2008 Hyundai Accent Consumer Review: Not what I expected

2008 Hyundai Accent - Consumer Review

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SE 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Not what I expected
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2008 Hyundai Accent SE 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


The overall configuration of the two door hatchback is nice because it gives you large doors to get in and out of and large items can go in the back without the limitation of a small trunk opening. My Hyundai only got 21 mpg to start and that declined to 15 mpg!!! For a 1.6 liter engine that is unreal. The wipers did not work from day one and the dealer took over a month to get the part. It ran cold always, the transmission way slow to react and locked up at times. The engine would tach over 4000 on the interstate in any kind of a grade and gave the feeling of going backwards. The service department was impossible to deal with at my dealer making the warranty useless.

Best Features

The two door hatchback allows for large item to be put in the back the visibility is good too. The car handled very well but hit bumps hard. The standard features on my SE were a good value. (if the car was worth having) the lighted vanity mirrors are well thought out in how they operate.

Worst Features

Gas mileage is poor if you are in a state where you must buy a 10% ethanol blend. The car is underpowered and the automatic transmission is not responsive with a tendency to lock up when downshifting. Hyundai could make sure their dealer's service departments are competent and have parts needed
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