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This version of the Accent is a significant improvement over the previous generation. It is pleasant to drive with a relatively comfortable and quiet ride. Fuel economy is very good, but trails the best in its class. Unfortunately, ABS may be difficult to find, and its omission hurts braking performance. Our GS hatchback came well equipped for the money, but the higher end GLS is not a particularly great deal.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride



Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?


What Owners Say

“My Accent is the perfect commuter car. Simple, (manual shift, crank windows, decent stereo) cheap to buy, cheap to run, and not a lot of expensive electrical crap to break down and cause expensive repairs.”

JAMES E., OR (2008 Hyundai Accent)

“Buying a "loaded" 2 year old car for C$8500 plus taxes invariable gives good, if not excellent, driving value.”

T P., BC (2008 Hyundai Accent)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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