On either model, there's a 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine 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.
Reviewers are generally positive about the 2010 Hyundai Accent's performance, but some sources mention a need for a little more power. A reviewer at the Washington Post reports "struggling along in second gear" while climbing a steep hill. Car and Driver, however, says "these ponies are offered without complaint" and “encourage surprisingly spirited driving.”
The 2010 Hyundai Accent is offered with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. TheCarConnection.com isn't impressed with either, though the engine functions better with the automatic than small cars usually do. Edmunds isn't moved by the automatic, claiming "lackluster acceleration."
Car and Driver is delighted with the way the Accent handles; despite reporting that it's quite softly sprung, the reviewer calls the hatchback "a little globular cannonball that doesn’t mind being tossed around." MyRide.com notes that the "sedan's ride is on the soft side." Other reviewers mention this as well.
With fuel economy ratings as good as 27 mpg city, 36 highway (31 combined), the 2010 Hyundai Accent makes up for any lack of performance with low day-to-day running costs. Fuel economy gets better across the model line this year due to a range of improvements to the engine, a smart alternator, low-rolling-resistance tires, and aerodynamic improvements.