What Car Had The Worst Engine?

Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata

One of my favorite things about the E39 540i is its engine. It’s not exactly powerful by today’s standards, but it’s still relatively quick and has plenty of torque for passing on the highways. It’s also run essentially problem-free for 25 years. The cooling system and window regulators may be consumables, but the engine itself has been dead-reliable.

My dad’s 2012 Hyundai Sonata, on the other hand — well, that’s a different story. I still hate the manual transmission more, but the engine just isn’t very good. It has direct injection, which was neat at the time, but it feels like they put most of their development budget into that and didn’t have enough left over to make sure it was a good GDI engine.

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