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2008 Hyundai Accent Review

This review was written 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.

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
Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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