Summary, Prices, Specs

By October 23, 2007

Summary

The 2008 Hyundai Sonata delivers full-size, family-style room and comfort with an EPA-estimated 30 mpg fuel economy from the available four-cylinder engine. Sonata comes close to the refinement of competitive models from Toyota, Nissan, and Ford, while offering more room for less money.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Tom Lankard filed this report from San Francisco; with nctd.com staff reports.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Hyundai Sonata GLS 5-speed ($17,670); GLS automatic ($18,870); GLS V6 ($21,120); SE 5-speed ($19,570) SE V6 ($22,220); Limited ($22,470); Limited V6 ($24,170)
Engines:162-hp 2.4-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4; 234-hp 3.3-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 4-speed Shiftronic automatic; 5-speed Shiftronic automatic
Safety equipment (standard):driver and front-seat passenger dual-stage frontal airbags; front-seat side-impact airbags; front- and rear-seat side curtain airbags; electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control; antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD); front-seat active head restraints; 3-point seatbelts at all five seating positions; child safety seat anchors (LATCH); tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:Montgomery, Alabama
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 ($24,170)
Standard equipment:leather seating surfaces; automatic climate control with automatic Air Quality System (AQS); heated front seats; leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescope steering wheel with integrated audio controls; electrochromic auto-dimming rear view mirror with HomeLink and compass; cruise control; power heated outside mirrors; power windows; central locking with keyless remote; AM/FM/XM/6-CD/MP3 premium audio with six speakers, subwoofer and amplifier; fog lights; automatic headlights; 60/40 folding rear seat; 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):power tilt/slide glass sunroof ($900)
Destination charge:$675
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$25745
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:3.3-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):234 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):226 @ 3500
Transmission:5-speed automatic with Shiftronic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:19/28 mpg
Wheelbase:107.4 in.
Length/width/height:188.9/72.1/58.0 in.
Track, f/r:62.0/61.4 in.
Turning circle:35.8 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.1/55.5/43.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.2/55.3/37.4 in.
Cargo volume:16.3 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:1500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, double wishbones, coil springs, twin-tube gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link, coil springs, twin-tube gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:6.3 in.
Curb weigth:3458 lbs.
Tires:P215/55VR17
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS and EBD
Fuel capacity:17.7 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of October 23, 2007.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-826-2277 - www.hyundaiusa.com