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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
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.
While the Honda Fit might have the Accent beat by the numbers, the Hyundai Accent has a very comfortable, spacious interior for passengers--one of the best in its class.
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.
Back-seat space is also respectable for a car this size (although cushions are a bit low). The glovebox is also huge, and there's plenty of space for smaller items, with bins and trays for smartphones, energy drinks, and toll change.
Unlike in most new cars, the steering wheel doesn't adjust telescopically on most models in the lineup, but it does tilt. We wouldn't rate longer-distance seating comfort very high either, although you get a little more bolstering in sporty SE models that might be of help in all-day drives.
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 while you get a little less space with the seats up you get a lot more cargo flexibility.
Ride quality in the Accent is quite good--and relatively quiet--although higher-speed driving can bring out some boominess inside.
The 2014 Hyundai Accent has a surprisingly vast interior; you'll even find that six-footers fit in back.