Hyundai's fourth-generation Accent sedan offers a roomy interior, a strong powertrain and a more premium feel than its modest pricetag would suggest. Also available in hatchback form, the subcompact Accent becomes a better value for the latest model year with the addition of new standard equipment.
Outside, the Accent sedan 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 sizable 13.2 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 Sedan comes in a single trim level, the GLS, and gains several significant standard features for the latest model year.
New standard kit includes air conditioning, 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 and a sunglass holder. Those features come in addition to a standard six-speed manual transmission (automatic optional with included Active ECO), a trip computer, 14-inch steel wheels and power locks and windows
More content can be had with the optional Premium Package (available only with the automatic transmission), which adds steering wheel mounted audio controls, cruise control, Bluetooth, premium cloth seats, piano black interior accents, slider center console, chrome interior door handles, fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels and rear disc brakes.
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.
Subcompact sedan alternatives to the Accent include the Ford Fiesta Sedan, the Chevrolet Sonic Sedan and, for especially price-conscious buyers, the Nissan Versa Sedan.