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2008 Hyundai Sonata
“The 2006 Hyundai Sonata's interior marks a major step up the quality ladder. Some rough edges on a few plastic molds and a less-than-lustrous finish on some dash panels are the only shortcomings we noticed.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2008 Kia Optima
“While the V6 won't inspire thrills, it's smooth and quiet, and offers decent acceleration and enough thrust for confident merging on the highway.” —   See More Reviews
2008 Mitsubishi Galant
“Even the DE is fairly well equipped, with items including air conditioning, AM/FM/CD sound system, remote keyless entry, rear defroster and power windows, locks and mirrors.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
2008 Toyota Camry
“Since its debut in the United States nearly 25 years ago, the Camry has earned a reputation for smart design, pleasing function, build quality and durability. It's not all hype.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic
2008 Kia Rondo
“...a vehicle with a good amount of functionality and flexibility for its size and price. The four-door Rondo can carry up to seven passengers. It's nimble and filled with clever storage space.” —   See More Reviews
2008 Toyota Prius
“The new Prius' skin turns in a coefficient of drag of 0.26, about the lowest ever for a production car.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
2008 Saturn Aura
“Anyone who has ever rented a car in Europe knows that Opel (GM's European division) builds taut, serious cars with the everyday athleticism that European drivers expect... With the Aura, all those sensations are here: the heavy, positive feel in the steering, the augured-down suspension (struts in front, multi-links in the rear), the level cornering, the firm and supportive seats.” — Los Angeles Times   See More Reviews
2008 Honda Accord
“The Honda Accord offers an appealing combination of spaciousness, a relatively upscale feel and a reputation for reliability.” —   See More Reviews
2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
“The GTP with the optional all-new Competition Group suspension package (Comp G) is damped with just the right amount of firmness, making for a ride that feels more akin to that found in today's better European 4-doors.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
2008 Toyota Camry Solara
“The sweeping console invokes the intimate atmosphere of a sporty coupe. the seats are relatively flat, which makes sliding in and out easy, but they could use a little more side support. The cloth is nice, though it's a bit bland.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2008 Chevrolet Malibu
“The latest Malibu looks great, drives well, offers good fuel economy in four-cylinder guise, and might just be the best family sedan ever brought forth by a domestic automaker. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2008 Pontiac G6
“The suspension returns a surprisingly sporty ride, and the solid structure helps make the interior a serene place to spend time.” —   See More Reviews
2008 Dodge Magnum
“The 5-speed automatic with its AutoStick sequential shifting operates seamlessly, and the rack-and-pinion steering is direct and linear in action...” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
2008 Ford Fusion
“Taking styling themes established by Ford's 427 concept car during the 2003 auto show season, the lines are handsome from every angle, but particularly so from the front where the three bold chrome slats make up the grille and the headlights manage the neat trick of being both somewhat rectangular and swooping up into each front fender.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
“Handsome styling inside and out, comfortable seats, good fit and finish, smooth ride, hushed cabin, high crash test scores.” —   See More Reviews
2008 Saturn Aura Green Line Hybrid
“Well, the people have spoken, and they already seem to think the Aura is a handsome car. We do.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2008 Mercury Milan
“The Milan is pretty well-equipped. Standard items include air conditioning, a power driver's seat, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, a tachometer, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel and power windows, heated mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
2008 Buick LaCrosse
“The springs provide a lot of initial compliance and allow you to float over minor imperfections, but once they are slightly compressed, the rubber bump stops come into play to gradually stiffen the suspension.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2008 Chevrolet Impala
“The V8 has been tuned for quick throttle response and good low-end acceleration.” —   See More Reviews
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid
“In terms of ride, handling and interior comfort, were it not for the graphic display of the hybrid's status, the substitution of a welcome, real-time, fuel economy gauge for the tachometer and the unique, abbreviated shift gate, we easily could have believed we were driving an XLE.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2008 Ford Taurus
2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid
“After some initial harshness at low speeds, the engine and the electric motors work in harmony with the slick, silent, planetary-type CVT, culminating in a surge of impressive passing power.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2008 Mercury Sable
“On the highway, the ride is smooth, and those who equate silence with quality should be pleased with the Sable's low amounts of road and wind noise.” —   See More Reviews
2008 Kia Amanti
“Kia estimates the 0-60-mph time to be close to 9 seconds, which is not bad for a car that weighs 4020 lb. Body roll is not excessive, but is considerable. This isn't a sports sedan by any means, but a quiet, comfortable, smooth and well-equipped 4-door.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
2008 Pontiac G8
“Clipped overhangs and sheetmetal that is sucked tight over the wheel arches and cabin give the G8 the crouched stance of a Teutonic high roller. The G8's skeleton is all-new and 100 percent Australian-developed.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2008 Mazda Mazda6
“Most impressive is the 6's steering, which feels as if it took a few lessons at the Miata finishing school. Turn-in is sharp, and the variable-assist rack-and-pinion system provides good feedback and little need for correction at higher speeds.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2008 Mercury Grand Marquis
“Mercury's rear-wheel-drive full-size sedan shares its design with Ford's Crown Victoria and is among the few body-on-frame automobiles.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
2008 Subaru Legacy
“The basic driving position is excellent.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
2008 Nissan Altima
2008 Nissan Maxima
“The cut-out dash near the windshield is unique, and it's lined with a suede material (which makes its way around to the doors) that entices you to touch it.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
2008 Dodge Charger
2008 Toyota Avalon
“Fine balance of softness, composure.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
2008 Chrysler 300
“Smooth, quiet operation, tight handling, space, luxury: The Chrysler 300 sedan has it all, at attractive prices. Yet what the 300 has more than anything is bold, appealing styling. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2008 Buick Lucerne
“The materials are top-notch, the design is clean and elegant and represents a huge step forward for GM in cabin appointments. Small items, like passenger grab handles and coat hooks, feature damped hinging. The seats are large and comfortable; however, a bit more lateral support is needed to match the car's athletic dynamics. The instruments are clear and simple and the controls are straightforward and easy to use.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
2008 Volkswagen Passat
“The Volkswagen Passat is a sophisticated car with a high-quality cabin. It's roomy and comfortable. ... The ride is smooth and comfortable and the chassis is well controlled at high speed.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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