2007 Hyundai Accent

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$10,415

starting MSRP

2007 Hyundai Accent

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Fuel economy
  • Increased passenger space
  • Price

The bad:

  • ABS no longer standard

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • GS

    $10,415

  • GLS

    $12,665

  • SE

    $14,015

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2007 Hyundai Accent trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Hatchback or sedan
  • Six standard airbags

2007 Hyundai Accent review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:


It’s easy to think of Hyundai’s sporty three-door Accent as an antidote to the rising price of gasoline.

The hatchback joins the existing Accent GLS sedan, and it is a good example of why small urban cars are gaining attention. Thrifty commuting doesn’t have to be boring or uncomfortable.

This sharp-looking compact comes in two trim levels. The GS starts at $10,995 and the SE at $14,495. Both are powered by a 1.6-liter engine rated at 32 miles per gallon in the city and 35 on the highway.

According to Hyundai, the three-door has more interior volume, both passenger and cargo, than a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. Consequently, the government classifies it as a compact, rather than a subcompact.

Lessons learned from design and execution of larger cars continue to trickle down to small urban cars, and the Accent SE was a good example. Handsome styling, a wide assortment of standard equipment and agile handling made it clear that a small economy car doesn’t have to be a rolling penalty box.

Creature comforts include air conditioning, power windows, power heated outside mirrors, keyless entry, 16-inch wheels and low-profile tires, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 172-watt AM/FM/CD player with six speakers.

The test car’s options included a power sunroof and upgraded audio system with a six-disc CD player.

Some folks worry about safety in small cars, but the SE comes with front, side and side-curtain airbags.

The Accent’s 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine has four valves per cylinder and continuously variable valve timing. This powerplant, which Hyundai says is the most powerful in its class, is full of energy and revs easily. Fuel economy is rated at 32 miles per gallon in the city and 35 on the highway. The engine qualifies for an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle rating and has a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Roadside assistance is free for five years or 60,000 miles.

The five-speed gearbox has a light, direct shift linkage, and the clutch is a breeze to use. The final drive ratio seems to be fairly low because the engine rpm is about 3,400 at 70 mph, and that makes the engine sound busy on the highway.

The SE is not a sports car, but it handles with reasonable precision. It has a sport-tuned suspension with unique springs, shock absorber valving, stabilizer bar and steering gear that deliver considerably flatter cornering than the GLS sedan. The 45-series tires on 16-inch rims look great and aid handling, but their low profile contributes to a slightly choppy ride on uneven surfaces. That said, I still prefer the enhanced handling and solid road feel to a soft, mushy ride.

Four-wheel, anti-lock disc brakes round out the SE’s performance package. The brakes also automatically distribute brake force from front to rear depending on load and conditions.

The SE’s cabin is nicely appointed. The light metallic blue test car had light gray cloth seats, a two-tone instrument panel and brushed silver accents. The two-tone instrument panel is dark on top to reduce reflections in the windshield and light on the bottom to help give the cabin a feeling of spaciousness.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel was pleasant to touch. Controls for the radio and climate were simple and direct. The center console had two cup holders, a removable ashtray and two power outlets. Additional storage is available with the seatback pockets and bottle holders in the front doors.

The 60/40 split-folding rear seat is handy for hauling large items, and it’s easy to load them with a hatchback.

Price The base price of the test car was $13,915. Options included a power sunroof and upgraded audio system with a six-disc CD player. The sticker price was $15,250.

Warranty Five years or 60,000 miles with a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Has been very reliable for 200k + miles

I bought my 2007 Accent new. Its had almost no problems. Has almost all original components as of 2/21. U have needed to replace all of the coil packs. One went out at only 30k miles, but was under warranty. I just change the fluids and the timing belt every so often and go! I doubt anyone makes a more reliable car than my 2007 Accent.

5.0

On my 3rd Accent since 2003 and still love it!

I've now owned 3 Accents - 2 of them unfortunately, were written off in collisions (by careless drivers), but I came out of both collisions with minor injuries. This car has performed extremely well and has remarkable reliability. I've never had any major unexpected issues with the engine, mechanical, or the body of this vehicle. The ride is better than one would expect of a subcompact and I'm a frequent long distance driver. As a single woman travelling both on business and personal trips, I've always felt confident in its performance. I take very good care of my car and hope to make it last as long as possible.

4.7

Excellent

I've owned several Hyundais and they do not disappoint. Very reliable and good on gas. Good performance for a car with this size engine. I would buy one again.

See all 24 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance

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