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2008 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2003 Kia Sorento

To start off, 2008 Hyundai Sonata is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2003 Kia Sorento. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 Kia Sorento would be higher. At 3,342 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Hyundai Sonata is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Hyundai Sonata (232 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 94 more horse power than 2003 Kia Sorento. (138 HP @ 3800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 Hyundai Sonata should accelerate faster than 2003 Kia Sorento. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Kia Sorento weights approximately 334 kg more than 2008 Hyundai Sonata.

Because 2003 Kia Sorento is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2008 Hyundai Sonata. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Kia Sorento will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2003 Kia Sorento (314 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 10 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Hyundai Sonata. (304 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2003 Kia Sorento will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Hyundai Sonata.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Hyundai Sonata 2003 Kia Sorento
Make Hyundai Kia
Model Sonata Sorento
Year Released 2008 2003
Body Type Sedan SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3342 cc 2359 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 232 HP 138 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 3800 RPM
Torque 304 Nm 314 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 2000 RPM
Engine Bore Size 92.1 mm 91 mm
Engine Stroke Size 83.8 mm 96 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.4:1 10.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Diesel
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Automatic Automatic
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1646 kg 1980 kg
Vehicle Length 4810 mm 4500 mm
Vehicle Width 1840 mm 1840 mm
Vehicle Height 1480 mm 1710 mm
Wheelbase Size 2740 mm 2670 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L 80 L


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