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2010 Hyundai Accent

2010 Hyundai Accent

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• What is it? The Accent is Hyundai’s smallest and least expensive model in the U.S. but it’s not lacking on style or features
• The basics: Three-door hatch or four-door sedan, as well as new “Blue” efficiency model
• On sale: Now
• Price: $9,970 to $16,995

As the smallest and least expensive model in Hyundai's U.S. lineup, the Accent comes as a three-door hatchback or four-door sedan, and for 2010 is offered with a new ultra-efficient “Blue” model.

The Accent Blue is the latest model in Hyundai’s grouping of specially designed eco-friendly models that offer improved fuel economy and lower emissions than their standard equivalents. In fact, the Accent's fuel efficiency is improved by up to 9%, reaching as high as 36 mpg on the highway--better than the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa--and a combined fuel economy of 31 mpg.

2009 Hyundai Accent

2009 Hyundai Accent

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Pricing for the new 2010 Hyundai Accent range starts at $9,970 for the Blue three-door hatchback equipped with a five-speed manual and 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. The most expensive model is the SE three-door with a four-speed automatic and $16,995 pricetag. Note, these prices do not contain a freight charge of $720.

All 2010 Accents receive lower friction engine components, aerodynamic improvements, lower-rolling-resistance silica tires, a "smart" alternator management system and other enhancements all aimed at reducing fuel consumption. The Accent Blue receives the same treatment plus revised transmission gear ratios and lowered ride height to achieve even greater fuel efficiency.

2009 Hyundai Accent

2009 Hyundai Accent

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To help Accent drivers get the most out of their cars Hyundai has added an economy indicator. The "eco indicator" on automatic transmission models is a green ECO light to indicate when the driver is achieving good fuel economy. Manual transmission models have an EcoShift indicator to inform drivers of the optimal time to shift.

Also new for 2010 is the addition of iPod/USB ports on all audio-equipped models, as well as blue backlit gauges on all models.

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Comments (8)
  1. The Golf TDI will eat this car's lunch. The Golf TDI will come on board with 30 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway from a auto manual transmission for an average mpg of 35. Of course the Golf's materials, features, and driving dynamics will be superior for the $17 K. If that doesn't do the trick, the VW Polo will soon be arriving with even better fuel economy numbers that the Golf TDI and cheaper.

  2. You're living in the past. The Golf will not be superior, everyone knows that Hyundai's reliability is above VW now. The features and materials on the SE are excellent, as is the fit and finish. It has been highly praised for it's handling. I doubt you have been inside a newer Accent, or maybe just the base version. WebRides TV blog said this: "What the car lacks in gusto, it more than makes up for in stick. The suspension handles the car’s 2,400 lbs without breaking a sweat. With the wheels pushed far to each corner, you can whip this little hatch around any organization of cones or apexes quick enough to slap a grin on your face in a hurry. The astounding amount of available grip allows you to keep up serious momentum, resulting in faster lap times than the 110 ponies would have you believe. Turn in is bright and the set up is wonderfully forgiving. If you’re looking to lay down the basics of car control for someone, the Accent SE is a smart choice.

  3. And there's this about quality from
    "I never thought that I would be saying this, but the Accent really does feel like a quality machine, and its something the competition probably wasn't expecting. Poke your nose in that engine bay, and you'll find that there's weather-stripping all around to keep dust and dirt out, a jacket to insulate the battery so that it stays warm in the winter, and no wiring left exposed to the elements. Even the seams where metal meets metal around the bay are properly joined, a sign of true quality. You cant find these things in a Yaris, Im told, and sure enough, under the nose of a Yaris, these things werent there."

  4. I have a 2010 3 door and it gets terrible gas mileage.I fill the tank for about $35.00 and only get about 400 Kms of highway driving.....Is this unusual??

  5. G. Stewart........
    Sorry for your poor MPG. As to my wife's 2008 Accent (which gets 10+ LESS MPG than 2010 Accent Blue), from sea level, I drove to a 5500 foot mountain pass & back, getting 42 MPG. To a lower pass from sea level, the Accent spit out 45+MPG (6.28 liters per 100 km).

  6. my accent brand new gets about 21 mpg the dealer acts like i am nuts but i want a refund. it's false advertising. don't buy one it's bad for the environment and expensive

  7. Hyundai stands by all of its products, so have the dealership check out the car before slamming a great little car. Every make has it's problems, and my experience with Hyundai has been relatively trouble-free and what small things I had were covered under warranty. I can't say this for any other make, and certainly not with domestics.

  8. Being a long time accent owner, I have seen much better mileage than what chancey reports. It could be a one-time issue.

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