The Least Reliable Hyundai Models
Some models just can't seem to get out of their own way. We've created a list of the least reliable Hyundai models using data such as complaint volume, average cost of repairs, age of the car when it breaks down, and recall frequency. Here's the worst of the bunch.
What Owners Complain About the Most
Sometimes it's easiest to just tally up all the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are.
- 2011 Sonata engine seized 180 (100%)
- 2011 Sonata clicking noise when turning 74 (41%)
- 2010 Sonata door handles fall off 53 (29%)
- 2016 Tucson no acceleration from stop 50 (28%)
- 2017 Tucson hesitates when starting from a stop 48 (27%)
- 2013 Elantra brakes make grinding noise 47 (26%)
- 2012 Sonata engine seized 44 (24%)
Recent Hyundai News
Owners of the 3rd generation Tucson (2016-2021) are being urged to not park near anything that can burn until they have their ABS fuses replaced. If you're wondering if that's as bad as it sounds, it is. Multiple SUVs have caught on fire, both while parked and in motion, leading to a recall of nearly 800,000 vehicles.
The 1st generation Veracruz (2007-2012) has been recalled a second time to fix oil sneaking past defects in a valve cover gasket and damaging the alternator. The oil-soaked alternator will lose voltage, leading to problems such as the battery system not properly charging or the vehicle entering "limp home" mode while driving.
More than 1,300 Hyundai vehicles have burst into flames, now the government wants to know why. It’s about time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was petitioned to look into these non-collision fires last June.
Knock, knock – there’s a major defect in the 2013 Velostar’s engine management software. A defect that manages to find a way to prematurely ignite the air/fuel mixture in 1.6-liter turbo engines. This puts way too much pressure on the cylinders resulting in knocking noises, stalling incidents, and engine fires.
Multiple State Attorneys are looking to turn up the heat on Hyundai and Kia. An increasing number of cars are going up in spontaneous flames and I’m glad to see somebody’s willing to step up and investigate.
By the Numbers
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