2013 Hyundai Accent vs. Its Competition

2013 Hyundai Accent
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2013 Hyundai Accent is no longer the price leader it was a few years ago, but it does offer more standard features than nearly all the competition.

It's also now at the top for fuel economy, with its 40-mpg highway rating across the model line.

In other respects the Accent isn't as much of a standout; interior space is somewhat like that of the Honda Fit, but it lacks the Fit's flexible rear seat.

The Ford Fiesta, and its sporties image, Technicolor colors, and techtastic Sync system, make the Accent look 'normal'--which can be a good or bad thing.

The Nissan Versa got a redesign last year, and it became roomier, but it's plain and somewhat ungainly.

Toyota's new Yaris is quite stylish but not nearly as well-equipped as the Accent for the money.

And the Chevrolet Sonic, which was all-new last year, is perhaps the most direct rival to the Accent; it also offers a strong list of features, along with the sort of refinement we don't typically expect from a subcompact.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is one of the best-equipped small cars, and it gets very good gas mileage, but it's not quite as exciting to drive as it looks.
The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic swaps econobox blues for sporty driving feel as well as safety, refinement, and comfort.
Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
The 2013 Nissan Versa is at its best up against used cars: If you can overlook some cheap-feeling details, it's a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car, for used-car money.
The 2013 Toyota Yaris holds true to its promise as a maneuverable, economical car for city commuting--with a cheerful, well-designed interior--but highway refinement and weak performance are major drawbacks.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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Compact CarsCompact CarsSubcompactSmall Station WagonCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S3-Door Liftback Manual L (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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