Last post on Nov 20, 2007 at 8:59 PM
You are in the Hyundai Sonata
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Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura, Sedan
#13 of 22 Re: 2008 Sonata VS 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura [robert1955]
Oct 17, 2007 (7:03 pm)
GM should have offered I-4 in the Aura at launch, IMO. Now offered at 2008 model year, better late than never, as they say.
#14 of 22 I own a hyundai product.
Oct 17, 2007 (9:47 pm)
I have a Hyundai to keep my warranty intact i just follow the basic maintenance schedule every 6 months of 7,500 which ever comes first, i told the hyundai rep that i do mixed driving so i qualify for the standard maintenance schedule.
Oct 18, 2007 (7:20 am)
I have not driven either of the other cars yet. The '08 Malibu isn't out yet (the car I was waiting for) and I would not consider buying any non-American cars. My dad worked for GM for 30 years so I get a big discount. So that leaves my decision with the Malibu or the Aura. I drove the Aura a week ago and was very impressed with everything about it. I ended up getting an '07 Aura XR loaded for $22.8K plus ttl. It looks great, drives great, has great performance, and inexpensive. My co-worker bought a Lexus recently and she keeps saying, "My Lexus doesn't have heated seats", My Lexus doesn't have XM Radio or On Star", "My Lexus doesn't have remote start", etc... She also thinks they look a lot a like too - well they are both the same color!
Bottom line: I am glad I didn't wait for the Malibu and I look for excuses to drive my new Aura XR.
#16 of 22 Re: Saturn Aura [steelerman]
Oct 19, 2007 (9:23 am)
As long as your happy I am happy too, you got got a deal considering it was over 26 k MRSP.
#17 of 22 Re: 2008 Sonata VS 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura [csandste]
Nov 19, 2007 (12:34 pm)
As with any car's warranty, but especially with either Hyundai's or Kia's, perform the 3K oil changes yourself using an OEM filter, keep your receipts, and document your work on their website or in a file folder. If you do this, all is well with their warranty coverage. You do not have to have the work done at the dealer to maintain the warranty. You can save boatloads of money by following their severe service schedule, but by doing most of the work yourself. As to Hyundai specifically, this is exactly why their Owner's Manuals have such a large section devoted to Do-It-Yourself or Self-Performed Maintenance.
#18 of 22 Re: 2008 Sonata VS 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura [csandste]
Nov 19, 2007 (7:40 pm)
I am a bit ignorant when it comes to certain aspects of these cars. I really don't know where the Hyundai cars are manufactured.
I know my Saturn came from the Fairfax assembly plan in Kansas City Kansas. The chassis comes form Opel in Germany and the engine comes from the Cadillac.
I am really not familiar with the Hyundai cars other than seeing a lot of them and I really like the Azera Limited. Very similar features to my Aura, A little more money and a little less performance and handling, but very nice.
#19 of 22 Re: 2008 Sonata VS 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura [phaetondriver]
Nov 19, 2007 (9:24 pm)
Alabama (the Sonata, that is). .
#20 of 22 Re: 2008 Sonata VS 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura [csandste]
Nov 20, 2007 (4:59 pm)
I think the 4-cylinder engine may still come from the ROK though.
#21 of 22 Re: 2008 Sonata VS 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura [phaetondriver]
Nov 20, 2007 (7:48 pm)
That Azera Limited you mentioned has more features than your Aura (i.e. power rear sunshade, eight airbags, auto-wipers), has more peformance and handles, well, both aren't handling experts but more than adequate on both.
The reason why Azera has a higher price range is because it doesn't compete directly with the Aura, the Sonata does.
By the way, I am really digging the interior on the 09 Sonata facelift. That is one area of flaw from most critics and Hyundai responded very well. The latest pics of the exterior has me convinced this should be a successful facelift. Looking forward to seeing the North American spec (at the Detroit auto show, along with the Geensis/BH RWD luxury sedan), which I have been told should vary somewhat from the S. Korean spec but not by a lot.
#22 of 22 Re: 2008 Sonata VS 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura [joe97]
Nov 20, 2007 (8:59 pm)
I realize now that the Azera is more of a luxury sedan.
Horse power and weight are almost identical to the Aura XR.
It's only a blink slower to 60 MPH
I get 30 MPG on the high way I don't know how well the Azera will do with 0.2 more liters in the DOHC V-6. What ever it is it is acceptable I'm sure.
It must have a bit more hip room and leg room than my XR too.
I am going to watch this one very closely for the next year or so. Might have to put one in my driveway.