Crash-test scores weren't a strong point for the outgoing Accent, and with the new-generation models that were introduced last year we expected a big improvement. But the new Accent has so far been a bit of a disappointment. And especially in the small-car class, where you should pay even more attention to safety ratings--as some aren't adjusted for the greater size and weight of most vehicles on U.S. roads, shoppers should carefully consider these ratings.
Six airbags in all are standard on the 2013 Hyundai Accent, including side and side-curtain bags; so are anti-lock brakes and stability control. Active headrests are also included.
The federal government awarded the Accent a four-star overall score, but it pointed to intrusion at the left rear door in the side impact test, which struck the rear passenger dummy--indicating "a higher likelihood of thoracic injury," said the agency. The IIHS gives the Accent mostly "good" scores, but calls its side-impact protection only "acceptable."
Outward visibility can be challenging in the Accent hatchback--more so than in the sedan. That's mostly due to the positioning of the big D-pillars and the rear seat headrests. While the Accent does have large side mirrors, which helps, it doesn't offer a rearview camera or blind-spot monitors.