really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,946 miles

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2016 Hyundai Sonata brakes problems

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Apr 012021


  • miles


2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0, 62,000 miles Ive had my vehicle to the dealers 3 times for a soft pedal /no brakes. They said they cant fix it. The said they replaced the entire abs system but there is no record of it. They said they put all new brakes lines on. They gave me my car back both times and I avoided a few major accidents. They have had my vehicle for 4 months. The owner will not respond to my call or email. They said an engineer from the factory was coming wendnesday 10/6/2021 and I'm not sure I believe them.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #23

May 022021


  • miles
As I was driving the car to a vacation resort, the car caught fire and was completely destroyed. Myself, adult son, and wife were in the car at the time. We were luckly to get out of the car before it blew up and killed us all. The car was melted down and completed destroyed. This event happened on May 2, 2021 near Pooler, GA. The only warning sign was smoke, then flames. We lost engine, brakes and control. We hit a light pole to stop the car. Police reports and fire department reports were filed.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #22

Jul 032019


  • 36,000 miles
Rear brakes are never applied evenly. Every time car brakes it lurches forward between times when it feels like the brakes are engaging. This happens when the vehicle is in motion on both city streets and highway. When going above 45 mph the steering wheel will also shake after brakes are engaged.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #21

Oct 072020


  • 80,000 miles


The engine loses power. I almost got hit merging onto the highway. The oil light keeps coming on right after I get an oil change. The sensor for lane departure does not work. This can cause deaths it needs to be fixed Hyundai of greer will not fix the issue. I almost died. I have stopped payments on the vehicle and I have purchased a new one. I refuse to drive this death trap.

- Woodruff, SC, USA

problem #20

Mar 022021


  • 62,000 miles
While driving car loses power, foot is on the gas car will not move. Then jerks. Car is in reverse and it still moves forward

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #19

Jan 072020


  • 0 miles
Parking break light not showing when it is applied my car is a hybrid and that's why dealer said recall no 164 doesn't apply to my vehicle, even though I have the same problem and same vehicle only because my vehicle is hybrid dealer refused to repair my car

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #18

Dec 262019


  • 80,000 miles


Driving to airport in car. Just pulled in to freeway after stopping at store 45 mins into drive. My 3016 Sonata hybrid limited started making a knocking sound. My boyfriend who is a mechanic recognized it immediatly. Then suddenly engine made loud noise and parts and oil flew all over behind us from underneath car. He managed to get it off road without us getting hit.waited 4 hours for tow that was covered by warranties I purchased. Hyundai tried to state that only 2 people could ride in tow truck. So one person (there were 2 adults and a child) would have to wait in middle of nowhere while other 2 went the hour back home with tow truck and then came the hour back. There wasn't a gas station or anything around. The car is in shop waiting to see what warranty says about it needing a new engine. All maintenance was done and was in Hyundai shop 5 weeks prior with ABS unit needing replaced. There was no warning light or engine light that alerted us to a possible issue.

- Sinton, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 082019

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,020 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 30 mph, the rear passenger brake seized 3 times before the incident on 4-8-19 were those times it corrected itself but the last time it happened the right rear tire locked up and the car would not move. The vehicle dragged onto the street as the other three tires spun out. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to transittowne Hyundai (7420 transit rd, williamsville, NY 14221, (716) 634-3000) to be diagnosed; however, the test could not read the codes. The dealer installed a new rear brake caliper. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,020..

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #16

Feb 192019


  • 98,000 miles
I have been experiencing an intermittent braking issue when I press on the brakes, the pedal gives resistance and won't fully engage until I let my foot off the pedal and press again. This issue has been going on for 5 months now, I've taken it to the local dealership and another brake shop, no one has been able to diagnose an issue. Also no warning lights appear

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #15

Jan 232019


  • 41,000 miles
I was driving West on a four-lane road going 40-45 mph, no one in front of me, when suddenly the automatic emergency braking system engaged on its own without any warning, stopping the car immediately and abruptly, enough so it threw articles on my front seat into the floorboard. Antilock brakes engaged at the same time shaking the car to a stop. Thankfully no one was immediately behind me and thankfully I was not on an interstate going 70 mph! took it into the dealership that day, they kept it overnight and they could not find anything wrong. After reading that other 2016 Sonatas had done the same thing, I told the dealership I did not feel safe driving the vehicle and did not want it any longer. They referred me to Hyundai corporate who denied my claim because testing came up with no defect, and I assume is going to put it right back out on the streets!! I had no choice but to trade it in and get another Hyundai, since I would not feel comfortable selling it outright to someone else knowing this had happened. I am very disappointed with corporate for allowing this vehicle to remain on the roads when this is obviously not the first complaint like this in the 2016S.

- New Palestine, IN, USA

problem #14

Aug 052018


  • 34,000 miles


II own a 2016 Hyundai Sonata hybrid with 34,000 miles. I have had no problems with the car until the incident that occurred on Aug 5, 2018 while driving on three lane highway 99 North of modesto. At about 70mph the dashboard lite up with brake system warnings. At the same time, the engine shut down. I struggled in traffic to move to the side of the road and got to the apron and found I had no brakes but managed to stop. I turned the ignition off and visually inspected the car, especially the brakes. Seeing nothing, after a few minutes, turned it back on. The engine started but the warning lights remained on. I had brakes and slowly drove to an off ramp to get help. After getting off the highway, I stopped and again turned the ignition off. When I turned it back on, all systems were good. I drove over 100 miles home without problems. I immediately took the car to my dealer, alexander Hyundai, oxnard ca. After 2 days, they found no faults but in consultation with Hyundai support, decided the problem was with the hydraulic braking system and performed the Hyundai recommended service. I have serious concerns about the safety of the car based on the service performed. I was not using the brakes at the time of the shutdown and wouldn't expect it to fix itself. I would not expect the problem described to cause an engine shutdown creating a serious safety hazard. I received no assurances that it would not occur again. There should be a limited number of faults that create an immediate shutdown and the fault described should be not be one of them. The dealership claims they have done everything they can and did what Hyundai technical support recommended. They provided no evidence their service revealed anything wrong with the brake system. Since they have done what the Hyundai corporation prescribed, they feel no liability or concern for my safety.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 072016


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Sonata. While driving various speeds, the contact applied the brakes and a loud squeaking noise was heard. The vehicle was taken to millennium Hyundai (220 N franklin St, hempstead, NY 11550, phone number: (516) 282-3800), but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000.

- Manhattan Hill, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 272017


  • 36,000 miles
When depressing the brake my car is making a clicking noise. Went to the dealer and he said it is normal. Previously it was little but now days it is making loud noise while driving. When we depress the brake and try to change the gear from P to D the gear rod is making same clicking noise. When read forums I heard that it is the problem with the solenoid but the dealer does not want to do because he has to do it for free. When asked the dealer he said that it does not come under warranty. Now the noise is really loud and no one is helping me out.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #11

Apr 122017


  • 31,500 miles
While the vehicle is in motion and when I hit the brake. A click noise is always coming when we hit the brake till the end. Always happening observing from past 2 months. The other problem is when we hit the brake and and hold the shift knob it is making tick tick noise. Always happens when I showed to the mechanic they are saying it is normal because they have to do it for free of charge. Hyundai gives warranty but the dealers neglect to do. I am getting a mileage of average 10 miles if I even maintain a speed of 45-50 mph. If I put 14 gallons of gas I get hardly 225 miles and I have no problems with the car and I change the oil before the service interval.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #10

Nov 182016


  • 4,200 miles
11/18/2016 - I backed out of my driveway and was slowly accelerating up my rural street when the car suddenly brake hard of its own Accord and made a clunking noise. No instrument panel indication was provided as to why this occurred. This was not driver error as my foot was still on the accelerator. I was driving straight ahead - not turning - no other cars were in the vicinity. 11/21/16 - while driving, the car drove sluggishly (almost like the parking brake was on). When I pulled into my driveway, I again heard a clunking sound. When I opened my door there was a pronounced burning smell and the rear wheels were too hot to touch. Again, there were no instrument panel lights to indicate any issue. The car has been operating normally since these incidents. I have been unable to replicate these issues. This car has had a series of unexplained electrical issues. The cause of the problems described is unknown. My wife and I found these events frightening and a safety issue in a car with less than 5,000 miles and less than 3 months old.

- Egg Harbor Twp., NJ, USA

problem #9

Oct 102016


  • 30 miles
I have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata limited with the ultimate package that has forward collision protection which is a wonderful thing if you are about to hit a concrete wall. However if you are flowing with traffic and have to slam on your breaks because the car in front of you does and then they start to go again, the Sonata thinks you are coming to a wall and sends you to a complete stop. This causes problems with the traffic behind you. I have almost been rear ended twice. I now disable it because I drive the DC beltway where people constantly slam their brakes. It's a great concept but definitely needs a lot of work before it is safe on our busy roads

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #8

Sep 302016


  • 4,500 miles
Have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata limited with the ultimate package and was driving down the road at the approximate speed of 35mph with no vehicles in front nor behind me when the instrument panel started illuminating and beeping and the brakes abruptly slammed! had there been a car behind me it would have rear ended me. My daughter was in the passenger seat. This was at approximately 4500 miles. I took it to the dealership and no problems found

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #7

Nov 012016


  • 1,600 miles
Takata recall. My foots sometimes brushes a fuse box that is mounted above the gas/brake pedals, causing me to lose a split second in going from gas to brake. I only have a size 10.5 shoe. Did not have this problem with my 2011 Sonata. Much more foot room down there on 2011 model. Service dealer said nothing can be done.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 142016


  • 2,700 miles
Around 10pm I was driving with one passenger straight down a local Suburban street. There were no other cars nearby on the road nor were there any pedestrians in the vicinity. Abruptly, without any warning, the car gave off a beep and brought itself to an immediate stop in the middle of the road without any interaction from me at all. The road in front of the car was clear and following the stop no warnings were displayed on the dashboard indicating a reason for it or a malfunction in any of the systems. My passenger and I were extremely fortunate that there was not a car coming up behind us because this immediate unintended stop for no reason would very likely have caused an accident.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 212016

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 9,096 miles
Emergency brake self engaged while entering roadway causing car to be immobile and smoke poured from rear of car. Was nearly T-boned then it suddenly accelerated....updated 08/31/16

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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