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7.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$16,949
BASE MSRP
$17,670
On Quality
The 2008 Hyundai Sonata has large-car room and improved interior quality.
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enough interior room to meet the EPA's definition of a large car
Automotive.com

trunk space is ample...abundant interior storage
ConsumerGuide

cabin exudes a fair amount of quality
Edmunds

The 2008 Hyundai Sonata is reasonably quiet and comfortable, in the opinion of reviewers from around the Web and those at TheCarConnection.com.

Automotive.com says the Hyundai Sonata 2008 has "enough interior room to meet the EPA's definition of a large car...roomier in almost every dimension than most of its mid-size competitors, with a full-size edge in creature comfort." Cars.com notes this Hyundai 2008 "has recessed rear head restraints and can seat up to five occupants," and that a "60/40-split folding rear seat is installed," providing "greater distance between the driver and windshield pillar [that] enhances the sensation of roominess." ConsumerGuide had some complaints, however, reporting that some testers "have difficulty finding a comfortable driving position. Taller adults in particular may feel that they sit too close to the steering wheel, even with the telescopic steering column set to its furthest forward position."

Storage and cargo room aboard this Hyundai 2008 vehicle is generous and well done, according to Automotive.com: "the rear seatback is split 60/40 and folds to allow the transport of long objects, such as skis and snowboards or gardening tool, [but] storage bins and cubbies are about average for the class." ConsumerGuide disagrees: "abundant interior storage is highlighted by a generous glovebox, two-tier center-armrest console, and large door map pockets." Cars.com reports that Hyundai Sonata 2008 "cargo volume totals 16.3 cubic feet...maximized thanks to strut assists that open the trunk from the sides, as opposed to the arm-style hinges many competitors use, which encroach on luggage space when shut."

ConsumerGuide postulates that "some newer rivals meet and exceed Sonata for overall build quality," and Automotive.com finds fault with "some rough edges on a few plastic molds and a less-than-lustrous finish on some dash panels." Kelley Blue Book is kinder, saying that "the attractive environment also features nicer materials and cleaner designs than many might expect, with the possible exception of the center of the instrument panel, and the 2008 Hyundai Sonata's designers have done a fine job in minimizing the effects of inexpensive plastic." Edmunds concurs, remarking "the Hyundai 2008 Sonata's cabin exudes a fair amount of quality via the precise feel of most controls and an abundance of soft-touch surfaces."

"Wind and road noise is decently muted," says Automotive.com. Consumer Guide notes that "engine noise rises with speed, but it isn't annoying."

Hyundai also backs it the 2008 Sonata with a 5-year/50,000-mile basic warranty plus a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain. This excellent warranty coverage goes a long way toward addressing quality concerns over this Korean mid-size sedan and shifting the opinions people have.

Conclusion

The 2008 Hyundai Sonata has large-car room and improved interior quality.

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