What's Wrong with the Hyundai Sonata?

Sonata owners have made 1780 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (33%), followed by the steering (13%) and the interior (10%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Sonata.

Comparing Sonata Generations

You should avoid the 6th generation (2011–2014) Sonata because of its overall PainRank™ of 64.28. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
7th Gen Sonata 2015–2018
197 15.26
6th Gen Sonata 2011–2014
1119 64.28
5th Gen Sonata 2006–2010
342 17.83
4th Gen Sonata 2000–2005
108 4.88
3rd Gen Sonata 1995–1999
10 1.29
2nd Gen Sonata 1989–1994
4 0.44

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    The Worst Sonata Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2007 (53), 2005 (52), 2008 (46), 2014 (40), 2016 (23), 2004 (17), 2017 (17), 2003 (13), 2002 (13), 2001 (7), 2000 (6), 1998 (5), 2018 (3), 1995 (3), 1992 (2), 1990 (2), 1997 (1), 1999 (1), 1994 (0), 1993 (0), 1991 (0), 1996 (0), and 1989 (0).