The 2001 Hyundai Accent has some excellent attributes that buyers should consider before making a final decision. Near the top of the attributes list is the Accent's price. It's substantially cheaper than most sedans and hatchbacks targeted at similar audiences. You also get an excellent warranty that will protect your investment for up to ten years or 100,000 miles.
However, there are some downsides to buying the Accent. This is a very lightweight car that received mediocre ratings in crash tests. You might need a trip to the hospital if a hulking SUV so much as taps your bumper. The engines are also underwhelming and the handling could be improved.
Still, the Accent shows that Hyundai is making strides that could turn it into a highly competitive car company. That being said, you might want to wait a few years before you bet on the Accent.
- Body Styles: hatchback, sedan
- Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
- Transmissions: five-speed manual transmission, four-speed automatic transmission
- Models: Hyundai Accent L, Hyundai Accent GS, Hyundai Accent GL
For 2001, Hyundai has upgraded the GL and GS models with a 1.6-liter, DOHC four-cylinder engine.
The 2001 Hyundai Accent has a simple exterior that, frankly, is a bit boring. You've seen countless cars that look similar to this, so you're not exactly going to make a statement on the highway. Then again, who expected to make a positive fashion statement with a Hyundai? The Accent looks good enough for practical, everyday use. If you're in the market for this kind of car, you can't hold out for a chiseled body of perfection.
Hyundai made a smart move when designing the 2001 Accent's interior: it kept things simple. The front panel and instrumentation have a clean, sleek look with sensible and practical placement. The center stack has climate and radio controls that are easier to use than many cars that cost more than twice as much.
Even though the Accent has a simple interior, it actually has quite a few impressive features that come standard. If you're willing to pay extra, you can make the Accent downright luxurious. A cassette player, ventilation ducts, and rear seat heating come standard, as does a fold-down armrest and power steering. Oddly enough, air-conditioning is not standard.
The GS and GL get a bit fancier with improved carpeting, driver's seat lumbar support, tinted glass, and a 60/40 folding rear seat. You can also add air-conditioning, power mirrors, a CD player, and a handful of other features.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Hyundai Accent base L model comes with a 1.5-liter, 92-hp, SOHC, four-cylinder engine. The GS and GL come standard with a 1.6-liter, 105-hp version that is available as an option for the L. The small engine means that you don't get a lot of power from the Accent. This is an entry-level vehicle at a great price, though, so you can't complain too much just because it doesn't give you thrills.
In addition to the standard five-speed manual transmission, you can choose an optional four-speed transmission that performs rather well. The automatic is only available for the GS and GL.
Looking at the 2001 Accent's 13-inch wheels, potential drivers won't have much confidence in its handling. They might be pleasantly surprised, but only because it doesn't handle as poorly as expected. The stabilizer bars don't help much in these matters. Body lean is a slight problem that could have been fixed with some minor corrections.
The 2001 Hyundai Accent has struts that make it float along the road. The dual-link rear suspension and front independent suspension by MacPherson offer the ride of a pricier car. The ride is further enhanced by the quiet hydraulic engine.
Little is known about the 2001 Hyundai Accent's level of safety, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not performed crash tests on the L or GS models. The NHTSA gives the 2001 Accent GL sedan four out of five stars in rollover tests, three stars in front side-impact tests, and two stars in rear side-impact tests.
Regardless of which trim level you choose, you get electronic brake force distribution, child seat anchors, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and ventilated front disc / rear drum brakes. Unfortunately, you don't even have the option to add anti-lock brakes on any trim level.
This adds up to a bit of a gamble. The Hyundai Accent isn't the safest sedan or hatchback on the road, but it certainly isn't the worst either.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Accent L: 24/33 mpg city/highway br>
Hyundai Accent GS: 23/34 mpg city/highway br>
Hyundai Accent GL: 23/34 mpg city/highway
- Quiet, smooth ride
- Spacious interior
- Great warranty on powertrain
You Won't Like
- Poor horsepower
- Styling is dull
Hyundai is on the rise, but this car isn't quite ready for a full-fledged recommendation.
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