Used 2008 Hyundai Sonata Sedan
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2008 Hyundai Sonata KBB Expert Review
Quickly becoming a major player in the U.S. market, Hyundai demonstrates an uncanny ability to produce high-quality products at bargain-basement prices. The latest example of the company's accelerated design evolution is the Sonata, a roomy and well-equipped sedan challenging the dominance of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry (at least on paper) but costing thousands of dollars less. Built at Hyundai's factory in Alabama, the Sonata boasts an impressive list of standard safety equipment, helping it earn a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're attracted to the idea of a feature-filled mid-size sedan that won't bust your budget, the Hyundai Sonata should be one of the cars on your list. Also worth noting is Hyundai's very real commitment to including a high level of standard safety equipment on every vehicle.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Sonata carries the unenviable burden of competing in the same category as the Accord and Camry, perennial industry benchmarks not only in popularity but also in quality. For anyone accustomed to that top-level refinement, the Sonata's higher level of equipment for the money might not be enough to tip the scales in its favor.
What's New for 2008
The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is now available on all trims, while the GLS trim can now be had with a V6 engine. XM Satellite Radio is standard across the line and the SE receives a power driver's seat. Limited models now feature a six-speaker Infiniti sound system with separate subwoofer.
The Hyundai Sonata drives like a small car. On the plus side, that means more nimble and confident handling. On the flip side, that means a ride less insulated from rough roads. Over smooth highways, our V6 Sonata GLS was comfortable and quiet, even with its low-profile tires. It also delivered brisk acceleration - both off the line and in short-order passing situations - while the five-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly and responded quickly to manual commands. Overall, the new Sonata does many things well. But, unlike some of its world-beating competitors, the new Sonata is merely equal to the sum of its parts.
Automatic Air Quality System
When a sensor detects an excess of pollen or diesel fumes, for instance, the ventilation system automatically switches into the recirculation mode.
Aggressive Low-Profile Tires
The same tires you might expect to find on a sporty coupe help to make the V6 Sonata a worthy companion on meandering roads.
Although the Sonata competes in the mid-size sedan category, the EPA actually groups it in the "Large Car" category due to its generous interior space. Even though it barely makes the "Large Car" cutoff, the Sonata treats front and rear passengers to a cabin that is spacious and comfortable, although some might find the front seat cushion lacking in thigh support due to its minimal up-angle adjustment. The attractive environment also features nicer materials and cleaner designs than many might expect, with the possible exception of the center of the instrument panel, and the Sonata's designers have done a fine job in minimizing the effects of inexpensive plastic.
The Hyundai Sonata features significantly more contemporary styling than previous generations, though some might argue the design is also somewhat generic. The SE trim's available features, like dual chrome exhaust outlets and 17-inch aluminum wheels equipped with aggressive Michelin Pilot tires, provide a little more character. Overall, we like the Sonata's new styling, even if it's squarely on the conservative side, and don't see any single design feature likely to turn anybody away from the car.
Notable Standard Equipment
One of the Sonata's key selling points is its impressive equipment list, including an admirable array of standard safety features. The base Sonata features a sophisticated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, cruise control, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, heated power side mirrors and leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel (V6 only). The long list of standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and front- and rear-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and whiplash-reducing active front head restraints.
Notable Optional Equipment
Available upgrades include a 234-horsepower V6, four-speed and five-speed automatic transmissions with manual gear select, sunroof, Infinity AM/FM/6 CD/MP3 sound system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, automatic headlights, trip computer, fog lights, heated front seats, eight-way power driver's seat and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Many of these features are standard on the SE and Limited.
Under the Hood
The base powertrain package in the
2008 Hyundai Sonata is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which complements the car's nimble handling better than the same engine in combination with the available four-speed automatic transmission. With dual overhead cams and continuously variable valve timing, this all-aluminum engine is good for 162 horsepower and 164 pound-feet of torque. The best partnership under the hood, however, is the sophisticated new 3.3-liter V6 and the responsive five-speed automatic transmission. With 234 horsepower, 226 pound-feet of torque and manually selectable gears, it isn't hard to coax the V6 Sonata into having a little fun.
2.4-liter in-line 4
162 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
164 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 (manual), 21/30 (automatic)
234 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
226 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28
The Hyundai Sonata GLS with a manual transmission has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $18,000, while the sporty SE starts just under $20,000; the four-cylinder Limited sells for $23,000 and a fully loaded V6 Limited tops out in the mid $26,000 range. While these prices can be up to $4,000 lower than those of some of the Sonata's best-selling competitors, lower resale values should be taken into consideration. We do, however, expect to see Hyundai vehicles command increasingly better prices in the resale market. To be sure you don't pay too much for your Sonata, check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical transaction price being paid in your area.
Hyundai Sonata Consumer Reviews
July 27, 2018
Unexpectedly great and bullet proof
Bought car when it was 3 years old with low mileage as a second car for a new driver. It had high safety ratings for the year Got the V6...
June 24, 2018
I love this Sonata by Hyundai
Bought this car back in 2008. None better!!! I am 88 years old..... so I need a reliable vehicle!!!! Great car!!!! TEN STARS!!!
June 08, 2018
bought this car new... it has been amazing. Some people have reservations buying a Hyundai.. you shouldnt have any reservations. This...
March 04, 2018
had this car since new the only thing ever done was brakes and battery has 270.000 miles still runs great no check engine light ever and...
November 25, 2017
Reliable fun to drive manual with great mpg
I have had this car for 11 years. It drives like a sports car. The repair rate is very low. I had the clutch and transmission replaced...
August 30, 2017
This vehicle has one owner.
I took very good care of my vehicle, valued it because it was my way of getting around without public transportation that still annoys...
February 16, 2017
Very Dependable Car
Bought my 2008 Hyundai Sonata new off the lot, this year Im over 219,000 miles, and still going. I dont think twice about worrying if...
January 26, 2017
Excellent Vehicle For Excellent Price
We purchased this vehicle new in mid-July, 2009 to replace our Toyota Corolla that had +115,000 miles. We originally looked at the 2009...
October 31, 2016
great driving car
Excellent reliability,, 3 set tire just put on second set brake pads . No orther brake parts, however changed brake ...
October 26, 2016
I bought this used at 100,000 miles, we have put 25,000 more on it in two years and its still going strong. No issues whatsoever. I...