2008 Hyundai Accent

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$10,775

starting MSRP

2008 Hyundai Accent

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Gas mileage
  • Easily adjustable driver's seat
  • Price
  • Tolerable backseat space
  • Handling in SE trim level

The bad:

  • Poor crash-test ratings
  • Road and engine noise
  • Low-rent interior
  • Imprecise manual transmission

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • GS

    $10,775

  • GLS

    $12,925

  • SE

    $14,575

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2008 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

2008 Hyundai Accent review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Hyundai’s least-expensive model receives a handful of new interior features, including an upgraded stereo, for 2008. Available in hatchback and sedan body styles, the Accent competes with economy cars like the Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris.

The Accent earned a substantial redesign for 2006. Now in its third generation, the compact car comes standard with six airbags — which strangely did not prevent last year’s model from being rated Poor in side-impact crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A 1.6-liter four-cylinder produces 110 horsepower. Power rack-and-pinion steering is standard. Sister company Kia sells the Rio, a car that shares many components with the Accent. Both models include a 10-year, 100,000-mile drivetrain warranty, one of the industry’s longest.

Exterior
Hyundai says the Accent’s crisp modern lines, distinctive halogen headlights, and larger wheels and tires make this version more elegant than its predecessor. The base GS hatchback has black side mirrors and door handles; those parts are body-colored on the SE hatchback and GLS sedan.

GS and SE hatchbacks sport a fairly typical wedge shape, but with telltale Hyundai curves. Standard steel wheels hold 14-inch tires. The GLS sedan has optional 15-inch alloy wheels, while the SE hatchback has 16-inch alloys and a sport-tuned suspension.

Interior
Up to five occupants can fit inside the Accent, which has 1.5 inches more rear legroom than before. Front headroom is 0.7 inches greater as well. Cargo space totals 12.4 cubic feet in the sedan and 15.9 cubic feet in the hatchback. Every door panel contains a bottle holder and storage pockets.

For 2008, GLS and SE models have restyled gauges. Later in the year, the CD stereo in both cars will add an auxiliary jack for MP3 players, as well as XM Satellite Radio with three months’ free service. The base GL hatchback doesn’t have a CD player, so be prepared to warble your own tunes.

Standard equipment includes a tilt steering wheel and an eight-way driver’s seat with an adjustable armrest. The GLS sedan and SE hatchback add air conditioning, front seatback pockets and dual vanity mirrors. A folding backseat armrest with cupholders is also included — a rare feature in this class. An available Convenience Package adds power windows, power door locks with keyless entry and heated power mirrors, items that are standard in the SE hatchback.

Under the Hood
The Accent’s 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder features continuously variable valve timing and develops 107 pounds-feet of torque. Either a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic can be installed. SE models with the manual have a sport shifter from B&M Racing.

Safety
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags are standard across all trim levels. Front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters are installed, and all seating positions have adjustable head restraints. Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard on the SE hatchback. ABS is optional for the GLS sedan and unavailable in the GS hatchback.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.8
  • Interior design 3.5
  • Performance 3.7
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 3.7
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

2.1

Not that great

These are very cheaply built vehicles. It does pretty well on gas mileage and thats about all the benefit you're going to get. Cheap plastic interior that falls apart easily and is very expensive to replace. The Hyundai line up from what I have seen is riddled with recalls so be prepared for that. Its an ok work car, as in a seat on wheels to get to and from. Or a cheap starter car for a new driver or someone low on funds but have some cash on hand for surprise repairs. It would be a great little commute car if it had better materials and parts.

4.1

Its easy to mentain

Its reliable and don't stop on the road, its performance amused my friends with bigger cars. I will definitely want to buy Hyundai brand, its has good fuel economy

3.6

Very reliable car for many years.

Lots of leg room even for tall people. I had my car till 135000 miles and it was still going strong. Great little car to own.

See all 30 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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