I find the steering on my 2011 Hyundai Sonata to be excessively heavy and the headlights to be inadequate.

Asked by Dec 21, 2010 at 05:19 PM about the 2011 Hyundai Sonata

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The last car I had, before the Sonata, was 10 years old.  I was satisfied with its steering feel and headlight intensity.  With the new Sonata I find the steering to be excessively heavy and the headlight beam inadequate.  I assume steering in the old car did not include an electric console similar to the Sonata's.   A dealer checked the steering and headlights and rendered them "within specifications".  Has anyone else experienced these problems?  I have Korean tires with nitrogen.

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Tires would not cause heavy steering. Did you not test drive the car prior to buying it? Electric steering assist is quite common in newer cars, it is a fuel economy measure, but it does create a different feel than the older mechanically boosted vehicles. Newer cars have higher intensity lights than older ones, however the 'cutoff' is much sharper and as a result they may appear to be less powerful when in fact the opposite is true.

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