The Hyundai Accent has been the main focus from this Korean car maker for many years. Hyundai has long been known for their economy cars and the Accent has been one of their most popular models many years running. The Hyundai company has been expanding their line to a much fuller offering, but this vehicle still remains one of their most popular and best selling models.

The Accent is available in coupe and sedan models depending if you prefer the 2 door or 4 door model. This vehicle offers a very competitive mileage rating that reaches 27 mpg in town and an impressive 36 mpg on the highway. The standard engine in the Accent is a 1.6 liter engine that gives 110 horsepower the five speed manual transmission, also standard. There is an automatic option and a larger engine option. The base model Accent offers the most value and is a very economical vehicle on all fronts. There are also many trim levels to spruce up the inside and out with extra features and luxuries that may be a nice addition to the base model.

Bodystyles: Sedan, two-door hatchback
Engines: 1.6L I-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Models: GS, SE, GLS, Blue

There are only minor tweaks to the Accent for 2011. First, the power sunroof, which had only been available — and standard — on the SE model, has been dropped. In addition, due to low demand, Mellow Yellow paint has been discontinued. On the GL, though, the once-optional six-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with iPod/aux jack is now standard.

Both hatch and sedan have inoffensive designs, but also aren’t all that exciting. The sportiest model, the SE, comes with 16-inch wheels (14-inchers are standard on all other models) and foglights, among other features.

The cabin is functional and uncomplicated. Air-conditioning is standard on all models except the Blue edition. Sportier touches are offered with the SE, such as a B&M shifter, standard cruise control, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.

With the Honda Fit in the Accent’s size and price category, it would be pretty tough to be the segment leader. It can’t catch the Fit on twisty roads, but does match the Fit in torque, all of 106 pound-feet. There is a sporty model available, the SE, which is a hatchback that comes with a B&M short-shifting manual, sport-tuned suspension, and standard ABS.

Driver and passenger front airbags are standard, along with side impact airbags and front and rear head curtains. Disc and drum brakes are standard. ABS isn’t available with the Blue edition, is standard with the SE, and is optional otherwise.

Blue: 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway
GS, GLS, SE: 27-28 mpg city/34-36 mpg highway

  • Great fuel economy
  • Sporty SE model
  • Six standard airbags
  • Low MSRP
  • Low power
  • Invisible styling
  • ABS is optional

Honest, economical, and a little boring


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