5th Generation (2006—2010) Sonata Problems

Sonata owners with a 2006—2010 model year have the most problems with the engine (24%), exterior (17%), and the interior (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Blown 20 complaints at an average of 108,507 miles in the 2007 Hyundai Sonata.
  2. Engine Seized 15 complaints at an average of 106,720 miles in the 2008 Hyundai Sonata.
  3. Broken Piston or Connecting Rod 8 complaints at an average of 104,536 miles in the 2006 Hyundai Sonata.

What Sonata Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Hyundai model years.

Watch out for the 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2010 111 0 24 10.29
2009 67 0 35 16.2
2008 47 0 27 22.77
2007 54 0 32 22.17
2006 74 0 60 20.03

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