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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
71,950 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2011 Hyundai Sonata suspension problems

suspension problem

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012014

Sonata LX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,202 miles


I have had the car looked multiple times and have been told that with the alignment my car will never drive straight as there is something wrong with the mounting/body of the car of how it was made. no shop such as firestone or Ramona tire would be able to fix it. there has been no recall on such issue. however getting the alignment done and continue to have great maintenance with tire rotation, balance and alignment it still exist.

- A. A., Moreno Valley, CA, US

problem #2

Nov 112015

Sonata Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,500 miles

The whole front end begins to shake violently when reaching speeds between 55-60 mph and thereafter. I have replaced 4 tires in the front since the started happening. I also have had to keep getting the front end aligned, tires rotated more frequently than what the manufacturer recommends. I've seen several complaints on the issue but not a recall. I would like to see this issue permanently fixed before a crash, injuries, or deaths occur due to the vehicles problem.

- ray62661, Texarkana, TX, US

problem #1

Jan 012014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles

I have not been able to keep this care in alignment since I bought it...BRAND NEW! I've had 4 new tires put on, alignment after alignment done, everything checked from multiple different shops and I've had it back to the dealership where I bought it. No one can figure out why it won't stay aligned. The tires chop from the inside out and it sounds like a monster truck inside of the car because the tires constantly stay in crummy shape.


- Kristin O., Polk City, FL, US

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