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Hyundai cars: What's new for 2008

No new models, but lots of detail changes


ACCENT: All Accents get a tire pressure monitoring system as standard; XM satellite radio and an auxiliary audio input jack will arrive later in the year. GLS and SE models get a new instrument cluster, while 3-door SEs with manual transmissions get a short-throw B&M Racing shift lever.

AZERA: The mid-level SE goes away and the entry-level GLS gets more standard equipment. The top-of-the-line Azera Limited now comes with an Infinity stereo and offers an optional navigation system. Both versions get revised suspension tuning.

ELANTRA: A redesigned Elantra was introduced last year (read review). For 2008, the top-of-the-line Limited model is discontinued; the leather seats that distinguished it from lesser Elantras are now optional on the GLS. Electronic stability control, brake assist and tire pressure monitoring system are now standard on all models.

SONATA: Both four-cylinder and V6 engines are now offered in all models (last year the GLS only came with a 4-cyl, while the SE and Limited were V6-only). XM satellite radio is now standard on all models; the SE gets a power driver's seat and trunk spoiler while the Limited gets a better stereo and aluminum bodyside molding.

TIBURON: A 220-watt Kenwood stereo with MP3-compatible CD player and XM satellite radio is now standard.

SANTA FE: Hyundai's mid-size crossover was all-new for 2007 (read review). For 2008, the Santa Fe gets improved seat cloth; the top-of-the-range Limited model gains a standard Infinity stereo and sunroof and optional navigation system.

TUCSON: Black leather is out; grey leather is in. Later in the year, all models will get active front head restraints, XM satellite radio, and an auxiliary audio input jack.

VERACRUZ: The Veracruz was all new for 2007 (read review); changes for 2008 are limited to the Limited model, which gets more standard equipment and an optional navigation system.

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