The 2002 Hyundai Accent offers conventional economy-car features with a decent engine. For the low price tag and value combined, it is a worthy choice.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
Engines: 1.5-liter, four-cylinder; 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Accent L, Hyundai Accent GS, Hyundai Accent GL
For the 2002 model, the Hyundai Accent gets air-conditioning as standard equipment on GL and GS models. Otherwise, the inexpensive Accent sedan and hatchback continues unchanged.
The appearance of the Hyundai Accent is different from other economy cars. It has straight edges and lines, with just enough curves. The Accent sits on a 96.1-inch wheelbase with an overall length of 166.7 inches. The Accent is shorter by 8 inches than the Honda Civic or Ford Focus.
The 2002 Hyundai Accent’s measurements are 65.7 inches wide, 54.9 inches high and 166.7 inches long. Its curb weight is 2290 pounds. The fuel tank capacity is 11.9 gallons.
Standard exterior features include 16-inch wheels, rear defogger, temporary spare tire, variable intermittent wipers, steel wheels, and all-season tires. These features are available on all models of sedan and hatchback styles. A rear spoiler, a cargo net and mudguards are options available.
The Hyundai Accent seats five in two front bucket seats and bench seat in rear. There is limited legroom for five, so it may be better for seating four occupants. The cargo capacity is 11.8 cubic feet in sedan models and 16.9 cubes in the hatchback. Each model has rear seatbacks that fold flat for increasing cargo space.
Interiors have a modern instrument panel that has very straightforward radio and climate controls. The ventilation and heating ducts in the rear seat make backseat riders quite comfortable. The noise-reduction materials placed in the pillars quiet the ride, as well. The driver’s seat offers height-adjustability and sliding features. A fold-down armrest also comes standard for comfort.
Standard features include rear defroster, power steering, cloth bucket seats, cup holders in front and rear, front reading lights, clock, tachometer, front seatback storage, a four-speaker AM/FM stereo, and a passenger vanity mirror. These features are available on all models of sedan and hatchback styles. The higher levels add air-conditioning, front storage console, and power outlets. Factory upgrades include power windows, a CD player, and power exterior mirrors.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Hyundai Accent base model has a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder that produces 94 horsepower. The GS and GL models have a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine making 105 hp. The bigger DOHC engine offers better fuel economy, along with more power. A MacPherson independent strut and dual-link suspension in the rear adds to the appeal. Each engine mates with an optional automatic four-speed or a standard manual five-speed. The Accent qualifies as one of the easiest small cars to drive with excellent steering and maneuvering capabilities.
The Accent’s ride is pleasant. Some drivers say it is a bit choppy. The acceleration is loud in low gears, but quiets, as the car gets up to speed. The low-power engine requires attention before darting into traffic or passing and maneuvering.
Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, emergency trunk release, front headrests, rear lap belt, child seat anchors, and intermittent wipers. Crash test ratings are unavailable.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Accent L: 24/33 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Accent GS: 23/34 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Accent GL: 23/34 mpg city/highway
- Powertrain warranty is impressive
- Low price
- Smooth ride
You Won't Like
- Standard equipment and amenities low
- Unrefined demeanor
The Hyundai Accent has a solid build and great warranty, making it a gratifying choice for buyers.
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