2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.4 from North America
Too many annoyances
Driver's seat cushion fabric wore out; common problem on the SE with cloth seats. Dealer replaced the seat cushion, but Hyundai has no real fix for it.
Car leaks antifreeze, dealers claims they can't find the leak. The problem is worse with temps near or slightly above freezing. It is not a big leak, but I had to add coolant once a month to keep the reservoir full.
Rattle in front end, which dealer claims is bumper/lower front clip rattling, which they conveniently have no fix for.
Several shocks and sway bar links have already failed. Replaced under warranty, but still annoying - making me wonder about the long-term reliability of this car.
Annoying recalls every month it seems.
Strange combination of chattering/squeaking or knocking noises sometimes during a cold start. The problem goes away within seconds of start-up, but it's not something a car with only 25,000 miles should do.
Brakes collect rust very easily.
Good fuel mileage, I averaged about 34 MPG highway driving somewhat aggressive, and 21 city.
Snappy and quick performance for a 4-cylinder.
Roomy and comfortable.
Instrument panel is attractive and well laid out.
Terribly rough ride on the SE; it does not even feel "sporty", just bone-jarring.
Lots of road noise, and Hyundai must have skimped on insulation. I can hear the radio outside the car plain as day, with the car running. Along with poor AM/FM reception.
Non-LED projector headlights are too dim at night.
Factory iPod cable is junk.
Huge blind spots due to odd shaped mirrors.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th March, 2013
9th Mar 2014, 12:21
This confirms about every thought I've had when test driving the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. Snappy performance, but expensive looking gimmicky materials are used to mask a modern cheaply built and poorly designed car.
They are both pretty attractive cars till you "scratch the surface" a bit and do some real research. I had a Hyundai car salesman last summer try to keep turning up the stereo and A/C to mask the road noise. And I did smell antifreeze on one car that I test drove; the salesman tried to play it off as nothing. The base models rode fairly smooth and firm, any of them with the sport suspension were like you said, bone-jarring. I have a 2004 Ford Mustang with 140,000 miles that rides smoother than the new Sonata SE that I test-drove.