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2008 Hyundai Accent

$1,445 — $7,405 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2008 Hyundai Accent exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2008 Hyundai Accent
  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Hatchback or sedan
  • Six standard airbags

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 befo...
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

What drivers are saying

4.1
22 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

RELIABLE

by DianeKS1958 from Mayfield NY on November 2, 2018

This car was a GREAT CAR reliable - wise! You Won't regret getting an Accent if you're low on Money! It was NOT a comfortable car to ride in. Every bump you went over, you would KNOW you were going ... Read full review

(4.0)

Great little car for the money. It's a 5 speed..

by Grandmax4 from Yankeetown, Florida on July 10, 2018

Great little car, 5 speed and a lot of people can't drive stick. Great on gas and fun to drive. Love the soft green color. Being retired It's a perfect fit for me. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Hyundai Accent currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Accent received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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