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 2 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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The 2017 Hyundai Sonata has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 2017 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

Android Auto

"It worked fine for 14 months. Then it would not connect or stay connected. the dealer had it back 4 times to try to fix it. They replaced the USB plug, to no avail. They tried to get it to work, and were able to get it to connect after 4 tires but couldn't duplicate it. They sent me to Samsung. Samsung sent me to Hyundai Bluelink, which couldn't fix it. The Blue link people finally decided that my phone is no longer compatible with my car, and that there was no fix"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A confusing system to operate. When a check or fix is executed in another area (e.g. tire pressure) it often returns to default Android Auto settings and is difficult to get back to my preferred settings. In fact, some of the settings don't seem to work any longer. And none of the service people ta the dealer seem to have a clue."

George W., TN (2017 Hyundai Sonata)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I can not get the system to work properly , I use my Garmine most of the time."

David S., NY (2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It would not work. (DEAD) It had to be replaced."

Charles S., CA (2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Setting Home as a destination, the unit tried to take us way out of the way to supposedly reach home. It wanted to turn off the main road multiple times - so many that I eventually killed the request"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"It seems the routine software update was the cause of the loss of power problem."

Anonymous, NL (2017 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Loss of power after software update for knock sensor. Engine could not go above 1,500 RPM, maximum of 100 km on highway. Needed a wire harness replaced which was on back order. Car was at the garage for 7 days."

Anonymous, NL (2017 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Rear speaker makes a vibrating type noise during hot weather."

Anonymous, VA (2017 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

Headlights

"I can't see very far ahead of the car at night. I have over 2 million miles behind the wheel and this is the first car where I can't see signs, animals, or exits ahead of me so I do not drive this car at night time because it is so dangerous. I can only see 3 white lines ahead at a time and twice I had a dealer check them and they said they were in specs."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"We are having to replace the driver side map light."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"There was a computer self check that failed intermittently. Had to take it to the dealership twice before it started to fail more regularly. The computer system was replaced under warranty. No other issues have shown up."

Glenn O., TX (2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport 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

"Depending on Dealer/Factory investigation, engine may need to be replaced."

Anonymous, KY (2017 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"14 March 2018 10:30 AM, 70 mph on US 101 to San Francisco, HEV mode, rainy weather, 4 passengers for a business meeting. Car steering shuddered as if the tires slipped and spun on the wet pavement. ESC, Brake, and Auto Hold lights turned yellow. Was able to drive the car normally to reach destination, parked, attended meeting, and started driving back home with my passengers at 3PM. ESC, Brake, and Auto Hold lights were still on. HEV mode. 30 minutes later, I-280 at 65+ mph, engine power drastically reduced abruptly, car started to slow down and became unresponsive to the gas. Turned on Emergency Flashers and with great difficulty in the evening rush hour commute traffic, managed to shift right three lanes and take the next exit, went into a parking lot and stopped the car. Consulted manual for any meaningful actions. Started car back up. MIL light also came on along with message to take car to dealer. Ran Vehicle Diagnostics and got “a possible condition with the ECS has been detected and a full system check is recommended soon”. Started driving car again. Same lack of engine power. Drove through local roads and countless many traffic lights and reached home after 4 hours (normal = 1 1/2 hours). At home, plugged car in for charging. Charging started normally. Around 10PM, wanted to take a picture of all the lights, so pulled charging cable out and started car. All lights were OFF except MIL! Decided to test drive and found no loss of power. Took it to nearby freeway, floored gas pedal. Car responded with full power! The following day, when I started driving the car to the dealer, the car dashboard filled with warnings with sound alerts about the failure of HEV system, asking me to stop the car immediately and tow it to the dealer. I proceeded to drive it slowly to the dealer. The final diagnosis is the failure of the engine crankshaft sensor! Since its replacement, the car has been running fine, but I can’t help but have the uneasy feeling of when it might fail again."

Rangarajan J., CA (2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in 2.0-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"This morning around 10:30AM, driving at over 70 mph to San Francisco in the rain with 4 passengers for a business meeting, my 2017 Sonata PHEV shudders as if the tires slipped and spun on the wet pavement. I noticed that the ESC light was yellow and also a little while later, the Brake light and Auto Hold lights turned yellow. I thought I had accidentally hit the Auto Hold button and had to wait for an opportunity to press it while pressing the break to eliminate the light. When the opportunity came, I could not get the light to go off. Also, tried turning ESC off and on again but the light stayed on. Parked the car in the garage, went to the meeting and came back at 3PM, and started back the drive home with my passengers. All the above lights were on. About 30 minutes later, in the 6 lane I280, all of a sudden the engine power drastically reduces abruptly and the car starts to slow down. With great difficulty in the evening rush hour commute traffic, I managed to shift lanes and take the next exit and went into a parking lot and stopped the car. After a few minutes, start it back up and now the MIL comes on along with a message to take the car to the dealer. Ran the Vehicle Diagnostics and get the message of possible condition with the ECS. Start driving the car with the same lack of engine power. Drove through local road and reached home after 4 hours for what should have been a 1 1/2 hour trip. On the way back, called Bluelink and they confirmed the need to take the car to the dealer and made an appointment for me for tomorrow. I wanted to take a picture of all the lights, so around 10PM I started the car, and all the lights are GONE except MIL. Decided to test drive the car and found no loss of power. Took it to the nearby freeway and floored it with full power response! Here is the write up from the dealer: Duplicated engine light is ON, scanned for codes and P033500 Crankshaft position A circuit P0A0F Engine failed to start C164808 CAN signal error HMS ACC SCC CL35808 HCU Torque control unavailable for SCC C13 6081. Cleared codes and then test drive vehicle. Only code that came back was P033500 Crankshaft position sensor A circuit active. Checked harness OK. Pulled sensor and is dirty, but when performing active monitoring on tablet would not show it cranking on or signal. Recommend replacing crankshaft position sensor and check. Replaced crankshaft sensor and test drive vehicle. No lights came back on. Recheck for codes. All clear. Operates as designed at this time. Any way, got the car back today and I hope this really was the root cause. I have a hard time though seeing the sequence of symptoms that I saw are explained by this as the root cause."

Rangarajan J., CA (2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in 2.0-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"two problems - trim around rear passenger window loose, and antenna cover (for GPS, etc.) on roof came off"

Anonymous, AL (2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"A 2 inch piece of paint peeled from the hood. It was covered by warranty and the hood was repainted."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Seat belts

"It did not want to release. They replaced it."

Charles S., CA (2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The trunk would not latch closed upon my returning from a trip and putting my luggage in the trunk. First time that's ever happened to me in almost 40 years of owning vehicles, much less a vehicle that was not yet a year old."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Hyundai Sonata ECO 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"ON 3/15/2017 AROUND 8AM, I STARTED MY CAR TO LEAVE FOR WORK AND THE CAR SHOWED A WARNING CHECK HYBRID SYSTEM AND THE CORRESPONDING WARNING LIGHT CAME ON. THE GASOLINE ENGINE ALSO STARTED RIGHT AWAY AND STAYED ON, EVEN THOUGH THE EV BATTERY WAS FULL. THE ENGINE REMAINED ON THROUGHOUT MY COMMUTE TO WORK AND BACK TO HOME IN THE EVENING. I PLUGGED THE CAR IN MY GARAGE FOR CHARGING OVERNIGHT WITH THE TIMER SET TO START THE CHARGING AT 10PM. AROUND 10:45PM, MY WIFE AND I OPENED THE INTERNAL GARAGE DOOR FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE AND IMMEDIATELY SMELLED EXHAUST FUMES AND HEARD THE ENGINE RUNNING. I OPENED THE GARAGE OVERHEAD DOOR RIGHT AWAY AND UNPLUGGED THE CHARGING CABLE WHICH TURNED THE ENGINE OFF. JUST TO BE SURE, I PLUGGED THE CABLE IN AGAIN AND TURNED OFF THE TIMER TO RESTART THE CHARGING IMMEDIATELY. AS SOON AS THE CHARGING STARTED, THE ENGINE CAME ON AND AFTER A FEW SECONDS STARTED REVVING UP ALSO. I IMMEDIATELY UNPLUGGED THE CHARGING CABLE AND ENGINE STOPPED. I TOOK THE CAR TO THE DEALER TODAY AND AM WAITING TO HEAR BACK FROM THE DEALER. THE FINAL DIAGNOSIS WAS A FAILED WATER PUMP!"

Rangarajan J., CA (2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in 2.0-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The electric coolant pump fuse blew and the pump and the wiring to the pump from the fuse block had to be replaced"

Rangarajan J., CA (2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in 2.0-L 4 Cyl Plug-in)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Computer is reporting a serious error that puts car into limp mode. Dealer is still investigating."

Anonymous, KY (2017 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Upon trying to accelerate from a stop the vehicle hesitates for a couple seconds then accelerates rapidly."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport 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

Heater system

"Very slow warmup in temperatures below 32 F"

Anonymous, MN (2017 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

Transmission computer

"Vehicle will hesitate for a couple seconds upon acceleration between 1st and 2nd gear."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The light went on 9 months after purchase. I need to take it to the dealership to have it fixed."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Hyundai Sonata)

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

Shocks or struts

"Loose bolts caused noise. Took 2 visits to convince dealer there was a problem, not acknowledged until service manager went for drive with me."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"sensor and wiring harness problem limited speed of car"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 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

"minor rattle on bumpy roads."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"The transmission does not shift smoothly but vibrates at every shift"

Javaid A., CA (2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport 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

Rotors

"The car had 6 miles on it when I picked it up and on the way home the brake pedal was pulsating. I drove 600 miles hoping to break in the pedal but it got worse. Hyundai had to turn the rotors and refused to replace them with new ones. This car is a piece of junk and I'll never let a Hyundai shop touch it again unless it's a warranty repair."

Anonymous, NY (2017 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

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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
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Dec 30 2016
In the event of a crash, an air bag that does not inflate fully increases the risk of injury.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2017 Hyundai Elantra vehicles manufactured April 15, 2016, to September 13, 2016, and Sonata vehicles manufactured May 27, 2016 to September 16, 2016. In these vehicles, the end seal for the driver's frontal air bag inflator may not have been properly installed, possibly resulting in reduced inflation of the frontal air bag in the event of a crash.
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 February 13, 2017. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 156.
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: 16V956000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 110
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