It may not be the blockbuster seller that the Elantra or Sonata sedans are, but the Accent nonetheless is a well-equipped entry level model to Hyundai’s U.S. lineup. The 2014 model adds additional comfort and convenience features to help it appeal to compact car shoppers. The major mechanical specifications are unchanged for 2014, with the 138-hp 1.6-liter direct-injection I-4 carrying over, mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are also unchanged at 27 city, 38 highway.
Standard equipment on all 2014 Accent models is a driver’s side blind-spot mirror, a triple-flash tap turn signal, a new standard audio system with improved voice recognition function, and projector headlights with LED accents on the 5-door SE model and sedans with the Premium Package. For shift-for-yourself enthusiasts, the 5-door SE model with the manual transmission also gets an optional B&M Racing sport shifter. The SE and Premium Package models also get a tilt and telescope steering wheel for 2014.
Unlike its sister model, the Kia Rio, the Accent is not available with factory satellite navigation, and does not offer an optional engine like the Ford Fiesta, which now offers an I-3 and I-4 EcoBoost option, and the Chevrolet Sonic, which offers an optional 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4. However, the Hyundai Accent, along with the Kia Rio, are the only models in the subcompact segment that currently offer a direct-injected engine standard.