2008 Hyundai Accent

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2008 Hyundai Accent Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Hyundai Accent was new.

The Accent represents a good value for those looking for predictable, no-frills transportation. But it's placement in both small car and hatchback rankings is a reflection of less-than-stellar performance and styling. If you're in the market for a subcompact car and willing to spend a few thousand more than the Accent's MSRP, consider the Honda Civic or Honda Fit for their performance capabilities and more upscale feel.

Pros & Cons

  • Great value as an entry-level car
  • Class leading standard safety gear, including side curtain air bags and anti-lock brakes
  • Should be a worry-free car, thanks to good quality ratings and lengthy basic and powertrain warranties
  • Noisy and "thrashy" four cylinder engine provides poor acceleration
  • Dull (but inoffensive) exterior styling
  • Back seat is cramped for two adults, let alone three

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Hyundai Accent has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 51 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.0
Safety: 6.7
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2008 Hyundai Accent Overview

The 2008 Hyundai Accent's low sticker price and long warranty make it a great buy for drivers seeking a hassle-free economy car. The Hyundai's slow acceleration and less-than-upscale styling are downsides, but most budget car buyers don't expect a Lexus experience. Plus it offers something most Lexus drivers can't boost about -- regular fuel at the gas pump.

According to many, Hyundai's selling point is its lengthy warranty, but while Accent buyers can expect years of worry-free driving, many say Hyundai has a ways to go before establishing the resale value of a stalwart like Honda. 

For 2008, the Hyundai Accent comes in three trims, the GS and SE, which are three-door hatchbacks, and the GLS, a four-door sedan. The 2008 Accent carries over from last year virtually unchanged, save a few interior enhancements.

  • "It's not exciting -- unless you get jazzed over supercheap stuff -- but the Accent offers a lot for a little." -- U.S. News 
  • "Put this down as the blue plate special of the day." -- Motor Week

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