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PERFORMANCE | 6 out of 10
sedan's ride is on the soft side
competitive with similarly equipped rivals
surprisingly spirited driving
Car and Driver
Reviewers are generally positive about the 2009 Hyundai Accent's performance, but a little extra zip is still needed. Cars.com mentions that the Hyundai Accent comes standard with a "110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder" that "develops 107 pounds-feet of torque." Car and Driver finds no complaints with these numbers, stating, "these ponies are offered without complaint" and they “encourage surprisingly spirited driving.”
According to ConsumerGuide, the 2009 Hyundai Accent offers two different powertrains, a "5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission." Edmunds isn't impressed with the automatic option, claiming "lackluster acceleration."
In terms of fuel economy, Edmunds feels with the Accent, Hyundai is "competitive with similarly equipped rivals." The Accent's 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway consumption is identical to the numbers posted by the Chevy Aveo, but not quite as good as the Toyota Yaris, which hits 29 mpg in the city and 35-36 mpg on the highway, according to Kelley Blue Book.
MyRide.com notes that the "sedan's ride is on the soft side." Other reviewers mention this as well, and Car and Driver provides the reason why: The suspension is "simply sprung a bit softly."
A few more horsepower would do everything but hurt the performance of the 2009 Hyundai Accent.