According to JD Power and Associates, Hyundai’s Alabama-produced Elantra and Sonata sedans have taken a beating in quality ratings. It might because of “unintended acceleration” though some claims of this sort of thing are dubious, at best. Falling from 10th to 27th compared to other manufacturers, the knee jerk thought may not be one of design, but of quantity over quality. According to Hyundai’s Jim Trainor, “We’ll learn from this study and are confident our dependability scores will be better in the future.” From a large corporation, this is about as close to an apology as one might get.
As Hyundai’s top selling car, the Sonata became a lively oar in the water for Hyundai, and further cemented the brand’s position when it came out in 2011. This and what now may seem like a cocky 100,000-mile/10-year warranty may be softening the excitement, but it will be most interesting to see if the problems last or they will be fixed with the refreshed Sonata, which got over 50 changes for 2014.
-By: Sawyer Sutton