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How All 48 Generations Rank

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Gen Years PainRank
48th Sonata Gen 6 2011—2014 62.96
47th Elantra Gen 5 2011—2016 39.26
46th Santa Fe Gen 3 2013—2017 22.2
45th Tucson Gen 3 2016—2017 20.33
44th Santa Fe Gen 2 2007—2012 19.64
43rd Sonata Gen 7 2015—2017 17.94
42nd Sonata Gen 5 2006—2010 17.37
41st Elantra Gen 4 2007—2010 15.01
40th Genesis Gen 2 2015—2016 14.42
39th Sonata Hybrid Gen 6 2011—2014 13.47
38th Tucson Gen 2 2010—2015 8.67
37th Genesis Gen 1 2009—2014 7.67
36th Elantra Gen 6 2017—2017 7.07
35th Elantra Gen 3 2001—2006 6.48
34th Veloster Gen 1 2012—2017 5.96
33rd Entourage Gen 1 2007—2009 5.54
32nd Santa Fe Gen 1 2001—2006 5.45
31st Accent Gen 4 2011—2017 4.95
30th Sonata Gen 4 2000—2005 4.79
29th Veracruz Gen 1 2007—2012 4.74
28th Tiburon Gen 2 2001—2008 4.73
27th Tucson Gen 1 2005—2009 4.14
26th Sonata Hybrid Gen 7 2015—2017 4.04
25th Accent Gen 2 1999—2005 3.61
24th Accent Gen 3 2006—2010 3.43
23rd Elantra Touring Gen 1 2009—2012 2.8
22nd Azera Gen 4 2006—2011 2.6
21st Equus Gen 2 2010—2016 2.52
20th Azera Gen 5 2012—2016 1.37
19th Elantra Gen 2 1997—2000 1.3
18th Sonata Gen 3 1995—1999 1.29
17th G80 Gen 1 2017—2017 1.07
16th Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Gen 7 2015—2017 0.86
15th Genesis Coupe Gen 1 2010—2012 0.49
14th Genesis Coupe Gen 2 2013—2016 0.48
13th Sonata Gen 2 1989—1994 0.44
12th Elantra Gen 1 1991—1996 0.34
11th Accent Gen 1 1995—1998 0.34
10th Scoupe Gen 1 1991—1994 0.23
9th Tiburon Gen 1 1997—2000 0.21
8th Terracan Gen 1 2002—2006 0.15
7th Santa Fe Sport Gen 1 2013—2017 0.0
6th Accent Gen 5 2018—2018 0.0
5th Ioniq Electric Gen 1 2017—2017 0.0
4th Kona Gen 1 2018—2018 0.0
3rd Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid Gen 1 2017—2017 0.0
2nd G90 Gen 1 2017—2017 0.0
1st Ioniq Hybrid Gen 1 2017—2017 0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).