Compare 2009 Hyundai Sonata vs 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

2009 Hyundai Sonata
2008 Honda Accord Sedan
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS
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 PZEV SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
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 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 Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
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4-Door I4 Manual LX
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 Automatic PZEV 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 Automatic PZEV 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 Automatic PZEV 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 Automatic PZEV EX-L 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
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 I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
9.0
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
City
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 62.6
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 110.2
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 14.0
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 18.5
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.9 13.08
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3292 3230
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 8.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
NA - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
168 @ 4000 161 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 177 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Honda Accord Sdn
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double wishbone
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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