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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 21 31 $15,810 $16,755
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $16,960 $18,150
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LX 20 28 $18,460 $19,845
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $18,510 $19,895
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $19,350 $20,900
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,810
$17,922
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,755
$18,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$279 / month
$312 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Kia Optima doesn't perform as well as other mid-size sedans, but its roomy package and generous features make it a strong practical choice. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 37.8 37.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.2 105.4
Second Hip Room (in) 54.7 55.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 57.4
Second Head Room (in) 38.0 38.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 56.9
Front Leg Room (in) 43.7 43.7
Front Hip Room (in) 54.5 55.5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.1 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.5 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 186.4 188.9
Height, Overall (in) 58.3 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.1 61.4
Wheelbase (in) 107.1 107.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.8 16.3
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System NA 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 17.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.86 3.28
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.5 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3142 3292
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
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 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 162 @ 5800 175 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System - TBD - MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 164 @ 4250 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 32
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.55 1.55
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.79 1.79
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.25 3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.18 1.18
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.27 3.27
Summary
Vehicle Name Kia Optima Hyundai Sonata
Body Style 4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut Double-wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
 
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