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STYLING | 7 out of 10
the Hyundai Sonata remains refreshingly clean and spare
some might argue the design is also somewhat generic
Kelley Blue Book
gauges are ordinary but amply sized for legibility
The 2008 Hyundai Sonata is good-looking, outside and in. Its proportions are well balanced, and its detailing is pleasant, if not remarkable.
According to Automotive.com, "the Hyundai Sonata 2008 remains refreshingly clean and spare, with sharply angled headlight housings and a quiet, clean-cut grille topped with a sliver of chrome," while Cars.com notes that "jeweled projector headlights sit up front," and "chrome-tipped dual exhausts are installed with the V-6 engine," adding that on the Hyundai 2008, "the horizontal taillights look a lot like those on the previous-generation Honda Accord." Kelley Blue Book comments "some might argue the Hyundai Sonata 2008 design is also somewhat generic"; however, they praise "the Sonata's new styling, even if it's squarely on the conservative side" and "don't see any single design feature likely to turn anybody away from the car."
The two-tone interior of high-line Sonata models is easy to like, and the placement of controls is fairly straightforward. The base Sonata GLS has nice cloth inside, and the seats are comfortable. Although Edmunds opines that the interior of the Hyundai 2008 is "not exactly high on style," according to Automotive.com, "the overall look is clearly competitive with most in the class and better than some." Cars.com notes a bit more luxury inside the Hyundai Sonata 2008 passenger compartment: "the cabins are highlighted by soft, padded surfaces--even storage bins are lined. Overall, the interior is nicely done." They especially like the cockpit, saying the "gauges are ordinary but amply sized for legibility," while "controls are logical and within easy reach." ConsumerGuide adds that the 2008 Hyundai Sonata's "simple, white-on-black gauges are easy to read in any lighting condition...but the high-set audio deck places some functions just out of easy reach."
The 2008 Hyundai Sonata's styling isn't quite cutting edge, but it's pleasing enough.