The 1995 Hyundai Accent is a new subcompact car, meant to replace the aging and outdated Excel, which has seen a drastic dip in sales over the years. It not only debuts in North America but also in other automotive markets around the world. It has already been met with a positive critical response and is considered by many to be one of the best subcompact cars in the market. It will compete with other budget subcompacts like the Geo Metro, Ford Aspire, and Toyota Tercel. It was initially launched only as a sedan, but a hatchback body style was introduced later in the year.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Accent L
The 1995 Hyundai Accent replaces the Excel. In its debut year, it marks a dramatic improvement with dual airbags as standard and ABS as an optional feature.
The 1995 Hyundai Accent has a wheelbase of 94.5 inches, a height of 54.9 inches, and a width of around 38 inches. The hatchback version has a length of 161.4 inches and the sedan version has a length of 162.1 inches.
The 1995 Hyundai Accent is just about average. The legroom and headroom up front for adults of average stature is adequate to ensure comfort. However, the rear seat of the hatchback and sedan lack enough legroom or headroom to keep anyone comfortable who's taller than 5'10"". On a positive note, the driver enjoys good visibility all around irrespective of the body style. Moreover, both the hatchback and sedan have lots of interior storage space thanks to the long door pockets and the large glove compartment.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Hyundai Accent is available with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 92 horsepower. There are no other engine options available. This engine comes with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, but a four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The 1.5-liter engine is powerful enough to keep it going at respectable speeds around the city. Another surprisingly part of the engine is that it remains as efficient with the automatic transmission as it is with the manual. However, the engine begins to feel underpowered on the highway. It takes a long time to accelerate and begins to feel and sound stressed even when going up small inclines. On a positive note, it offers superb fuel economy.
The 1995 Hyundai Accord received a four-star rating for passenger safety and three stars for driver safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Accent: 29/38 mpg city/highway
- Good fuel economy
- Good visibility
- Good city performance
You Won't Like
- Cramped cabin
- Underpowered highway performance
A great city car that is well-priced.
If You Like This Vehicle
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