- Excellent fuel economy
- Spacious backseat
- Nicely styled interior
- Uncooperative transmissions
- Noisy engine
- General lack of power
- ABS is optional
The 2009 Hyundai Accent is an affordable, if underpowered, economy vehicle with a tasteful interior.
As the smallest and least expensive model in Hyundai's U.S. lineup, the Accent comes as a two-door hatchback or four-door sedan. The hatchback this year claims the crown of least expensive U.S.-market passenger car.
The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine propelling the 2009 Hyundai Accent makes just 110 ponies, which is enough to feel zippy at city speeds, but freeway passing is a matter of careful calculation. However, the lack of horsepower can be overlooked, considering the 2009 Hyundai Accent gets fuel economy figures as high as 35 mpg highway.
The Accent isn’t necessarily an attractive car, but it is efficient with its space. The Accent packs more interior room into its stubby 159.3-inch overall length than the much larger Chevrolet Cobalt or Ford Focus coupe models. There is nothing cramped about the interior, and even the rear seating area offers plenty of leg-, head-, and shoulder room for an average adult male.
While it's no luxury car, the Hyundai Accent's interior looks good and feels durable. TheCarConnection.com recently tested an Accent with some ill-fitting dash trim, but the seats are fairly comfortable.
The 2009 Hyundai Accent’s brakes feel strong, but the Accent's manual shift linkage can come across as imprecise. Engine noise is a problem, too. The Accent's basic suspension and light steering give it a fun handling profile, and the SE versions feel even better with their specific tires and suspension settings.
The news isn't good regarding crash-test results. From the IIHS, frontal crash protection is rated "acceptable," while side impact protection is deemed "poor." Federal results are also unimpressive, at three and four stars for side impact. All Accents come standard with front, side, and curtain airbags.