6th Generation (2011—2014) Sonata Problems

This generations ranks 52nd out of 52 Hyundai generations in reliability and will be a constant headache to anyone who owns one. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (38%), steering (18%), and the interior (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Seized 240 complaints at an average of 90,541 miles in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata.
  2. Engine Stalled/cut-off While Driving 42 complaints at an average of 94,047 miles in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata.
  3. Excessive Engine Noise 30 complaints at an average of 89,030 miles in the 2011 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 2011 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2014 50 5 50 14.42
2013 174 7 52 63.64
2012 213 8 53 50.9
2011 783 14 107 137.68

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