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Waranty vs Dealer Performance
Pros: Stick Shift
Cons: Waranty ReliabilityThe companies promotes a 100,000 mi waranty is only as good as the paper it is written on! At every delivery for service, the dealers claim that all parts function as they should and a service charge is placed on all owners that do not receive a waranty claim. the service charge is for waisting the time of the dealer. Who in my mind has no intentions of completing any type of waranty work for free. I have had to replace within the first three years of ownership at my own cost: tires & struts, battery, & wheel covers with peeling paint. I did purchase this car to be a cheap commuter. The extra cost and the agravation of never getting a repair completed under waranty is reason enough to never, never, never ever buying another HYUNDAI period.
Pros: Great gas mileage!!!!! Reliability!!
Cons: Interior plastic on the doors scratches very, very easily.
Advice: If you are looking for good value for the money and good mileage, get this car!I've had mine for 14 months and I drive it about 80 miles per day 5 days a week-it has 26,000 miles already and I do not regret buying this car. I needed something inexpensive with a good warranty(just in case)and I scored when I bought this car. I get 33-37 mpg. I do not know why the 2008's are only rated to get 33mpg...my 2007 was rated to get 37, and IT DOES, provided you do not beat on it. If you do not expect it to perform like a sports car and do not ask it to, then you will get great mileage. Drive responsibly and you will be pleased. My boyfriend has a leadfoot and he got a lot less mpg when he borrowed it for the week. It is comfortable. I have hauled 3 passengers in it at once and they all marveled over how much room they had, even in the back seat. There is a bit of engine noise, yes, when you go on the highway, and the interior plastic on the doors scratches VERY easily. These are my only gripes so far. No problems with it mechanically, and it started up great last winter when the temperature was 25 below zero. It handled fairly well in the snow, considering it is a very light car-about as well as my saturn sedan that I had prior to this. I am glad I bought it. It is a well made car for the money.
Pros: Front seat room
Cons: Lack of sixth speed
Advice: EPA mileage estimates are pure fantasy.9000 miles. No problems. Great front seat room. Consistent 30-MPG in in-town driving. Have gotten as as high as 36-MPG highway staying with 80-MPH traffic. Road noise noticibable at highway speeds, but the great stereo covers it. A sixth speed would be nice - 3,500 RPM at 70 MPH! Needs rear hatch window wiper.
Cons: No cruise
Advice: Buy a HyundaiI am not reporting on the 2007 model - yet. We are buying one this week. Last Sunday my son hit a deer head-on, while traveling 60 mph in his 2005 Accent. The deer was standing still, so this was equivalent to hitting a wall. All airbags deployed and he walked away totally unhurt. Sadly the car was totaled, but it saved my sons life. The safety features of ANY Hyundai are incredible. Who cares about cup holders when your child is unhurt. He drove the car for almost 2 years with absolutely NO repairs. NONE. A wonderful car to own. Not a luxury but good value for the money.
Cons: 14 inch wheels
Advice: Rent an Accent,yaris and fit for a month each and then pick,Accent won easy for me.I am amazed at some reviews being so negative. i drove an accent,yaris and fit each for a month both city and highway and accent was far the best. It had the best power and comfort for long drives and was not as noisy and had the best mpg equal to yaris and better than fit. In the city it handled much better and yaris had a bit better mpg. Overall it was cheaper and that coming with much more in the way of added features that would cost much more in the other 2. I bought the accent after the testing and after 6 months it is still wonderful to drive and no problems at all. My friend went with the yaris and after loaning my accent to him for a long weekend he now wishes he got an accent. he admitted it felt and handled better and had a lot more power. i will admit i have not driven in heavy snow yet but from past experience no sub compact is that great in bad snow. Overall between price and features and the actual driving i say the accent is hands down better than its competition. BTW,i previously had a corolla and although very happy with it have now found both toyota and honda to be overpriced for what you get other than reputation. oh yeah,when getting any work done at the dealerships hyundai is much friendlier and cheaper labour costs. I have no idea why some are complaining about mileage,mine is just fine and close to car specs.
Pros: Good looks, good upholstery, decent for it's size trunk
Cons: Easy to scratch interior plastic, unimpressive highway fuel efficiency of 28 mpg
Advice: If you are into a budget long-warranty car, Elantra looks like a much better value for moneyWe had bought a 2007 Elantra for little more than 14K, and that was a bargain - a neat, cute, well-behaved, quiet and loaded with features vehicle. This positive experience made us choose a 2007 Accent as a second vehicle over Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Scion xA. We kind of like our Accent, but I'm afraid next time we buy a car it will have to be either another Elantra, or a Fit
Cons: the gas mileage, sticker says 'highway 38' I'm getting 22! That is a huge difference! I could have bought a bigger car and got better gas mileage!
Advice: If you want a car that gets good gas mileage, I wouldn't buy a hyundai accent it does not get what the sticker says.I liked the car when I test drove it. I wanted a car with good gas mileage.