Hyundai says that for the first time, its 2008 Sonata sedan will be offered with a four-cylinder engine in all trim levels.

The popular V-6 engine will remain available on its GLS, SE, and Limited editions as the Sonata returns for a third model year in its current body style.

With a spacious interior that's larger than any of the mid-size Japanese competition, the Sonata GLS sports a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 162 horsepower. Its base price of $18,195 includes stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, side curtain airbags, and a large 16.3-cubic-foot trunk. New premium seat cloth is found inside, along with AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio, air conditioning, cruise control, and a tilt steering wheel. Hyundai's 234-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 is available on this model for a base price of $21,645.

The next step up the range is the $19,895 Sonata SE, which is offered with either engine. It also adds 17-inch alloy wheels with 55-series tires, a spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power driver seat, along with a five-speed automatic transmission on the V-6 models. Also added on SE models are steering-wheel audio controls, chrome trim, a telescoping steering wheel, and a trip computer.

The $22,995 Sonata Limited is also offered in four- or six-cylinder versions. It gets a standard CD changer and subwoofer/amplifier, a power driver seat, and heated front seats. The sole option is a sunroof.

All Sonatas come with Hyundai's five-year, 60,000-mile comprehensive warranty.


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