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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS 21 32 $17,922 $18,700
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 32 $19,436 $20,520
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door I4 Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Manual LX 22 31 $18,472 $20,360
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $19,195 $21,160
4-Door I4 Manual LX-P 22 31 $19,376 $21,360
4-Door I4 Automatic LX-P 21 31 $20,099 $22,160
4-Door I4 Manual EX 22 31 $20,912 $23,060
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $21,635 $23,860
4-Door I4 Manual EX-L 22 31 $22,720 $25,060
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
4-Door I4 Manual w/Navi EX-L 22 31 $24,708 $27,260
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 21 31 $19,195 $21,160
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX-P 21 31 $20,099 $22,160
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 21 31 $21,635 $23,860
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,922
$18,472
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,700
$20,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$312 / month
$339 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu. Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 37.4 37.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.1 41.4
Second Hip Room (in) 55.3 54.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 58.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 38.2 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 56.4
Front Leg Room (in) 43.7 42.5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 56.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 105.4 106.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) NA NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.1 72.7
Track Width, Front (in) 62.0 62.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 188.9 194.1
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.4 62.6
Wheelbase (in) 107.4 110.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.3 14.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 11.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD - 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.7 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.9 13.08
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 37.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.28 2.56
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P215/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P215/60HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact T135/80D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3292 3230
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.3 8.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 6000 177 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 168 @ 4000 161 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 31
Transmission
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.65
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.79 1.78
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.25 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.18 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.27 3.27
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.55 1.15
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Hyundai Sonata Honda Accord Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.63 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.02 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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