The 2004 Hyundai Accent continues the tradition of its original model, which debuted in the American market in 1995, and has since become one of the most popular choices for those looking for a budget, compact car. At the time, Hyundai had to work very hard to win over the American market, as it had a reputation for producing cars that, while cheap to buy, unfortunately had cheap build quality. Luckily, Hyundai worked hard to gain the public's confidence and now wins over its competitors, as the Accent includes numerous standard features, and buyers benefit from Hyundai's legendary long warranty coverage.
The 2004 Hyundai Accent classifies as a sub-compact car with an unusually spacious interior. It enjoys a reputation as a competitively priced and economical car, and due to its exceptionally long warranty owners face few worries over maintenance costs. In spite of its economy classification, it gives an impressive performance and a surprisingly nice drive. The bottom line impression of the 2004 Hyundai Accent is practicality, fuel economy, and small-car style.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Accent GL, Hyundai Accent GS
New for 2004, the Accent includes side-impact airbags as standard equipment. Also, hatchback model offers a GT version that has performance features of larger tires and wheels and a sport-tuned suspension.
The 2004 Hyundai Accent comes in three different trims: the base model L, the GS that comes in in a hatchback body style, and the GL which only remains available as a sedan. Standard wheels for the Hyundai Accent base L and GL include 14-inch wheels of steel and the GS has alloy 14-inch wheels.
The Accent’s standard interior features include power steering, a trip odometer, and a cassette player. The GS and GL models come with air-conditioning, better carpeting, driver-seat adjustable lumbar support, a digital clock, a folding rear seat, a passenger vanity mirror in the visor, a tachometer, and tinted glass. Choosing a model with upgraded trim increases the amount of factory options available, which include power exterior mirrors, a CD player, and power front windows.
The Accent seats five people, two in the front seats and three on the rear bench seat, but the fifth person would only be comfortable on shorter journeys. This model really offers sufficient legroom for four only passengers.
Performance & Handling
Base Accent models contain a 1.5-liter engine that produces 89 hp, while a 1.6-liter engine that produces 104 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque comes as an option for the base model and standard on the GS and GL models. The manual five-speed transmission comes standard, while the automatic can be chosen optionally.
Standard safety features include two front headrests and two rear headrests, side-mounted airbags, front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, and rear-door child safety locks. In government crash tests the Accent receives four out of five stars for passenger and driver impacts. However, bear in mind that the Accent is a small car, and it doesn't offer very much protection against the huge SUVs and pickups on the road.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Accent 1.5-liter automatic transmission: 23/32 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Accent 1.5-liter manual transmission: 24/33 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Accent 1.6-liter automatic transmission: 23/32 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Accent 1.6-liter manual transmission: 25/30 mpg city/highway
- Excellent warranty
- Smooth, quiet ride
- Nicely appointed interior
- Solid build quality
- Low price
You Won't Like
- Minimal handling limits
- Anti-lock brakes not available
- Weak tires
- No cruise control option
A fairly practical purchase for drivers who want a new car with an excellent full warranty and a minimal price tag.
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