2010 Hyundai Accent Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If frugal simplicity and penny-pinching is what you want, the 2010 Hyundai Accent has it.

The editors at TheCarConnection.com have driven both the hatchback and sedan versions of the Hyundai Accent, and share their expert opinions and observations here in this Bottom Line. And to help give you the most information possible on the 2010 Hyundai Accent, we've gathered a survey of comments from other reviewers.

The Accent remains the smallest and most affordable model in Hyundai's U.S. lineup. It's offered as either a two-door hatchback or four-door sedan. For the second consecutive year, the Accent is the cheapest passenger car in the United States, with a base price of just $9,970 not including destination.

Visually, the Accent isn't very remarkable. While the sedan model is quite short and stubby from the outside, it's better styled on the inside, with Hyundai's expected oval themes. The three-door hatchback is the clear winner from the outside, with a cohesive shape that looks more sophisticated from a distance.

On either model, there's a 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, driving the front wheels. The Accent does just fine in city driving with either the manual or automatic, but at highway speeds, passing involves some careful calculation. But with fuel economy ratings as good as 27 mpg city, 36 highway (31 combined), the 2010 Hyundai Accent makes up for that lack of performance with low day-to-day running costs. Fuel economy picks up across the model line this year due to a range of improvements to the engine, a smart alternator, low-rolling-resistance tires, and aerodynamic updates; the new Accent Blue also includes taller gear ratios in a very frugal base model.

While you shouldn't expect a lot of driving fun from the 2010 Hyundai Accent, it's one of the nimbler-feeling small cars, thanks to a well-tuned suspension. SE versions seem a bit sportier overall. Brakes feel better than what you might expect for a vehicle of this price, but other tactile elements aren't quite there; the manual shift linkage is imprecise, ride quality deteriorates with a full load, and engine noise can be a problem on the highway.

Hyundai makes great use of limited space of the 2010 Accent. 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's actually enough legroom and headroom for the typical adult male in the backseat of the sedan, and getting in and out of the hatch's backseat is a little easier than in other two-doors. Front seats are a little skimpy, though, with short cushions and limited support. Beware that the steering wheel doesn't tilt on any Accent trim, and base Blue models come with a fixed steering wheel. The Hyundai Accent's interior looks good and feels durable, especially from the driver's seat, though there's evidence of cost-cutting with respect to cubbies, trim, and the cargo area. One Accent that TheCarConnection.com tested had some particularly ill-fitting trim.

Safety is especially critical in a lightweight small car, and here the news isn't particularly good—in fact, it might be fair to say the Accent is near the bottom of its class. 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. Anti-lock brakes are now offered on all but the base Blue model, but electronic stability control isn't available.

The 2010 Accent comes with quite a range of equipment; the three-door hatchback is offered in Blue, GS, and SE trims, while the sedan is available in a single GLS model. The base Blue model, which starts at less than $10,000, can now be optioned with air conditioning. It includes taller transmission ratios for better fuel economy, to appeal to the most miserly drivers, but is not otherwise that well equipped—there's no audio system, air conditioning, or power accessories. The GS hatch gets tilt steering and air conditioning, while the top SE model is the way to go for those who want a truly well-equipped car; it includes a sunroof, sport-tuned suspension, an upgraded six-speaker sound system with iPod and USB inputs, steering-wheel audio controls, power accessories, keyless entry, 16-inch alloy wheels, and fog lamps. The GLS sedan includes many of those features.

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April 10, 2015
For 2010 Hyundai Accent

Great gas milage and a great city car.

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I love the ten year 100K warranty. It's a good basic car and with ALL the extra stuff it's a keeper.
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May 1, 2016
2015 Hyundai Accent 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS

Good, basic transportation with some pretentions of grandeur

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I'm a car enthusiast. Follow numerous mag's and internet sources like Car connection. Have driven: Ferrari F430; Lambo; new Telsa S; Audi R-8. Loved them all! Would love a Tesla 3 but, I'm also a single senior... + More »
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September 26, 2015
2015 Hyundai Accent 5-Door HB Automatic GS

I hate my new car

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I've only had my 2015 accent GS for 3 months and I hate it. I drove it to Las Vegas NV and back and it was so uncomfortable that I'm ready to return it . I only have 4756 on mileage and nine of those miles was... + More »
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September 17, 2015
2015 Hyundai Accent 5-Door HB Automatic Sport

Great little car

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This is the fourth Accent my family has owned and all have been incredibly reliable. The 2015 SE certainly has a nice look to it and the interior doesn't disappoint. My fuel mileage is a little bit higher than... + More »
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October 26, 2015
2013 Hyundai Accent 5-Door HB Automatic GS

Bare bones model

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Can't wait to upgrade. Lousy Bluetooth. Car feels like I'm driving a tuna fish can.
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April 13, 2016
2012 Hyundai Accent 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS

Good bang for your buck.

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I have the GLS Sedan w/ premium package and i love it. I've never had any mechanic problems *knock on wood* and it's been great. I am a speeder and i always floor it and speed and weave in and out of traffic... + More »
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February 28, 2016
2012 Hyundai Accent 5-Door HB Automatic SE

Great city car!

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This is a really good city car, however I wish it had a back-up camera. Also, the MPG could be a little better. Around town, mixed driving, I am averaging between 30 and 31 MPG. Thought it would be better... + More »
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October 14, 2015
2011 Hyundai Accent 3-Door HB Manual GL *Ltd Avail*

i have the3 door love it good in small place nice in the snow .I drive 50 km a day to work no trouble .nice

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I recommended to all of my friends that this car is easy on fuel and easy to maintain.Parts are inexpensive and a whole lot of fun to drive.
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February 20, 2015
For 2009 Hyundai Accent

This is the first car that I"ve purchased that won't start when it's cold.

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I wish I would have shopped around before purchasing this vehicle. I am not impressed. Probably my worst investment.
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May 7, 2015
2008 Hyundai Accent 3-Door HB Automatic SE

Cute and economical, sport not so much...

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Extremely reliable, good fuel economy (26/34 actual city/highway), handles decently. The engine creates more noise than power - this car would be a hoot with a decent turbo setup. Safety ratings are good and... + More »
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