2011 Hyundai Accent vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Honda Fit feels a class ahead the rest of the vehicles this size, so it's worth checking out when considering the Accent, especially if you're looking at a better-equipped one such as the SE.

The Fit has a more flexible seating arrangement and much perkier, more refined performance, and it's way better for safety.

The Toyota Yaris still reigns as one of the more stylish alternatives, with its upright design and center-mounted instrument cluster.

It also brings Toyota's strong reputation for small-car reliability and longevity.

For 2011, the Ford Fiesta is the new entry in this class, and it's especially stylish and sophisticated, with good handling and a friskier feel.

The Chevrolet Aveo offers two different body styles and a frugal four-cylinder, but it's still not remotely competitive with the class leaders like the Fit or Yaris.

Another alternative is the Kia Rio; it's essentially the same car as the Hyundai Accent, but the more expensive Rio is also offered in a Rio5 wagon and feels a slight bit sportier.

Look an all new Rio as well as an all-new Accent for 2012.

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Quick Specs
The 2011 Hyundai Accent, while a cheap and thoroughly adequate commuter car, lacks the sophistication and design flair seen in many other newer models its size.
The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is vastly improved from first glance; we'll reserve final judgement until road-test cars are made available.
If you're set on stylish and small, the 2011 Ford Fiesta might be your only choice, though you might miss the solid, roomy feel of a Fit.
The 2011 Honda Fit is like a mini-minivan in some respects, with an incredibly space-efficient design; yet it's peppy, frugal, and fun to drive.
The 2011 Kia Rio has a perky driving feel and roomy interior, though the lack of refinement, low safety scores, and dated styling limit its appeal.
The 2011 Toyota Yaris is a great city car for cost-conscious commuters, though those who expect a top-notch list of connectivity features will be disappointed.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactCompactSubcompactSmall Station WagonCompactSubcompact
Style Name     
3-Door HB Manual GL4-Door Sedan LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Base3-Door Liftback Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
3 Door HB4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan5 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan3 Door Hatchback
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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