Last year, I was a first time Hyundai buyer when I decided to buy a 2012 Sonata with 20K miles. I was a little nervous about the quality as I’ve had Hondas for most of my life, but I took comfort in ...
Last year, I was a first time Hyundai buyer when I decided to buy a 2012 Sonata with 20K miles. I was a little nervous about the quality as I’ve had Hondas for most of my life, but I took comfort in Hyundai’s warranty. But within the course of one year, I had several quality issues with the car like peeling paint, a rattling moonroof, and a broken radio (plus three recalls). Turns out the warranty was not that helpful because with all of these issues, the dealer said this was “normal wear and tear” and would not cover the repairs. Ended up paying for the repairs myself. The final straw was when the A/C compressor blew at 40K miles. The dealer would not cover it under warranty and it was going to be $2K to fix. That was it. I could no longer justify pouring money into a car that only had 40K miles on it. I didn’t fix the A/C and I traded the Sonata in for a 2014 Accord the following week.
One other issue I had was the gas mileage. On the highway, it was great - 35 mpg. But for my commute into the city with stop-and-go traffic, I averaged 19-21 MPG. With my old Accord on the same commute, I got 24-25 MPG.
Like I said, I really wanted to like this car. It’s a GREAT looking car inside and out, the 2.4L engine has a lot of pickup, it’s roomy, and it’s well-appointed for the money. But the quality is not there and the dealers do not stand behind their product. The Accords and Camrys of the world may not look at nice as the Sonata (although the newer ones aren’t as good looking), but in the end they’ll be a lot easier on your wallet and your patience.