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:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,005 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata suspension problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #130

Sep 232020


  • 118,000 miles


Driving home from work one day at 55miles per hr my engine just stalled out and turned off, since then the engine makes a clicking sound and has lost all power, and the tires make a clicking sound when I turn

- Farmington, NM, USA

problem #129

Sep 152020


  • miles
Suspension making loud thump noise while driving and check engine light is on after engine been replaced and seatbelt light is on...and paint and clear coat is pealing

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #128

Nov 012019


  • miles
The front end is squeaking and making a noise when turning.

- Heath Springs, SC, USA

problem #127

Feb 012020


  • miles


Car makes clunking/shaking/rattling sound while driving, more noticeable when going over 60mph or turning the wheel. Does not feel safe. Steering wheel rattles in your hand and vibrates the entire car.

- New Lebanon, NY, USA

problem #126

Jul 232020


  • 132,000 miles
Steering wheel makes a noise. When turned. Car ride is bumpy on inspection mechanic said I need steering column replaced and I need left front lower control arm replaced, front sway bar links need replacement. Almost $2000 expense. This car has 132000 miles on it. I took care of car rotate the tires did preventive maintenance.the vehicle has very bumpy ride when turned makes noise.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

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problem #125

Jul 282020


  • 124,000 miles
Steering wheel makes noise and has play in it. While jacked up, the wheel makes the suspension shake. Noise is while hitting potholes, making turns and while sitting still turning the wheels. I bought car used. Had regular maintenance and tires just rotated within past month.

- Crandall, GA, USA

problem #124

Jun 222020


  • 156,000 miles


As I was driving over 60mph I noticed that my car was pulling in different directions. I made it off the highway and turned a sharp corner and the bolts to the lower control arm appear to have fell out. The driver side lower control arm is dangling. Tow truck is needed.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #123

Jan 172020


  • miles
1) seatbelt latch will unlatch while driving. 2) the fule light indicator is never correct show empty all the time. Will go to full and back to empty while driving. 3) while fueling the pump will jump off before soon as gas starts going into tank. 4) struts are not working all 4 are out and down hitting the roads hard while driving. 5) paint is peeling off al th sides back panels while driving.

- Coldwater, MS, USA

problem #122

Apr 042020

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 87,206 miles
I was driving at a slow rate of speed, about 10 mph, and I heard a clanking noise and heard something hitting the tire well. I stopped my car and got out. My driver's side coil spring broke, and a piece about 5 inches long, was on the ground. I checked the recall list and it said my VIN # was not on the list. My name is [xxx]. cell phone #[xxx]. VIN#[xxx]. my driver's license# [xxx]. please contact me. Thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Marion, OH, USA

problem #121

Feb 222020


  • 121,333 miles
I was driving on a side street, heard loud noise coming from left front wheel area when I heard a grinding sound and car was riding rough. Called for help.instructed not to drive vehicle till it was looked at by a mechanic. Mechanic who evaluated and repaired vehicle said he has never seen "pitted wheel bearings" in 30 years of operation. He gave me back the faulty bearings and told me I should contact you and the corporate area of Hyundai, because this is a serious safety issue and warrants an alert or recall. The driver side lower ball joint and bearings had to be replaced. Please review asap, as this is a serious safety concern for the rest of the population. Thank you!

- Succasunna, NJ, USA

problem #120

Nov 182019


  • 140,000 miles


My driver side coil spring broke while traveling at low speeds I heard a metal clank and then a piece of metal fell onto the road way, I've had my car in before to have this part replaced when the first recall came out in 2015. As I live in Wisconsin and I now see I am not the only one who is having this issue of this part failing again. I called the Hyundai customer care center and of course "my VIN isnt supposely one of the affected vehicles" please reissue a recall for this part.

- Baraboo, WI, USA

problem #119

May 152019


  • 85,000 miles
Head lights go out when directional is touched, front end bottom out going over dips in roadway, steering has lots of play when turning wheel left and right

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #118

Aug 282019


  • miles
Hyundai Sonata 2011 when driving through bumps or a smooth service it feels as if the car is going to fall apart. Since I purchased the car it has a clunking and rattling sounds underneath and a few replacements has been done but it still feels as if its loose underneath. The car has gone through many recalls plus was out of service for about 3 months for engine replacement. The driver side of the car is not aligned as it should. The best part is while driving the entire inner cover of the wheel on the driver side fell off, and almost caused an accident while having my child in the car. Engine was recently replaced. While driving the car has no type of acellator pick up. When turning left it sounds like a cranking noise "cluck, cluck, cluck" its horrible. I have this car in and out of the shop plenty of times since I first purchased it but my theory is that I purchased a lemon car but apparently because the miles it don't qualify. Okay now what it qualifies for? manufacturing defects smh when I drive in the rain the windows do not defross as it should therefore I'm afraid to drive it during bad weather

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #117

Jun 282019


  • miles
Making a squilling noise as I'm driving and the noise is coming from the driver front tire. Front end (axel's) sounds like it's loose

- Baldwin, GA, USA

problem #116

Jun 042019


  • 185,000 miles
When I'm turning I hear popping noises. And as I'm driving I hear a squilling noises from the front

- Baldwin, GA, USA

problem #115

Jul 122019


  • miles
Since, I have owned the car I have, noticed the steering wheel feeling loose. Over, the last several months I have experienced uncontrollable rattling and increased shaking. I took my car in to be looked at and 3 different shops told me my steering rack was about to go. After some research on my make and model, it is determined that some 2011 Sonatas made between certain dates had faulty steering racks from the start. The car is almost undriveable and Hyundai continues to ignore this problem when it should go into recall. There are over 1100 complaints to the same issue.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #114

May 152019


  • 80,000 miles
When backing up and turning the steering wheel a knocking occurs. Also when moving at a slow speed and turning the wheels the knocking occurs.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #113

May 162019


  • 78,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds on the us 101 northbound into san francisco my 2011 Sonata suddenly began veering out of its lane and was hard to steer or control. I was able to brake and steer just enough to get to the right highway shoulder without hitting anything as there were no cars immediately to my right. I was stuck on a dangerous part of the highway shoulder for an hour waiting to be towed, with the vehicle seeming dangerous to drive to a safer spot. While waiting for a tow on the highway shoulder I was able to look at the rear-left wheel which was inclined into the wheel-well at about 30 degrees on the top side. After getting towed off the highway the tow-truck driver was able to look under the car and noticed that the upper rear control arm of the back left wheel had broken. The back left wheel was loosely moveable using just our hands. This failure could have caused a much more serious accident! I am waiting to get a full inspection report from a mechanic.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #112

Jan 042019


  • miles
Passenger seat belt light is on suspension engine making a rattling noise while driving

- Harrison, NJ, USA

problem #111

May 012014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and making a right turn a clicking and popping noise was present coming from the front suspension system. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer taylor Hyundai (3233 Washington rd, augusta ga) who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Louisville, GA, USA

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