New For 2014
GLS models get fourteen-inch aluminum wheels instead of fourteen-inch steel wheels. SE models with the technology package now get a rearview camera and keyless entry and ignition.
It’s hard to block previous Hyundai Accents from our memories, which is strange since they were so unmemorable. Fortunately, it’s getting easier to forget those bad old Accents because this current-generation car is really nice. Hyundai completely redid its entry-level subcompact for 2012, bringing it from the back of the pack to compete with very good cars like the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, and Mazda 2. The Accent is powerful and spacious, but the real story here is style. Its predecessor had two, pin-straight creases in its sheetmetal, but this new one has about a dozen flowing curves and crannies. It’s bold and handsome, both of which are antonyms for words we’d use to describe the last Accent. Now the Accent is affordable and fashionable.
The 2014 Hyundai Accent isn’t the Accent we remember, which was a car that had the sole appeal of being inexpensive. Hyundai got this new Accent right from the get-go, so not much has changed for the 2014 model year.
The current-generation Hyundai Accent, like its predecessor, is a very inexpensive car. But unlike the bygone Accent, this one no longer feels as cheap as its price tag. To start, the 2014 Hyundai Accent features a 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder that produces a best-in-class 138 hp. It’s not fast, but the potent, little engine has no problem getting the Accent up to highway speeds. It gets decent fuel mileage, too, achieving EPA ratings of 28/37 mpg city/highway.
The Accent has absolutely rocking exterior design. We thought it looked good when it debuted onstage at the 2011 New York auto show, and we thought it looked great when we finally saw it on the road a few months later. The Accent’s cabin looks pretty snazzy, too, and it’s surprisingly spacious. Its interior volume earns the Accent a spot in the EPA’s compact class even though it is, by general definition, a subcompact car. As an entry-level subcompact, the Accent doesn’t feature a whole lot of luxurious amenities. Think air-conditioning, not automatic climate control. If you want leather and a navigation system, opt for the slightly larger Hyundai Elantra. But if you’re looking for a low-price, high-style small car, the Accent ticks a lot of the right boxes.
- Best-in-class horsepower
- Fluidic exterior design
- More spacious than it looks
You won’t like:
- Small rear window
- Armrests need more padding
- No available navigation or leather
- Ford Fiesta
- Honda Fit
- Kia Rio
- Nissan Versa Note