The 2013 Hyundai Accent is on its way to Hyundai dealers across the country with more content before--and an understandably larger price tag. Fresh on its heels, however, is the Hyundai Elantra GT five-door hatchback, which will start at $19,170.
The 2012-2013 model year changeover brings modest price increases to each trim level of Hyundai Accent: the four-door models are up $250, while the base five-door models are up $100. Top-spec five-doors are up $200. The increase in price means increase in equipment for the Hyundai: all models will now have heated side mirrors, as well as remote keyless entry and cloth inserts on the doors.
The most basic 2013 Hyundai Accent, however, will see a $2000 price increase when it hits dealer lots. The increase reflects the same $250 price bump as the four-door automatic, as well as $1750 in features that were previously optional. Known collectively as the Comfort Package on last year's model, the $1750 options package (now standard) includes a six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, power windows and mirrors, air conditioning, and an iPod jack.
Add everything together, and the base price for the 2013 Hyundai Accent is $15,320 (including $775 destination) for a four-door GLS with a manual. A four-door automatic is $16,320, a five-door GS manual is $15,570, and a five-door GS automatic is $16,770. Top-spec five-door Accent SEs, which add cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, rear disc brakes and front fog lights (and the option of a power sunroof) start at $16,870 for the manual and $17,870.
If that base price number seems high for a Hyundai Accent--$15k is a healthy sum for a basic subcompact--Hyundai did say that the 2012's Comfort Package had about a 90 percent take rate. Roughly translated, it means that the 2013 base price reflects money most 2012 buyers were already forking over for those creature comforts.
As for the Elantra GT, Hyundai's CEO John Krafcik took to his favorite social network – Twitter -- to confirm that the most basic 2013 Elantra GT hatchback will have five doors, alloy wheels, seven airbags, heated seats, Blue Link connectivity, and fog lamps. It'll also start at $19,170, including Hyundai's customary $775 destination charge. Further details are expected in the weeks to come.