstate) and the wheel shakes horribly and sometimes feels a bit loose, wobbling from side to side. It might just be the mileage on my car but that's been my experience. Overall a great car, nothing extravagant but it's pretty good for the price!

- Emily W

Reliable vehicle, runs long, wears slow

2006 Hyundai Elantra

The car is a good, fuel-efficient daily driver. Features are straightforward and functional, and reasonably discrete--not overly integrated into other vehicle systems. For example, I can replace the stereo head unit without affecting the functionality of the door alarms. Today, this is a huge benefit. The seats are upholstered with a durable cloth, and are comfortable for driving and riding for short to moderate distances. I have not driven more than 300 miles at a stretch in this vehicle, so I cannot comment on seat comfort on long trips--other than to say that, if you find yourself tired while driving, there is no comfortable position in the vehicle for catching a nap roadside or in a parking lot. Trunk space is plentiful for a car this size, and the back seat folds down to accommodate larger items. The car has experienced significant wear and tear over 12 years of use, and is (for the most part) still a reliable vehicle. There is a problem with the headlight switch where, if the headlight switch is left in the "on" position when the vehicle is turned off, the headlights will sometimes turn back on, resulting in battery drain. I am researching repair options for this issue. The pad atop the dashboard has a split in it near the center, and the padding on the top of the steering wheel is deteriorating (both understandable after 12 Alabama summers). I plan to repair the steering wheel with a rubber repair product, and add a steering wheel cover for added protection. Overall, I am very satisfied with the 2006 Elantra.

- Russell H

2006 Hyundai Elantra. Basic functions of a car.

2006 Hyundai Elantra

My 2006 Hyundai Elantra has been pretty reliable as far as a car that has had its maintenance kept up with. Any issues that I have had with my vehicle have all been expected, such as having to replace parts that are too old to hold up well. I have had to replace the timing belt, another one of the belts (not sure which one), my radiator, etc. Now, it needs a new catalytic converter, new spark plugs, and a basic tune-up done. I have never had any issues with my car that weren't expected and haven't had issues thinking my car was junk. It is comfort is fair as far as it is age is concerned. It is not high tech or anything fancy, but it is very comfortable for a being my first car. It has all the basics of a car with a CD player, radio, simple cruise control, but as far as advanced features, it does not hold up to the cars of today. It has a decent acceleration and the breaks work just fine after having been replaced. I am not a car expert, but it is done its job as a car just fine and I am happy with it as far as functionality is concerned.

- Megan N

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$14,065 - $15,365
$15,915

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC MPI 16
2.0L DOHC MPI 16

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.2 in.
43.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 in.
39.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35 in.
35 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38 in.
38 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13 cu. ft.
13 cu. ft.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/60R15
P195/60R15

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
102.7 in.
102.7 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
32.5 ft.
32.5 ft.

Length

Length
177.9 - 178.1 in.
178.1 in.

Width

Width
67.7 - 67.9 in.
67.9 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2784 - 2837 lbs.
2837 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

Torque

Torque
136 ft. lbs.
136 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
28 - 31 mpg
28 mpg

City

City
24 - 27 mpg
24 mpg

Highway

Highway
32 - 34 mpg
32 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety