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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,396 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2014 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 092016


  • 40,800 miles


As I was exciting the freeway I began to hear a "knocking" sound, as I made the turn on to the street the car completely shut down and all the lights on my dashboard came on. Since I was in the middle of the street I attempted to restart the car and after initially starting up it then abruptly turn off once again about 20 seconds later. At this point I managaged to pull into a parking lot with the left over momentum. Had to get it towed to the newrest Hyundai dealer. After they inspected it, they determined my crankshaft had seized and 2 and half weeks later here I am still waiting for an engine they say is on backorder.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 222016


  • 23,550 miles
Had a near death incident at freeway speeds in heavy rain when the car lost total control, hydro-planed from the 2nd to left lane and hit the cement barricade on the left and in the process the steering wheel is locked along with the brakes and with that impact, ricocheted all the way to the right hand shoulder of a 4-lane freeway before coming to a stop. Freeway is 280 S (san francisco to san jose). Location was palo alto, just a few miles after sand hill rd exit (menlo park) where the freeway is just straight for miles without any steep curves. Have driven so many other brands over the last 20 years in heavy rain on the same freeway without an incident. The car cannot handle freeway speeds and became very unstable. Could be defective tires, their technology controlling the wet traction which caused hydroplaning etc fortunately there were no other cars in proximity else could have been a bigger accident.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 222014


  • 20,000 miles
My vehicle has for the last year showed signs of the recall and we have gotten a Hyundai to fix it with a ring but the next day the vehicle showed the same things. The symbol in the middle that displays drive when it disappears the car struggles to accelerate and drive, and when I come to a complete stop with it disappereared the car takes alot of gas to accelerate. Which I believe is from the transmission and the car not being on the same page.. which is terrible as it can cost a lost of life due to the car suddenly stopping and it is a extreme hazard to myself and my family. And I wish that Hyundai would do something or replace the vehicle.

- Havelock, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 262015


  • 3,800 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle accelerated independently without any warning. The contact stated that the vehicle had to be shifted into park in order to decelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,800.

- Charlottesville , VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 292014


  • 15,000 miles
1) the miles per gallon reading is unpredictable its advertised to give around 27 combined but I have never reached that 27 mpg, though I drive in low RPM ) the vehicle does not slow down for long distance even after releasing the gas pedal resulting in abrupt braking in lieu of gradual braking in stop & go traffic 2) the drivers side seat malfunctioned at around 15,000 miles 3) the car has a leak from 1000 miles onwards but the service center refuses to help, I called Hyundai they advise me to call the service center, I feel as if after a valuable investment there's no customer satisfaction or customer redressed process. 4) lack of corporate service department that can answer warranty related questions.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 042014


  • 1,226 miles
As rptd to Hyundai motor amer. (hma) via cust. Care line & preliminary investigation rpt. Vehicle: 2014 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T sedan details of incident: Incident occurred while parking the vehicle in parking lot. Parking spot: Perpendicular parking (park between painted lines) curb, shrubbery and wall in front of spot (in that order). Approached parking spot, toward front of parking spot applied brake. Upon application of the brake the vehicle suddenly lurched forward --- felt like it was flying --- went forward and over the curb and stopped in the shrubbery before the wall (did not hit the wall). Seat belt prevented injury (head movement only). Fyi, no airbag deployment (given situation I would not expect deployment). After landing in shrubbery, reversed vehicle out and back into parking spot. Damage to vehicle appears to be all front end (bumper, fenders, hood, under front end, possibly engine). There is significant damage to front of vehicle. Aug 4, 2014: Rptd to cust. Care. Aug 11, 2014: Hma received completed pir packet & vehicle towed to local dealer. Aug 18, 2014: Told (by service advisor) vehicle picked up from dealer on Aug 14, 2014 for 3rd party engineering inspection. However, owner's insurer conducted claims evaluation on Aug 15, 2014 at same dealer. Aug 20, 2014: 3rd party inspector called owner trying to locate vehicle. Hyundai case worker and local service advisor unable to locate vehicle. Aug 25, 2014: 3rd party inspector committed to find car (estimated inspection and release date Aug 27, 2014). Aug 27, 2014: 3rd party inspector found car in local dealer's service lot (vehicle was lostĚ for 2 weeks). 3rd party inspection completed Sep 2, 2014 and vehicle released for body work repairs. 3rd party inspector was not authorized to provide any information on findings of inspection, expected turnaround of hma review is an additional 2 weeks.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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