Hyundai’s newest excursion in its quest to offer more for less is the restocked Accent. It seems as though owners of Accents not so past have taken a shine to their compact companions, but does the new 2013 model offer the same amount of adorableness? Check it out.
Hyundai Accent Trims and Feature Highlights
The Accent is a subcompact nameplate available as either a 5-door hatchback or 4-door sedan. For 2013 Hyundai again offers the Accent sedan in GLS only style while the hatchback gets GS and SE trims. New standard features for 2013 base Accents include A/C, iPod/MP3 connectivity, keyless entry, and heated side mirrors. Moving up in trim affords Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted controls, and leather wrapped components.
While the extra few niceties have raised Accent’s price about $2,000, Hyundai manages to retain what worked previously, including outstanding fuel economy (up to 40 MPG highway) thanks to an efficient and surprisingly potent Ward’s 10 Best engine (2012 winner).
The 2013 Accent starts at $14,545 and hits a price ceiling right around $20,000, so it follows the Hyundai mixture of economy, style, and solidity rolled into an economic bundle.
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Hyundai Accent Performance
Regardless of body style, every 2013 Accent is fitted with a 1.6 liter direct-injection 4-cylinder packing 138 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque. Shoppers get front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission standard, and all Accent models have the option of a 6-speed automatic featuring SHIFTRONIC for manual shifting. Opting for the automatic will allow drivers to utilize the Active Eco System, which monitors the powertrain and provides up to 7% improved fuel economy- this according to Hyundai.
Hyundai Accent Fuel Economy
The 2013 Accent reaches the 40 MPG barrier by way of 30/40/43 (city/highway/combined- EPA estimated) MPG for manually equipped models; automatic driven Accents drop 1 MPG overall for 30/40/33.
Hyundai Accent Interior Highlights
Accent’s cabin is very welcoming. Overall style is clean and most of the features get a semi-upscale look. Space is another plus; Accent is actually classified as a compact due to its expansive interior, and reviews say that four adults can sit comfortably without cramping. Rear seaters are offered 33.3” of legroom, compared to 41.8” up front. Also outclassing rivals is storage space; Accent sedans offer 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space and the hatchbacks allow for 21.2 cubes with the 60/40 split rear seats up, or 47.5 with said seats folded down.
Hyundai Accent Safety
Standard on every 2013 Accent are antilock brakes (4-wheel disk brakes are optional on GLS, standard on SE, and unavailable for GS) with brake assist, stability/traction control, and six airbags- including side curtain bags. GS and SE hatchbacks also get a rear window windshield wiper.
Both 4 and 5-door Accent models receive 4/5 stars across the board (4/5 for frontal, side, and rollover damage) from the NHTSA.
Hyundai Accent Summary
The 2013 Accent does nothing to sully Hyundai’s reputation of building quality bargain cars. While the price boost may turn some away, it shouldn’t, as you can still grab a well-stocked fuel efficient car for far less than $20,000. Along with decent get up & go, the Accent rides beyond its economic state of mind. If your state of mind is on the new Accent, or any new ride, get familiar with the best car buying experience around.