2008 Hyundai Accent Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$10,775-$15,770
$10,540-$15,311
25 /CITY / 32 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Stereo systems now include XM satellite radio and auxiliary input jack

  • Standard tire-pressure-monitoring system

  • Revised instrument cluster for GLS and SE models

  • New 15-inch alloy wheel design

  • SE models with manual transmission get a B&M sport shifter

  • Rear armrest with cupholders standard on SE

  • New color for GS and SE: Mellow Yellow
Overview
Inexpensive entry-level cars have long been a key part of Korean automaker Hyundai's strategy to lure first-time buyers into the Hyundai family. High gas prices have put a new emphasis on the subcompact market, and as of 2007 the Accent found itself facing new rivals from several mainstream Japanese manufacturers, including the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. Still, Hyundai was well prepared; the Accent GLS sedan was redesigned in 2006, while the 3-door GS and SE models joined the lineup in 2007.

Model Lineup
Hyundai offers the 2008 Accent as a 4-door sedan in GLS form or as a 3-door hatchback in GS and SE trim. The GS hatchback serves as the entry-level model; it offers power steering, tilt steering column, and a rear seatback that reclines, splits and folds. A Popular Equipment package adds air conditioning and an AM/FM/XM stereo with MP3-capable CD player. Both are also included in the GS Premium Equipment package, along with power windows, mirrors and door locks; remote keyless entry; alarm; and body-color mirrors and door handles.

The GLS 4-door sedan comes with an AM/FM/XM stereo with MP3-capable CD player and air conditioning, power steering, and a tilt steering column. Power windows, mirrors and locks, remote keyless entry, and anti-lock brakes are available in a Popular Equipment package, while the GLS Premium package adds those items plus 15-inch alloy wheels.

Topping out the range is the 3-door Accent SE, with a sport-tuned suspension; air conditioning; AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 stereo; power windows, mirrors and locks; remote keyless entry; anti-lock brakes; 16-inch alloy wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter; and a new B&M sport shifter for cars with manual transmissions. A sunroof is optional.

Powertrain
Both 2008 Hyundai Accent sedan (GLS) and hatchback (GS and SE) models feature a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing that puts out 110 hp at 6000 rpm and 106 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates are 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway with the optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
The 2008 Hyundai Accent is equipped with front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, and two-row side curtain air bags. Anti-lock brakes are optional on the GLS and standard on the SE. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-tested the 4-door model and awarded it a perfect 5-star rating in the front-impact test. For side impacts, the rating was 4 stars for front-seat passengers and 3 stars for rear-seat passengers. The rollover rating was 4 stars. However, the Accent sedan did not fare as well in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. The model scored \"Acceptable\" (the second-highest mark) for the frontal crash test, but Poor-the lowest possible mark-in the side-impact test. Neither NHTSA or IIHS has tested the 3-door Accent hatchback.

Technology
Combining adequate fuel economy with acceptable acceleration is always a challenge in small cars. The 2008 Hyundai Accent accomplishes this by employing a continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) system, which gives the engine a broad torque range, according to Hyundai. The CVVT system also helps the engine run cleaner, and indeed the Accent achieves ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) standards, as rated by the EPA.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Stereo systems now include XM satellite radio and auxiliary input jack

  • Standard tire-pressure-monitoring system

  • Revised instrument cluster for GLS and SE models

  • New 15-inch alloy wheel design

  • SE models with manual transmission get a B&M sport shifter

  • Rear armrest with cupholders standard on SE

  • New color for GS and SE: Mellow Yellow
Overview
Inexpensive entry-level cars have long been a key part of Korean automaker Hyundai's strategy to lure first-time buyers into the Hyundai family. High gas prices have put a new emphasis on the subcompact market, and as of 2007 the Accent found itself facing new rivals from several mainstream Japanese manufacturers, including the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. Still, Hyundai was well prepared; the Accent GLS sedan was redesigned in 2006, while the 3-door GS and SE models joined the lineup in 2007.

Model Lineup
Hyundai offers the 2008 Accent as a 4-door sedan in GLS form or as a 3-door hatchback in GS and SE trim. The GS hatchback serves as the entry-level model; it offers power steering, tilt steering column, and a rear seatback that reclines, splits and folds. A Popular Equipment package adds air conditioning and an AM/FM/XM stereo with MP3-capable CD player. Both are also included in the GS Premium Equipment package, along with power windows, mirrors and door locks; remote keyless entry; alarm; and body-color mirrors and door handles.

The GLS 4-door sedan comes with an AM/FM/XM stereo with MP3-capable CD player and air conditioning, power steering, and a tilt steering column. Power windows, mirrors and locks, remote keyless entry, and anti-lock brakes are available in a Popular Equipment package, while the GLS Premium package adds those items plus 15-inch alloy wheels.

Topping out the range is the 3-door Accent SE, with a sport-tuned suspension; air conditioning; AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 stereo; power windows, mirrors and locks; remote keyless entry; anti-lock brakes; 16-inch alloy wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter; and a new B&M sport shifter for cars with manual transmissions. A sunroof is optional.

Powertrain
Both 2008 Hyundai Accent sedan (GLS) and hatchback (GS and SE) models feature a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing that puts out 110 hp at 6000 rpm and 106 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates are 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway with the optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
The 2008 Hyundai Accent is equipped with front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, and two-row side curtain air bags. Anti-lock brakes are optional on the GLS and standard on the SE. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-tested the 4-door model and awarded it a perfect 5-star rating in the front-impact test. For side impacts, the rating was 4 stars for front-seat passengers and 3 stars for rear-seat passengers. The rollover rating was 4 stars. However, the Accent sedan did not fare as well in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. The model scored \"Acceptable\" (the second-highest mark) for the frontal crash test, but Poor-the lowest possible mark-in the side-impact test. Neither NHTSA or IIHS has tested the 3-door Accent hatchback.

Technology
Combining adequate fuel economy with acceptable acceleration is always a challenge in small cars. The 2008 Hyundai Accent accomplishes this by employing a continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) system, which gives the engine a broad torque range, according to Hyundai. The CVVT system also helps the engine run cleaner, and indeed the Accent achieves ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) standards, as rated by the EPA.
Available Trims for the 2008 Hyundai Accent
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name GS (3dr HB Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 10775.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/32
Name GS (3dr HB Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 11775.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name SE (3dr HB Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 14575.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/32
Name SE (3dr HB Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 15375.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name GLS (4dr Sdn Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 12925.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/32
Name GLS (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 13925.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name GS (3dr HB Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 10970.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/32
Name GS (3dr HB Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 11970.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name SE (3dr HB Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 14970.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/32
Name SE (3dr HB Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 15770.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name GLS (4dr Sdn Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 13320.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/32
Name GLS (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 14320.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Reclining front bucket seats-inc: 8-way manual adjustable driver seat, adjustable headrests
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat w/adjustable head restraints
  • Driver armrest
  • Center console w/cupholders
  • Floor carpeting
  • Tilt steering column
  • Instrumentation-inc: odometer, trip odometer, tachometer, coolant temp, fuel level, digital clock
  • Warning lights-inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, brake, check engine
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Remote fuel door/hood releases
  • (4) speakers
  • Roof mounted micro antenna
  • Rear seat heater ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • Cabin air filter
  • Portable ash tray
  • 12-volt pwr outlet
  • Front trim, integrated armrest, door map pockets
  • (4) assist grips
  • Front/rear storage trays
  • Lighting-inc: dome, glovebox, cargo area
  • Rear coat hook
  • Rear center armrest
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto down, illuminated switches, driver pwr reserve
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/alarm & panic alert
  • AM/FM audio system w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers, equalizer
  • Air conditioning
  • Metallic interior accents
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors w/covers
  • Front bottle holders
  • B&M Racing sport shifter
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Front seat back pockets
  • Rear center armrest w/cupholders
  • Remote trunk release
  • (3) assist grips
  • Front/rear bottle holders
  • AM/FM/XM audio system w/CD/MP3 player-inc: (6) speakers, aux input
EXTERIOR
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body-color grille
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Black side mirrors
  • Side marker lights
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers w/washer
  • Black door handles
  • Body-color pwr side mirrors
  • Front fog lamps
  • Tinted glass w/sunshade band
  • Rear window wiper w/washer
  • Body-color door handles
  • Black grille w/chrome accents
  • Body-color body-side molding
  • Body-color side mirrors
MECHANICAL
  • 1.6L DOHC MPI CVVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs, gas shocks
  • Coupled rear torsion beam w/coil springs, gas shocks
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • P175/70TR14 tires
  • 14" x 5" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • Compact spare tire
  • Engine speed-sensing pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Front disc/rear drum brakes
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD, lock-up torque converter
  • Shift interlock system
  • Sport-tuned independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs, gas shocks
  • Sport-tuned coupled rear torsion beam w/coil springs, gas shocks
  • P205/45VR16 tires
  • 16" x 6.5" alloy wheels
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • P185/65HR14 tires
  • 14" x 5.5" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Driver & front passenger airbags
    • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear outboard roof mounted head curtain airbags
    • Occupant classification system (OCS)
    • Front 3-point seat belts-inc: adjustable height anchors, pretensioners, force limiters
    • Rear 3-point all-position seat belts
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system
    • Energy-absorbing steering column
    • Body-side reinforcements
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • Hood buckling creases/safety stops
    • Shift interlock system
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • Child safety door locks
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