Compare 2008 Kia Optima vs 2009 Hyundai Sonata

2008 Kia Optima
2009 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX
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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,810
$17,922
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,755
$18,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$279 / month
$312 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.8
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
City
21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
54.5 55.5
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.1 107.4
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 16.3
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 17.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.86 3.28
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.9
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3142 3292
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
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - NA
Engine
Fuel System
- TBD - MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
164 @ 4250 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
162 @ 5800 175 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Hyundai Sonata
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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