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 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Hyundai Sonata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Short in the system. Replaced the unit"

Joseph F., NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure to work -sporadic. Repaired and failed second time. Replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Backup camera screen sometimes has static and you can't use it to back up"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Occasionally, when in reverse the camera will will not activate"

Arthur K., SC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the backup camera had to be changed it simply did not work anymore"

Gabriel C., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Back up camera had no issues until winter of 2016. The screen that displays backing up went blue for about 3 weeks (each time car is put in reverse). It started to work fine again for a couple weeks then started to have blue screen return. Back up camera currently works 75% of the time. Will need to have it looked at/replaced in near future"

Ryan B., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen difficult to see

"Poor light shielding on Navigation display makes it difficult to see in strong sun light"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Not able to turn up display screen on radio without turning up the whole dash"

Gary B., IN (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Screen had to be replaced, a week to order and long wait to get it installed"

Harold M., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Software problem. Screen freezes and shows programs that failed. Radio was replaced once and even happens with the replacement radio"

Roy C., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Display just freezes occasionally"

Kent K., WI (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen freezes up and you need to pull the fuse to do a hard reset. A new radio is extremely expensive and an after market will not look good"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"won't change to from radio to nav or nav to phone, etc"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Freezes up"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the touch screen was unresponsive or laggy"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Display screen went blank and audio system did not function. Service re-programed and it worked fine. Happened a second time and service simply reset the audio system. Worked fine"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The system frequently reboots when starting the car. Occasionally the controls lock up so you can't control the unit. I occasionally pull the fuse to reboot it then it is good for a few months"

Kent K., WI (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When shifting from reverse to drive, sometimes I get a black screen. Dealer was unable to duplicate or find the oroblem"

Anonymous, DC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a back up camera. For about a year it worked inconsistently. Finally it stopped working at all. After several months of it not working, I brought it to the dealership and had back-up camera replaced."

Ryan B., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When using the back up camera, sometimes it is just a blue screen."

Elaine S., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittently would shut off for varying periods from moments to weeks then turn on again for moments to weeks then off again"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When my radio goes out, the view screen is blank too"

Odetta S., MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the screen often would never come on. when (if) it eventually did, the touch feature would severely lag or be non responsive. they had to replace the entire system"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes when the radio/media display screen goes blank, it will fix itself if you turn the car off and back off again. Sometimes I have to take it to the dealer and have the maintenance team manually reset it because I can't access the reset button myself"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Sometimes the Bluetooth works properly, usually it doesn't. My iPhone needs to be connected by the lightning cable to play music or podcasts; although, not for phone calls. The controls on the steering wheel work erratically. Sometimes the voice controls work, other times I have to dial manually, with the call coming over the car speakers. I never know what will or won't work."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer replaced the unit for blue tooth and I am still having problems, but it is sporadic and hard to show the dealer"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"USB plug won't work at all in car now"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"It simply is unUSble. It is complicated to use and gives wrong directions"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS)

"Blue Link does not work will locally it is a waste of money. On Board GPS uses old maps 2006 for my 2012 vehicle. It would cost me $120 to update them each time. I may as well buy a Garmin for the same price with unlimited free updates. I would n"

Roy C., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard to pair phones to system. Navigation never worked properly from first day purchased. Dealer looked at it several times and could not fix. When comp time was up dealer wanted me to pay for service so they could continue to troubleshoot. Needl"

Bruce V., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It rarely recognizes my voice. It is not updated as should be. I request street addresses and it will not give me directions uniless I just give the street name sometimes. Also, this month, entire system incl. radio, CD player and BlueLink failed b/c"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"has stopped navigating over any highways or tollways"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Screen was lock up and Batterty Replaced"

E P., IN (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In the five years that I have owned this car, the dealer was never able to update the GPS system. They blame it on Hyundai. This is why I did not by a Hyundai again when I bought another car in 2016. My Hyundai is driving with a 2012 map"

Anita M., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth has been intermittent since we got the car. Service techs, maintenance supervisors and an electronic repair shop have been unable to solve the problem."

Frank H., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth occasionally does not work or works in limited capacity."

Joseph N., MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"SYSTEM REFUSED TO WORK, DEALER HAD TO COMPLETELY REPLACE MODULES FOR SYSTEM"

Norm F., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Can receive calls but cannot make calls"

Edward D., GA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"only in first year. Repaired and no trouble since"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"does not always pair when I get in the car"

John S., MN (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The phone system, which is part of the navigation system, lost all of the phone contacts twice (was unable to access the contacts). The navigation system was replaced twice"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Amazon Fire phone stopped updating contacts at 81 out of 300, no contact names appear, just a list of cells with blank screens. Dealer could not identify a problem, Amazon had me try several things to no avail. Still does not work and it's been 5 mon"

Anonymous, DC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"voice activation wouldn't operate. I would push the button, it would beep and screen would show "speaking""

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"car and phone often uncouple requiring set up over and over. sometimes radio,phone and gps all cut off after being on for a few seconds after start up. They will only go back on after cutting off the car and restarting. Sporadic and hard to show d"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cannot upload moble phone address book And the dealer did not care"

James W., OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Often won't connect correctly and it requires removing stored devices and repairing the device in order for the car to recognize it"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"whenever you plug in your phone it immediately goes to play music on your phone and you have to change input. bluetooth doesn't acknowledge iphone numbers, and needs upgrades"

Chris A., NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Samsung Galaxy phone could not pair with Bluetooth system. Hyundai replaced the entire radio"

Max M., IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"smart phones do not work with radio bluetooth connection. dealer tried four different phones and an electronics repair shop. when asked to replace the radio, the dealer refused."

Frank H., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes i can make calls & other times I have to pair the phone again. I always receive calls either way"

Kurt H., OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"PHONE PAIRING/BLUETOOTH IS INTERMITTENT AT BEST - DEALER SAYS THEIR IS NOTHING WRONG LOTS OF TIME I DON'T EVEN BOTHER TO TRY ANYMORE"

Norm F., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Fuses occasionally slip out of the fuse box due to bad design and gravity."

Joseph N., MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire entertainment system has periodically shorted out over the past two years. The fix has been to never turn the radio off. Just turn the volume down when not listening to the radio or a CD."

Mark D., TN (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"All these problems are the same root. The radio turns off (2 secs) & back on every morning. When I used the bluetooth the radio would seize up. Sometimes not turning on, sometimes not turning off (even when the car is shut off) I had to pull the fus"

Joseph D., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Was causing the power to drain from the battery and car would not start. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"entire system shut down. It required Hyundai three attempts to properly fix"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Volume did not work"

John S., MN (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Completely stopped working and it wasn't a blown fuse"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Main Fuse for Radio keeps backing out from terminal block"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped functioning. Waiting for replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Audio portion of system is not able to accessed. A fuse pull and hard reset is needed to restore"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Controls on the steering wheel that operate stereo and other devices sometimes does not work. If I stop and restart the car it is usually working. Using the Bluetooth seems to start the problem."

Daniel B., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio abruptly stopped transmitting sound. Dealer service told me likely because it had become over loaded. Also told me, if so, could correct just by inserting a pen point in a small opening on the face of the radio. Could not identify hole so took to dealer. The service writer identified the hole, inserted a pen point and the radio regained it's ability to transmit sound. There was no charge for this help."

J D., MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"volume controls changes station at times"

Charles G., QC (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio keyboard freezes up at times. Also button on garage door opener (mirror) freezes up)"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I can't turn radio on from time to time. Once I was able to fix it by unplugging the fuse for seconds"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"About twice a year, the entire radio system shuts down. I can't use my radio, CD player, or Bluetooth"

Odetta S., MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A fuse burned out causing the entire system to not function. After replacing the fuse, everything works fine now"

Mark D., TN (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio display and controls lockup every few months. I have had it so bad it won't turn off after I shut off the car. I pull the fuse to reset and I am good for a couple months"

Kent K., WI (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Happens about 2 -3 times a year. Can't turn radio on at all. If I have a CD inside, and I eject it, the system restores itself"

Peter M., AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"rear speakers don't work"

Frank F., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The plug for the wires in the steering wheel regularly comes loose which causes the steering wheel controls to stop working."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The steering wheel locked in place and the car would not start"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS)

"Cruise control switch failed 2 years ago. Was replaced under warranty. New switch works at times and at times will not work( cruise light won't come on)"

Anonymous, IA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control. After 3 fixes, it was replaced. Works fine since"

Leo K., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Cruise Control won't always set after being turned on"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control buttons stopped working"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control won't engage or turn on. "Cancel" cruise control won't work. volume up and down will do the reverse"

Chris A., NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes can't get key out. Have to turn on and pound shift in and out of park. Similar action required to allow manual locking of doors, sometimes cannot lock using door master lock"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Cruise Control Cancel Switch failed several times! The slip ring in the steering column was also replaced. This was a very irritating multiple failure of the Cruise Control Cancel switch!"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"cruse does not work at all times"

Charles G., QC (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The controls randomly do not serve their assigned functions. They will activate a different function and not always the same incorrect function. The issues are inconsistent. These issues should not be judged by how many miles the car has been driven. Attempting to change the volume should not activate my phone and call someone without my permission. VERY DISTRACTING WHILE DRIVING, Hyundai refuses to fix this issue unless I pay full price"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The phone system became unresponsive to voice commands"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice command controls never worked. Hyundai will do nothing"

Joseph G., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The voice command system doesn't work well with my iphone in a specific way: when I press the voice command button it just beeps twice and cancels the command but only if I've downloaded my contacts to the car. Otherwise it works. This same problem a"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When told to dial a number it got from my phone it changes the number and dials a wrong number. Drives me crazy"

Arthur K., SC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Often does not recog. voice. Often busy & have to redial. Takes a long time to get downloaded directions. Doesn't update as freq. as should. This month, BlueLink (voice navig), radio, CD player & emerg. features crashed because of loose fitting.+"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"this is part of the bluetooth problem. neither phone pairing or voice commands work."

Frank H., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"For about 2 years, I was unable to say a name and have my car call someone using voice command through bluetooth. I decided to have my map upgraded in the car which cost $175. Once updated, voice commands now work. I'm not sure if lack of updating the gps map prevented me from using voice command by accessing contacts in my phone or whether it was a general software issue that was resolved after the update."

Ryan B., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"voice control on steering wheel does not respond. I have to use the home button on my phone."

Anonymous, KY (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 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

12V power plug

"Simply stopped producing voltage"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Body control module

"Driver side front door lock would not lock or unlock using key fob or my link. Had to replace fuse block."

Edward G., IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cruise control

"Hyundai removed the dash. Not sure what was done, but the cruise control was fixed. Cost up some money"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The cruise control does not always work. The light says it is on, but it will not set. When it sets, the Cruise control light goes goes on. I have had it looked at by the dealer, but they can not duplicate the problem. Of course whenever it is at the dealer, it works ok. If it ain't broke, they can't fix it. Intermittent problems are the worst to correct."

Robert A., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"would not set or cancel at times"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control would not work sometimes"

Gary B., IN (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control intermittent failures. Dealership took 3 tries to fix. Problem now resolved"

Carroll B., NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes will not work but you never know when it will not work. Car has been back to the dealer twice for this issue but the problem has not been fixed"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor on engine replaced. Control would not engage"

Lynn F., IN (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the cruise control will not engage sometimes. seems to happen at low speeds more than at high speeds. i turn the cruise control on, and then when i press the select switch, the cruise control doesn't engage. i have not taken it to dealer. i am afraid of what it will cost. recently, i had to have the turn signal arm/switch on the steering column replaced. car was 1000 miles out of warranty. had to pay more than $200 for repair."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Although the system indicator is on, cruise control does not engage. This problem sometimes clears by turning the system off, then back on. Experienced the problem occasionally since purchasing the car, although not from 2013-2017. Dealer's service area said couldn't recreate problem last time in for service 3/2018"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The cruise control switches located on the steering wheel malfunctioned several times. The replacement cruise steering wheel switches were replaced three times. The clock spring in the steering wheel, and brake pedal switch also were replaced. Finding the default code on the cruise control so it could be fixed under warranty required several visits to the dealer's service department each time. Very annoying and time consuming. Hyundai should have better quality switches"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The system turns itself off in rainy conditions because of traction control"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The cancel button stopped working"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Tail light socket corrroded"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I could not remove a brake light it was rusted in. I was told and subsequently bought an entire back break assembly that was over $500 and not covered by my extended warranty"

K S., OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The electrical system which controls the signals had to be replaced for the left side of my vehicle."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Apparently, the switch under the brake pedal went bad creating a situation where brake light would not go off or at another time would not go on. This computer would get a message that brake was being depressed and the engine would not get gas a the time. Not knowing what the problem was with faulty brake lights and it seems that the engine would stall in use had the car towed to the dealer. Apparently, this was an issue known to the dealer as Hyundai had provided a notice earlier about this condition and i was not charged for the correction."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I've replaced the rear brake light bulbs at least 6 times -- possibly more as I've lost count. I've also replaced back-up light bulbs and also other warning lights in the rear of the car."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear brake light blows about every 2 - 3 months - only that one the other failed about a year ago but is still working. I keep extra bulbs just for this problem"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"i have replaced more than 10 exterior light bulbs in the time we've owned the car. everything from headlights, fog lights, brake lights, rear running lights above the brake lights. the overwhelming number of replacements have been on the passenger side of the car. i thought it was unusual, but the dealership service tech did not agree."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to replace the tail lights far too many times"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Burned out tail light required the assembly to be disassembled because the bulb was frozen in the socket"

Frank H., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front turn signal light went out due to problem with wiring internal to light housing"

Byron W., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Picked guages, but it is really the electronic locks. Only one works. Gradually they all stopped working but one. Motor that operates the switch seems to be burned out on each of them."

Daniel B., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Erratic gauge behavior"

Robert S., CO (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"drivers side headlight blows out regularly."

George L., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"THEY FLICKER. TURN OFF AND BURN OUT IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS. RECURRING ISSUE WITH HEAD LIGHTS, FOG LIGHTS AND BREAK LIGHTS"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The tail lights burn out every six months. The repair shop indicated that the sockets for the bulbs were slightly too large, allowing the bulb to rattle loose. They said they crimped it a bit, which should take care of the problem."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"headlight lamp burned out"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"since 2014 i have replaced both headlights 3 times and fog lights 2 times"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burned out quickly. Had to replace all headlights/brights twice at my own cost"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS)

"Replaced headlights that weren't working"

Gregory S., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Burn out prematurely. Headlight plug overheats and melts"

Tommy W., AL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"headlights burn out once every 6 months"

Clarence B., DE (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Something internal occurred in the headlamp on right hand side. This can be seen when reflected off a flat surface. Dealership kept insisting nothing was wrong until one of the mechanics admitted there was a problem. It was only then was the headlamp replaced under the warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"For several months, I replaced headlights and rear break lights almost once a month. The dealership kept telling me that the lights they replaced were bad. It was only when my radio ceased to work and my interior lights failed to work that they completely reset my electrical system and the problems ceased"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Every 2 to 3 months the drive lights burn out the high beam lights burned out the rear driving lights burned out like clockwork every 2 to 3 months"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"problem with lights going out when use turn signal"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Rear left seat, replace complete heating parts as they did not work"

Jan L., DE (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Interior lights

"Interior dome light doesn't properly switch-on when placed in open-door position. Also power window switch became loose and difficult to operate."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Overhead light console has short in it. In the middle position (comes on when door is opened) it comes on when door is shut at times."

Ken B., VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"INTERIOR LIGHTS NO LONGER COME ON WHEN DOOR IS OPENED DEALER WANT OVER 250.00 TO FIX"

Norm F., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Without warning the vehicle will lock itself - not all the time - it just does it randomly. Dealer has no clue"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"indicator keeps coming on for no reason"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
USB port

"USB plug simply stopped connecting phone to audio system, stopped charging phone"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Works for device charging, but has never worked for entertainment input"

Robert S., CO (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Seat belt light come on when you adjust the power seat, then goes off on its own"

Bill B., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Left Rear brake lamp had to be replaced"

Martin P., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Car pulled hard to the right. Fixed by dealer with an in-stock part after getting a refional manager involve"

Steve F., IN (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not stay in alignment causing uneven tire wear, making driving difficult and dangerous"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS)

"Always goes out of alignment. Wanders excessively steering does not return to center. Dealer says it is normal. Tiring to drive on long trips. It has to be aligned every 1000 miles or so. It has been checked by 2 dealers, and several different shops"

Robert H., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Alignment does NOT stay true. CREATES AN UNSAFE DRIVING SITUATION"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"the boot was damaged, had to replace the front axle"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"needed replacement of right side ball joint"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Noise when turning steering wheel. Fixed under recall."

James S., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A bushing wore out in the steering column. It was clunking when I would steer. I took it to the dealer. It was under warranty. They fixed it."

Richard K., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The steering became stiff and difficult. We had the bushing replaced and a week later Hyundai did a recall on it"

Maureen M., MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Again, this has involvement with a Service Bulletin. Between the electric power steering assist motor and the steering rack there is a plasticized Dampener/Spacer. This has disintegrated recently and will be replaced with no charge to me."

Steven B., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"power steering pump had to be rebuilt because of noise and lack of response. Fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Struts are leaking for the past year but driving hasn't been a problem so I've not made this repair which is expensive for me."

Pat B., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is noise coming from the under carriage of the car. Dealer's repair shop thought it was caused by the shocks or struts. But after replacing parts, the rattle still exist, and they are at a loss as to the cause of the noise"

Gilbert S., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"small bumps in road feels like wheel is coming thru body"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"RF coil spring broke during normal driving. Dealer replaced part due to TSB/recall on part"

Anonymous, SD (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Warranty repair - failure could have been catastrophic. Was repaired by dealer under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The quality of the ride has seriously deteriorated since the car was new. At times it feels like a 1948 Ford pick up truck"

Ken M., OK (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear sway bar links required replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"steering wheel coupler bushing needed to be replaced, steering felt light with clunking noise, part cost $5.00, labor $350.00"

Verner S., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had leak in R&P steering system. Replaced at dealer."

Anonymous, SD (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Steering wheel felt “loose”...too much play in steering. Took it to dealer and that part was under warranty and a letter had been sent to customers telling them about it."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"small rubber bushing that should never deteriorated with such low mileage Cost of bushing $4.25 but over $300 to install so I did it myself.Much discussion on internet as many Sonatas have this problem.Should have been a recall"

Maurice P., QC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The power steering unit needed a new rubber bushing installed under the dash. This cushions the steering wheel feel from a direct rack connection. Bushing was demolished. Fixed under a recall notice."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"loose steering"

Richard M., AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car had a clunking sound when turning the steering wheel side to side while sitting at a stop. They found the steering column assembly had a badly worn coupling and replaced it."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rack and pinion steering unit needed to be replaced after 65000 miles"

Arthur G., MI (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Steering wheel had major sloppiness. Felt like something was coming seriously loose. Not a confident feeling ever when turning wheel. Was repaired under warranty"

Travis B., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clunk sound when sharply moving steering wheel. Required out of warranty replacement of Rack & Pinion"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering stiff when moving (not while stopped or moving very slowly) and 'sticks' , moves in small jerks, not smoothly. Worse at highway speeds, annoyingly noticeable. I am mechanically inclined, suspect cause may be electrical"

Dennis C., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"recall"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive play in the steering wheel led to the diagnosis. Expensive repair out of warranty."

Michael H., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fixed under a hidden warranty. some kind of a star wheel."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering column made a knocking noise whenever we hit a bump. Problem was covered under an extended warranty from Hyundai. A gasket had to be replaced in the steering column and that solved the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushing wears out. Causes noise with steering and too much play in steering wheel."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to fix a steering problem"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was looseness or slack in steering wheel. The dealer said it was the coupler coming off the steering wheel linkage. They repaired it while i waited and the warranty covered the repair."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering had too much play in it. Repairs were covered by a warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Steering linkage broke. It was fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering motor flexible coupling failed causing a severe slip in the steering mechanism. This is located behind the instrument cluster"

Ronald G., AL (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A clunk in the steering when turning. Dealer said steering knuckle, was fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"From previously described problem. Bad clicking when turning the wheel"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel issue was diagnosed and involved replacing the front axle under warranty."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the steering wheel was making clicking noses when moving it and the car was park, i took it to the dealer and the replaced a small piece of plastic cage and charged me over $400.00 later this ended up being on a recall and I got a refund minus a charge for a wheel alignment that i was told that I needed when they worked on the steering wheel"

Pinchas S., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to much play in steering wheel. Could feel what seemed like a broken part in turning"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tie rods

"End links in front end had to be replaced at owner's expense to to severe looseness"

Stephen T., WA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"Right rear tread feathers and generates a droning noise at all speeds. Have replaced tires TWICE"

James R., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Front wheel bearings both left and right froze due to heavily salted roads. They were replaced by the dealer"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had two tires replaced earlier this year. Went back in April for inspection, was told tires needed replacement in rear .Also had an alignment done. on my way home heard noise on left side, needed wheel bearings. Also needed axles replaced earlier this year!!"

Eddie W., VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 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

"Burning oil"

Theresa S., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"After the starter was repaired, the engine was not running right. The engine was replaced under warranty and we were given a loaner car"

Lawrence S., MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine failed covered by warranty at 118,000"

Elliot F., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ENGINE SEIZED AS A RESULT OF METAL SHAVINGS DURING ENGINE CONSTRUCTION"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Was passing a vehicle when the engine quit. No power, nothing. Hyundai replaced the engine."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall on my model Hyundai and the week before i was to take into the dealer the engine froze up. Hyundai replace the engine with no cost to me"

Bob M., DE (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a major engine recall issue, though we didn't know about it until it was too late. It caused complete engine failure. Hyundai rectified the issue without any problems at all."

Andrew H., ME (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I kept hearing a strange knocking and the call was hesitating and not accerlerating properly. I took it in for regular service and the engine locked up before the mechanic could service it. The dealer replaced the engine, even though the warranty had expired and I was over the $100,000 miles. I was given a rebuilt engine at the cost of the dealership."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a duplicate record for the same vehicle."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"engine was replaced under warrenty due to excessive oil consumption."

Mark D., TN (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine replaced at 135000 miles after knock sensor detected worn bearing. Common problem with theta engines."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had no problem with replacement . It was the enine that came with the car. Oilwas burning oil with gas. Hyundai replaced the engine at their cost."

John S., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hyundai voluntarily issued a recall, and the engine was replaced within a month. Total professionalism!!!!!"

Stephen D., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine blew under warranty and was replaced."

Michael H., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Ironic but this past Wednesday my Hyundai just stopped working. Engine seized up. I have maintained in flawlessly. I have to replace the engine. It is looking like that there is going to be a class action lawsuit against 2011 and 2012 Hyundais"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rod"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine frozen due to "lack of oil" at 36k miles. Despite 100k warranty Hyundai said car was "not properly maintained" because we could not produce all oil change records. No low oil warning light, no over temp warning, no change oil reminder - just"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine got noisy, check engine light came on, whole dash lit up and dial said "Engine Check in Progress". Under warrantee replaced entire engine and turbocharger"

Michael K., NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine locked up. We were told the warranty wouldn't cover it because I didn't preform required maintenance. Since then I found out this is a common response for a common problem. Currently having a used engine install for way too much expense"

Richard C., AL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Original engine built up sludge at about 47000 miles and they had to replace the block. About 5000 miles later, they had to do a complete valve job. about. They now have the car in to do a complete engine replacement because it still burns oil and do"

Ray F., AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete engine failure"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"engine seized up while travelling on the highway no warning all power shut down had no steering or brakes"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I PULLED INTO A PARKING LOT AND THE CAR DIED AND WOULD NOT START AGAIN. AFTER PAYING $145 TO HAVE IT TOWED 15 MILES BACK TO MY HOUSE, THE HYUNDAI DEALERSHIP (WHERE I PURCHASED THE CAR) PICKED IT UP AND DISCOVERED THAT A 'FAUULTY BEARING HAD CAUSED MY"

Kari C., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Manufacture flaw caused metal filings in the pan which lead to engine failure. They replaced the engine for free at 125000 miles after failure and gave me a free rental car during the process. Very fair to deal with."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It was involved in Service Bulletin and checked at the dealer... Said I had no problems to worry about. 3 months later and 100 miles from home the engine seized with no warning, No noises, no nothing. I'm happy for Triple AAA. There was NO charge to me for the repair and they included a rental too."

Steven B., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine seized and had to be replaced by manufacture via recall"

Stephen T., WA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Blown engine. Engine was recall list. Dealer replaced engine with new engine. Under warranty."

Pamela S., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"engine locked up at 100970K. It was replaced due to a recall on know engine problems"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"after replacement (from recall), the car caught on fire and completely burned."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"at 101K the engine the car had to be towed and the engine had to be replaced"

Hellmut M., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When checking oil found no oil.Bought oil enough to get to dealer. Dealer said oil was being burnt with the gas. (Saw no white smoke} Hyundai`replaced engine at no cost to me. Car had 126000 on the car at the time."

John S., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car cutoff in traffic. I thought it might be electrical so had it towed to a local shop. They said it was an engine problem requiring replacement that they couldn't do. So I had it towed to an engine repair shop who confirmed that my engine had seized due to no oil in the engine even though I had an oil change only 2 months earlier."

Gregory S., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine had a defect and locked up while I was driving on the interstate. Had car towed to Hyundai dealership. Took about 5 weeks to get the engine replaced under recall warranty but Hyundai replaced the engine and the failed ignition (where the key goes) at not cost to me. They also provided me with a rental car while mine was being fixed and reimbursed me for cost of towing the car to the dealership under a class action lawsuit for the engine issue. While the issue was an inconvenience, overa"

Richard S., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine failed after oil change when the plastic gasket for the bolt on the oil pan broke, allowing all of the oil to leak out. The engine was replaced by the dealer"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I was part of the recall and ended up with a brand new engine"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car died (engine seized) on the turnpike traveling 75 mph. All the engine lights and everything else came on and the engine just stopped. Did not lose steering. Fortunately I was able to coast over to the right lane and get off on the shoulder. I am glad that I am still alive. Its in the shop now waitng for a new engine ...will take 1-2 months per service advisor . Still under 120,000 mile warranty for engine and they are giving me a loanet"

Robert R., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo charger had an intermittent failure problem, reason unknown, which caused reduced performance and an oil leak. Fortunately, all was repaired under the power train warranty, with no out of pocket cost to me, in 24-hours, after arrival at the dealership service facility."

Jerry B., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Waste gate actuater needed to be reset"

Arthur G., MI (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo did not engage. Took it to dealer who repaired under warranty. When I questioned the reason why, was told that it's a man made product and things break?!??"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent turbo operation"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Waste gate problems. Turbo not engaging"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Acceleration became very poor. Was something to do with the air intake system of turbo."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A number of Turbo charger components have failed over the last several years resulting in loss of pressure, rendering the car drivable but without any real power."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo charger computer settings failed causing loss of horsepower. Software reprogramming fixed the issue"

Margaret A., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo backflow issue caused car to lose power and not be driven until repaired"

Kimo J., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Covered under warranty. Turbocharger had failure of impeller which resulted in it dragging on the impeller housing. Symptom of the problem was hesitation in acceleration which felt as though the engine would stall"

David J., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"oil supply line to turbocharger had to be replaced. one of three recalls in last 4 months"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Debris was collecting at the lower part of the windshield causing leakage into the front passenger footrest area. I took the car in under warranty and it was easily fixed"

David K., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The weather stripping began to pull loose approximately by 50,000 miles. Because it was covered under the warranty up to 60,000, the automotive adviser, reminded me to get it fixed before the warranty was up. I have had no problem since then"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Undercarriage rattles, squeaking sounds from rear end area"

David B., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sun roof rattle"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had a persistent problem with what I hear as scraping. I brought it in to the dealership at least 3 times for this problem. I was told repeatedly that the mechanic could not locate the problem, that it might be my tires. My brakes have been fi"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"squeaks seem to be frome the moon roof"

Walter S., OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the panoramic sunroof makes a lot of noise. Dealer stated that it was the weater strip and they put silicone on it. The problem has not improved"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Unidentified rattling somewhere in the dash"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a click on the right side passenger door area occasionally during a left turn"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is squeak in the sunroof"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"CAR RATTLES WHEN GOING OVER BUMPS AT LOW SPEED AND COMING TO A STOP"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"fixed it no problem"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"on roads that are rough squeaks & rattles"

Robert S., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"support belt for gas tank was broken - dealer corrected covered under warranty"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in the lower dash area....more of a "creaking" sound"

Steven D., NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car has developed a rattle around driver's window which is apparent on rough road surfaces"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"vehicle is horrible in the winter,unsafe,cant even come up our driveway wo cat litter, car is unsafe in winter"

Robin B., MI (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rattle in the under carriage of the car. The dealer's repair shop initially diagnosed the rattle coming from tie rods, then struts and shocks. After replacing parts the noise still remain, and they are at a loss as to the source of rattle"

Gilbert S., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"THE CAR MAKES MORE NOISE THAN A CAN OF PENNIES. I HAVE HAD THE CAR IN SEVERAL TIMES FOR A RATTLE INSDE THE DRIVER DOOR. IT WAS A METAL SECTION THAT KEEPS FALLING OFF. THREE TIMES IT STILL RATTLES. THERE ARE LITTLE PLASTIC SECTIONS UNDER EACH HADLE TH"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some interior parts have come lose. Lot of road noise"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Inside both front doors panels separating causing rattles while driving and closing the doors. Dealer attempted to repair twice under warranty now its out of warranty back deck rattles front console dash rattles."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rattling noise, but we can’t figure out where it’s coming from."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The dash and center console produce some level of noise on almost all the road surfaces. The noise is really from squeaks and rattles. I sometimes press the parts down hard or thump them down to reduce the amount of noise."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise in the dashboard"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The sunroof creaks groans & rattles. The noise is less pronounced if i close the shade. It doesn't leak, and I think if I didn't have a panoramic sunroof there would be no rattles & squeaks"

Kurt H., OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rattle in front passenger side when going over bumps"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"For a well built car would be too early for this type of noises. Just acting like a 20 years old car. Doesn't have the substance of a Toyota or Honda"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It has rattles for the door panels the rear deck speaker mount and I can NOT stop them it drives rear passenger crazy on long trips"

Stephen C., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have the limited edition 2.0 Turbo. As of 2015, the sunroof was making a lot of rattling noise. Brought it in to dealership and it was 'fixed'. Had to bring it back a second time and things are almost worse now. It makes less rattling noise, but it appears that they tightened things differently as I hear a lot more road noise from sunroof now (perhaps the sunroof is making less contact with car to reduce rattling noise, but it does not appear to fully shut the way it used to)"

Ryan B., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Road noise it higher than I like. Car hums on asphalt very bad"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I hear wind noise while car is in motion"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The wind noise is deafening at times, and all the windows are up and the doors are closed and locked. Very disturbing!"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Driver Side Window Seal was crooked and hissing wind noise came in when driving 65+ mph"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Over the years, the wind noise and road noise coming into the cabin as increased. The road noise stayed the same despite installing new highly rated performance tires."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"system shuts down in a random pattern causing loss of control in wet conditions"

Rose L., MI (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Simple Sensor problem"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Calipers

"Calipers were seized and had to be replaced"

Mark M., NB (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace all 4 of the calipers. 3 went bad. I have never had this king of caliper problem in any car I have ever owned. It seems to be a problem with these cars."

Robert S., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I discussed this in the last comment"

William W., OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"on front wheels"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front caliper was defective. Brakes were grinding and damaged the rotor"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers on one of the rear wheels got stuck (rust). Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"premature ware at 35000 miles"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Took car in twice to have fluid replaced and have brakes checked dealer assured us brakes were OK. Even tho brake feel was soft. Took the car to 3rd party mechanic Master cylinder was bad. Checked extended warranty, found that the master cylinder is the only item that is covered under the warranty which dealer did not want to replace. We won't deal with Hyundai any more. To many problems"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Rotors were worn thin, replaced, no problems exist now"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal replacement of pads"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"R/F lower ball joint and link had play. recommend both parts & alignment. Replaced right front lower ball joint. Most cost covered by extended warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"it had to be replaced along with rear brake because of wear"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"front brakes and rotors needed replacing at 31,000"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed to replace brake pads at 33,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Front driver side braking vibration/shuttering. Brake pad had slipped and was jammed. This caused uneven wear on brakes. Had to have brake pad and routers replaced. Cost of about $575. Not happy about this"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"change brakes due to rust. car not driven enough?"

Ilona B., QC (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of city stop and go driving"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace brake pads front and rear @ 24,000 miles. I am not hard on brakes or drive reckless. Brakes make a rubbing sound when coasting at less than 5 miles per hour"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes on the Hyundai models have been a problem for a number of years --- especially rear brakes"

Allan M., NS (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"car suddenly goes dead causing loss of brakes and steering"

Rose L., MI (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Break work was not covered by the Hyundai warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was 24 months old when brake light was intermittently on and off. After complaining about the problem in 3 different visits to the dealership, they identified that a pump had to be replaced. Interesting enough, one month after warranty was over. I had to pay a costly part replacement because Hyundai refused to cover it, even with a documented history of the issue being reported multiple times."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Brake pads do not last as long as I expected and rotor have to be turned with each pad replacement. Between repairs I get squeaks that sound like pad-wear warnings but pads check out fine. Squeaks come and go. Sometimes blowing dust off the brakes helps."

Frank H., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the brake rotors within 3 years of purchase, at around 30.000 miles. I believe that was early to encounter such problems"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusty rotors. They said was caused by winter road salt."

J W., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear rotors became frozen in place and were virtually inoperable."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"The brakes tend to grind more than "squeak" and the mechanic suggested new calipers which I thought early, but paid for them. Brakes or at least wheels still grind. "Low Tire" sensor comes on wotuh each drop in temperature and cannot be trusted"

William W., OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes made squeaking noise WHEN APPLIED at less than 10 MPH"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"On inspection by service tech, cracks in the break pad were observed"

Ronald W., AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front brakes squeek after several visits to the retailer service department"

Thomas J., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Left front fender panel pops loose from holding clips; easy to fix, but very annoying"

David B., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rubber seal around drivers door"

Peter H., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure I chose the correct area. The area below the front bumper is very low to ground, and does not clear parking stops, small mounds of snow, etc. and becomes dmaged- in doing so, it allow the area to go over a small mound of dirt, snow, or par"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Black vinyl tape has been utilized between the side windows which has failed more times than I can count. They replaced it several times while under warranty but now it's out of warranty and I'm on my own. I noticed they changed to a molded plastic finish in subsequent years but never were able to give me a long term fix for the problem. As such, they've lost a customer. I'll go to Lexus and pay a premium after this. They do offer a good vehicle at the price point the masses can afford, so I guess it's give and take."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"trim around windows peeling"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some of the plastic side molding came loose. Pushed it back into place and have not had a problem since."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The front bumper and ground effects are so low that they hit EVERYTHING"

Ryan H., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Interior fit and finish is peeling and unimpressive. Moldings and painted surfaces started peeling and wearing badly after only two years. Very cheap"

Travis B., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem was due hitting a post while trying to park in my parking spot, no fault of Hyundai."

Linda M., AB (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The color on the AC buttons faded. Was replaced and it is happening again"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Large patch on hood started to blister and peel"

Robert J., MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"1 inch dia spot near rear window was through clearcoat"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"paint peeling off right front door handle"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"RUBBER/PLASTIC TRIM AROUND WINDOWS CRACKING"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat has begun to peel off recently, especially around the fenders"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This was my fault, I scraped the passenger side when hitting a post while trying to park in my parking spot"

Linda M., AB (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Large section 1.5 x 1.5 above windshield cracked and rusted off."

Ken B., VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The main problem is not with the paint, but peeling clear coat on the front bumper, and it's getting worse."

Ted V., WV (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This car's paint is easily scratched/knicked by small road debris or light contact"

Suzanne Z., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling off door handles"

Edward P., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hood and front windshield area on room peeling"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"it seems we have lost the velcro mounted anti-rust device that we had put on the car when we bought it. it was a rough winter and snow mounds kept scraping the plastic trim protecting the undercarriage"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Car is garaged & washed regularly. Nevertheless, several rust spots have appeared which mar the car's finish"

Martin J., IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Check engine light twice"

Jerry H., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"This was covered under my extended warranty that I purchased at the Hyundai dealer when I bought the car in 2014. The gas gauge was becoming very erratic. it would read half a tank, and then register empty with the gas light on 5 minutes later. When the check engine light came on, I took it in to the Hyundai dealer for service. I believe it was the gauge, and the sending unit. If I did not have the extended warranty, it would have cost me about $500.00. That is unacceptable, and I would have been furious if I had to pay for that repair"

Robert A., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The sending unit stopped working properly, resulting in an inaccurate fuel gauge that displayed fluctuating levels"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Recall notice. I have received 11 or 12 recalls since purchase"

Peter R., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was losing power and we had the fuel injector replaced in 2014 as it was still under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine has a ticking noise when idling. The dealer stated that the noise in coming from the fuel injection system and is normal. In olde cars I had if you used low test gas the engine ticked, could this be the case. I put in a an additive about every other fill up."

Dennis F., GA (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"GTI fuel pump should not become defective at 70000 K.Dealer wanted over $1000 installed. You can find original new pump for under $200 on internet and it cost me $60 to get installed by local service station"

Maurice P., QC (2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"fuel pressure booster (?) failed--covered under federal emissions warranty"

Michael H., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"High pressure fuel pump failure"

Rollin S., CA