6th Generation (2011—2014) Sonata Problems

Sonata owners with a 2011—2014 model year have the most problems with the engine (38%), steering (18%), and the interior (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Seized 232 complaints at an average of 89,300 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 46 0 50 14.59
2013 161 0 52 58.98
2012 204 0 53 49.94
2011 768 0 107 136.34

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