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The Hyundai Accent is a rival for vehicles like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, and the Chevrolet Sonic. With the Accent, Hyundai has a subcompact four-door sedan or five-door hatchback that wears the lowest pricetag in its lineup. It's no stripper though: the Accent is now one of the bigger cars in its class, and comes very well-equipped, as Hyundai has added more features to the base... Read More Below »
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The Hyundai Accent is a rival for vehicles like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, and the Chevrolet Sonic.

With the Accent, Hyundai has a subcompact four-door sedan or five-door hatchback that wears the lowest pricetag in its lineup. It's no stripper though: the Accent is now one of the bigger cars in its class, and comes very well-equipped, as Hyundai has added more features to the base model.

While it isn't exciting to drive, the Accent is one of the most comfortable, well-equipped cars its size--and still a great value.

MORE: Read our 2014 Hyundai Accent review

Originally available in GL, GLS, and GT trims, with a choice of 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter engines, the Hyundai Accent has seen some simplification over the years. The first-generation car was a low-priced, often low-quality mode of basic transportation. The second-generation Accent was offered from 2005, and trim choices eventually were reduced to a trio: the GLS model, with a choice of continuously variable (CVT) or manual transmissions, was offered in the sedan body style, while the hatchback was offered in GS and SE trims, with the SE replacing the previous GT trim as the sportier take on the Accent.

this generation was powered by a lone powertrain: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder good for 110 horsepower. The car offered good interior space and storage capacity, as well as standard air conditioning and a 60/40-split rear seat for cargo flexibility. It didn't fare too well in safety tests; U.S. versions got some extra reinforcements but still did not excel in side-impact collision testing.

The new Hyundai Accent

The latest Accent arrived for 2012, offered in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles. It's larger than its predecessor, nearly a compact in size, and offers a more sophisticated experience to go along with improved efficiency. An updated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine makes 138 horsepower and is available with the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

It's a better performer, and it's very well executed, with adult-sized room in front or in back, with a smooth powertrain that accelerates at or above the usual econocar pace--and does it all with a level of fit and finish that's actually a notch above the new Fiesta and many other subcompacts. Not only that, it's better equipped, with available Bluetooth, power features, and standard curtain airbags and stability control.

The Accent's fuel economy, however, is not as good as was initially marketed. In November 2012, the 2012-2013 Hyundai was found to have misstated gas-mileage figures for the Accent and several other models due to what it termed "testing errors," for which it compensated owners of the affected models. While the 2012 Accent was initially rated and promoted at 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, the EPA deemed its actual fuel efficiency to be 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway. Owners were asked to register with Hyundai to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels at a website, HyundaiMPGInfo.com.

In the second model year of this new body style, Hyundai gave the Accent more standard features in base GLS sedan form--things like air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows--but raised the base price by $2,000 accordingly. The Accent was mostly unchanged for 2014, while the 2015 model year brings a light freshening. There's a new grille design up front, while GL and GLS models also get revised headlights, and the GLS gets its own sportier taillamp look. Some feature content has been moved around and repackaged, and SE models have been renamed as Sport.

Used Hyundai Accent Models

Hyundai’s smallest car, the subcompact Accent four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, has made great strides in style, performance, and features since its 2001 launch. Early models didn’t get great reviews on any front except for rock-bottom price, and were largely viewed as “econobox” base models. A new generation in 2005 improved on all fronts, offering more space than many competitors, and the most recent 2012 generation is another huge step forward again.
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