The 1997 Hyundai Accent comes in two different body styles: sedan and hatchback. Hyundai offers only one trim level for the sedan type, but the hatchback comes in three. 1997 marks the first year for the sedan body type. The Accent comes with one engine choice and two transmission choices.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Accent GL sedan, Hyundai Accent L hatchback, Hyundai Accent GS hatchback, Hyundai Accent GT hatchback
Trim levels change for 1997, adding the GS hatchback and GL sedan.
Thirteen-inch wheels come standard on all 1997 Hyundai Accents except for the GT hatchback, which comes with 14-inch wheels. The L hatchback and GT hatchback come with tinted glass standard, while this remains optional on the GL sedan and GS hatchback. Remote trunk release comes standard on all but the L hatchback. Alloy wheels remain optional on the GL sedan and come standard on the GT hatchback. The GT hatchback also includes a rear spoiler, which remains optional on the other three versions. Options include a sunroof for all but the L hatchback.
All models come standard with bucket seats and cloth upholstery. The GS and GT hatchbacks also include an AM/FM audio system. This audio system remains optional in the GL sedan and L hatchback. A center console provides an option for all but the L hatchback.
Some optional features include air-conditioning, an AM/FM/cassette audio system, and an AM/FM/CD audio system.
Performance & Handling
The Accent’s 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine pairs with a five-speed manual transmission, although the four-speed automatic transmission remains optional. This engine produces 92 horsepower and 97 lb-ft of torque. Power brakes and power steering come standard. The 1997 Hyundai Accent GT hatchback even has a sport suspension.
The 1997 Hyundai Accent comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags, intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear window defroster. Anti-lock brakes remain exclusive to the sedan, as an option. An anti-theft alarm system provides an option for the GL sedan and L hatchback. The GL sedan also comes with the option of a keyless entry system. The GS hatchback and GT hatchback come standard with rear window wipers. The GT hatchback also comes equipped with fog lights.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Accent GL sedan: 24/33 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Accent L hatchback: 24/33 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Accent GS hatchback: 24/33 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Accent GT hatchback: 24/33 mpg city/highway
- Fuel economy
- Solid feel
You Won't Like
- Resale value
- Hyundai reliability record
- ABS only available on sedan
An economy car with a few options.
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