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A Massive Class Action Suit is Filed Against Hyundai for Excessive Engine Oil Consumption

Hyundai engine oil consumption issues are not new but based on the filed suit, they continue to exist


  • The suit covers more than a dozen and a half models.

  • Included are both Kia and Hyundai vehicles.

  • Model years range from 2009 to 2022.


Complaints related to oil consumption are not unique to Hyundai and Kia. Many owners continue to deal with similar issues with their late-model vehicles from other automakers to this day. What stands out in Hyundai’s case is how widespread the oil consumption problem is and how long it has lasted.

2020 Hyundai Venue | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

The number of reported problems has prompted the launch of a huge class action suit against Hyundai in the State of California. The suit alleges that owners believe that they should not have to check their vehicle’s oil level as frequently as suggested by some dealerships. The latter’s frequency verification recommendations are greater than what is indicated in the owner’s manual.

Earlier oil consumption issues were common to that Theta engine family going back well over a decade. This suit however alleges that many engine types are prone to the issues. Jalopnik, based on the list of implicated vehicles, adds that Hyundai/Kia’s Nu, Gamma, Lambda, and Kappa engines are also involved.

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If you own one of these vehicles, you might want to find out more about the lawsuit. If anything, check your oil level at nearly every opportunity:

  • 2012-2020 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2009-2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Palisade
  • 2010-2012 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2009-2010 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2011–2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • 2010-2013 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2011-2021 Hyundai Veloster
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Venue
  • 2010-2021 Kia Forte
  • 2017-2020 Kia Niro
  • 2011-2020 Kia Optima and Optima Hybrid
  • 2012-2021 Kia Rio
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sorento
  • 2012-2021 Kia Soul
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sportage
  • 2018-2021 Kia Stinger
  • 2022 Kia K5

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