On the company’s website, the 2008 Hyundai Sonata is touted as a refined and sophisticated sedan that inspires driving confidence and offers and unprecedented combination of safety, power and value. Somehow, once one takes the vehicle for a test drive, it becomes apparent there’s so much more to the car than safety, power and value.
For example, each of the three models of the ‘08 Sonata (the GLS, SE and Limited) offer quite a bit of style and charm. Each model has four doors and special offers for buyers that include a low annual percentage rate (APR) and cash rebates. Available in a rainbow of hues, there’s sure to be a design and color combination to make anyone happy.
That said, the 2008 Sonata is more than a great body. It has earned the government’s highest crash rating (NHTSA), a full five stars. Other safety features include six airbags that cushion all passengers in the event of an accident, seatbelt pretensioners, active head restraints, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). With plenty of room for up to 5 passengers to ride comfortably, they can also enjoy a trip without worry of the car crumpling in the event of an accident.
Still, just because the 2008 Hyundai Sonata is a safe car to drive doesn’t mean that it’s a boring car to drive. In fact, this year introduces the new Lambda engine family to car. With an aluminum block and head, the DOHC, 24 valve engine has 234 horsepower and hydraulic motor mounts. Additionally, there’s a variable induction system and maintenance free steel timing chain. Even though the car has 226 pounds per foot of torque, the Sonata will get 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.