2014 Hyundai Accent Styling

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The Accent really made its ascent out of the small-car doldrums for 2012, when it was completely redesigned with some of the same 'Fluidic Sculpture' influences as other modern Hyundai models.

Several years after this recast, the 2014 Hyundai Accent remains quite handsome. The sheetmetal's dynamic look find an equal in the remarkably well-finished interior. A matte-finished dash cap evokes the feel of carbon fiber, with big boomerang lines molded into it. The simpler center stack of controls isn't as shapely as the one in the Elantra, but avoids the slanted, fashion-victim look of the Ford Fiesta--which has, admittedly been improved somewhat for 2014.

As a hatchback, the 2014 Hyundai Accent is sharp and sporty; but the sedan looks less at ease.

We don't think the design works as well for sedans, where a stubby trunk cuts the curves short; but the trapezoidal frame around the grille and the shoulder lines running gracefully back add up to Hyundai's consistent current design aesthetic. With the five-door, it gets better, as that shoulder line is drawn all the way out to its tightly pinched hatchback. The upthrusts of the taillamps are particularly strong details, wrapping around the hatchback.

Overall, there are few criticisms of the interior, save for the passages of hard, shiny black plastic live on the low reaches of the doors and the center console. But for the price point, it's remarkable how finely finished this entry-level car can feel.

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