Hyundai Sonata 2019 Owner's Manual
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All information in this Owner’s Manual is current at the time of pub-
lication. However, HYUNDAI reserves the right to make changes at
any time so that our policy of continual product improvement may be
This manual applies to all HYUNDAI models and includes descrip-
tions and explanations of optional as well as standard equipment.
As a result, you may find material in this manual that does not apply
to your specific vehicle.
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Your HYUNDAI should not be modified in any way.
Such modifications may adversely affect the per-
formance, safety or durability of your HYUNDAI
and may, in addition, violate conditions of the limit-
ed warranties covering the vehicle. Certain modifi-
cations may also be in violation of regulations
established by the U.S. Department of
Transportation and other federal or state agencies.
Your vehicle is equipped with electronic fuel injec-
tion and other electronic components. It is possible
for an improperly installed/adjusted two-way radio
or cellular telephone to adversely affect electronic
systems. For this reason, we recommend that you
carefully follow the radio manufacturer’s instructions
or consult your HYUNDAI dealer for precautionary
measures or special instructions if you choose to
install one of these devices.
CAUTION: MODIFICATIONS TOYOUR HYUNDAI
TWO-WAY RADIO OR CELLULARTELEPHONE INSTALLATION
This manual includes information titled as DAN-
GER, WARNING, CAUTION and NOTICE.
These titles indicate the following:
SAFETY AND VEHICLE DAMAGE WARNING
DANGER indicates a hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, will result in death or
WARNING indicates a hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, could result in death
or serious injury.
CAUTION indicates a hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, could result in minor or
NOTICE indicates a situation which, if not
avoided, could result in vehicle damage.
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Your HYUNDAI vehicle may be equipped with technologies and services that use information collected,
explain how these technologies and services collect use and share this information.
Connect Center at:
Hyundai Customer Care
P.O. Box 20850
Fountain Valley, CA 92728
HYUNDAI's Customer Connect Center representatives are available Monday through Friday,
between the hours of 5:00 AM and 7:00 PM PST and Saturday and Sunday between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM
For Customer Connect Center assistance in Spanish or Korean, representatives are available Monday
through Friday between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM PST.
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Congratulations, and thank you for choosing HYUNDAI. We are pleased to welcome you to the growing number of
discriminating people who drive HYUNDAIS. We are very proud of the advanced engineering and high-quality
construction of each HYUNDAI we build.
Your Owner's Manual will introduce you to the features and operation of your new HYUNDAI. To become familiar with
your new HYUNDAI, so that you can fully enjoy it, read this Owner's Manual carefully before driving your new vehicle.
This manual contains important safety information and instructions intended to familiarize you with your vehicle's
controls and safety features so you can safely operate your vehicle.
This manual also contains information on maintenance designed to enhance safe operation of the vehicle. It is
recommended that all service and maintenance on your car be performed by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.
HYUNDAI dealers are prepared to provide high-quality service, maintenance and any other assistance that may be
This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of your vehicle, and should be kept in the vehicle so
you can refer to it at any time. The manual should stay with the vehicle if you sell it to provide the next owner with
important operating, safety and maintenance information.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Copyright 2018 HYUNDAI Motor America. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored
in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of HYUNDAI
Motor America.Severe engine and transmission damage may result from the use of poor quality fuels and lubricants that
do not meet HYUNDAI specifications. You must always use high quality fuels and lubricants that meet the
specifications listed on Page 8-6 in the Vehicle Specifications section of the Owner's Manual.
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1. What are HYUNDAI GenuineParts?
HYUNDAI Genuine Parts are the
same parts used by HYUNDAI
Motor Company to manufacture
vehicles. They are designed and
tested for the optimum safety, per-
formance, and reliability to our
customers. 2. Why should you use genuine
HYUNDAI Genuine Parts are
engineered and built to meet rigid
Damage caused by using imita-
tion, counterfeit or used salvage
parts is not covered under the
HYUNDAI New Vehicle Limited
Warranty or any other HYUNDAI
In addition, any damage to or fail-
ure of HYUNDAI Genuine Parts
caused by the installation or fail-
ure of an imitation, counterfeit or
used salvage part is not covered
by any HYUNDAI Warranty. 3. How can you tell if you are pur-
chasing HYUNDAI Genuine
Look for the HYUNDAI Genuine
Parts Logo on the package (see
HYUNDAI Genuine Parts export-
ed to the U.S. are packaged with
labels written only in English.
HYUNDAI Genuine Parts are only
sold through authorized
GUIDE TO HYUNDAI GENUINE PARTS
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We want to help you get the greatest
possible driving pleasure from your
vehicle. Your Owner's Manual can
assist you in many ways. To gain an
overview of the contents of your
Owner’s Manual, use the Table of
Contents in the front of the manual.
The first page of each Chapter
includes a detailed Table of Contents
of the Topics in that Chapter.
To quickly locate information about
your vehicle, use the Index in the
back of the manual. It is an alphabet-
ical list of what is in this manual and
the page number where it can be
For your convenience, we have
incorporated tabs on the right-hand
page edges. These tabs are coded
with the Chapter titles to assist you
with navigating through the manual. Your safety, and the safety of others,
is very important. This Owner's
Manual provides you with many safe-
ty precautions and operating proce-
dures. This information alerts you to
potential hazards that may hurt you
or others, as well as damage to your
Safety messages found on vehicle
labels and in this manual describe
these hazards and what to do to
avoid or reduce the risks.
Warnings and instructions contained
in this manual are for your safety.
Failure to follow safety warnings and
instructions can lead to serious injury
Throughout this manual DANGER,
WARNING, CAUTION, NOTICE and
the SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL will
This is the safety alert sym-bol. It is used to alert you to
potential physical injury haz-
ards. Obey all safety mes-
sages that follow this symbol
to avoid possible injury or
death. The safety alert sym-
bol precedes the signal words
DANGER, WARNING and
H H O
DANGER indicates a hazardous
situation which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious
WARNING indicates a hazardous
situation which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious
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NOTICE indicates a situation
which, if not avoided, could result
in vehicle damage. Your new vehicle is designed to
obtain maximum performance with
UNLEADED FUEL, as well as mini-
mize exhaust emissions and spark
Your new vehicle is designed to use
only unleaded fuel having an octane
number ((R+M)/2) of 87 (Research
Octane Number 91) or higher. (Do not
use methanol blended fuels)
To prevent damage to the engine
and engine components, never
add any fuel system cleaning
agents to the fuel tank other than
what has been specified.
Consult an authorized HYUNDAI
dealer for additional information.
Gasoline containing alcohol or
Gasohol, a mixture of gasoline and
ethanol (also known as grain alco-
hol) are being marketed along with or
instead of leaded or unleaded gaso-
Do not use gasohol containing more
than 15% ethanol, and do not use
gasoline or gasohol containing any
methanol. Either of these fuels may
cause drivability problems and dam-
age to the fuel system, engine con-
trol system and emission control sys-
Discontinue using gasohol of any
kind if drivability problems occur.
CAUTION indicates a hazardous
situation which, if not avoided,
could result in minor or moder-
Do not "top off" after the noz-
zle automatically shuts off
Always check that the fuel cap
is installed securely to pre-
vent fuel spillage in the event
of an accident.
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"E85" fuel is an alternative fuel com-
prised of 85 percent ethanol and 15
percent gasoline, and is manufac-
tured exclusively for use in Flexible
Fuel Vehicles. "E85" is not compati-
ble with your vehicle. Use of "E85"
may result in poor engine perform-
ance and damage to your vehicle's
engine and fuel system. HYUNDAI
recommends that customers do not
use fuel with an ethanol content
exceeding 15 percent.
To prevent damage to your vehicle’s
engine and fuel system:
Never use gasohol which con- tains methanol.
Never use gasohol containing more than 15% ethanol.
Never use leaded fuel or leaded gasohol.
Never use "E85" fuel.
Your New Vehicle Limited
Warranty does not cover damage
to the fuel system or any perform-
ance problems caused by the use
of "E85" fuel.
Using fuels such as;
- Silicone (Si) contained fuel,
- Ferrocene (Fe) contained fuel, and
- Other metallic additives contained fuels,
may cause damage to the engine by
plugging, misfiring, poor accelera-
tion, engine stalling, catalyst melting,
abnormal corrosion, life cycle reduc-
- The Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) may illuminate.
Damage to the fuel system or per-
formance problem caused by the
use of these fuels may not be cov-
ered by your New Vehicle Limited
Gasoline containing MMT
Some gasoline contains harmful
manganese-based fuel additives
HYUNDAI does not recommend the
use of gasoline containing MMT.
This type of fuel can reduce vehicle
performance and affect your emis-
sion control system.
The malfunction indicator lamp on
the cluster may come on.
HYUNDAI recommends that you use
good quality gasolines treated with
detergent additives such as TOP TIER
Detergent Gasoline, which help pre-
vent deposit formation in the engine.
These gasolines will help the engine
run cleaner and enhance performance
of the Emission Control System. For
more information on TOP TIER
Detergent Gasoline, please go to the
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For customers who do not use TOP
Tier Detergent Gasoline regularly,
and have problems starting or the
engine does not run smoothly, addi-
tives that you can buy separately
may be added to the gasoline. If TOP
TIER Detergent Gasoline is not avail-
able, one bottle of additive added to
the fuel tank at every 7,500 miles or
12 months is recommended.
Additives are available from your
authorized HYUNDAI dealer along
with information on how to use them.
Do not mix other additives.
Operation in foreign countries
If you are going to drive your vehicle
in another country, be sure to:
Observe all regulations regarding registration and insurance.
Determine that acceptable fuel is available. No special break-in period is needed.
By following a few simple precautions
for the first 600 miles (1,000 km) you
may add to the performance, econo-
my and life of your vehicle.
Do not race the engine.
While driving, keep your engine
speed (rpm, or revolutions per
minute) between 2,000 rpm and
Do not maintain a single speed for long periods of time, either fast or
slow. Varying engine speed is need-
ed to properly break-in the engine.
Avoid hard stops, except in emer- gencies, to allow the brakes to seat
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65
Items contained in motor vehi-
cles or emitted from them are
known to the State of California
to cause cancer and birth
defects or reproductive harm.
Gasoline and its vapors
Used engine oil
Interior passenger compart-
ment components and materi-
Component parts which are
subject to heat and wear
In addition, battery posts, termi-
nals and related accessories
contain lead, lead compounds
and other chemicals known to
the State of California to cause
cancer and reproductive harm.
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This vehicle is equipped with an
event data recorder (EDR). The
main purpose of an EDR is to
record, in certain crash or near
crash-like situations, such as an
air bag deployment or hitting a
road obstacle, data that will assist
in understanding how a vehicle's
systems performed. The EDR is
designed to record data related to
vehicle dynamics and safety sys-
tems for a short period of time,
typically 30 seconds or less. The
EDR in this vehicle is designed to
record such data as:
vehicle were operating;
passenger safety belts were
depressing the accelerator
and/or brake pedal; and,
ing. These data can help provide a bet-
ter understanding of the circum-
stances in which crashes and
injuries occur. NOTE: EDR data
are recorded by your vehicle only
if a non-trivial crash situation
occurs; no data are recorded by
the EDR under normal driving
conditions and no personal data
(e.g., name, gender, age, and
crash location) are recorded.
However, other parties, such as
law enforcement, could combine
the EDR data with the type of per-
sonally identifying data routinely
acquired during a crash investiga-
To read data recorded by an EDR,
special equipment is required, and
access to the vehicle or the EDR is
needed. In addition to the vehicle
manufacturer, other parties, such
as law enforcement, that have the
special equipment, can read the
information if they have access to
the vehicle or the EDR.