2008 Hyundai Accent - GS w/Optional XM (M5) Hatchback
Pros: Besides fine MPG, the usable smooth transmission shifter & clutch will never be tiresome to use.
Cons: Even with 6 airbags, Accent's side collision protection for rear seat passengers must be improved.
Advice: For buyers with few rear seat passengers because of lower than average crash protection.Our Accent has excellent tuning, & feather footing gives superb MPG. Ascending to a 5500 foot mountain pass near Mt. Rainier, Accent got a calculated 41+MPG. Rising to a lower 1400 foot pass, Accent nailed down 45MPG! Tho excess rpms & engine noise are above average, the engine is smooth. No creaks, whines or rattles. If you need performance tho, you have to shift down a lot. Some Accents sold for as low as $7000 to $8000, a superlative value. With 28000 miles, we have had no problem! For such a cheap car, it is nice to have an 8-way adjustable driver's seat with a viable arm rest (just don't lean heavily on it). With the armrest, the ride is OK for long drives (especially if you are driving in beautiful Washington state-ha ha). Other items on the cheap are a tach, 3 position intermittent wipers, inside adjustable rearview mirrors (manual), excellent short throw shifter & clutch for smooth, but unhurried shifting (no razz matazz), no cost mud flaps, & acceptable no nonsense speakers that won't need changing out if you don't need a lot of bass. The steering is quicker than provided in some other cars. While the exterior width of the Accent is the same as Honda Fit & Toyota Yaris, INTERIOR WIDTH is one to 3 inches wider than those cars, providing for nice shoulder width! We have a good chance of going 100,000 miles & NOT needing the 100,000 mile warranty.