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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
15,775 miles

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2013 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #73

Oct 012013


  • 12,000 miles


Car does not safely track or steer in straight line - as if stuck in a groove. It is hard to turn wheel and correct, and needs constant correcting to maintain safe steering. Car is properly aligned and tires are properly inflated....

- Jericho, NY, USA

problem #72

Jan 022015


  • 33,012 miles
Having to consistently over compensate steering while driving on highway. Steering has a tendency to veer to left and right without any adverse road conditions, and requiring me to consistently compensate and correct the steering. Gives an appearance of nearly locking into place when veering. Alignments good, pressure and tires good. Have reported 3 times to dealer and dealer states condition of steering is normal and expected? dealer adjusted the electronic sensor steering to high to compensate for steering issues, thus increased the veering of the steering of which made matters worse. Dealer states they can not replace steering and is as manufacturer designed.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #71

Dec 232014


  • 29,000 miles
The steering column seems to not have been adjusted correctly. The car is not able to stay in a straight line and I have to be constantly correcting the vehicle from either drifting left or right. I took it in to an auto shop to check alignment and that was not the issue. The car drives like it has no center for the steering column, not balanced and just free to turn left or right at random. There seems to be a gap in the steering or what I call a play (meaning a space or gap for when you turn and the steering does not respond, it is that gap that keeps the steering from immediate response and causing the steering to drift to that end point, like a runner in a starting block that is not anchored and slides away or like a scale that is not adjusted to zero starting point. I must say I bought the car thinking I was just not used to that type of steering and then thought it was an alignment problem but it has become more evident there is something inns the steering column.

- Prort Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #70

Dec 272014


  • miles


It is an ongoing steering problem. The car cannot be centered on the road (continuously drifts left or right). The higher the speed, the more pronounced and dangerous the problem. I had the car to two different Hyundai dealers and was told they were aware of the situation but nothing could be done to correct it. I contacted Hyundai motors and all I received was a vague form letter. I looked into the situation on the internet and was shocked at how prevalent this problem was. I would like to see someone look into this before some tragedy occurs.

- Tinley Park , IL, USA

problem #69

Oct 102013


  • 4,500 miles
When the wheel is turned one way and then the other, a delay from when the wheel is turned to when the car responds and sticks left to right. The delay is tenths of a second.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #68

Nov 192014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle veered from side to side without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the eps power steering system had caused the drifting. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. Updated 1/21/15 updated 3/3/15 the consumer stated the steering felt tight at highway speeds of 65 mph. Updated 10/15/15

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #67

Jan 052013


  • miles


My problem is with the electric power steering (eps). Driving in a straight line is very difficult. It does not track in a straight line. It is more noticeable at highway speeds. The vehicle requires constant correction to maintain a straight track. It drifts' left and right, with no real 'centered' feel to the steering. Maintaining a straight track requires constant attention and correction. The vehicle drifts creates hazardous driving conditions and driver fatigue, which poses a public safety hazard.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #66

Jun 012014


  • 1,649 miles
The vehicle was purchased with a defective electric steering that wanders right and left. It is so dangerous that I have almost not been able too keep the vehicle on the road.

- Fleming Island, FL, USA

problem #65

Sep 012014


  • 46,000 miles
Just recently the steering has become unstable. It is constantly weaving back and forth. It has become very tiring to hold it in the middle of the lane. Dealership says nothing is wrong and no one else has complained. However I see I am not the only one, as two other people are here complaining of the same problem. Also in the last week my keyless door locks only work part of the time on both the passenger and the driver side. I have to hit them several times to get them to unlock.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #64

Apr 012014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,686 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 51 mph, the steering became unstable and the vehicle vibrated and veered from left to right. The failure occurred daily. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown. The consumer stated while driving at any speed, he had to continually tweak the steering wheel to keep it from drifting from side-to-side. The repair shop stated the vehicle was within factory specs and no adjustment was needed. The consumer also stated there a rumbling and vibration noise coming from the tires, but the dealer refused to rotate the tires. Updated 11/26/14

- Honesdale, PA, USA

problem #63

Aug 222013


  • 200 miles


My wife and I bought 2 2013 Hyundai Sonatas on the same day and drove them home via a freeway the night that we purchased them. Prior to purchase we had test driven on neighborhood streets but after purchase we both drove our new cars home and both of us had a very hard time maintaining our lanes in these brand new vehicles. The steering pulls right or left and does not stay centered. It requires constant correction and makes it fatiguing as a driver to drive on freeways. The dealer's only solution was to change the steering mode to "sport" mode via computer, however I still have problems and it is especially dangerous when there is even just a light windy day involved. This should definitely be a recall because there are numerous complaints for this same issue and Hyundai knows there is a problem!

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #62

Dec 282013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
We purchased this vehicle new for my wife. I drove the car home from Maryland where we bought it. I was having difficulty maintaining my lane on the way home. I thought it was due to have manual steering on another car and an SUV as a second vehicle. My wife drove the car to my home in hampton and had the same problem maintaining her lane. I drove it back to woodbridge since she was scared of the car after the steering issue. I continued to oversteer the car and have problems just maintaining a straight track. The vehicle required constant modifications to the steering wheel to stay in the lane. The pressure required to move the steering also seemed excessive. I took the vehicle after complaining to corporate Hyundai. They set an appointment for me to get the car steering reprogrammed. Since reprogramming the vehicle it steered a lot better. The problem now seems to be now that at medium to high speeds the vehicle responds rapidly to steering input and in evasive maneuvers seems uncontrollable as it oversteers rapidly. I really feel a recall needs to be done on these cars and wonder how many running off the road accidents have occurred due to this very horrible steering design. The rest of the car is good except for the ignition being able to be turned off accidentally while the car is in motion. I filed a complaint also about that before this complaint.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #61

Apr 292013


  • 95 miles
My mother can drive car without being stranded because the steering wheel locks up. The steering wheel locks up so hard about 85% of the time whereas she can't turn the wheel to turn the key. We went to state arbitrator and she had same problem could not turn steering nor start car. I think this a cover up or some one is taking bribes because we showed problem in front of analyst salvador santillan of department of Consumer Affairs, and nothing came of it though he agreed that there was a problem. After a few times of my mother an elder women of some strength, being stranded, she can't drive car alone. Please look in to we have video.

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #60

May 152014


  • 15,000 miles
On May 15th I was an accident regarding my 2013 Hyundai Sonata the car sways all over the road I have notified the dealer several times and been told there is no fix even though they know about the error the swaying caused an accident that resulted in severe injuries to the passenger. There are numerous complaints about this defect when will something be done about it.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #59

Jan 312013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
Have the 2013 Hyundai Sonata turbo and was told when I bought it that it would appear to drive differently. It races before it shifts to the next gear and at times it seems to pick up speed when I am not on the gas. Have called and asked to be told that the RPM system has to get as high as 4 before it shifts - that doesn't seem right and it makes the steering difficult at times. The acceleration is poor and I only have 11,000 miles on it but I'm ready to trade it in - not sure if a turbo is suppose to really drive this way and can't seem to get an answer from the dealer when I call. Their service hours are not good because they're open while I work. Does anyone else have this problem?

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #58

Sep 022013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
My Sonata limited wanders all over the highway, I cannot keep it straight, it is dangerous and I have nearly crashed into other vehicles. Its an ongoing problem. I have spent many hours on calls and in the dealership trying to get this issue resolved and they tell me the same thing, that its in my head and nothing is wrong with the car. I would have never of bought this car knowing that it drove so poorly on highways. It is unsafe and needs to be recalled immediately.

- Brookhaven, GA, USA

problem #57

Feb 102014


  • 27,000 miles
Steering, veering one way then another. Sometimes the steering wheel seems stuck or is sticking, not happy at all. Had it back to dealer & said it was in spec. Help

- Moon Twp., PA, USA

problem #56

Jul 112012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel would pull to the left. The contact corrected the steering wheel and it then pulled to the right. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but the cause of failure was unknown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable. The VIN was unavailable.

- Watertown, TN, USA

problem #55

Feb 282014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 5,806 miles
Steering wheel is slightly cocked to the right and very sensitive. When driving the vehicle does not want to steer straight. Darts one way and then another. Dealer re-calibrated steering and alignment. Although steering wheel problem is fixed it remains very sensitive and still veers one way then another. Especially noticeable at higher speeds.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #54

Feb 032014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 17,500 miles
Vehicle will not steer a straight line at highway speeds. You have to constantly correct the path the car is going in. I have wondered out of the lane I was traveling in several times. This vehicle is very unsafe and this issue needs to be resolved before someone looses a life in an accident.

- Ontario, CA, USA

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