The 2013 Hyundai Accent earns a below average Total Car Score for the Economy Cars segment.
The Accent may not be the most powerful car in its class, nor will enthusiasts find it as much fun to drive as some of its competitors. Yet Hyundai delivers solid value with the Accent, squeezing excellent fuel economy out of its 1.6-liter engine and granting it standard equipment -- like air conditioning, power windows and a nice audio system with satellite radio and iPod and USB ports -- that are extra-cost options in its rivals. And while interior room isn’t usually a strong point in the economy-car segment, there’s a generous amount of passenger space inside the Accent.
Test drivers found little to complain about when behind the wheel. Sure the acceleration is far from stellar, and 14-inch wheels (standard on GLS and GS models) seem tiny these days, when 16s are so commonplace. But those things and the sedan’s ho-hum exterior styling are all the nits they found to pick. If you put a premium on looks, the hatchback is the Accent you want.
The Hyundai Accent was completely redesigned last year, so changes for 2013 are limited to the inclusion of certain accessories as standard equipment and the addition of a power sunroof as an option for SE models.
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is a five-passenger economy car available in two body styles: a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback.
All Accent models are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission.
While the Accent is offered in three trim levels, when you examine the equipment lists you’ll find that the GLS and the GS carry the same gear, but the GLS is a sedan while the GS is a hatchback (and as such the GS base price is $250 higher). Standard equipment on both includes 14-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, power accessories, a tilt steering wheel and an AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system with iPod and USB auxiliary jacks and six speakers.
An optional Premium Package available for the GLS brings cruise control, Bluetooth, 16-inch wheels and disc brakes at all four corners, while many of those same features are found on the SE version of the hatchback. As the “sporty” model, though, the SE also has sport-tuned steering and foglights. The only option available on SE models is a power sunroof.
One quality the Accent delivers in spades is excellent fuel economy. The EPA rates 2013 Hyundai Accent models with a manual transmission at 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined; automatic versions lose one mpg in the combined cycle.
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