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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Four stars overall; four stars frontal, four stars side
Good, roof and front-impact strength; acceptable, side protection
Outward visibility in the sedan is not too bad but the hatchback has large rear blind spots; you will rely heavily on the side mirrors.
Hyundai has also included the kind of safety tech we've come to expect from every automaker, including active front headrests and enough airbags to raise the Bismarck.
The Accent comes with a number of standard safety features we haven't seen in this class. Chief among them is standard stability control, which is required by law on all 2012 models but isn't present on many subcompacts currently on sale, even as an option.
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.
An 'acceptable' IIHS side-impact score is a sore point against an otherwise strong set of credentials.