2008 Hyundai Sonata User Reviews

2008 Hyundai Sonata Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 20 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"comfortable car" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"interior" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews

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Brennan writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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It is very quiet, spunky, surprises people, and is not gaundy

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There are very few after market options for the car

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I-win — I've owned this car now for nearly two years, bought it brand new. The major problems with it during that time have both been limited to two things and both happened during the cold (-10 f) degree winters it endures. The transmission needed to be replaced (Warranty covered) and the car would not allow me to turn the key (passenger seat belt monitor). Performance wise, it's crap under 3000 RPM. It hits it's prime at about 4000-4500. This car is brilliant at accelerating 55-80. From 35-55 the car leaves something to be desired however. This is mainly all because of it's 4-speed transmission, as the dealer had no 5-speeds at the time I bought it. I am not in Love with the interior style. The dials and controls all glow lime green, which while alright is not my favorite. The new 2009 / 2010 models have a great looking blue, though Hyundai also made them cheaper leaving out several features that are on this car. The features left out on ALL 2010 Sonatas are: the ability to unhook the middle rear seatbelt for folding down the seat. The ability to slide a hidden piece of the sun visor out behind the 3rd mirror. The ever convenient storage nook on the left of the steering wheel. is absent in the '10. Also there is no way to cover the cup holds in the front. There is an poorly places 120V adapter in the '09 & '10 because it is in the way of the shifter. There is a problem with the storage directly infront of the shifter because if you store things in it, they could fall into the bottom of the container, nearly impossible to get out. Go with the V6, you might lose up to 2 MPG and it's much quicker. The 3.3 V6 from Hyundai is a fantastic engine. The 2.4 L I4 is a Lovely engine also, but it's murdered by the 4-speed. The '09 and '10 have a 5 speed standard.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Lester writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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5

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The room inside

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The throttle pressure (too light) and clutch engagement/feel

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A Good Value — We really like our Sonata. It has been totally reliable and still looks great after 40000 miles. The gas mileage is very good, being near 30mpg. It handles the road quite well. The Sonata fufills it's mission in life very well. It is a competent family hauler that will last as long as you want it to. My wife has worn out the tires in 30000 miles, but other than that, it has required nothing but oil changes. We had a 2007 Elantra also with manual transmission and both had no clutch pedal feel and much too light of pressure is required for the throttle pedal. We find ourselves regularly killing the engine when moving from a dead stop.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joshua writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata SE Review
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5

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performance is great

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interior is iffy sometimes, not bad tho

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Great Car, Great Performance. — Its a great car but my mom drives it more that I do so it wouldn't be my first choice. The gas mileage isn't too bad. It it very fun to drive. I don't think that it has many problems other than a few blind spots but all cars have those. It handles well and you don't even notice the acceleration at all. Great car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Alex writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata SE V6 Review
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3

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v6, smooth braking, nice base on the stereo

Cons

its not a v8

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I Love It — i love the way this car feels when you floor it. This car is on its second transmission because about two months after it was bought, someone hit it after they ran a stop sign in from of a church

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Rachael writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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3

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Comfort

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Performance

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Good First Car — Cost - easy on the gas mileage, not too bad on the maintenance. Unfortunately this car isn't really made for performance. Build Quality could be better. Its a very comfortable ride. Some problems with whirling noise. Definitely built for those long rides.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 Review
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Best Looking Sonata Ever — Build Quality: had to get the rims repaired because the roads are so bad round hear Car Comparisons: looked at mazdas and fords got major discount and the car is solid dont feel like made of tin Performance: its a great car very comfortable plenty of room not many gadgets but dosnt feel plasticky More About My Car: love the xm radio lo

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Emily writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 Review
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The sonata is the full-package for a good price for a quality vehicle.

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I'm not sure.

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I Love Sonatas. — I own a sonata and the body and look of the vehicle keeps getting better looking every year.

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Christophe writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review
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5

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everything

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could be my grandfather's car

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Lazy-boy On Wheels!!! — nice car for people who like to cruise around in a lazy-boy but for a guy like me who does 30 k km/ years it's just perfect

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Jeff writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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4

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Brakes, Engine, Trunk Space

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Mirrors, Build Quality (Body), Interior Plastics

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A Good Car — Good acceleration for a four cylinder engine, good braking, handles like a compact sedan, side mirrors seemed to be misplaced. Plastics feel cheap, hood release broke after three months. Large amount of trunk space, headlight bulbs were a pain to change. No fold in mirrors...?

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leonm699 writes:
2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 Review
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5

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The price, the quality, the airbag safety, the price.

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Can't find oil capacity in the owner's manual.  Also nothing about the
timing belt maintenance.

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My Wife Is Crazy About It Over Her '99 Maxima — It has every bell and whistle we wanted. The silver blue color is perfect. Bigger and roomier than the '99 Maxima (I inherited), yet is shorter in length.

Owner for 0 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:5,000

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1988 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

My Care By Marcus

It has been a very good car for me. I have had the timing belt and pistons replaced, 2 batteries, 3 set of tires, a new alternator. Nice, compact sedan type care for getting back and forth to work in.... Read More

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1989 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Good Car But Too Old Now Get Reject Sticker Now By William

I got the car for my birthday love the car, used it for school, work and for everything never broke down drove it all over the world and it still runs but now it has problem going up hills and it gets... Read More

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1990 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Dave's 1990 Sonata By David

This was my first car. My dad bought it from an auction one week after my 19th birthday. It had 82,000 miles on it when bought, and had 93,000 miles on it a month later. I had so much fun in this car ... Read More

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1995 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

An Ok Car, But Not Built To Last Very Long. By Anthony

I have grown attached to this car more and more due to the rarity of it on the roads, it has all the luxiry features of a BMW or Lexus or Mercedes, it is fun to drive, especially in sport mode, 3.0 li... Read More

Not Too Bad By Cường

that is the luxury car and the first car in my life,performance is not bad, the cost is happy with me, the air cooler make me fell pleasant. I love it very much, i will chose sonata for the next car Read More

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1996 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Good Car By Петко

Poor Acceleration, poor brakes, good handling, It need repairs just like any other car. The exterior is good at rear but at the front of the car is ugly. Interior is good. the mileage is about 220000 ... Read More

My First New Car When Hyundai Still Had A Bad Rap..... By Joe1055

This was actually a great car. It was affordable when I just got out of college and had a low paying job, it was reliable, had a good stereo, never broke down and I got $2K back when I sold it to a pr... Read More

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