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1996 Hyundai Accent Review
A great small budget car.
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The 1996 Hyundai Accent is a subcompact car manufactured by South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Company. It was introduced in 1994 as a replacement for the aging and outdated Excel, and the initial launch was met with a very positive response. It marks the second year of production.
Engines: 1.5-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Accent L, Hyundai Accent GT
The 1996 Hyundai Accent gets some new colors and height-adjustable seatbelt anchors as standard features. Cup holders come with front and rear center consoles, and the optional air-conditioning system is revised to be CFC-free. This year also sees the release of the new GT hatchback, which is more potent, with a new dual-overhead-cam engine. It also gets its own unique features such as firmer suspension, performance tires, 14-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps.
The 1996 Hyundai Accent has a wheelbase of 94.5 inches. The hatchback has a length of 161.4 inches, while the sedan has a length of 162.1 inches. Both models have a height of 54.9 inches and a width of 3.8 inches.
The 1996 Hyundai Accent offers a good amount of interior space up front. The front seats offer enough legroom and headroom to keep adults of average stature comfortable. However, the rear seat offers very little space and tends to get very cramped if any passenger taller than 5’10? sits on it. On a positive note, the dashboard up front is very neatly arranged. All the controls are legible and easily accessible. The gauges are easy to read as well; however, the steering wheel is a little too high for some drivers, and it cannot be adjusted either. Visibility is great all around for both the sedan and hatchback, and there is ample interior storage space thanks to the large glove compartment and long door pockets.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Hyundai Accent's base model is fitted with a 1.5-liter straight-four engine that delivers 92 horsepower. However, the GT sedan and hatchback models have a dual-overhead-cam 1.5-liter straight-four engine that delivers 105 horsepower. Both engines can be mated to a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. The base engine offers an adequate amount of acceleration for city drives, and its performance remains more or less the same with either transmission. However, it suffers on the highway, taking a long time and distance to accelerate. It also begins to show signs of strain when it's driven even on small inclines. The engine in the GT is definitely an improvement, making it feel livelier. However, the performance of a GT is still not very noteworthy. Fuel economy, on the other hand, is great for either engine.
The 1996 Hyundai Accent earns a four-star rating for passenger safety and a three-star rating for driver safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great fuel economy
- Good visibility all around
- Well-arranged dash
You Won't Like
- Noisy cabin
- Poor passing power
A great small budget car.
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