This version of the Sonata has a comfortable and quiet interior, but it is less agile than its predeccesor. The compact sedan offers up-to-date standard safety gear for the time, which included side curtain airbags and electronic stability control. Bigger, more powerful and more refined than the car it replaced, the V6 is quick while the four-cylinder is economical and refined.
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"drives nice"

JEROME V., FL (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"very stable and holds road well"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"Acceleration is far superior to our Buick Century"

JAMES P., AZ (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"Acceleration is fine but engine noise is louder than I would prefer. Handling is fine."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"Great acceleration and handling."

DENNIS H., AR (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"I love the acceleration and the handling. It feels very crisp and tight when changing lanes or negotiating curves. I like the comfort of the seats. Good driving position."

PATRICK G., LA (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"Handles like a sport sedan, very responsive engine."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Sonata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Comfortable for driving duration of up to 1 to 1.5 hrs. Slight to medium discomfort between 1.5 and 3.5 hrs. The ride is slightly harsh and slightly noisy (not enough to cause discomfort)."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"the ride could be softer (noise)"

RONALD M., MO (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"I find the seat bottoms are a bit short not fully supporting my legs. Wish there were a bit more length from seat back to front edge."

Anonymous, DE (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"We have taken cross - country automobile vacations for the past 55 years nearly every year in a large variety of vehicles. I do all the driving and this car has the most comfortable and supportive seats I have ever had. Now I in my 80's I feel better after a long drive than I did in other cars in my 40's."

N P., IL (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"There's a definite squeaking sound coming from the 'front' area audible at low speeds. Makes me wonder if a bolt or two has loosened up there. I suppose I should take it to the dealer for their assessment, but haven't yet."

JIMMIE D., CA (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"Good seats, ride, acceleration."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"Seat comfort is good, but sight line on the right between the windshield and side window is poor. Car is noisy, especially on the highway."

CAROL L., NC (2008 Hyundai Sonata)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Vehicle has been very reliable. Still looks and drives great."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"Great car for the price."

JAMES P., AZ (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"I bought the car on a 5 year no interest loan in 2008. With a deal like that and being that it was a fair price, it was hard to pass up."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"Great Milege, comfort, low maintenance"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"My last car, a 2004 Sonata was a lemon so I was wary about buying this car but it's been the perfect used car. Absolutely no issues and a great value."

FRANK C., NJ (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"I didn't know much about Hyundai when I bought this car new. It has been very reliable and had few problems and held up well."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"gas mileage"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"It was very worth it"

R W., NY (2008 Hyundai Sonata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Classic styling, doesn't look outdated even today."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"Very small blind spots."

ANTOINETTE H., NC (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"the style is ok"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

"When it is clean, it looks new"

DIANE S., VA (2008 Hyundai Sonata)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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