2014 Hyundai Accent Hatchback

Hyundai's fourth-generation Accent hatchback offers a roomy interior and a strong powertrain and a more premium feel than its modest pricetag would suggest. Also available in sedan form, the Accent represents a strong value in the growing subcompact segment.

Outside, the Accent hatchback features Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language, with touches like an upswept beltline and a hexagonal grille giving the car a sporty look. The roomy cabin boasts a class-leading 21.2 cubic feet of cargo room along with more passenger space than many competing models - although priced like a subcompact, the Accent is classified as a compact by the EPA thanks to its interior volume.

The Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter direct injected four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 123 lb-ft. of torque at 4,850 rpm. It is the first car in its class to feature direct injection technology, and one of the few to offer a six-speed manual transmission (the automatic gearbox also has six cogs).

Fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with either gearbox.

The car rides on a fully independent suspension with a MacPherson strut setup in front and a torsion beam at the rear. The arrangement isn't overtly sporty but does provide a comfortable freeway ride.

Standard and Optional Features
The Accent hatchback is offered is GS and SE trim levels.

The Accent GS comes standard with a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks, power and heated body-colored side mirrors, remote keyless entry, cloth insert door trim, body-colored door handles, a trip computer, 14-inch steel wheels and power locks and windows. The six-speed manual transmission is standard, while the six-speed automatic with Active ECO is an extra-cost option.

The Accent SE builds on the GS' features with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, premium cloth seats, piano black interior accents, a sliding center armrest, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps and a rear spoiler. New standard features for the latest model year include projector headlights with LED accents, a driver's auto-up power window and tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

A power sunroof is available as an option, as is a B&M Racing Sport Shifter.

Occupant Safety
Standard safety equipment includes front, side and head curtain airbags, traction and stability control systems, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist and active front head restraints.

Key Competitors
The Accent Hatchback plays in the increasingly competitive subcompact segment against new or improved rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback, the Honda Fit, the Ford Fiesta Hatchback and the Mazda Mazda2.