2008 Hyundai Sonata User Reviews

2008 Hyundai Sonata Review Ratings

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  • 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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2008 Hyundai Sonata SE Review
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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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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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2008 Hyundai Sonata SE V6 Review
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Punchy engine.

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Overall lameness.

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How To Make A V6 Boring — I had to drive one of these "cars" for about three weeks. The ONLY good thing about this car is its engine. The V6 is really punchy, but it's limited by a dumb automatic transmission, heavy feeling suspension, and chronic wheel hop. The exterior appearance is completely inoffensive in every way. The interior looked like it was pieced together out of spare parts with no overall theme. The whole experience just reeked of "discount". Packing a lame car full of luxury features doesn't make it better. It makes it a crappy luxury car. Driving this car sort of sucked the energy out of me, and when I took it back, my wife's Imprezza had never looked so good.

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2008 Hyundai Sonata Review
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Nothing wrong about it

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Bland inside and out, a rubbish stereo,  the 2009 version is significantly better

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An Alright Car, Overshadowed By The Face-lifted Version — The 2008 Sonata is an alright car. This is a much better car than either the Accent or Elantra. The problem I have with it is that its bland. The 4-cylinder moves the car alright. The handling is alright nothing special. In terms of performance its actually decent. The interior is very similarly designed like the Elantra's and thus looks very similar to that car's interior. The problem with that interior is it looks very bland and uninteresting. Otherwise there is little fault to it. The car has no reliability faults and its rather inexpensive for a mostly fully loaded mid sized car. This car does have one big problem, the 2009 Sonata is far better than this version and I consider this one not worth the money after driving that one.

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2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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Color, fun to drive, spacious.

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Interior color/ wood stuff, cloth seats.

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My Car — I basically like my car, its purdy and fun to drive. I wish it had a different interior tho. I like the '09s better as far as interior goes. But it is still a pretty sweet car. I like the color, it is sparkly. I think it looks best in white, some of the other colors make it look like an old person car.

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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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2008 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review
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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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2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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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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2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 Review
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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
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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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2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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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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2015 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Great Commuter Car By hessere

This is actually my wife's car. She commutes roughly 30 miles a day and she loves this car for that. She got the model with all the bells and whistles so she loves the heated seats and the navigatio... Read More

A Spacious And Very Comfortable Family Car! By Redleg70

I have owned for one week. However, I am very impressed with the safety features, navigation, sound system, and ride quality. Additionally, the panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled seats as well as th... Read More

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2014 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Good Value By LisaHappy1

The car is for business. It handles well, gets great mileage, for the money it is a honey. Great trunk size, great for long distance travel. Front seats are comfortable, and the heated seat option ... Read More

Overall Great Deal. Currently Outdoes Most Brands With Respect To Balancing Value/style/luxury/perf By jwgreen83

Currently outdoes most brands with respect to balancing style, luxury, and performance with respect to the cost. (value) I compared many vehicle brands in the same car classes and knew I wanted one o... Read More

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Love It, Hate To Let It Go By Andrew

I got this car when I moved to Austin, and have had it now for almost two years. When choosing between Sonata, Accord and Camry, I ended up going with Sonata, because of its handling (much better than... Read More

Happy Hyundai Owner By davidr0290

Ver nice looking car that is reliable and affordable. It is a very comfortable ride with a roomy interior. Rides very smoothly so I need to keep an eye on the speedometer so that I don't speed. Not se... Read More

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Luxury Car Feel Without Luxury Car Price By Zxoike

This car can handle like a sports car if you need it to but as an older married guy with a family I enjoyed the comfortable ride in a car that keep my family safe. It has tons of storage capacity as ... Read More

Luxury Car Without The Luxury Car Price By Zxoike

This car is a luxury sedan with tons of room but has many of the handling characteristics of a sports car. It also has a fold down rear seat to allow for that extra cargo capacity. I feel perfectly ... Read More

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Beautiful Fast Little Beast By DaniRue

I love this car, it's great in every aspect. Great on gas, even as a turbo. And low cost maintenance. Never had a single issue with it. The rims add to the sleek style of the car. And it sounds great... Read More

A Reliable, Safe, And Fun Family Car. By Fleeman96

The pros of the car include the luxury options, overall built quality and comfort of the car. The included options in the luxury package are excellent options for this price range of a vehicle. The mp... Read More

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