This version of the Sonata ranked among our top-rated family sedans. The ride is supple, yet composed. Handling is agile and responsive. The Sonata's swoopy, coupe-like styling comes with tolerable rear-seat room and visibility. The revised four-cylinder engine racked up impressive fuel economy of 27 mpg overall.
Alerts
There are 14 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags standard from 1999. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2006.
Road Test

This version of the Sonata ranked among our top-rated family sedans. The ride is supple, yet composed. Handling is agile and responsive. The Sonata's swoopy, coupe-like styling comes with tolerable rear-seat room and visibility. The revised four-cylinder engine racked up impressive fuel economy of 27 mpg overall. On the other hand, complaints include noticeable road noise and inhibited rear-seat access due to the low roof line.

The Sonata Hybrid (which we also tested) is a far cry from the conventional Sonata. Although it gets better fuel economy than its non-hybrid doppelganger, the trade-offs in drivability, refinement and braking performance are too high. The car stumbles and hesitates as it makes the transition from electric to gas power, with occasional shakes and vibrations.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (274 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 hybrid (206 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (200 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (198 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Hyundai Sonata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Pulls to the left and can't correct"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car won't stay in alignment and as a result I had tires replaced at 38,000 miles. They do not know why it won't stay in alignment"

Robert N., MO (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It all of a sudden starts to shimmy on the highway @ 65MPH which it has never done in the past I will be taking it in to the dealer to have it checked out, but not yet,as I just noticed it"

Stephen R., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car pulls to one side or another randomly. Dealer has inspected and there was a recall but dealer refuses to accept that this car is not fixed"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Since purchase car has pulled to the left. There were several campaigns to repair it and it was mostly fixed by that. But now recently the car has again begun to pull to the left. Original tires were hard and lasted 80K miles. New Pirellis good"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car pulls to the right (or left) as if it's out of alignment......but it's not, because I've had it aligned."

Paul W., OR (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Won’t stay in alignment for more than several months thus causing uneven tire wear and noisy ride."

Jeffrey P., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Chronic pull to right. Numerous wheel alignments at dealer. Shortly after alignment pull returns."

Andrew A., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"In addition to a new rack and pinion, I also had to get the wheels balanced and aligned because the steering wheel vibrated"

Jason W., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"hit pothole.... new tire and alignment"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Front end had to replace ball joints, tie rods, torsion bars struts"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced ball joints"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front and Rear ball joints replaced under manufacturer recall"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My right front tire hit a pothole that I didn't see caused some loosening in the ball joint"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Going over bumps made noise. Replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

"had to be replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some bushing on the front end seized and made it difficult to turn in one direction. Fix under warranty but my option remains this brand builds old type cars of lower quality then a Toyota or Honda of which I have owned"

Dave E., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clicking in steering"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a clicking sound when the steering wheel was turned all the way around. The busing in the steering assembly was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace steering bushing"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive play in Electronic Power Steering due to worn rubber bushing that had to be replaced out of warranty"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushing in steering system wore out cost of part was two dollars cost of labor was over three hundred dollars. Seems like poor engineering to me"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Pump system developed a problem where steering became disabled. The steering system would become completely disengaged from the front wheels."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering went off line and car was undrivable. Problem was electronic requiring replacement of steering column components. All (including towing) covered under warranty"

Henry L., WI (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire electric steering mechanism failed. All this is located in the steering column so the entire "upper section" of the steering column needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering gear unit had worn bearing...lots of wobble in the steering wheel...Hyundai replaced the complete gear unit"

John H., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering connection to steering column developed noise and play in the wheel. Dealer replaced the connecting device"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"2 recall notices from Hyundai motors"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Clunking sound when going over bumps. Replaced original struts at 143,000 miles."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"recall from manf"

Keith H., OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall on the rear struts that may have cured the tire wear"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A bolt on the left front suspension was bad and had to be replaced, which caused that tire to grind off the inside edge"

William J., AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"began hearing a clanking clunking noise when traveling over minor bumps. Dealership has made one attempt to fix the problem. It improved slightly"

Drew M., MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Squeak in front end had to replace struts and strut rods? Poor ride quality"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has always had a bouncy ride on open road. Some road noise also. Other than that it functions well except for lower than expected fuel mileage."

Jack M., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This year I replaced both strut top bearings and one outer tie rod. The previous year it was the other tie rod and both stabilizer links. It makes the car feel old with all of the rattles and clunking."

Steven R., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"works ok, just not a smooth ride"

Jack M., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broken front spring: repaired Transmission: Occurred twice in past year; unable to shift into any gear but reverse; required towing to dealership both times. No explanation first time; on second failure, told a single french fry jammed the shift lever...no explanation as to how one french fry could work its way past the intact cowling around the shifter and down into the perfect spot to block the shift lever from going into forward gear. Think about it...one greasy, quarter-inch french fry made its way across the floor carpet, up under the very tightly-fitting plastic cowling, back up across the carpet and then down into the shift mechanism. One hell of a french fry; unable to determine which fast-food joint made such an impressively robust potato product. I guess that's why car manufacturers void warranties if owners buy take-out."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front right spring broke and fell off causing removel and replacement of brand new tire and a new spring."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Left front broken spring"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front right spring broke while driving"

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Unsure)

"Unsure warrantee repair. It was a recall"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The coil spring on the left front of the car simply broke"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front spring broke and car was not drivable."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A spring broke and needed to be replaced, so both sides were done. The struts were not available except at exorbitant prices. Overall, the suspension is unsatisfactory - despite the repairs."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Started to notice a clicking and slight play in steering wheel. Needed a very small replacement part (under $3) which resulted in labor costs of over $300. I personally know 2 other people who have had exact same issue."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car pulls to the right...dealer said it needed steering adjustment to the electrical steering computer...still pulls occasionally"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car made loud thumping noises when hit bumps. Replaced two front sway links. However, after a few months, noise started up again. Haven't taken it in for follow-up repairs."

Anonymous, NE (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"steering became loose due to a cheap plastic gear in the column. Could only be replaced with another cheap plastic gear"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise from steering turned out to be steering coupler coming apart"

Ernie N., TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive free play and noise from steering wheel. Replaced worm shaft coupling and bushing. No charge; covered under warranty. Took 2 hours"

John L., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rubber coupling in power steering unit degraded causing large clunking sound on left hand turns. Dealer took care of problem under warranty. Problem appears to occur fairly frequently per on line comments - Manufacturer claims not a safety issue bu"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"car will not stay in a straight line. continually veers to the left or right. Linkage has been replaced once and car has been continually realigned but problem persists"

James S., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Odd vibration while turning wheel. Steering shaft replaced under warranty"

Frank R., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration on corners"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a clicking sound when turning the steering"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Was dangerous, they replaced the entire steering units"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering gear needed to be replaced after just three years. A link also was replaced during the repair. Was covered under warranty"

Rob M., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"universal joint linkage became loose. Needed replacement"

Luis L., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"play in the steering wheel that was caused bya steering tube or something like that"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Steering would occasionally fail during turns and/or gentle steering maneuvers"

Margaret H., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata)

"Failure of steering coupling - replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rack and pinion had a failed part"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This auto has electric power steering and there is a coupling in the drive that wore causing play and a noise in steering as if loose. Was repaired under a service call. Not certain is was a recall but was repaired under the warranty"

Robert B., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering linkage failed. Had to be replaced. Caused issues with steering the car."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a known defect in the steering linkage that involves a small plastic gear that wears out and allows the steering wheel to turn slightly without the wheels turning. On a washboard road, the whole steering system rattles, though on a smooth road the steering remains solid. There is no evidence of tire wear and the car tracks well at all speeds. The small gear can be purchased for under $10 but to replace it involves considerable work for which a dealer would charge over $300. The problem and fix has been described on the internet."

Sharon M., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Plastic gear at base of steering column broke, causing a noticeable feel in the steering. Garage informed me that this is a noticeable weakness in the material gear is made from, and they replace several of these each week ."

Robert L., SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A loud clunk when going over bumps - apparently there was some problem with the linkage between the steering wheel and the rest of the system. Also, and this hasn't been addressed yet, the ride has gotten progressively worse - so driving on secondary roads is uncomfortable."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A plastic part in the linkage was worn. Turned out to be a warrantee repair."

Murray B., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering coupler failed. I had noticed a loosening of the steering wheel. I drove an additional 800 miles before having it checked. By God's grace, I didn't lose control of the vehicle. The rubber part was almost useless. I still have the part. The part has been replaced with a sturdier plastic part. It does worry me from time to time. I know two other people who have the same vehicle with the same part. My mechanic checked for a recall, but there hasn't been one. That is despite the fact that there has been multiple recalls on this vehicle. This is the reason I question whether I will purchase another Sonata, although I enjoy driving it."

Anonymous, KS (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After recall to update electric steering, looseness in the shaft coupler became very apparent. Steering wheel would jerk about 1/4 inch. Mazda wanted $300 to replace coupling. As car was safely drivable I didn't have it fixed. Subsequently a recall for this problem was issued and fixed at no charge."

Walter C., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was recalled for the problem. I had the problem fixed before the recall and was later reimbursed for the repairs."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a recall noted on the sleeve needed for the control of clicking and connection problems in the steering wheel assembly but mine was out of warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel seemed to become loose; i.e., had some play in it, like something had loosened up. The dealer fixed it without charge. No more problem."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clunk at low speed in steering column. Taking to dealer soon."

Ronald H., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clicking noise appears recall was done but not covered because over 100k miles. Many complaints online about same issue. Safety related."

Jonathan L., MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a lot of play in the steering wheel and it didn't pass inspection. My mechanic said he thought it was under recall. I took it to a Hyundai dealership and they fixed it free of charge. Hyundai has been excellent in getting out recall announcements and fixing them. I have been very pleased with their service."

Brian M., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"bushing in steering column caused a knocking sound, was fixed/covered by warranty or recall"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Partial failure of a steering coupling. Loose steering and clunking noise."

Anonymous, ID (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Electric steering motor replaced under warranty but had to be readjusted multiple times."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Something in the steering linkage was replaced and it also required a software upgrade. The alignment after repair was routine."

Don C., AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering would click"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"too much steering wheel play. Worn out coupling"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"steering clunking and rattling"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Two issues. One a Factory recall and another was replacement of a rubber part connecting steering wheel to steering shaft"

Mark M., LA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel made a clicking noise sometimes when turning but the dealer indicated it wasn't a safety issue. Several months later when I was on a trip it began much worse and steering wheel felt loose and I had to get repairs at another dealer since I was afraid to drive it"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"steering made loud clicking noise, dealer replaced a rubber boot as part of a recall"

Dave M., CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rack and pinion was bad on my Sonata which is apparently uncommon for the mileage on it. I had to replace in the past 6 months. Also had wheels aligned and balanced"

Jason W., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"What I was advised was there was a plastic gear that is for steering in the front end. That was worn and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on steering, four visits before it was corrected"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"needed to replace entire rack and pinion"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Expensive labor repair for $5 piece in steering column"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Steering failure resulting in steering column replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering coupler was replaqced. It was later part of an extended warranty and I was reimbursed for the repair"

Mike S., GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Balky or delayed engagement when wheel was turned to steer the vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a steering coupling go bad. Just recently i was contacted by Hyundai and they are covering the cost which was $250.00"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"steering FLEX cOUPLING NEEDED REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"It started in about 2015 and grew worse with use. It was under warranty, so the dealer replaced a plastic part in the steering wheel that they knew was wearing out earlier than expected. No problem after that."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel coupler clunk started at 105,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"cheaply made bushing/plastic piece in the steering column caused steering vibration and play in the steering wheel at the 70K range. The part was under $10 but total dealship cost was about $320"

James I., AL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Slack when turning the steering wheel"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Related to first problem"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Electrical problem was that the starter failed. Steering wheel - plastic bushing that costs $1.87 (plastic) went. According to technitian it was a common problem"

Dennis I., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"despite aligment experienced continued steering wheel vibration. dealer was unheldful in fixing issue"

David E., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering has always been a bit loose. Have had car checked to verify not out of round tires, bad balanced tires or alignment. Linkage in steering column clicks and I noticed that there was a recall on steering column issued before we bought car. C"

Daniel R., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration"

Anonymous, MS (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"there was a clicking sound in the steering wheel and it was vibrating as I drove. It was bad over 25MPH."

Lisa D., RI (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel vibration caused by a eroded gasket. Took me about $200 to replace"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a tiny little rubber piece that completely failed in the steering column. This created scary loose steering, lots of banging noises, and other safety hazards. For some reason the cost to repair this $3 item was over $300 and for some reason Hyundai was not willing to warranty that work!! That's a major safety hazard and my daughter was scared to death to drive that car! Cheap, cheap, cheap Hyundai - and it's a game of roulette - this level of treating your customers cheaply and not replacing clear equipment failures in a fairly new car where safety is an issue is a bad risk and will result in people buying other brands that are more consumer safety conscious!!"

Eric S., WV (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This was due to tire store doing bad job of balancing the tires. I had them rotated and assumed they would balance them as tires were purchased at that store and rotate/balance was included at no charge. At the time of rotation, balance was not performed. I now request both when due at 5000 miles."

Walter C., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the rubber piece on steering at dealership and was fixed. I believe this to normal wear and tear. I had recently had to replace the power seat switches which cost me over $500 :("

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering made a clicking noise and vibration. This started after one of the recalls was completed."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering wheel made a clicking noise when turned, which became worse with time, I had to get a part replaced which cost me $375"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle has has steering issues since purchase in October 2010. Additionally, car has been at dealership waiting for engine replacement since February 17, 2017"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clicking in the steering shaft upon turning the steering wheel. It was a worn bushing"

Suesan B., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Started as a tic noise, dealer said $900 repair but not unsafe. when worse would feel like power steering going out. Then changed and column moved slightly but drove ok, got on gravel, very scary vibration. Took in and they repaired free at 90,000 miles, No recall only if you ask. Have good video"

James M., MO (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering issue and vibration occurs when backing up. There was a class action suit filed against Hyundai to repair this problem, so the car has been in to have that fixed. Although the dealer performed this repair, the problem persists, but not as badly as before the fix"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"sounded like two empty beer cans rattling around in the steering assembly.NOT covered under 100k warrenty"

John K., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace a rubber "coupler" in the steering column due to excess wear. Hyundai has since extended the warranty on this part and will be reimbursing me for this repair"

David Y., OK (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front end makes noise over bumps and steering wheel vibrates over 60 MPH and when braking. Had it looked at but no issues have been found and no remedy to date"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a recall"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering column started vibrating when turning corners. It quickly progressed to a full shudder when applying brakes. This is a known problem to Hyundai"

Jill S., SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Standard maintenance"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"First noticed steering wheel vibration but it was minor and inconsistent - no particular speed, type of road, road conditions, duration, etc. The vibration got worse so took the car to a service shop and the tie rods were worn so badly the two front wheels/tires were essentially steering independently. Was told any more driving would be very risky so had them replaced. Went to another shop for a front wheel alignment as well."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I needed to replace the driver's side front tie rod."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tie rod end worn, causing slight steering vibrarion"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeated trips to dealership for severe brake vibration, front end linkage ball joints, rods, linkage repairs. Dealership unable to resolve severe brake vibration after replacing emergency brake and pads rotors etc."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was in for a recall when they did a routine inspection and found out something was loose. I took the car to my local mechanic who confirmed the problem and fixed it."

Donald C., IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"One had to be replaced recently because it was loose"

Glen D., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tie rods on both sides (left and right) were broken. I must state, however, that the street conditions in my city are very poor. Pot holes and bumps are everywhere"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace tie rod ball joints wheel bearings also having to do two total brake relines with rotors and calipers"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"I was told after a few thoUSnd miles the tire wear was uneven and so could not rotate tires. I have had three alignments and finally had to have tires replaced at 38,000 miles. They have not determined why it won't stay in alignment"

Robert N., MO (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire wear is uneven because of inabiity to be aligned"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"original tires were wearing unevenly, I replaced the tires with Michelin and still have uneven wear and alignment and balancing have been checked as OK"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear tires were worn and VERY noisy at less than 5000 miles. A recall for rear struts may have solved the problem but the tires had to be replaced at low mileage"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Noise from front of car sounded like a hum or distant airplane engine. Pitch changed with speed. New bearings were installed and problem is resolved."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"drivers side back wheel bearing went bad"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the third time I have had to replace a wheel bearing. The dealer even said that it happens way more in the hyundai cars than any other manufacturer they sell"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both left and right front bearings wore out, had to be replaced."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Care whining sound when driving on highway, dealer replaced a wheel bearing as part of a recall"

Dave M., CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The backup camera stopped working in 2019. We were able to replace the camera, by purchasing a certified camera on eBay and following instructions on YouTube."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It blacks out intermittently."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup camera had to be replaces. Stopped working"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Back up camera went out. Still covered under warranty so the dealer fixed it"

Robert S., NE (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"back up camera failed. dealer replaced under warranty"

Jim B., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The backup screen sometimes goes blank. I have taken it back to the dealer about 5 times for this problem"

Jennifer D., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid)

"The backup camera periodically stops working. We bring it in and are told, "No trouble found." When it works it is good, with a curved line tracking where the care will go"

Bruce E., NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Stopped working and needed a new camera"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rear view camera looses connection resulting in a blue screen occasionally. Tapping on the camera on the trunk fixes the problem for a while so assume it's a loose connection to the camera inside the trunk lid. From what I've read online this is a"

Ron D., IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I own a proximity keyed Sonata. Sometimes the driver door will not open when trying to manually open the vehicle. Button on the door itself seems intermittent at times"

Anonymous, NB (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It only works some of the time. Most times it's just a white screen and you can't see anything"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"stopped working, too costly to repair"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Hyundai Sonata)

"It had a lot of image issues, humid out, static issues, then when the starter died, the car was "jumped" the camera never worked again. I was informed not part of the warranty and wasn't due the starter issue (car dying and being jumped). Two hundred minimum to replace. Truly unimpressed"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Touch screen always selects something other than what you want"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Periodically the screen freezes and a restart doesn't clear it. It eventually comes back"

Bruce E., NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"Without the display, your can't do anything internal the car: adjust radio, control bluetooth, radio, nothing. 3 dealers have told me to replace the panel it would cost between $3k-$6k depending on the EXACT problem. I told one dealer to order the"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Display screen goes 95% dark; can barely read out radio station tuned. I was quoted $850 by the dealer for a used replacement radio system; there was no other fix available."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Display screen went blank on a cold winter morning. Replacement radio was over $2000 and a repair was over $500 (by an aftermarket dealer."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I am having a problem with my Fuel display on my dash board . Sometimes it goes away or says I am empty of gas even after I fill up . But other times it is OK …"

John-Maureen F., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup camera display frequently erratic"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"i had an aftermarket navigation system placed. never worked well, replaced once. then i had crutch fields put in a new system using same back up camera. xm radio , cd player. all works well. use navigation with my phone"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Phone volume level versus radio"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I cannot sync my iPhone via Blue Tooth. I find this ridiculous that my 2011 Sonata cannot have its software updated to link/pair my phone!"

Neal S., MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"iPhone doesn't work unless you purchase a special adapter for it so you can listen to your music"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Since we've bought the car, we've had to replace the GPS system twice. However, neither has been in the last twelve months."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure Unsure)

"Buttons for nav and radio are scrambled. Function on the button is not what happens when pressed. Also am unable to turn the radio off, it's always on. Power button does not work."

Anonymous, ID (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS is too complicated to use. I think it is a distraction. I would never buy another car with a built in system."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not find most address"

Robert R., MO (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The GPS send me on long and convoluted routes. I tried updating the software (which cost $425 for a single update), but the new software was no better"

Jennifer D., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid)

"The GPS is connected to the radio screen. We've had to replace the radio-GPS twice, both times under warranty. The system simply failed to function."

Robert B., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata)

"Difficult to use"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire system disappeares from time to time"

Peter F., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Map update, too expensive and out of date"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS freezes up in cold weather. Will not work. Works fine in warm weather or after the car has heated up during driving"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Does not pair with my Samsung phone"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice recognition failures experienced whenever Bluetooth is used. Problem not resolved."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure Unsure)

"Pairings with my Samsung phone"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"suddenly unable to connect any phone to the bluetooth which prohibits the use of voice commands with phone"

Deborah W., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid)

"Phone wouldn't pair"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone/stereo dead"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata)

"I tried to pair two phones. One phone the pairing accepted the contacts and phone numbers but would not let me make calls. The other phone would let me make calls but used the other phones contacts"

Joseph R., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth totally failed, dealers only option to replace 4500 dollar radio. out of warranty 38 months. 36 mo warranty on radio/nav etc not 5yr 60k, as marketed on vehicle"

Victor L., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I find it incredible that Hyundai built a car in 2011 that I cannot pair my iPhone with. My Hyundai dealer said that the Bluetooth system cannot be updated"

Neal S., MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth stopped working when I traded in my iPhone 4 but the dealership was unable to get the new phone to pair with the car. I can no longer use hands-free calling which is a safety issue."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not voice command auto dial."

Andrew A., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lack of consistent Bluetooth cell phone pairing"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not transfer contacts"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Often the pairing freezes, doesn't work, locks in the on dial mode (car dials the phone locked in that position) Also a high pitched hum with plugged in vice wifi. . Extremely irritating"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Amplifier quit working"

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very limited AM reception"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius XM Shark Fin Antenna failed"

George V., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Radio stopped working on 3 occasions & was repaired under warranty. But, failed again each time. Finally, we had to contact Hyundai corporate U.S. office for a replacement at their expense"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio would not play at cooler damp temperature. Usually 55 degrees down to freezing. At freezing and below would play"

Wayne B., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone/stereo dead"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata)

"usb broken"

William Y., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Satellite radio died and they could not fix it and would not replace it. Three year warranty expired. Rest of sound system still works fine including Bluetooth. Not happy at all. Told me they could order new one. $500.00 installed"

Rob M., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally radio will lock up or the speakers will stop working. I had to pull the circuit breaker to reboot the system computer to clear the problem. Over 12 months ago a brake sensor malfunction and the car had to be towed, engine would not sta"

Anonymous, NB (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius/XM antenna"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the car came with a Sirius radio. The radio went out in 2016 and couldn’t be fixed. Hyundai replaced it free of charge . When I bought the car I extended the guarantee for the electronics air and everything except brakes and tires"

Pat B., NV (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"As I mentioned in the previous description. The radio-GPS failed to function twice, however not in the last twelve months. These problems occurred when the car was still under warranty. The exterior rear lights and internal ceiling lights, however, were faulty within the last twelve months."

Robert B., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata)

"The factory installed Sirius/XM antenna developed a moisture leak (dealer diagnosis) with, first, intermittent, and eventually permanent failure to receive the Sirius/XM signal. Required installation of new antenna at significant cost."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It does not play AM stations. Only static."

Stephen K., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"XM reception was poor then failed completely."

Stephen A., MI (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"No big deal. Had to rest it. Also issues with cruise control sometimes it does not want to engage"

Vaughn Z., MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio will not always turn on"

Peter F., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Subwoofer in rear of car has a vibrating noise or rattle that is emitted when the music has to much base"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Speakers and sub were cutting in and out"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The sub woofer cuts in and out for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Bad clock spring caused all of the steering wheel mounted controls to not work. Had to be replaced in order to fix the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When we try to raise or lower volume from the steering wheel control it would change mode of the radio. Could not change radio stations with steering wheel."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio channel selector on steering wheel sometimes changes mode (as though mode switch is pressed)"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"cruise control would not set or cancel from steering wheel controls. Voice command and phone would not work due to Bluetooth failure"

Victor L., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace a switch on steering wheel for initiating voice control"

Roland H., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When volume up button pushed the voice command popped up. This also happened when trying to switch radio stations."

Tom S., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control"

Tom-Nancy E., MT (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering Wheel Bushing had to be replaced. But not until after I had to drive it this way for almost a year. Then, Hyundai decided to extend the warranty"

Aaron G., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Controls would activate things that they didn't apply to. Example, the volume control might change a station or a station control might activate the Bluetooth"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering wheel was clicking and had it repaired"

Steve E., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The steering wheel controls are unreliable for both music control and cruise control. They sometimes work, sometimes do not"

Jeff P., GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Bluetooth has never recognized verbal commands"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hands free system stopped recognizing most names for phone calls. Had radio replaced. Works better but still not perfect"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Vehicle was broken into without an alarm activating"

Ronald H., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cruise control

"The switch that told the car that the brakes were being applied failed, so the cruise control would just make the car go faster and faster until you cancelled it. Switch was replaced under warranty with no problem after that."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A $2.00 part (rubber pad) under the brake pad was not making proper contact. It was on the same switch that controls the cruise and stability sensor"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure of "set" button in steering wheel. Dealer replaced speed control module at no cost to me"

John M., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cruise control would not activate and then would begin to work again"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Turning on cruise control functions 50% of the time using steering control switches. Switches replaced under warranty but issue remained"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It’s mainly a problem with the functions that you control from the steering wheel. Sometimes it’s a problem not being able to change the trip/mileage information and sometimes the radio controls (on the steering wheel) don’t work."

David H., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not engage steering wheel buttons. Not fixed."

James C., AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The initial assessment by the dealer was that the buttons on the steering wheel needed to work the cruise control were defective. After those were replaced 2 times, and the problem continued, the dealer discovered that the steering mechanism was rubbing the cables creating the problem. Once this was fixed, the cruise control system started working as designed."

L A., AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My car was at the dealership 1 week waiting for the part to come from California. However they did give me a loaner car to use."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Following the airbag replacement, the steering wheel controls for radio and cruise control did not work properly. Replaced by dealer for no cost."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent problems with my cruse control, several times I could not set the speed control. The Hyundai Dealer also had some problems with it and they identified the problem was the cruise control switch on my steering wheel."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Works intermittently; sometimes it will not turn on"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The rear brake lights went off multiple times over a short period of time, which leads me to believe it was a defect instead of an accidental or wear-and-tear issue."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Control module needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right tale light keeps going out and dealer can not determine why"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake lights stayed on after car had been turned off"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light went out. Replacing the bulb didn't fix issue"

Rita K., IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake lights failed three times"

P H., TN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the lights wouldn't go off. It was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Just burn out "quickly" --"

James M., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear tail light melted the housing, and the socket does not want to stay mounted."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side rear brake light doesn't fit correctly in the plug and the wiring is unreliable so they stop operating without warning. 3 dealerships have not been able to fix the problem."

Gina W., GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a brake light that goes on and off. It has been checked. The problem hasn't been resolved as yet."

Anonymous, KS (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"interior light needs to be changed"

Robert V., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rear parking/turn lamp melted the socket housing, and socket would not stay in housing."

Tom S., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My taillight bulbs kept burning out on the right side. Then the last time it got so hot it burned my plastic taillight and melted it before it burned out . I had to replace the taillight assembly for around 395.00 . This was done at a Hyundai dealership ."

John-Maureen F., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake and parking lights repeatedly 'burned out' (3-4x per year for past 2 years). Recently I was told that maybe they weren't burning out, they fit loosely - latest solution was to silicone around the lights to hold them in"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The wiring for both rear lights has separated multiple times over the last few years. The dealership is pretty much worthless; they always just try to tape it back together rather than actually fix the issue. Now that it's out of warranty, they won't touch it without coughing up hundreds of dollars. Hyundai...never again"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brake light out 2 times"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear tail light fell out. The the plastic housing that holds bolts that connected the tail light assembly to the car (inside the trunk) disintegrated. Not covered under extended warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the bulbs changed at the same time - the driver's side always goes out first"

Pamela E., IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Incorrect programming. Required two trips to the dealership to correct GPS map updates are an added expense"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Fuel level gauge failed"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlights go out quite frequently so I'm constantly replacing them."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Have tried to switch to LED lights but have had numerous problems including aiming and finding correct light blubs, etc. !!"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights are not bright-high beam or low beam."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the headlights always seemed dimmer than the other, even after they headlight was changed."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Unsure)

"Headlight bulbs need to be changed about every six months due to burnout."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I always left my headlamps on and they would go off by themselves when i shut off the car. Around 1 year ago the lights starting going on by themselves in the middle of the night. Hyundai was never able to fix so I manually turn lights off now"

Diane B., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Not long from new, we would have the headlights go off and then back on periodically. They checked and couldn't find anything but it stopped doing it. Started again, they replaced something with the fuse box and it hasn't since"

Ronald H., WA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam / high beam switch on steering column was not working"

Carolyn F., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Lights seem to burn out quickly -- my guess is an electrical issue of some sort"

James M., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The vertical & horizontal reach of the headlights at night is limiting. I've nearly hit pedestrians walking on the curb to my right. I can't see street signs as I approach. Dealer told me these are factory settings. DANGEROUS! Can't wait to move on!"

Michael B., KS (2011 Hyundai Sonata)

"Poor night time driving-lights are not bright enough."

Kevin M., MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"intermitant headlight got bright then dim. When this happened the dashboard lights got bright & dim at the same time. At times driving down the highway in the evening the headlights went out and I had to jiggle the turn signal to have the lights come back on. The problem has been going on for more than a year. I looked on line and others have the same problem. To have the problem looked at by the dealership is $161. Like I said the problem may not occurr for months and then show up one or two times. Now the other problem that started about 4 months ago the avfg mph reading sometimes shows a blank reading before I start the car in the morning. This may also happen during the day. I shut off the car and start again with a blank reading. This is very intermitant. So I don't know if the avg mph is correct or not. Sorry for the long story."

Maryann F., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Went out"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The original headlights melted into the socket"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When I used to have the lights on all the time while driving, the headlights would burn out about every 3 months (not at the same time). Replaced them many times. Finally quit running them all the time and only at night. Now they don't burn out"

Lee O., MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"The seat heaters stopped working, unknown cause, waiting for next regular service to have the dealer repair"

Sandra E., IN (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"The horn does not work at all. Didn't notice until several months ago because I didn't need to use the horn. The problem has not been resolved yet, because the dealer needs to keep my car for several days, which means I have to pay for a rental."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Unsure)
Interior lights

"The front driver seatbelt often fails to retract completely before I shut the door. It then gets caught in the door, and over time it damaged the sensor pad which closes the circuit which turns off the interior lights when you leave the vehicle. This caused the interior lights to remain on and drain the battery. I had to have the dealer repair the sensor mechanism in the door to correct the problem."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Have not gotten it fixed yet, but when the interior door-on-off switch is in "door" position, the interior lights will sometimes flicker on and off while driving. Very annoying at night, so have to keep the switch in "off" position."

Anonymous, DE (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"light switch would keep lights on when vehicle was parked"

Gary R., NV (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The interior light does not go off sometimes when you leave the car. I have to keep the switch off most of the time."

Steve E., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The mechanism which shuts off the overhead interior lights was damaged because the seatbelt kept failing to retract and would get slammed by the door into the light mechanism and damaging it. More a seatbelt retraction problem than electrical, I suppose."

Michael T., WI (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lights on the steering wheel switches/controls no longer function. All of the dashboard controls light up; however, the steering wheel remains dark"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The cabin light does not go off automatically at times so I have it turned off most of time. There must be a short"

Steve E., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Driver side door will no longer unlock when using the key fob. You must use the key to unlock"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Push button on door would not aways work, as well as the start button"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The driver door could no longer open, not even with the key. It was repaired under warranty within 2 hours"

Dominique D., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The power lock on the front passenger door no longer works"

Greg P., IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced 3 door sensors"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear driver side door would not open with Keyless entry."

Michael H., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Over the life of the car we have had a car that won't start maybe 30-40 times"

Robert R., MO (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I'm talking about the starter push button. Recalled for "brake stop lamp switch" replacement. Car just wouldn't start at times. Thought it was battery at first. You have to step on brake for push button to engage, but contact was not being made. They"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"i had problem when I first purchase the car battery kept draining had it towed to dealer 3 times so I don't use the remote engine starter anymore dealer did not fix the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata)
Tire pressure monitor

"Frequently illuminates even when tires are at proper inflation."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure Unsure)

"just simply stopped working"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace all 4 TPM. Each at a different time and more than once. LEAKING and/or RUSTING OUT or BREAKING"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"`as soon as cold weather hits the light comes on and has to be set"

Sheridan F., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequent false warning light indicating low tire pressure that would go away as misteriously as it appeared"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The pressure monitor no longer works because the dealer said the sensors wear out and it would cost 1000 dollars to fix. I just bought new tires but have no light monitor."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"does not work"

Michael H., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light stays on, fixed twice, still on"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

""Check Engine" light appears sporadically, but not within the past two months or so"

Charles R., CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Several of the warning lights have been going on & off intermittently for several months. Resetting codes does not help. The factory man replaced a computer, but that did not help. They are still working to fix the problem . It does not appear to af"

J S., TN (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side mirror turn indicator stopped working."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washer motor failed after 45000 miles. Not very good reliability in my opinion"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"unfortunately ,not well explained by the dealer"

Denis G., QC (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a recall for this vehicle and its engine. my vehicle passed the test, and i was not given a new engine. if i failed the test i would have been given a new engine"

Brian M., MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Due to a faulty knock sensor an issue with the engine was not detected and it permanently locked up. It was covered by an extended warranty, they also replaced the ignition switch"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sonatas of this generation and maybe also other Hyundai cars had some engine defect that resulted in excessive oil use typically once the engine reached over 100K or more. Hyundai recognized the issue and replaced the engine at no cost to the consumer. More often than not the car remained operable up to the time of the engine replacement so typically did not create any real problem for the owner."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Burned excess amounts of oil. Hyundai replaced motor with rebuilt at no charge."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We were lucky. The engine blew a cylinder. It was on recall and we were still in the 100,000 mile warranty so the replacement engine was covered by Hyundai. They also covered the rental car we needed while we waited for the repair."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Issue with engine. Hyundai service replaced the engine at no charge."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine failure at 84,000 miles due to metal shavings left in oil system during manufacture. The issue came in all at once and the car was not drive able. Hyundai did a short block engine replacement under warranty at no cost to me. It took about a week to complete the work and I was loaned a replacement vehicle at no charge. Subsequent to the repair Hyundai determined that all 2011 Hyundai Sonatas with the 2.0 liter turbo engine were affected by this defect and they instituted a recall. This happened about 5 years ago. I have continued to own the car and have had no further problems. I am satisfied with the way the issue was resolved."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Entire engine class was recalled by Hyundai because engines completely seized up owing to major manufacturing errors"

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"about a year ago, total engine failure, engine replacement"

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bearing failed"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This engine required a quart of oil every 500 miles. This wasn't an official recall but the dealer required me to bring the car in every 500 miles to check and put in more oil as needed (oil consumption test). They sent the results to Hyundai for approval to do the engine rebuild. I didn't pay anything and the rental as free so Hyundai did take care of everything."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"bottom bearings were found to be defective and replaced under factory extended warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine starting making a ticking noise so I took it to the dealer and they are replacing the engine"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A "SMALL"OIL LEAK AT RRONT OF PAN THEY "cOULD NOT FIND?" led to a siezure at 46.000 miles and poor dealer response or cooperation"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Our car had rattling sound at 3200 RPM. Took it to dealer and it need a motor. Folsom Lake Hyundai took care of it under warranty. Good service. Curious to see if this was a one year problem because we love our car and would get another"

Louis D., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine had to ne replaced. Piston rods broke"

Cynthia L., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine suddenly stopped working while getting to freeway speed. would not start or turn over again. Diagnoses: "engine seized". Engine had to be replaced"

Michael P., MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine was "eating" oil and finally seized up. We had not choice but to replace it because the car wasn't paid off"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine light continuously on. Cylinders were misfiring. Sent egine out to be worked on .Replaced all 4 fuel injectors"

Pam L., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine blew up with 73000 miles. This is a CPO from Hyundai and I had to FIGHT AND FIGHT for 4 weeks to get them to cover the warranty-engine under the 100K powertrain I fought for 15 hours with HMC and there 2nd party warranty comp for the 100K"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine started knocking loudly. Checked oil and was extemely low despite having been changed just 6000 miles prior. Added oil but engine locked up short time later. Car had been serviced regularly at dealership. Luckily Hyundai replaced the engine free of cost to me due to known engine issues with this model."

Jacob H., TN (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hyundai replaced thousands of engines for this problem, it was from the factory"

Timothy S., OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"via a factory recall, our engine was found to be damaged by metal particles. They did replace the engine with a rebuild one but the car was with them for over 2 weeks"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was using too much oil. Needed to add 1 quart every 400 - 500 miles. Hyundai determined this was related to the engine debris recall for 2011 and 2012 Sonatas. They honored their warranty and installed a new engine at no charge! The car had 111K miles! So I am very happy with Hyundai Motors and the Hyundai service department. Even though it was using oil, it still ran great!"

William S., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine thru rod and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"filings found in engine block Hyundai replaced with a short block - no charge"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle motor blew up due to defect"

Farrell T., SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine completely failed while I was driving. I was able to safely coast to a side-street. This problem is related to the recall for model year 2011-14 Sonata engines, which can fail. The recall extened the warrenty to 120,000 miles. My problem occured at 139,970 miles. But Hyundai paid the entire cost for a replacemnent (rebuilt) engine and loaned me a 2018 Sonata for the two days until my car was ready for pick-up. Overall, a good experience because Hyundai covered all expenses even though my car's mileage was well past the 120,000 mile warrenty for the engine."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Took car in for oil change. Was told that the engine needed to be replaced, it was under a recall. Engine replaced st no cost"

Anne W., AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"High oil consumption since new, oil color is tar black immediately after changing. Dealer says usage normal. Engine now carbon-up and pinging."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It started have a metal clicking noise and the noise increased as i sped up. It started on a Tuesday. I had to drive 200 miles round trip for work. Got the oil changed the next day. Went to pick up my daughter 2 days later and the noise got worse and I was on a highway and had a feeling and the got over and the engine seized up and stopped working. Luckily I was able to exit and safely pull into a parking lot with no power steering or brake assist. They put in a new engine in it. It had 143000 miles on it when it seized up. 2 months after the repair a sensor on the new engine burned out and caused my car no to be able to start and I had to take it back in to get repaired. All of the repairs were covered by dealership."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the car locked up was towed to dealer. sludge in engine, took 6 weeks, had a loaner car. engine was replaced. has done well since then belts replaced filters replaced but drives well"

D W., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine seized up completely and needs to be replaced. Hyundai is doing that for free under an extended warranty program (to their credit)"

Bruce K., CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine was subject to a recall by Hyundai. Engine consumed oil at a rate where oil level could not be maintained during regular driving. The engine stopped operating while I was driving it. Was towed to dealer. Dealer replaced engine per recall at no cost to me."

Anonymous, KS (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"New crate engine in 8 year old car with 145,000 miles. Happened away from home. dealer was fantastic."

Judy C., GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine failed at 73000 miles due to a known problem covered by a recall. Hyundai replaced the long block under warranty. Provided a rental car at no charge for the three weeks required to order and install the new engine. Also reimbursed me for towing charges. Very happy with the service Hyundai provided"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine seized up on the highway and required a total replacement from Hyundai."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine seized without warning. Was under recall, replaced no-cost"

Brian P., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Complete engine failure due to a manufacturing defect. It required a complete engine replacement which was covered by Hyundai."

Stephen W., TN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine seized, locked up had to be replaced, even though it recently had an oil change.."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete engine failure at 142,000 miles, while driving on the highway. It began by knocking and quickly became worse, culminating in engine failure. Despite it being out of warranty due to its mileage, Hyundai installed a brand new engine under warranty at no cost to me. Wow!"

Gerald W., MI (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At 203000 kilometres November 2018 engine started making a knocking noise. Oil level was not measuring on dipstick. No evidence of oil leaking in garage or parking spot at work? No blue or white smoke out of exhaust? I know of two other people same year similar circumstances. I but a low mileage low kilometre engine in at local garage. Other than that maybe two minor repairs in 8 years."

David I., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"engine had a knock and dealership is replacing the engine"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Got off highway and car just stopped. Had to be towed to dealer."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata)

"Engine failed. Recall replaced engine but it took 2 months"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete engine failure at 98000. Hyundai replaced long block motor for free and supplied a rental for the entire period"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory recall for the engine due to metal shavings in the oil journals of the crankshaft. Longblock replacement of engine"

Graham D., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was replaced by Hyundai on a recall"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"regular oil changes , then i hear a loud knocking by the time i got off the off ramp it was dead and seized"

David M., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Have oil valve problems that were repaired. The next day the rods broke in the engine. That was the middle of March 2017. At this time I am still waiting for the engine to be replaced. It may not be done till July. At this time they are paying for my rental car"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine rebuild after engine seized. This was covered under Hyundai's recall"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine recall. Engine being replaced. Have not had car since end of February. Waiting on Hyundai replacement,"

Timothy D., CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine seized despite good maintenance Hyundai replacing under extended warranty"

John R., CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"During the past year, between oil changes I noticed the engine oil was extremely low. An engine test was started and it was determined that 1.5 quarts of oil were disappearing every 1000 miles (no residue seen under vehicle when parked). A rebuild or new engine replacement is planned this month"

Jamie S., LA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine was replaced under a Hyundai recall. I didn't have my car for about 2-3 weeks waiting for the engine to arrive at the dealer"

Thomas S., IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall, so I took the car to the dealership, they did the repair, tested the engine. The engine failed, so the engine was completely replaced. Took 7 weeks for me to get my car back, but the dealership provided me w/ a loaner car"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine failure at approximately 90k miles from a manufacturer defect. This was outlined in a recall from Hyundai that a possible failure was possible. Engine block was replaced taking nearly 3 months to complete the process"

Mitchell K., LA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine died while on interstate highway. Was towed to dealership. Engine was replaced under warranty. No cost to me"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"their engines suck, engine locked up they replaced it"

Timothy S., OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt broke while driving. Vehicle had to be towed 180 miles as I was far from home"

John P., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo failed while driving on the interstate and the car could not drive faster than 50 MPH. Took three days to get a new one in. I had been to the dealer a week before to report a strange noise while accelerating and they said it was nothing"

Kenneth R., GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hose between engine and cooler broke"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"ENGINE HAD NO POWER, WAS A SENSOR OF SOME KIND"

Timothy S., OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine lost the turbo charger which means the car was running with far less HP. Was not covered by the warranty even though I thought it was part of the power train"

Bill T., IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"car occasionally slipped out of turbo mode. It took three trips to the dealer to have the problem corrected"

Anonymous, NS (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This car was taken back several times because the turbocharger failed. It took more than a year to get the problem solved"

Carol G., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car engine loss power and would not go over about 50mph, which I took to the dealer and it was the turbo that needed adjustment"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"i took my car in for an oil change before the engine died when i got home , later i saw a huge puddle of oil under my car, the dealership denied doing anything wrong but it did burn up the turbo charger"

Timothy S., OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"CEL came on, then noticed that turbocharger was no longer engaging. Visited my local mechanic who diagnosed the CEL code, indicating that the turbocharger was out of spec., there disabled. Made an appointment at the dealership where I bought the car, where the service manager indicated to me that at around 100,000 miles, the Sonata turbocharger often needed to be recalibrated. This service was performed, for $150, and the car's engine performance is as good as new."

J D., NH (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A hose became disconnected. I could here it make a sucking noise when I tried(unsuccessfully) to quickly accelerate. I had to take it to 2 dealers a total of 3 different times before they could fix this simple problem."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo system quit engaging. Car would still drive, but with significantly reduced power."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"While driving the car suddenly lost power and every light on my dash went on. The car would not drive faster than 5to 10 km per hour and the engine had a lot of vibration. A tow to the dealership resulted in being told that my turbo charger went out of align,ent and needed adjustment"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I have had 4 issues with the turbo. 3 were issues where it had to be reset/calibrated. The last issue was with the exhaust actuator; is had to be replaced"

Clyde M., MS (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS and ESC (electronic stability control) lights both came on at the same time a month ago. Because of Covid-19 haven't had a chance to get the problem checked and fixed."

Anonymous, NE (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ABS warning light, ESC indicator (ESC malfunction indicator), malfunction indicator light (check engine light), and low tire pressure telltale (TPMS malfunction indicator) all on simultaneously. Three trips to the dealer. I think it's electrical"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS)

"Flashing ABS/ESP light"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Both calipers seized within two months of each other. Led to groaning when breaking and when accelerating from a stop. Tire area smelled like burning. Took the car in and had calipers replaced."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Original right rear caliper became sticky. Usually happened after driving a little ways so would heat and cause a horrible womp womp womp sound. Did not feel comfortable driving it that way so replaced the RR caliper at 138,000 miles."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear disc brakes faulty, maybe due to poor mtc. by first owner, not really an excuse for the defect. Bought as certified used car, it should have been fixed. I'm now seeking warranty repair, that seems can only be done by selling dealer"

Ray L., MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"serviced regularly but still stick and wear prematurely"

Jeff M., NS (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors severely rusted during rainy season and froze solid along with the wheel bearings."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper slides require bi-annual lubrication or corrosion causes them to stick. Had trouble getting the car out of the garage once"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as rotors, rusted to the point of replacement at 32K miles"

Frank R., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Actually, the hydraulic braking system had to be replaced. Luckily for me, it was under warranty"

Thor S., GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a proactive recall to replace the main line from the master cylinder, I do not believe I experienced any problems in this area personally"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Age. 1st replacement of 5 year ownership."

Gary K., TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"New front brakes installed yesterday."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal Break Service"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes, front and rear simply wore out. Rotors were scored and needed replacement. Caliper were fine. The repair/replacement was straightforward and reasonably priced."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"normal brake wear after 77000 km"

Robert W., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"front rotors needed resurfacing"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hyundai brakes always squeel"

Joseph R., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Nothing major, routine tire change, mechanic advised of very low brake pads and wear, I agreed to replace them along with the rotors"

Kenneth P., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"some noice with braking, it was easily fixed."

D W., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Routine check found worn brakes. Service Mgr was surprised I never needed new brakes with almost 75000 miles on the car. I told him it was how I drive: When I see a red light ahead, I estimate distance and time, then take foot off ga, coast then brake as I get near the light. Try it. SAves on gas, brakes and engine."

Andy A., NV (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Shoes came off the right rear parking brake. Causes the car to shake/vibrate severely. This was intermittent. Definitely felt unsafe driving on the highway. At first the dealership only did a visual inspection and it was only upon my insistence that the car was not driveable that they opened it up and found and repaired the problem."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It is not fixed yet. I believe the lining has come loose on the left rear parking brake and periodically jams the wheel when the parking brake is released"

Harry N., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The parking brake has never worked well. Once it rolled down a hill. I must pull the brake as high as I can and still keep it in 1st grar to hold the car inplace. I have asked the dealer to fix this issur many time with no luck. It's not safe."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake repeatedly fails to hold the car on an incline. Repeated visits to the dealer fixes the issue for only a short time."

Anonymous, NH (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent vibration and engaging due to rusting"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I didn't expect to need new brakes on this car after owning it for 3.5 years. My previous car wasa Toyota camry and I didn't need brakes for a longer period of ownership"

Charles T., MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"excessive wear for only having 54000 miles. brought to dealer. have to assume that they are correctly doing necessary repair"

Richard F., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Driven mostly highway very easy on brakes yet complete overhaul of all rotors, pads etc at 80k. Easily driven on highway excepted to last longer and there was no warning they were going. Hyundai doesn't seem to believe in squeeking sensors to alert y"

Dave E., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were gone and all rotors were grooved at 37000 miles. $ 600 repair"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"OEM brake pads and rotors did not last long. They wore out @ 28,000 miles. On my purchased new 2007 Toyota Camry, they lasted about 45,000 miles. Same with OEM tires. Sonata tires wore out @ 28,000 miles. OEM Camry tires around 45,000 miles"

Pravin P., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced oem brakes @82000. at a Goodyear Tire Service center. Had to replace them all again last week@ 119000 because of inferior quality of Brakes and Rotors the Goodyear Service Center installed"

Bob S., NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace front and rear pads at 20K miles (the disks were fine). I am an extremely conservative driver and if appropriate will coast when approaching a traffic light to avoid applying the brakes, if possible. I feel the pads should have laste"

Harry N., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Early on, first year, I found that the brake pads were getting too much wear. After replacement and readjustment (I believe the problem was related to calipers), wear rates returned to normal"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes wore down faster than expected and i had to replace front and back brakes"

David E., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors calipers replaced 3 times 2 wheel bearings replaced"

Derek W., NL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace brake rotors on front brakes"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This car goes through brakes about every 8-9 months, pads and rotors. NEVER had a car that needed new brakes every 15,000 miles. and rotors??"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"had to replace brakes twice each costing me more than $800"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tires and brakes wear out quickly"

Leslie B., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Took it in for a recall and the dealer talked me into state inspection. $1000 later"

Ken G., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wore out prematurely, rotors locked up"

Warren J., IA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Garage indicated brakes were rusty and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Slight vibration when applying the brakes, pads were worn and the rotor was worn"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Changed rotors a number of times. Problem comes back."

Allen S., WA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"calipers warped causing me to do a complete brake replacement"

Joseph R., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"It is my opinion that the rotors for most FWD autos are often an area where less than premium materials or size are used therefore can be an area where problems can manifest. More than once the standard OEM rotors on my Sonata would warp and result in bad vibration. For me, sometimes I would then have to use the old style pulsing of the brake with my foot to lessen the effects of the vibration. This had nothing to do with ABS; It was just under engineered rotors, in my opinion. Better aftermarket replacement brake rotors and pads have eliminated the problem."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"have had brakes worked on two times during my 54000 miles. seems excessive to me. otherwise I love this car"

Richard F., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear Wheel Rotors corroded prematurely. The Front Rotors were fine and able to be turned down"

John V., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"OEM rotors did not last long... only about 28,000 miles. Again, on new 2007 Toyota Camry they lasted till about 45,000 miles. Squeaking/rubbing noise from front disc breaking system always there @ cold start & during winter season"

Pravin P., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced rotors with only 20000 miles"

Thomas L., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Went on vacation for 6 weeks. Returned and the brakes made lots of noise. Had the brake rotors turned which didn't fix the problem so I had all four rotors and pads replaced. the problem appears fixed"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Nothing major, routine tire change, mechanic advised of very low brake pads and wear, I agreed to replace them along with the rotors"

Kenneth P., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotors would lock after just a week or so of not using car. Had to replace rtoers"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had them replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have 32K miles on this car and live near the ocean and experience street flooding. The rotors, calipers and related hardware has rusted and must be replaced. Other vehicles in the same area seem to have no such problems"

Frank R., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When I had new breaks installed, the rotors were locked up and had to be replaced. Car company denied any problems on their end"

Warren J., IA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"They had to be turned down, now brakes are ok"

Barry B., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Rear brakes not smooth and make slight sound"

M S., OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I started hearing a squeaky noise each time I make a turn left or right from the stirring wheel"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a front in brake job"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternator went after 61k miles, battery had to be replaced with that. So alternator, starter, battery along with normal maintenance. Because the car was not ceritfied, the warranty ended at 60k miles. Better big expense for a car at 1/2 li"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It was the starter motor. It totally quit with no warning. Had to replace."

David A., OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I've had to replace the alternator twice on this vehicle"

Farrell T., SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"died - had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dead"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The battery died on my car and the dealer said that it was only guaranteed for 3 years? I bought a new battery and a year later I thought that I had a battery problem and was told only the selling dealership would honor that warranty"

Joseph R., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not start, but would turn over as normal. Didn't know a weak battery could cause the starter to not engage the engine. Replaced the battery"

Bill T., IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Onve the time I owned this car I am on my 3rd battery."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem with battery in electronic start button. No warning that battery was dead and I didn't know how to start the car using the fob itself! Very hard to understand directions in owners manual"

Carol B., NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electronic ignition

"The push button start stops working and indicates that my key fob is not recognized. The car is unusable firmer to this."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Around the 51000 mileage mark, it began working intermittently. I would have to crank the car 3 to 4 times before it would start. No further issues since I had it replaced the starter"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had three different occasions where the push start did not work and twice had to be towed to the dealer to fix. The third time it finally started working after 20 minutes of trying"

Kenneth R., GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transmission switch failure which rendered car unstartable. Had to be towed, not covered by warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"delay of power when push pedal"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Ignition switch

"Ignition switch inside car had probems requiring it be brought to dealer for repair/replacmenet parts three different times. Concern we had was we were unable to tell if and when the switch would be inoperable, and we were concened it may happem when my wife was using the car on and errand or going to work, and then have it not work leaving her stranded."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"car wouldn't start, had to be towed. Replaced switch"

Cary M., IN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I Started having difficulty removing my key from the ignition switch. After 2 months, I had to wiggle key in switch to get to ON position and light up dashboard, then would have difficulty in turning OFF ignition, and struggled to remove key. Car would start about 50% of my attempts. Then it happened one day when I was near the Hyundai dealership, so I drove direct to them. After arriving at dealership customer service greeting area, I tried to turn off ignition but could not. SvcMgr became irritated that I could not turn off car, so he tried, but could not move key in the lock. After 3 Techs tried to remove the key for 3 minutes, smoke started coming up from engine compartment. The 3 Techs finally got key to OFF position and removed it from keyway. Smoke was traced to a burned up Starter and Starter cable, caused by an engage starter command from the defective Ignition Switch on Steering Column. Car had to be hand pushed out of the customer service line. It took two (2) weeks to get new Ignition Lock Keyway Switch, replace Starter and cable, and inspect for additional electrical melting and damage. I was without any car during this period, and the dealership would not provide a loaner. For some reason, new Ignition lock had to come from Hyundai USA in New Jersey. The new replacement Keyway has worked well and has yet to lock down on the my Ignition Key... --End--"

K G., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem occurred when the car was under new car warranty and under 40,000 miles push button ignitor faily and had to be replaced twice."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Changed spark plugs at recommended 100,000 miles."

James G., NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter needed replacement at 70000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"2nd starter to go with this vehicle. Required a tow . Was repaired at no cost."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"this is the 3rd starter in this vehicle (including original)"

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"starter died. replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced starter lever arm. Car would not start"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter failed and had to be replaced"

Roger P., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter stopped working. Manual said if you don't replace the key fob battery could damage the starter. Apparently it did"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"wife got stuck car would not start, brought to Hyundai and had to put in new starter, was not covered under warrenty at 60000 mi"

Richard M., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The starter failed at 40000 miles ... not very good reliability in my opinion"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"STARTER FAILED AT 40000 mI. TOWED TO DEALER AND REPLACED AT NO CHARGE"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At 49,600 miles the starter lever failed. Vehicle towed to dealer under warranty. A weak part replaced hopefully with a stronger one"

Wayne B., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter failed and drained the battery. Car would not start"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It went out, leading to an expensive ($550) repair. That's disappointing at only 70,000 miles and only 10k mile out of warranty. Otherwise an excellent car"

William R., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Starter failed due to failure of plastic yoke inside starter"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter rod failed"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"would not start"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter Solenoid stopped working"

P M., MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter repaired free under guarantee"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"For the second time since I bought the car, the push button switch is not working. My car had to be towed"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"starter went bad at 64000 mile"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The plastic actuator broke on the starter. It was not covered under the warranty. The cost to repair was ridiculous"

Laura W., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter went out and had to be replaced. A plastic part inside broke"

Dean S., TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I drove a couple of miles from home to the Post Office. When I came out, my car wouldn't start. My son came and got it started for me, and I drove it home. The next day, it wouldn't start, so I had it towed to a mechanic."

Anonymous, NM (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Starter failed had to be rebuilt. Car towed to Hyundai dealership Cost to install new starter $600 cost to rebuild $400."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tried to start and engine wouldn't turn over. Thought it was a low battery but jump start failed so had to have hauled to dealer who repaired the same afternoon and made car available for driving the same day."

Harold J., MO (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter motor needed replacement."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Unusual for starter to fail at this relatively low mileage. Apparently the yoke that pushes the pinion into the flywheel is plastic and tends to fail early. aftermarket starters are better built."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle would not start at all. Replaced starter."

Peter G., CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I needed to replace the starter last year, and at the dealer it cost $700 to be replaced"

David B., NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter had difficulty starting a few times, then we took it to shop to replace starter."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed new starter"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace it because it stopped working"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"a plastic part in the starter broke, needed new starter & warranty didn't cover it although it's under 100000 miles. i understand others had the same problem"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C comp clutch and starter motor both failed in the 75k mile range. Starter intermittently failed to turn and crank the engine. Both failures NOT covered by Hyundais 10yr/10000M warranty. Both failures showed unacceptable service life, way short of normally expected life"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter failed. I replaced it"

Mark W., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"starter failed at 72000 miles"

John K., NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter would not connect with the engine itself and the engine would not turn over"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not start"

Martin R., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"We had a new compressor installed in 2018. In Sept. 2019, that replacement compressor began to fail. The dealer and manufacturer have refused to stand behind it."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped cooling - price to replace ac compressor was $920!"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace it. It wore out."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem was identified last June. Took it to local mechanic who recommended and AC specialist. It was diagnosted with a bad compressor and i was given an $850 price for new compressor or $425 compressor for a used compressor. Given the age of the vehicle I selected the used compressor. Did not have a problem all summer long and car was noticability cooler"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Old compressor just wore out."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"no cooling, 1/20. twice, 2/20"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"For past 2 years, A/C would stop working intermittently (blow hot air) Dealer could never figure it out. Local mechanic finally did after keeping the car for a week. Found problem with compressor which needed to be replaced. Done under extended warranty but would have cost me $2300 otherwise."

Anonymous, DE (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor quit working but was covered under 100,000 mile warranty with no issues"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"noisy;was replaced under warranty"

David R., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer said it was broken and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor failed completely just two weeks ago and must be replaced, scheduled for next week."

Kenneth A., OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"If car sat in hot sun the A/C would blow hot for a long time."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Compressor was failing and was not dependable. Expensive, but necessary, to replace"

Judy C., GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working. Hyundai dealer said it needed to be replaced. $1200.00"

John H., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C compressor failed and was replaced. The cost was between $900 and $1,000."

Ronald S., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The bearings in the A/C compressor wore out and the compressor had to be replaced"

Clyde A., NE (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It started going our pre-warranty expiration but they kept passing it off as not a real issue, not A/C only work intermittently during the hottest parts of the month and is expensive to fix."

Anonymous, MO (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Every spring, when Texas begins to be warm and then hot, the system blows warm air. Eventually it will become cooler, if I drive 5 miles. Once the system begins to blow cool on any given day, it will be cool on subsequent drives the rest of that day."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Has trouble switching from heat to cold. Have to rev engine to get cold air and doesn't always help"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced - covered by extended warranty"

Glenn W., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Emits strange sounds (shine) during humid weather or rain, during idling or upon acceleration, then goes away. first time we took to dealer, they fixed it (don't recall the reason they gave for this.) A year later, sound began again. This time dealer said was compressor, which is costly fix. We are letting it go for now. The AC output (temperature ) seems to not be affected. Yet"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The compressor failed. I had to replace the compressor . I've never had to replace a compressor on any car I've owned. in the past history of owning cars"

Ron K., SC (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor would not kick on when the A/C was turned on. There was a bad electrical switch on the compressor that needed to be replaced"

Timothy S., FL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearing went bad, apparently"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Did not work when first turned on. Instead blew out hot air and took nearly 5 minutes to get cold"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Some days the air conditioner works, others it does not. The dealer was unable to identify problems."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"would not hold temp as set"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When the outside temperature is over 50 degrees and temp is set at 73 without AC, AC still kicks on. Even when I manually turn on and then off the AC, it still comes back on after several minutes. It is impossible to force the system to just bring in"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to be actuator, but dealer could not identify issues."

Thomas J., TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A C stopped working and heater would not shut off."

Charles S., UT (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side automatic climate control stopped working, but passenger side continued to function"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"sometimes it can take up to 5minutes of drive time before a/c will start cooling"

W R., TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor has a whinning sound when A/C most of the time"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"only would work on high"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"small part needed to be replaced. It wasn't cooling fast enough"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent noise from fan"

Michael O., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"while driving with AC on car will just stop cooling and blowing but fan still makes noise it's as if a damper is shut.after car is stopped and not driven problem goes away very intermittent has happened three times since purchase"

Jeff M., NS (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The fans would not switch between modes"

Kevin T., OH (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"motor(radiator cooling fan and resistor blow out, causing the engine to overheat."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Takes way too long for heater or air conditioner to effect temp in the vehicle. virtually unbearable for first 5 to 10 minutes"

Jack L., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Air flow switch went bad"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"dealer replace ac switch"

Ted T., HI (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Leaks onto the passenger side floor"

Michael O., VA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater system is slow to warm up. This causes problems with defrosting the vehicle."

Sandy S., WA (2011 Hyundai Sonata)
Refrigerant leaks

"Ac unit froze during a trip. Dealer kept car a week and determined the hose from the compressor was leaking. Hose replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"high pressure hose leaked and replaced."

James C., AZ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure whether the issue I described previously is compressor or leak. Have taken it in for service each year for the past 5 years, and not sure what the issue is, but it works better afterwards. Probably a leak, because the compressor is very good at pushing out hot air to me. Ugh."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"The throat body to deliver gas has never worked. It takes me twice as long to fill up than other people around me filling up at same time. If I have too fast of a stream of gas, the gas pump nozzle will shut off. Then I have to start all over again."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have to move the fuel nozzle at most gas stations around too much to get it to stay on. The angle of the fill spout is not productive to putting fuel into the car. The nozzle clicks off every few seconds so you never know if you filled the tank all"

Laura W., CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Have to position the pump at a severe angle so the auto fill switch doesn't keep stoping the pump"

Carol G., PA (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Apparently this is a Hyundai problem (based on every gas station attendant I've talked to) - the flow to the gas tank will not stay on and someone usually has to hold the handle down to fill tank. (thankfully I live in NJ and that person is not me!)"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Had a recall that essentially installed some new software but needed to be completed again as for some reason the first time caused errors. Could have been a dealership error but was taken care of next time in. no changes to the way the vehicle ran just caused engine light to be on."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Would not communicate with transmission"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oxygen sensor failed and was replaced"

Mike H., ON (2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"Coming back from Reno, the car lost power couldn't drive past 2000 rpm, went staight to dealer. was told needed engine repair, but fortunately was covered by recent recall. All work was free also car rental for 30 days. I was extremely thankful have been going to same dealer since I bought car."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Ongoing engine knocking- trouble accelerating- in service over 20 days. Never corrected- and still occurs."

Anonymous, (2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The issue started when the engine failure discussed separately occurred and was a result of that issue. The engine replacement resolved the problem."