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Hyundai Sonata vs. Hyundai Elantra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata
$438
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Hyundai Elantra

2016 Hyundai Elantra
$442
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Hyundai Sonata Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $438 which means it has excellent ownership costs. Repairs are less severe than average, and the frequency of these issues is average, so major repairs are not common for the Sonata.

Excellent

The Hyundai Elantra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Elantra is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$438
inexpensive
very expensive
$442
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.4
not often
way too often
0.2
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
minor issues
major issues
10%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(68 Reviews)
(75 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(15)
4 star
(29)
3 star
(17)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(0)

The Hyundai Sonata ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in body.

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“I am the original owner of a silver sonata (V6) with 138,000 miles on it. I have done all the recommended repairs like belt changes, tune-up, oil and fluid changes and of course brakes and tires. T...”

Rating Details
5 star
(10)
4 star
(36)
3 star
(21)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(2)

The Hyundai Elantra ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“DON'T BUY IT WILL REGRET IT. at least the 2016 one”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

As you might expect, the Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Elantra have a lot in common. Both are four-door sedans with similar styling and technology. The Sonata is a midsize sedan, refreshed for 2018, and the Elantra is a compact sedan that got a makeover in 2017. Let’s look at how else they differ.

The Sonata is a larger vehicle, with a wider back seat and a larger trunk. It will be a smoother, quieter highway cruiser. The Elantra is more trim and nimble, and will excel in the cut-vs-thrust of urban driving. As you would expect, the smaller Elantra is priced several thousand dollars lower than the Sonata.

Both offer performance versions with turbocharged engines, if you’d like to have more power at your command. The choice depends on your needs and your budget.

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