The Hyundai Sonata is a popular midsize car known for its reliability and fuel efficiency. It also has a generous engine warranty covering most of the engine’s major components. We’ll look at what that warranty covers and some of the most common questions people have about it.
Hyundai Sonata Engine Warranty Coverage
The Hyundai Sonata comes standard with a 10-Year / 100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. This warranty covers repairing or replacing powertrain components like certain engine and transmission/transaxle components. However, these components must be originally manufactured or installed by Hyundai, and they must be defective in terms of material or factory workmanship in order to qualify for warranty coverage.
Hyundai extended the warranty to the current 10-year / 100,000-Mile warranty following the class-action lawsuit resulting from issues with the Hyundai’s Theta II 2.0-liter turbo or 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. If you own a 2011-2019 Hyundai Sonata, you may be able to get your Theta II engine replaced free of charge.
Below we will cover the other components of the Hyundai factory warranty. It can be difficult to make odds or ends out of all of these warranty names so, if you would like a full breakdown of how car warranties work and all of these terms, check out our The Ultimate Guide to Car Warranties.
Additional Coverage Included with the Hyundai Warranty
In addition to the Powertrain Limited Warranty, all new Hyundai Sonatas come with a 5-Year / 60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Hyundai will repair or replace any OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) part that is under warranty for material or factory defects, as long as the vehicle usage has been “normal” and the vehicle’s maintenance is up-to-date. This covers the audio system, paint, battery, AC, and basic parts like wiper blades and fuses.
There’s also a 7-Year / Unlimited Miles Anti-Perforation Warranty that covers against rust-through perforation of the vehicle body. And finally, there’s a 12-Month / 12,000-Mile Replacement Parts and Accessories Limited Warranty that covers certain replacement parts and accessories.
24-Hour Roadside Assistance
Hyundai also gives 24-hour roadside assistance for up to five years with unlimited miles. This policy takes effect once the vehicle either gets delivered to the first customer or is put into use, whichever happens sooner.
Electric Battery and Hybrid System Components
Hyundai covers batteries and system components for all hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles with a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty. All electric car batteries will degrade over time, but Hyundais are guaranteed not to fall below 70 percent capacity during the warranty period. If it does, the battery will be replaced under warranty.
Emissions Coverage on the Hyundai Sonata
All new Hyundai Sonatas come with an 8-Year / 80,000-Mile Federal Emission Defect and Performance Warranty, which covers the repair or replacement of certain emission control parts and systems that are original to the vehicle and under warranty. Covered elements may include catalytic converters, electronic control modules, and fuel injectors.
To be eligible for this warranty, you must have the emission-related repairs performed by an authorized Hyundai dealer using genuine Hyundai replacement parts. You will also need to keep up with all required maintenance as specified in your Sonata’s Owner’s Manual.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hyundai Engine Warranties
After this overview of Hyundai’s engine warranty coverage, let’s look at some common questions people have about it.
Does the Hyundai Warranty Cover Engines?
The Powertrain Limited Warranty covers the engine and certain other major components like the transmission/transaxle. However, these parts must be originally manufactured or installed by Hyundai, and they must be defective in terms of material or factory workmanship.
Is the Hyundai Sonata Covered Under a Lifetime Warranty?
There is no lifetime warranty on the Hyundai Sonata. However, the Powertrain Limited Warranty covers the engine for ten years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first). Hyundai also offers warranties covering nearly all components of the vehicle.
Which Sonata Years Have Engine Recalls?
Due to engine issues, there have been several recalls on certain model years of the Hyundai Sonata. These include the 2011-2014 Sonatas with the Theta II 2.0-liter turbo engine and the 2015-2016 Sonatas with the Theta II 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine.
Was there an Extension to the Hyundai Engine Warranty?
There was an extension to the Powertrain Limited Warranty for 2011-2016 of the Hyundai Sonata. This was in response to a class-action lawsuit resulting from engine issues on the Theta II 2.0-liter turbo and 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engines.
Are Hyundai Sonatas Known for Engine Issues?
Hyundai Sonatas are not known for engine issues. However, there have been a few recalls on 2011-2016 Sonatas due to engine problems. Overall, Hyundai Sonatas are reliable vehicles with very few reported issues.
What is the Lifespan of a Hyundai Sonata Engine?
The lifespan of a Hyundai Sonata engine will depend on many factors, including driving habits, maintenance schedule, and operating conditions. However, the Powertrain Limited Warranty covers the engine for ten years or 100,000 miles. With proper care, it is not unusual for a Hyundai engine to last 200,000 miles or more.
How to Check Hyundai Sonata Warranty
To check the warranty on your Hyundai Sonata, you will need to find your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) located on the lower left corner of your Sonata’s windshield. You will then need to contact a Hyundai dealer with your VIN to get specific information about your vehicle’s warranty coverage. Alternatively, you can enter the VIN on the Hyundai VIN Verification page.
What Causes Hyundai Sonata Engine Issues?
There are several possible causes of engine issues on the Hyundai Sonata. These include a faulty engine control module, a problem with the turbocharger or intercooler, or leaking piston rings. If you have engine problems, it is best to take your Sonata to a certified Hyundai dealer for diagnosis and repair.
While Hyundai Sonatas are generally reliable vehicles, there have been a few recalls for engine issues. However, these problems have been resolved, and the Sonata is safe and dependable.
If you own a Sonata, keep up with all required maintenance to keep your warranty valid. If you have any questions about your Hyundai sonata engine warranty coverage, contact a Hyundai dealer for more information.
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John Alois has been a freelance automotive writer for the last three years. He’s been a car lover since he was a kid, spending much of his youth working on a variety of cars with his father. He’s happy to be part of the FIXD team, helping readers learn more about the automotive world.