Hyundai Sonata

2008 Hyundai Sonata

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  • (4.4) 47 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,696$9,052
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 23-26
  • Engine: 162-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2008 Hyundai Sonata

Our Take on the 2008 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata now offers a four-cylinder or V-6 with any trim level; last year the engine choices were restricted by which trim level you chose. At any trim, the Sonata offers a litany of safety and convenience features at an affordable price, something that's made it the value choice a... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope in base models
  • Just one setting on seat-heater option
  • High backseat floor hump
  • Top trim level not as luxurious as some competitors
  • So-so side-impact crash test scores

Notable Features

  • Standard stability system
  • Six airbags standard
  • Standard active head restraints
  • Standard antilock disc brakes
  • Optional 3.3-liter V-6

2008 Hyundai Sonata Reviews Expert Reviews

"What are you driving this week?" a friend asked me the other day, not an odd question since I get a new vehicle each week for testing."It's the Hyundai Sonata sedan," I replied."Is that the one that looks like a Jaguar?" he asked."Well, it used to," I said.The exchange was a surprise to me, because until then, I thought maybe I was the only one who had noticed similarities in the styling ... Read full review for the 2008 Hyundai Sonata

Consumer Reviews


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by BeadafullDesigns from Mackinaw, Il on July 11, 2010

I was a little leery when my husband brought home our Sonata that first day..a Hyundai? REALLY?.... I wasn't impressed with the thought. THEN I DROVE IT!.....I love this car so much I honestly want an... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

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Our 2008 Hyundai Sonata trim comparison will help you decide.

2008 Hyundai Sonata Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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