really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,788 miles

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Nov 282012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles


When braking, the car self-accelerates. There is no predicting when this will happen- sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. this has occurred approximately twenty times when I have started/stopped the car while parking and also once on a busy highway when I was unable to stop for a red light. When this happens, my foot is on the brake, but the car accelerates. The car has been to the ciocca Hyundai dealer in quakertown, pa three times. They've kept it as long as three days. They tried to duplicate the problem and I was told it did not occur. They've told me that they've never heard of a problem like this. They checked out the car and told me that nothing is wrong. The problem has been reported to Hyundai- regional case #6004610 and case #6342874. After filing there's nothing that can be done besides file the report with the regional representative. I've been fortunate that no one has been injured so far. My family members will not ride in the car with me. The car currently has 5,700 miles on it. It is a killer car- an accident waiting to happen.

- Springtown, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 032013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 13,294 miles
Vehicle wanders from lane to lane requiring constant correction. This condition causes fatigue when traveling at highway speeds. Vehicle driver can not take their attention off the road for more than a few seconds, especially in windy conditions or heavy traffic as the vehicle will wander. This causes premature tire wear tires must be replaced in as little as 10,000 miles and the cost is about 1K for all four tires. Problem two. Cruise control will not set or cancel must be turned off, or the brake depressed or the control buttons are inoperative pressing the cancel button does not turn off the cruise and if it does, after numerous attempts, the cruise will not reset.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #5

May 172013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the engine rpms increased excessively as the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 3,000.

- Forney, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 032013


  • 400 miles


I was driving a new 2013 Hyundai Sonata in a parking area, approaching a parking space for a straight-in parking facing a building. My speed was about 10mph. I brake continuously to slow down and stop, but nothing happened. The car went through the parking space and crashed into the brick wall facade of the building. The air bags did not deploy. The brick wall was not damaged. I had about 5 minor bruises on my right leg, and two below umbilicus (seat belt area). I also suffered from fright and emotional distress. A nearby pedestrian was cut on the ankle by crash debris that projected out sideways from the impact. The debris also scratched a car in the adjacent parking space. My insurance adjustor said that the car was a total loss from the damage.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 312012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 800 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while in reverse, the vehicle erroneously accelerated and all attempts to decelerate failed. In addition, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure could not be replicated. The contact also stated that the vehicle had been to the dealer four times for this issue. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 800. Updated 3/20/13 the consumers handwriting was illegible.

- Chester, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 162012


  • 400 miles
He contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata gls. The contact stated that when the accelerator pedal was released, the vehicle would continue accelerating, as if the contact was still depressing the accelerator. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test but was unable to determine the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the issue but was unable to provide any assistance to the contact due to the failure not being able to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 400 and the current mileage was 1,950.

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #1

Sep 212012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
2013 Hyundai Sonata. Consumer writes in regards to unintended acceleration the consumer stated while traveling in cruise mode at a set position at 55 mph, he felt a mild acceleration and noticed the speedometer moved from 55 mph to 58 mph. On October 20, 2012, while the vehicle was in cruise mode at 48 mph, the consumer safely stopped at a red light. With the vehicle still in cruise mode, but not set, he turned left and slowly accelerated to approximately 45 mph. Suddenly, he felt the vehicle accelerate; as he looked at the speedometer, it moved rapidly from 45 mph to 55 mph before he hit the park brake. On October 31,2012 the consumer experienced sudden acceleration for the third time.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

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