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 39 of 43)

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problem #93

Jan 012011


  • 9,000 miles


2011 Hyundai Sonata SE w/ navigation pulls to the left. Now the front left tire has a big bubble on the side wall. Car is only driven on the NJ turnpike. 12000 miles. I've tried calling up hankook about the tire but no response from them. The service manager at Hyundai admitted to the 'pulling problem'. says its prevalent on all their models especially on the Sonata SE & turbo 2.0. also, he mentioned that the remedy to fix the problem is to interchange the tires from left to right! unheard off! he also said that there is something wrong with the vehicle's 'cambor bolts' Hyundai is lying by omission of facts to the public. My wife and I feel swindled and cheated. We use this car to drive to New York everyday and now we can't because we're afraid we might have an accident. Please help!

- Plainsboro, NJ, USA

problem #92

Feb 112011


  • 3,000 miles
Vibration in steering, grinding noise in transaxe, low tire pressure (by dealer), refusal to perform 3,750 mile maintince secdule (dealer refused).

- Mcadoo, PA, USA

problem #91

Jan 032011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 32 miles
Purchased new Hyundai 2011 Sonata turbo.from day one experienced extreme pulling to the left while driving at any speed. Dealer tried to correct problem by alignment, tire exchange, etc. Still to no avail. Called Consumer Affairs and regional representative evaluated vehicle. They put a camber adjustment kit on it and the problem persisted. They then had Hyundai engineers evaluate it and proceeded to put a new strut assembly on the vehicle "two times" and the problem was lightly corrected but still pulls to the left. I have owned the vehicle for one month and it has been in the dealership more than in my possession. Car has less than 700 miles on it. Hyundai does not know how to proceed.

- Ohio, OH, USA

problem #90

Oct 112010


  • 610 miles


The car constantly pulls left while driving down a straight road. I have been to dealer two times in three months. I could have gone everyday to the dealer to complain. The steering wheel is never centered. You must always keep correcting the wheel to stay straight. The dealership diagnosed it as needing an alignment adjustment, this is the second time. I have made a third appointment which a tech rep is coming to look at the 2011 Sonata SE.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #89

Feb 032011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
Purchased new 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T limited. Upon initial test drive car seemed to track okay with large male passenger in passenger seat of vehicle. I did not remove hands from the wheel during test drive. As soon as I left the car lot after purchasing the vehicle, noticed that steering felt lopsided and was seemingly a bit harder to turn and hold to the right than the left. The first time I let my hands free from the wheel the vehicle began moving to the left. The vehicle now seems to consistently pull itself to the left except at bewildering times when carrying passengers or going over specific road crown conditions and purposely manipulating the steering wheel to 'hold' itself a bit to the right. Wheel always reverts to pulling itself back to the left and staying there. It is a very unstable feeling to have to fight this phenomenon. To me it is completely unacceptable behavior for any car, let alone a brand new model. Entirely unsafe to drive. Requires enormous amounts of concentration to constantly correct the pull not to mention actual physical strain that compounds quickly. Also car does not straighten itself out after initiating a turn. Car keeps turning to the left far too much. Every other car I've ever driven has straightened the wheel and itself out simply by removing hands from wheel. I thought this was expected on any vehicle built unless expressly designed and sold openly as a new kind of left turning car design. Tire pressure checks okay. Vehicle will go into service for an alignment, but was only built 2 weeks ago. Please please please open a serious investigation into the 2011 Sonata issue and help us consumers out who are driving unsafe vehicles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #88

Nov 032010


  • 6,700 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle pulled to the left. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times for a wheel alignment. The contact had not yet confirmed whether the vehicle was included in recall 10V426000 (steering: Gear box: Shaft sector). The failure mileage was 6,700.

- Wyoming, RI, USA

problem #87

Aug 232010


  • 500 miles


At 40 mph and higher, vehicle is hard to steer. Have to constantly correct to keep in own lane. This is the second Sonata with the same problem. Software performed, not a fix. Do not feel safe driving on three lane highway for fear of vehicle changing lanes. Hyundai is ignoring problem.

- Country Club, MO, USA

problem #86

Jan 022011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 150 miles
2011 Hyundai 2.0T noticed in the first couple of days of owning the vehicle it pulled to the left. Returned it to the dealership for service on alignment. I was told the alignment was out and the problem was fixed. Seemed okay driving home. The very next time I drove the vehicle it began to pull left once again. If I didn't hang on to the wheel so tight while driving the car would lose control very quickly. Certainly a safety issue. I have since told my dealership I would like a loaner vehicle until this problem is resolved as the vehicle is not safe for the road.

- Aurora, 00, USA

problem #85

Sep 102010


  • 25 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that when driving at highway speeds the vehicle would drift to the left. This failure does not occur at lower speeds. The contact stated that the dealer replaced the string module and struts, but that did not repair the failure. The manufacturer looked through their inventory and found an identical vehicle; however, the vehicle also experienced the failure. The manufacturer agreed to buy the vehicle back from the contact. The failure mileage was 45 and the current mileage was 1700.

- Georgetown, SC, USA

problem #84

Dec 312010


  • 108 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle pulled to the left while he drove at any speed. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times where the steering column assembly was replaced and an alignment performed the failure continued. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 108 and the current mileage was 500.

- Madison , WI, USA

problem #83

Jan 152011


  • 8,000 miles


Jan 28,2011 I drive a Hyundai 2.0 turbo bought about a month ago. About 2 weeks ago on the freeway I was making a lane change, I had to make a sudden correction due to me noticing a car in my blind spot. There was almost loss of control when I tried to correct the car. I have been driving various cars from VW gti to gms and Ford for 32 yrs. Car has 1100 miles on it! 2011 Hyundai Sonata warning: It was my most dangerous driving experience! 100% true.

- Toronto, 00, USA

problem #82

Jan 012011


  • 1 miles
Purchased 2011 Sonata turbo and the car constantly pulls to the left. It is very dangerous on the highway especially if in the left lane. This is a huge safety issue and needs to be addressed.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #81

Jan 242011


  • 100 miles
Car constantly pulls to the left. Makes it difficult to keep in my lane endangering me and others around me.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #80

Nov 232010


  • 8,700 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 45 mph, the steering pulled to the left. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who installed two new tires but the failure continued. The contact was also informed a sales representative would contact him within a day. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 8,700.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #79

Jan 212011


  • 100 miles
Test drove a 2011 Sonata limited turbo and while at highway speeds the car pulled to left constantly! you had to keep a good grip on the steering wheel to keep it going straight. You could literally feel the steering wheel fighting you to go to the left! needless to say, we did not buy the car.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #78

Jan 162011


  • 650 miles
Car pulls dangerously to the left, predominantly at highway speeds, however can occur at lesser speeds. If wheel is let go at highway speed, car will immediately dart towards the median from any originating lane. Two attempts to correct issue at dealer have not fixed problem. Dealer stated he has seen same problem in another Sonata turbo, but has no fix. First call to Hyundai regional office resulted in delivery of a "special tool" to fix supposed alignment problem to dealer without any success. Three subsequent calls to Hyundai have to this point gone unreturned. Hyundai is playing "dumb" to this dangerous issue.

- Mountain Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #77

Dec 182010


  • miles
Car pulls to the left intermittently.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #76

Jan 212011


  • 2,400 miles
Car has significant pull to the left, at highway speeds the car will go into adjacent lanes or median within 2 to 3 seconds. This is a significant hazard and eventually will lead to injury or death.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #75

Jan 112011


  • 1,259 miles
When the steering wheel is in the center, the car will not go straight forward. Instead it pulls to left itself. This is not safe, I hope the government can check this or let Hyundai check it.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #74

Jan 032011


  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle began to shift to the left and right side on its own. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50.

- Painesville, OH, USA

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