With the Sonata's 2015 redesign, Hyundai made some significant improvements to a car that already competed credibly against such big dogs as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. They improved the ride and reduced road noise. The styling is now more upright and less sleek, but it still looks pretty sharp and the new design makes access easier and the view out appreciably better. The hybrid version is new for 2016.
Alerts
There are 6 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 2016 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

Apple CarPlay

"CarPlay connects somewhat unreliably to my iPhone. More annoying, when I turn off the car with CarPlay having been connected, the state of the infotainment system is unpredictable and, as far as I can tell, uncontrollable, when the car is next started. Often, the radio or (even worse) Sirius is playing at an VERY loud volume when the car is next started, even though neither the radio nor Sirius had been used."

Bronna V., OH (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The backup camera video on the touch screen is more often than not delayed by up to 10 seconds from the time I put the car in reverse. It's extremely annoying. The dealer simply states no problem observed. I loved the car, but this issue has soured that love."

Doug P., CA (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The original entertainment system did not recognize my iPod some of the time. If I unplugged and replugged it the unit would be recognized. The entertainment system was replaced under warranty and now works fine"

D T., ON (2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The maps in the built-in GPS are out of date. However, unlike an off-the-shelf GPS that typically comes with free lifetime map updates, Hyundai wants to charge me a steep fee for a one-time update. I attempted to resolve this problem through Hyundai. At the first level, I got no for an answer. I was promised a review of that answer at a higher (?division?) level, but I have never received any evidence that such a high-level review was even conducted."

Bronna V., OH (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio cuts in and out frequently. I lose the signal for 10 - 15 seconds"

Robert M., OH (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"AFTER BEING PARKED IN THE HEAT, AFTER WORK WHEN DRIVING AROUND OR HOME, THE SOUND WOULD CRACKLE, THEN DISAPPEAR INTO SILENCE. IT OCCASIONALLY RE-APPEARS AFTER 5 OR 10 MINUTES, AND ALWAYS RE-APPEARS AFTER BEING PARKED IN MY GARAGE OVERNIGHT"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"does not accelerate when you start away from light or stop sign until you push gas pedal to floor and the goes to 4000rpm. After 3 yrs of this safety problem I found out Hyundai thinks it is too expensive So it will be fixed j under campaign for a recall.16-18mySonata ECM update completed1/25/19. Mfg and their secret warranties should pay a fine. especially as this is a safety hazard."

G M., DE (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Another ongoing problem with my Sonata. Dealer has replaced 4x already and still continues to have issues. This is supposed to be a Premium Sound system but has failed time and time again. Terrible quality of craftsmanship on Hyundai's part. Dealer (Don Franklin Hyundai - Lexington, KY) claims that Hyundai isn't made to have a good sound system. The quality of the car isn't good enough to support such speakers. Don't believe me? I have it documented in complaints to the company yet no one will help. Hyundai then advised putting household insulation in my door panels to compensate. Mostly fixed the issue but was still after 4x being replaced. Still rattles intermittently."

Benjamin H., KY (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Speakers sound blown and have since new. Vibrations and rattles are ineveitable at any volume level. Horrible"

Benjamin H., KY (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"on most AM stations and certain Sirius XM stations I experience a faint crackling in rear speakers. I asked about this and was told that it is a problem of the AM radio stations due to "there to be phased out". I heard the same thing twenty years ago about AM radio being phased out... a rhetorical response I marked it down as. The dealership said they checked a couple other Limited models and they to had same faint crackle which is not apparent on stereo stations. Also - and have yet"

Edward B., MN (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Vehicle became unresponsive while sitting idle at a light. Had to turn off for several minutes and turn back on. Drove fine after waiting about 10 minutes. Error code indicated a problem with cylinder firing but dealership was not able to find the problem. After dealership inspection, and tearing everything apart, it stopped happening. Possibly a loose connection to the cylinder"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE)
Rough shifting

"Concurrent to cylinder problem. Shifting jumps were noticeable for several weeks before vehicle failure"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE)

"dealer had to update ECM"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car downshifts harshly at exactly 52kph causing passengers to jerk forward"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Don't like the new dual clutch transmission. Shifting is uneven, especially from dead stop"

Myer C., FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Covered in previous comment."

Leonard B., FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata)
Slipping transmission

"When starting from a stop, hesitates, shift unexpectedly, sometimes engine speeds up but car does not then it shifts suddenly. The result is unsafe starting in traffic to entering traffic."

Leonard B., FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Dealer had to update ecm pr0blem"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaks in headliner near sunroof detected after tearing into car on two occasions. Finally problem found and corrected. Something not tightened well enough at factory"

Richard B., UT (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"common problem with seal on back side of sunroof causes a creeky noise"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A new car should not squeak and rattle this much. Horrible"

Benjamin H., KY (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It started only recently. After going over a significant bump, now I hear this creak sound coming from the interior. It sounds like two pieces of plastic periodically clicking together. Since I love driving with the entertainment system off, I immediately became aware of the creak when it started"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"sunroof has been squeaking a lot and loudly. Been to dealership twice w/out success"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport)

"Typical rattles"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Passenger side window seems to leak air causing irritating noise"

Mary H., IL (2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Parking brake

"electronic parking brake would get stuck and continue trying to set itself even after turning vehicle off"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the parking brake does not keep the car from rolling downhill on even a slight incline unless the parking brake pedal is pushed all the way to the floor. When the pedal is pushed to the floor, the parking bake barely holds on a very slight incline in my driveway. If my wife pushes on the back of the car when the parking brake pedal is on the floor and the car is on the driveway incline, it will roll. I have taken the car to the dealer 4 times to fix this problem. They consistently tell me th"

A B., CO (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake engaged while driving"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Warped rotors from the factory caused my front brake pads to wear pre-maturely and fail. Sent a wicked shimmy through the steering wheel and entire vehicle. Dealer (Don Franklin Hyundai Lexington, KY) was TERRIBLE and blamed it on me saying that my lead-foot was the problem. Initially refused a service loaner or alternate transportation. Then after calling management they agreed but still tried to charge me over $700 for new wheel bearings, rotors, pads, sensors & labor. ASTONISHED because a complete brake job on 1 axle of my MERCEDES-BENZ is less than $600 including labor. Will NEVER buy another Hyundai, nor let Don Franklin work on it again. EVER. BUYER BEWARE"

Benjamin H., KY (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration on applying the brakes"

Wayne B., BC (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"The plug had to be replaced. It kept blowing fuses"

Stuart L., FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Dashboard light flickers bright to dim"

Gary F., CA (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlights always burned out. Replaced with LED's. No problem now"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Hyundai Sonata 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Dashboard lights get bright then dim."

Gary F., CA (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Rear bumper paint peeling off. Two spots on hood ,possible road debris chips"

Carlos G., FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat started to peel on the paint below driver side headlight. thanks"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust on chipped paint on hood"

Carlos G., FL (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"pump keeps kicking off and have to fill it manually instead of automatic"

G M., DE (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"needed reprogramming at time of purchase due to engine pausing on acceleration. Needed reprogramming due to recall."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Due to Hyundai problems, they updated my computer to which now it pings more."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Hyundai Sonata 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

Evaporator

"The A/C drain keeps getting clogged, which causes condensation to drip into the passenger compartment."

Chris B., MI (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Driving the interstate, 95 degrees outside, with the climate control set to auto, it blew cold air out the top vents and hot air at foot level"

John R., IA (2016 Hyundai Sonata SE 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

"Not sure"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Hyundai Sonata ECO 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"After 7 months and numerous visits the engine had to be replaced. Subsequent to that the head gasket. Now it needs a throttle kit"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 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

Engine harness

"Hyundai makes engine harness wiring insulation out of SOY, which rodents love to chew up. I had to have the entire harness replaced, which cost $2,400. Our insurance company wanted to replace the harness with an after-market non-soy based component, because it is well known that rodents will eat/chew soy based wiring. Hyundai refused, and forced the insurance company to pay for the OEM part, the same SOY based harness. My lease is about up, and the second wiring harness is showing rodent chewing (although it hasn't failed yet), despite my efforts to prevent this from happening, which include: stuffing Bounce dryer sheets all over the engine compartment ... placing Irish Spring soap in various pots under the hood ... spaying the tires with rodent repellent each time after I park the car in my driveway ... lifting the engine hood every time that I park the car in the driveway. I'll never purchase or lease a Hyundai again."

Timothy C., MN (2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Recalled due to roof problem"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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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Recalls
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HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Mar 12 2018
If the VPD activates while the vehicle is being operated in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, there may be a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with a Voltage Protection Device (VPD), designed to protect the high voltage battery module, that may activate inadvertently.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will remove the VPD switch and install a new Battery Management System (BMS) that contains an Overvoltage Protection Device (OPD). The recall is expected to begin May 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 175.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V166000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2840
PARKING BRAKE:INDICATOR LIGHT
Jun 05 2017
If the parking brake indicator is not illuminated when the parking brake is applied, the driver may operate the vehicle with the parking brake partially engaged, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Sonata and Genesis vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the warning light to indicate that the parking brake is applied may intermittently not illuminate in the dash due to corrosion in the switch.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the parking brake switch, free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2017. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 164.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V359000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 161074
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Oct 11 2016
If the sunroof detaches from the vehicle it could become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Sonata Hybrid vehicles manufactured December 8, 2014, to August 18, 2015, and Hyundai Sonata vehicles manufactured May 28, 2014, to March 18, 2016, equipped with the panoramic sunroof option. Due to a bonding issue with the sunroof wind deflector, the sunroof panel on the affected vehicles may detach while driving.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair the wind deflector anchor plate, free of charge. The recall began December 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 152.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V726000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 62811
AIR BAGS
Aug 24 2016
A frontal air bag that does not adequately protect the driver's neck may increase their risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2016 Sonata vehicles manufactured March 28, 2016 through April 12, 2016. The affected vehicles have a driver-side frontal air bag that may not adequately protect the driver's neck from injury in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began October 14, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 148.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V615000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1031
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Apr 21 2016
An air bag that does not inflate increases the risk of injury.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 29, 2014 to February 11, 2016, 2017 Elantra vehicles manufactured January 12, 2016 to February 22, 2016, and one 2016 Sonata Hybrid vehicle manufactured October 15, 2015. In these vehicles, the driver's frontal air bag may be missing a chemical enhancer required for the second stage air bag deployment, resulting in the second stage not deploying in certain crashes. The primary stage will deploy as intended.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began on May 5,2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 144.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V232000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL
Oct 20 2015
If the driver is alerted there is a brake system malfunction, but not specifically with the ABS system, the driver may operate the vehicle unaware that the vehicle's brakes may lock up during hard braking, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 28, 2014, to August 21, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with an Antilock Braking System (ABS) warning light intended to warn the driver if there is an ABS malfunction. In the event of an ABS malfunction, the Brake System warning light will illuminate, but the ABS warning light will not illuminate. Since the vehicles have ABS malfunction lights that do not illuminate, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the ABS control unit software, free of charge. The recall is expected began on November 30, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 134.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V678000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 64744
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