The 1998 Hyundai Accent does not offer flash, power, or a well-appointed design with luxury features. Instead, the main selling point is price. The Accent marks one of the cheapest vehicles on the market, even compared to other entry-level vehicles that compete directly against it. The Accent also has excellent fuel economy, further reducing the price to own and operate it. For the budget-minded driver, the Accent provides one of the best values on the market. For someone only concerned about commuting from one point to another, the Accent accomplishes this just as well as more expensive vehicles.
Despite the focus on price, the Hyundai Accent is not a poor-quality vehicle. The Accent seems quite reliable. In addition, the core amenities remain available without much increase in price, albeit with air-conditioning as an optional feature. In addition, the Accent offers decent performance and handling that allows it to hold up well against other vehicles in the same price range.
Body Styles: hatchback, sedan
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Accent L, Hyundai Accent GS, Hyundai Accent GSi, Hyundai Accent GL
The 1998 Honda Accent GSi replaces the Accent GT. The Accent receives some minor alterations to the exterior aesthetics.
Measuring at 161.5 inches long, the Accent represents the smallest vehicle manufactured by Hyundai and one of the smallest encountered on the road. The Accent sells as a hatchback or sedan. Only the 1998 Hyundai Accent GL comes in a sedan body style, while the L, GS, and GSi provide hatchback models. The overall design does not differ between the two body types outside of the hatchback having two doors and an extended rear section. The Accent GSi offers power windows and power mirrors.
The 1998 Hyundai Accent, like other vehicles in its price range, goes very light on the features. An AM/FM radio and a cassette player provide the only standard features for both models. Even the higher-end Accent GSi has a pretty small features list with a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a cassette player, and an AM/FM radio as standard equipment. Air-conditioning remains an optional feature on all models.
Performance & Handling
The Hyundai Accent delivers a good performance considering its extremely low price tag. The 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 92 horsepower, which, while not great, proves adequate for a vehicle as small as the Accent to propel itself at a decent pace. The 1998 Hyundai Accent handles itself well in turns, allowing it to maneuver easily.
Dual front airbags come standard on all 1998 Hyundai Accents. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide an optional feature.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Accent: 23/32 mpg city/highway
- Sedan and hatchback options
- Low price tag
- Amazing gas mileage
You Won't Like
- Tough competition
- Underpowered engine
A good investment for the budget-minded driver.
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