Compare 2009 Hyundai Sonata vs 2008 Kia Optima

2009 Hyundai Sonata
2008 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS PZEV 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited PZEV 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE PZEV 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS 21 32 $17,922 $18,700
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 32 $19,436 $20,520
Sonata 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
Sonata 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
Sonata 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $18,510 $19,895
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $16,960 $18,150
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 21 31 $15,810 $16,755
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $19,350 $20,900
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LX 20 28 $18,460 $19,845
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,056
$18,510
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,900
$19,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$332 / month
$332 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
6.4
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.4 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.1 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
55.3 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 57.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 54.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.4 104.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
188.9 186.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 107.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 14.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.28 2.86
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3327 3179
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
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)
NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 162 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
168 @ 4000 164 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 31
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Sportmatic shifter
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.81 3.81
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.06
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.79 3.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.42
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-wishbone MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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