Notes: The 2011 Sonata has a seriously defective engine that seizes without warning. It was awarded the dubious honor of being the first CarTalk / CarComplaints Turd of the Week in late September 2015.

A class action lawsuit was filed in May 2015 against Hyundai that claims the 2.4L Sonata engine is defective. More info here.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
43,980 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 38 of 43)

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problem #113

Mar 102011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 975 miles


2011 Sonata 2.0T limited pulls hard to the left. Dangerous to drive.

- Franksville, WI, USA

problem #112

Mar 062011


  • 100 miles
One day after purchasing a new Hyundai Sonata 2011 noticed that car consistently pulls to the left irrespective of road crown etc. Returned to dealer who did front end alignment. Promptly returned car after driving several miles from service facility as the left pull was still prominent. Driving a Sonata 2011 loaner and also noticing a similar problem with this car.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #111

Mar 082011


  • 450 miles
Brand new vehicle pulls to the left at almost all times and at all speeds. It is more apparent the faster the car is moving. E.g. if the car is moving at 70mph under cruise control and is pointed slightly right, letting go of the steering wheel will cause an accident within 5 seconds. This occurs on all roads in all lanes and does not appear to be affected by the crown of the road. At these speeds if you do not have the steering wheel visibly pointed to the right of center or if you let go of the steering wheel, an accident will quickly occur.

- Gilberts, IL, USA

problem #110

Mar 042011


  • 25 miles


2011 Sonata 2.0T limited (200miles on odo) - my car has a left pull at all times and is incredibly pronounced at higher speeds. If you loosen your grip on the wheel at highway speeds, it takes no more than 2-3 seconds to completely leave the roadway. Dealer has attempted to fix the issue once already and they said it was "fixed". they rotated front tires, checked alignment, flashed new ECM software and adjusted some software parameters. The issue is just as bad as before the "fix". huge safety risk.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #109

Feb 162011


  • 1,430 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T limited purchased 01/17/2011 drifts/pulls to the left. At times the driver is required to maintain constant pressure on the right side of the steering wheel to keep the car straight. The behavior is especially noticeable if you turn the steering wheel slight right. When the steering corrects itself it drifts to the left quickly. This problem occurs on both crowned and flat roads. The vehicle has been taken into the dealer twice, but the problem has not been corrected.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #108

Mar 072011


  • 0 miles
No crashes or injuries but there is potential for them if this issue isn't solved. In all cases my (and a lot of others) 2011 Hyundai Sonata will pull left pretty badly. The failure has been on the car ever since I picked it up with around 200 miles on it. The pull never goes away and it doesn't matter the road surface you're on. I'm not sure how to repair it but I'd assume it's something to do with the suspension or steering. Either way, this is a dangerous issue because even taking your hand off the wheel for a split second will result in the wheel turning left and the car to start tracking into oncoming.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #107

Nov 152010


  • 1 miles


I own a new Hyundai Sonata 2011 limited. My car pulls left at normal highway speeds. Initially I thought it was just the banking but on longer trips my wrist starts to hurt from constant pressure to the right.

- North Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #106

Feb 112011


  • 50 miles
I leased 2011 Hyundai Sonata Feb 11 and since the first day the car pulls to the left. They did alignment and changed the strut assembly but after 3 times at the service the car still pulls to the left. Last week the dealer told me they are going to call in couple days. Today I called them they said they still didn't get the call from Hyundai. In mean time I'm still driving dangerous car. Please don't wait for someone to be killed before they start the recall. Thank you.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #105

Mar 012011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 20 miles
Car pulls to left 90% of the time while driving, service department is unable to fix it as everything is aligned correctly. It is unsafe due to the fact that if you take you hand of the wheel within 3 seconds you will be in the next lane to your left or off the road.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #104

Feb 272011


  • 400 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata gls pulling to the left.

- Stacy, MN, USA

problem #103

Nov 282010


  • 1,000 miles


2011 Hyundai Sonata has a constant steering pull to the left. Dealership says it's the nature of the beast. It is clearly not! has me worried for safety!

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #102

Feb 192011


  • 60 miles
2011 Sonata gls drifts to left immediately unless steering wheel is constantly held/steered to right. Taken to dealer for repair at approximately 700 miles, they aligned all 4 wheels. Car is still drifting left, will return to dealer for further action. This is a safety hazard! please investigate!

- Troy, MO, USA

problem #101

Feb 232011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 233 miles
I bought brand new 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T limited on 02/23/2011. Whenever I drive it, I can feel the pull to the left, mostly on highways. I have to constantly put effort to bring steering to the center. It can be dangerous at a time when vehicle is next to you or when you are changing the lane or when you are driving on left most lane.

- Enfield , CT, USA

problem #100

Aug 122010

Sonata 5-cyl

  • 1,910 miles
I purchased a Hyundai Sonata 2011 on 6/27/10. This car pulls to the left when driving on a daily basis. I have to hold the steering wheel to the right, in order for the car to drive straight & not drive off the road. After many service appointments, I have had 2 new tires & 4 alignments, none of which have solved the problem. I have already dealt with the Hyundai district representative who has done nothing for me.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #99

Jan 192011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 1 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T limited - steers/pulls left in all road conditions. The severity of the pull gets worse as speed increases.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #98

Feb 212011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T. Pulls left at highway speeds. No known fix. Please do something before someone get hurts!!!

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #97

Jan 012011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
Purchased a 2011 Sonata off the showroom floor. First day of driving noticed the vehicle drifted noticeably to the left no matter where the crown in the road was. Took vehicle back to dealer and they worked on it and said it was fine. My wife picked up the car and called me and told me it was still drifting left. I had her return the vehicle and they kept it for a week and then stated it was fixed. I picked up the car and drove it a few days and it was better but still drifted, after a week it got back to where it was, returned the vehicle for repair for a third time, dealer kept car for over a week and said it was fixed. For the first couple of days it was better, shortly after for the forth time its has started again.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #96

Dec 152010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 130 miles
Ordered & purchased a brand new 2011 Sonata SE turbo in radiant silver via Hyundai of nanuet who swapped my vehicle out from glick, Hyundai of monticello, NY. Since the first drive home, the steering wheel has been off center & constantly pulls to the left side of roadway at various speeds more pronounced at higher speeds. This is not an isolated defect as there are hundreds of exact complaints & growing for this model year new car. A factory recall on this issue should be ordered after determining the root problem & a effective solution. Please do the right thing, we all can't be wrong!

- Highland Falls, NY, USA

problem #95

Feb 042011


  • 4,600 miles
I just purchased a 2011 Sonata turbo and am experiencing strong gas smell inside car when going at slow speeds. I also notice it pulling to the left. Cannot tell the difference between high and low beam with the headlights.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #94

Jan 172011


  • 264 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact removed his hands from the steering wheel and the vehicle drifted abnormally to the left. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle was properly aligned and he was unable to diagnose a failure. The contact stated that the failure occurred constantly and when driving at various speeds. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that they could not offer any further assistance because the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 264.

- Stony Point, NY, USA

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