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While the 0.6 inch the sedan’s back-seat passengers sacrifice in headroom doesn’t have a meaningful impact on interior-volume calculations, it’s a critical loss for taller riders.
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What surprised us was how quiet the Accent is on the highway, with very little wind noise.
Behind the rear hatch, the 2012 Accent delivers 21.2 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up, which is more space than significantly larger and more expensive vehicles. For reference, the 2011 Subaru Impreza hatch and 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback serve up 19 and 13.8 cubic feet of cargo area, respectively, while the 2011 Toyota Matrix lands at 19.8 cubic feet. Fold the Hyundai's seats down and you'll be met with an even more impressive 47.5 cubic feet of room.
Rear-seat space in either body style is sufficient to put an adult back there behind a six-foot driver. The seat cushion is low, but headroom and legroom are okay.
The front seats are also quite comfortable with good support. I drove for an hour and sat as the front passenger for about an hour and felt no twinges of discomfort.
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is a subcompact on the outside, but inside it measures up as a compact in nearly every way--although the hatchback-only Honda Fit still has it beat for versatility and cargo capability.
At about 162 inches long as a five-door and 172 inches long as a four-door--several inches longer than the previous model, with most of it going to the cabin--the Accent is significantly roomier than it had been before, with more passenger space than most other cars in this class.
The Accent's front seats have plenty of leg room for adults, and even though the Accent doesn't have the Elantra's hourglass-shaped center stack there's still plenty of space for taller drivers to splay knees out. Seats are adjustable for height on all models, and even with in one of the higher positions most should still have enough headroom.
Unlike in most new cars, the steering wheel doesn't adjust telescopically, but it does tilt. Seating comfort itself isn't great, as the cushions are thin and flat, but SE models get a little more lateral support and bolstering.
Low cushions in the back seat allow knees to go upward and avoid much contact with the front seats, although it won't be a comfortable position for adults to be in for hours on end. Headroom might be a little tight back there for some of the tallest passengers (hatchbacks get a tad more). Otherwise, getting in is easier than in some other small cars, as the doors have been cut widely.
Whether you get the sedan and hatchback, the split rear seatbacks fold forward easily, and the Accent has standard split-folding back seats--not a given in the class--and that helps make the most of the available space. We'd opt for the hatchback, as you get more cargo flexibility.
There are plenty of storage spaces for smaller items in the Accent as well. The glovebox is huge; there are door pockets and a large tray ahead of the transmission lever; and in SE versions the center console on has a sliding lid and enough covered storage for a small purse.
Six-footers--perhaps even four of them--will fit comfortably inside the 2013 Hyundai Accent's surprisingly vast interior.