fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,336 miles

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problem #14

Jul 102021


  • miles
On a dark or dimly lit road the low beam headlights create a sharp boundary looking through the windshield with headlight illumination on the lower area and darkness on two thirds down from the top of the viewing area. It is as if the windshield has a line horizontally across it two thirds down in the field of view. The line bounces when the car bounces and dark upper portion can not be properly viewed through to see the road ahead. It is a safety issue due to poor visibility. The dealer has said a few times there is no issue and no reported issue. All they could do was adjust the headlights an inch. It didn't help. I don't drive it at night unless I have no choice and only very short distance. It got much worse recently. I won't sell this car to anyone, its not safe.

- Hewitt, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jul 242021


  • miles
* Taillights (Brake lights) * Bulbs are burning out continuously and I am afraid is going to cause a fire since they get so hot. I have replaced them on both sides at least 10 times over the last year * No *

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #12

Aug 152019


  • miles
The low oil indicator light does not function at all when the oil drops below normal. The engine uses an excessive amount of oil for normal uses. My vehicle goes through about 5 quarts of oil a month if not more and the vehicle is not leaking any oil at all. My vehicle has been inspected for leaking. My vehicle has stalled out at busy traffic lights, intersections and has not started due to oil issues.

- Three Rivers, MI, USA

problem #11

Nov 012017


  • miles
Headlights(low beam) on limted model has a dark line and two notches. Difficult to see properly at night.

- Saint Johns, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 272019


  • 14,000 miles
I bought my car November 28, 2017. On June 27, 2019, the interior lights and the license plate light were inoperative. I've brought the car into the dealership I bought the car from three times, but they were unable to fix the problem. Now, my car has been in a different dealership for the past approximately two weeks, and it still hasn't been fixed. If I drive a vehicle without a functioning license plate light, I'm subject to a $30 fine. I've begun to assemble documentation for a lemon law complaint. I'm including the repair invoice for the first time I brought my car into the original dealership and the last time I brought the car into the original dealership. So please disregard the attachment information at the bottom of the forms.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 032018


  • 50,000 miles
My head light melted and the wire harness, I started the vehicle I the morning and I had weird noise, I checked and head light was off, I opened and to find out the whole bulb socket was melted. Then the break light always gets over heated and burns down, I change them almost every month.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 042019


  • 38,000 miles
When driving this vehicle at nigh, the headlight projection is so poor that visibility is restricted to about 40 feet in front of the vehicle. We've experienced numerous close calls due to poor headlight projection. Complaints on the internet echo our complaint.

- New Ringgold, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 062018


  • miles
Head/tail lamps flicker (rapidly) on/off while the light stock is in the auto mode. Occurs randomly day/night either stationary or moving. Lights do not flicker when light stock is in on mode.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 282017


  • miles
Low beam headlights on the limited edition Sonata has a dark line and 2 notches obstructing the driver's view at night. Complained at the dealer, but they said it's normal and not a safety issue. Meanwhile, my research on cargurus.com website shows many similar complaints.

- Saint Johns, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 032018


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at night, the headlights failed to produce adequate lighting. The local dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 3,000. The VIN was not available.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 222017


  • 5 miles
There is a black shadow at the end of the regular light beam on driverside in motion when regualr driving, it goes up and down and left and right and its very very distracting. Hyundai replaced the headlight but its better but still there. Reading online other owners have the same problem.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 152017


  • miles
On the 2017 Hyundai Sonata limited (not the base or sport models), the enclosure surrounding the light unit has a piece at the top that casts a shadow on the street that is distracting to the driver and impairs visibility. The shadow appears to look like a tab and casts a shadow on the left hand lane line that makes visibility hard and is a safety concern. We have been informed by the dealership that we took it to that ordered a replacement headlight unit that it appears to be an issue with the design that only appears to impact to the limited models of the Sonata. Upon further research, there are a number of other complaints that are referenced in the website https://www.cargurus.com/cars/discussion-T68982_ds813530 regarding issues with both the 2017 and 2018 models. We ask that this item is investigated for re-manufacture and a recall issued to protect all from this safety issue. I have attached a few pictures to demonstrate the distraction caused by the tab on a freeway and in a residential street as well as a close up of the headlight which you can see is casting this shadow. I have also shown a picture that is cast on the front of a house that while projected up (as we were on the upslope of a driveway), visibly shows the tab that gets dispersed while on the roads.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 132017


  • 1,700 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 40 mph, the low beam headlights failed to illuminate bright enough to view far distances. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted at 844-462-5557 and stated that they were not aware of the failure. The manufacturer provided case number: 105-09466. The failure mileage was 1,700.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 162017


  • 24,000 miles
I rented a 2017 Hyundai Sonata from enterprise in kelowna, british columbia (I am an american citizen). Driving from revelstoke to kelowna in the dark on the night of 16 January revealed the headlights to be completely inadequate. It was all I could do to see the road even driving as slow as 35 miles per hour. I believe this problem affects all Sonatas, and perhaps other Hyundai as well. In over half a century of driving, these were the worst headlights I have ever experienced.

- Weaver, AL, USA