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PERFORMANCE | 6 out of 10
acceleration is weak
surprisingly spirited driving
Car and Driver
harsh ride over irregular surfaces
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com were generally positive about the 2008 Hyundai Accent's performance, but a little extra zip is still needed.
Cars.com mentions that the Hyundai Accent comes standard with a "110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder" that "develops 107 pounds-feet of torque." Car and Driver finds no complaints with these numbers, stating, "these ponies are offered without complaint," and adding they “encourage surprisingly spirited driving.”
In the 2008 Accent, Hyundai offers two different powertrains that offer a "5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission," according to ConsumerGuide. Edmunds isn't impressed with the automatic option, claiming "lackluster acceleration."
MyRide.com notes that the "sedan's ride is on the soft side." Other reviewers mention this as well, and Car and Driver provides the reason why: the suspension is "simply sprung a bit softly."
In terms of fuel economy, Edmunds feels with the Accent, Hyundai is "competitive with similarly equipped rivals." The Accent's 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway consumption is identical to the numbers posted by the Chevy Aveo, but not quite as good as the Toyota Yaris, which hits 29 mpg in the city and 35-36 mpg on the highway, according to Kelley Blue Book.
TheCarConnection.com drove the new Accent recently, and had a more favorable handling experience with the SE version of the Accent. Hyundai's basic suspension and light steering give it a fun handling profile, but the SE versions feel even better with their specific tires and suspension settings. The brakes felt strong, but the Accent's manual shift linkage can feel imprecise. Engine noise is a problem, too.
The 2008 Hyundai Accent musters some good performance, but a few extra ponies under the hood wouldn't hurt.