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10.0

really awful
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 5 of 6)

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problem #33

Jun 172013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 250 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My first time at highway speeds noticed the vehicle was difficult to keep in a straight line. I had to continually correct the steering left and right to effectively adjust the track as vehicle tended to "wander" on its own. I don't notice this issue at lower around town speeds, but it is clearly present at highway speeds!

- Jenkintown, PA, USA

problem #32

Jun 102013

Sonata

  • 1,200 miles
Car pulls to the left and right and can't keep straight on the highway. Feels dangerous and unsafe! requiring constant corrections of the steering makes driving on the highway stressful.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #31

May 312013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 12 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel veered to the sides independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 12.

- Chautauqua, NY, USA

problem #30

May 212013

Sonata

  • 1,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Just bought a Hyundai Sonata 2013 that the steering wheel locks and I can't start the car. I need another person to turn the steering wheel because it locks so hard. I have been stranded twice where I needed help. Just today I hurt my wrist, hand and arm trying to start the car, it wouldn't turn needed help. Hyundai won't stand behind fixing it, they say it is the way it is designed. Had it in service a few times. I have a car that will not run. And when it does it has the roughest ride of any car I ever had, especially on the freeways. This should be a recall item. What do we do? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #29

Dec 182012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
I have noticed the following steering related issues from day one of my purchase. This is not related to electronic steering that is present in new cars as some dealers will claim. I have driven several other 2013 makes-Ford, Nissan and Toyota, all with electronic steering that do not display these problems whatsoever. The vehicle does not drive straight without correction by the driver. The car wanders all over the road. Steering does not self-center/return to center. Most vehicles have a center spot on their steering gear that allows the vehicle to comfortably steer in a straight line, especially when returning from a lane-change or a turn. Pulls to the left and/or right. The vehicle has a pronounced pull to the left and /or right while driving, requiring constant driver correction. Does not drive straight. As an overall, the vehicle requires constant correction by the driver to keep the vehicle going in a straight line. It's very dangerous and stressful to drive the 2013 Sonata. I urge the usdot et al to hold Hyundai motor company accountable for this faulty manufacturing and implement a recall that will force Hyundai to correct the issue. This action is imperative for the safety of all Hyundai Sonata owners.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #28

May 282013

Sonata

  • 1,900 miles
When the steering wheel locks after you turn off the car, a fair percentage of time you can't turn the steering wheel to start the car. It sometimes locks down so hard you need two people to turn it. I was stranded in 105 degree heat trying to get my car started, I am 86 years old if my son didn't come by I would have had serious problems. Hyundai verified that there is a problem with turning the steering wheel to unlock the car to start it but they all do it. I have a car now I can't drive. We want our money back. Safety issues that should instill a recall on this steering problem.

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #27

Sep 012012

Sonata

  • 300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased my 2013 Sonata ltd with standard engine 08/17/12. After the first 300 mi or so I noticed while driving at any speed the vehicle "drifts", which requires constant steering correction to maintain a straight line. The faster the vehicle is traveling the more prominent the drifting, so at highway speeds this can become tiring, which could cause loss of control momentarily, with severe consequences. This vehicle is designed with electric steering that functions normally for turning but there is an inherent design error in the steering control that allows there to be physical "play? in the steering wheel. This ?play? is similar to autos that have many miles on them. They would have rack to pinion wear or bad steering bushings causing a gap in the steering movement left and right from center. The Sonata's ?gap? also occurs when the steering is off center during vehicle turning and has to be passed through to keep the vehicle on track. The gap on the Sonata is about 1/3?. this causes the "drift". by contrast, I also own a 2013 Hyundai elantra with conventional power steering and there is absolutely no play in the wheel, thus the vehicle goes exactly where pointed without drift. In va. Where I live, given a scenario where the vehicle was older and going through a standard annual inspection, this steering ?play? would cause the vehicle to be rejected as having a safety issue, which would be required to be repaired. The NHTSA should without delay require Hyundai to recall and repair this issue by removing the steering ?play?. how many owners does it take who actually complain before action will be taken" I would Venture a guess that this issue affects every Sonata of this design. I noted this same problem being reported in previous years of this design after the recall with some reports describing potential accidents. That's a lot of cars!

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #26

Mar 252013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
Can't keep car going in straight line. Constantly have to correct steering, but can't keep car from wandering into other lanes. This is either going to cause an accident in close places or provoke a police stop for drunk driving. I now have 3,117 miles on the car, and it is dangerous to drive at highway speeds. This is worse in Florida due to the 70 mph on interstate I 75. Uncontrollable at legal speeds. Found that Hyundai had this problem on 2010 models. Why doesn't NHTSA do something about the new models they are building.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #25

May 272013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 75 miles
Car drifts left and right. Constant need for correction.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #24

Mar 052013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Lots of play in the steering driving at slower speeds in rural areas. On the highway the steering pulls in both left and right at different times, not like an alignment issue that it would pull to one side or the other. I called my dealership service dept and they say that they have not had any complaints regarding this issue. My tires have barely any tread on them from 18,000 mi to now which it has only 23,000 miles on it. I need new tires before it will pass inspection. There is definitely a problem!

- Mifflintown, PA, USA

problem #23

May 012013

Sonata

  • 150 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle would not steer in the desired direction and wandered out of lane. The failure occurred numerous times when driving over 45 mph. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 150.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #22

Sep 282012

Sonata

  • 200 miles
This is an update to my complaint filed a couple of weeks ago. Just a heads up for all of you that do not like the awful steering sensitivity of the 2013 Sonata gls. I was able to get my dealer to change the steering sensitivity to sport mode which they say will tighten it up.

- Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #21

May 012013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 390 miles
The car is brand new limited 2.0T. I bought it when it had 385 miles on it. I did not test drive on the highway. After driving a few days, I realize the car just would not stay in a straight. A tiny bit of turn on the wheel to either left of right, it would continue to go in that direction. Then I realized when I was driving on a stretch of highway with a slight left curve, I can just turn the wheel a bit and let go of my hand and the car will continue on the curve without turning back straight. This is not how I drive for 30 some years.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #20

Sep 282012

Sonata

  • 30 miles
The vehicle is extremely hard to control (drifting) at interstate speeds which is more than likely contributing to my premature tire wear. I was told that it is due to the fact that it has electronic steering. I have driven vehicles with electronic steering before and have never experienced such maneuverability problems in any other vehicle like I do in the Sonata. I inquired to see if something in the computer could be reset to decrease the sensitivity and was told that there is not. I feel that this is a very serious safety issue.

- Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #19

Apr 012013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 3,800 miles
Car wonders in lane. Impossible to hold a steady line while steering car. In windy situations car can make entire half lane shifts, before being able to correct situation. On very rutted roadways, you never know which way car is going to move. Can not anticipate car movement which causes over steering.

- Newburgh, IN, USA

problem #18

Oct 012012

Sonata

  • 200 miles
Vehicle wanders from left to right on freeways when going over 60mph. Vehicle also overcorrects when steering. Current mileage 8,000.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #17

Mar 262013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 11 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle would independently veer from left to right while the contact was driving at various speeds. The contact stated that the failure was similar to driving when there were severely high winds. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was advised that the vehicle was operating as designed and that the contact would have to become used to the way the vehicle operated. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 11 and the current mileage was 461.

- Amenityville, NY, USA

problem #16

Apr 012013

Sonata

  • 7,500 miles
Vehicle wanders dangerously from speeds of 35 mph to 60mph. I have other friends with Sonata have same problems.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #15

Mar 232013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 437 miles
While driving the cars steering tends to oversteer requiring constant wheel adjustment. The feel is similar to the wind blowing the car back and forth on the highway. It can be felt at lower speeds but is more prevalent at higher speeds. I took the car to the dealer on 3/26/13 and was told its the electronic steering and that it is operating as it should. They told me it, S different the hydraulic steering and it may take some time to get use to it.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #14

Feb 162013

Sonata

  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the steering wheel felt loose. The steering progressively became very sensitive and difficult to keep straight. The vehicle had not been examined by a mechanic. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 200.

- Glendale, CA, USA

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