For its debut two years ago, the redesigned Sonata surprised many including Honda's Accord and Toyota's Camry. The 2008 Hyundai Sonata continues its rise in fame with its clean honest styling, excellent safety, economy, and warranty. Available in base GLS, sporty SE, and top of the line Limited, all trim levels offer your choice of 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 162 hp and 21/31 mpg city/hwy or 3.3-liter 234 hp V-6 with 19/28 mpg city/hwy. Now standard are 6 airbags, electronic stability control, and an optional black cloth or leather interior. Sonata remains a solid performer in the mid-size family sedan segment.Read more Read less
Hyundai has dropped the price of the Sonata GLS V6 model by $450 for 2008, and made the more frugal four-cylinder engine available with all trim levels. The sporty SE model gets new performance tires and a rear spoiler, along with a new power driver's seat, and the high-end Limited model now gets new aluminum trim outside, and the Infinity high-end audio system as part of its standard equipment. Both GLS and SE models get new premium cloth upholstery.
Value pricing; safety features; roomy interior and cargo space; comfortable ride.
Safety is a strong point for the 2008 Sonata; anti-lock brakes, six air bags, and electronic stability control (ESC) are standard across the line. Hyundai says that the Sonata is the only mid-size sedan priced under $20,000 with standard ESC. It's also earned the federal government's top five-star crash-test results for frontal and side impacts. Actually, the Sonata is classified by the EPA as a large car, as it is larger in interior space and trunk space than other mid-size vehicles like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.