Ranking 48 Hyundai Generations by Reliability

Each model can be grouped into generations – a collection of years where the cars are continuously produced and very few, if any, changes are made. Once something major is changed, say a brand new engine, automakers typically desigate a new generation.

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer roadmap of potential problems. If a problem trend pops up in the first year of a generation, you can bet on it showing up in future generation years too.

Is our generation data perfect? Nah. Truth is manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins. And because they hate clarity, they'll even let certain generations last longer in different countries. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

In other words, we do our best to keep our generation data as accurate as possible so we can predict problems and help you out. Use it as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
48th Sonata Gen 6 2011—2014
64.28
47th Elantra Gen 5 2011—2016
39.53
46th Santa Fe Gen 2 2007—2012
21.24
45th Santa Fe Gen 3 2013—2018
19.29
44th Sonata Gen 5 2006—2010
17.83
43rd Elantra Gen 4 2007—2010
15.34
42nd Sonata Gen 7 2015—2018
15.26
41st Genesis Gen 2 2015—2016
15.22
40th Tucson Gen 3 2016—2018
14.49
39th Sonata Hybrid Gen 6 2011—2014
13.99
38th Tucson Gen 2 2010—2015
10.83
37th Genesis Gen 1 2009—2014
7.77
36th Veloster Gen 1 2012—2017
6.87
35th Elantra Gen 3 2001—2006
6.48
34th Entourage Gen 1 2007—2009
5.66
33rd Santa Fe Gen 1 2001—2006
5.64
32nd Accent Gen 4 2011—2017
5.16
31st Elantra Gen 6 2017—2018
5.08
30th Sonata Gen 4 2000—2005
4.88
29th Tiburon Gen 2 2001—2008
4.79
28th Veracruz Gen 1 2007—2012
4.69
27th Tucson Gen 1 2005—2009
4.29
26th Sonata Hybrid Gen 7 2015—2017
4.04
25th Accent Gen 2 1999—2005
3.61
24th Accent Gen 3 2006—2010
3.26
23rd Elantra Touring Gen 1 2009—2012
2.93
22nd Azera Gen 4 2006—2011
2.8
21st Equus Gen 2 2010—2016
2.53
20th Azera Gen 5 2012—2016
1.45
19th Santa Fe Sport Gen 1 2013—2017
1.41
18th Elantra Gen 2 1997—2000
1.3
17th Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Gen 7 2015—2017
1.29
16th Sonata Gen 3 1995—1999
1.29
15th G80 Gen 1 2017—2017
1.07
14th Genesis Coupe Gen 2 2013—2016
0.91
13th Genesis Coupe Gen 1 2010—2012
0.56
12th Accent Gen 5 2018—2018
0.48
11th Sonata Gen 2 1989—1994
0.44
10th Elantra Gen 1 1991—1996
0.34
9th Accent Gen 1 1995—1998
0.34
8th Scoupe Gen 1 1991—1994
0.23
7th Tiburon Gen 1 1997—2000
0.21
6th Terracan Gen 1 2002—2006
0.15
5th Ioniq Electric Gen 1 2017—2017
0.0
4th Kona Gen 1 2018—2018
0.0
3rd Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid Gen 1 2017—2018
0.0
2nd G90 Gen 1 2017—2017
0.0
1st Ioniq Hybrid Gen 1 2017—2018
0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).