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Power windows, doors and locks are part of the recipe, as is a leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel and a matching shift knob.
Hyundai proved hip to that trend with the new Elantra, but not here. You won't find a sunroof (available on the Nissan Versa and the Fiesta), navigation (Versa, Fiesta, and Fit), heated seats (Versa and Fiesta), or leather (Fiesta).
In a role reversal, the sedan is now the cheaper of the two body styles, with the basic wagon being more than $2000 dearer than the cheapest four-door.
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Hyundai says that the most expensive buildable Accent will carry a price of $16,795
The base GLS sedan is the least expensive option, and its $12,445 price tag doesn't include air conditioning, power mirrors and windows, or a stereo. To get those features and still keep the standard six-speed manual transmission, you need to opt for the Comfort Package, which raises the price to $14,195 and adds a stereo with USB input and power mirrors.
Three different trim levels of the 2013 Accent are offered: GLS, GS, and SE. And in a complete turnabout compared to 2011 and before, Sedans are now the budget-priced entry models; they're only offered in the most frugal GLS trim, but hatchback models are only offered in mid-range GS and premium SE versions.
Last year the base GLS went out the door for as little as $13,545, but it was missing a sound system, air conditioning, power windows, and mirrors. This year all of those features are included at the base level, but the price of that entry model has gone up by $2,000 (to $15,320, with destination).
Now standard on the base GLS sedan--the model with a manual transmission--are an audio system with satellite radio, a CD player, and a USB port; heated side mirrors; air conditioning; and remote keyless entry. Add the Premium package, and you get steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, cruise control, fog lights, rear disc brakes, and 16-inch wheels.
In the five-door Accent, the base version is a $15,570 GS. That model does have many of the same features as the GLS--including a rear defroster and the same 172-watt sound system with iPod and USB connectivity and satellite ratio.
The five-door Accent SE is the sportier, top-of-the-line model and gets a sliding armrest, 16-inch wheels, sport-tuned steering, heated side mirrors, fog lamps, and other appearance upgrades. Even after adding an automatic transmission--making the most expensive Accent you can buy--the SE tops out at less than $18k.
Accents do require a special $35 iPod cable to allow full control through the sound system and steering-wheel controls.
Keep in mind that the Accent is well-equipped, but not luxurious. Unlike some subcompact models in this class, you won't find leather upholstery, a navigation system, or a sunroof on the options list--the consequence of a very simplified set of build combinations.
The Accent now offers a slew of standard features, with many more added for 2013--but misers might grimace at the $2,000 price hike.