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2013 Hyundai Accent Review
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Produced in South Korea, the Hyundai Accent was named ?Most Dependable Sub-compact Car? by J.D. Power and Associates in 2008. With a long history of reliability, high safety ratings, and relatively strong performance, the Accent is a solid choice for a lower-priced family car.
New For 2013
Other than bringing the manual transmission GLS's standard features up to par with the automatic transmission GLS, there are practically no changes to the 2013 Hyundai Accent. Major updates were done in 2012, which include:
- Extensive restyling
- Improved engine and fuel economy
- Better interior and exterior quality
The standard Hyundai Accent GLS sedan measures 66.9 inches in height and 172 inches in length. The hatchbacks (GS and SE) are slightly shorter at 169 inches in length. All models come with 14-inch steel wheels, Null tires, a Null spare tire, tire repair kit, and full wheel covers. Also standard is a rear defogger and intermittent windshield wipers. The hatchback GS and SE models also come with rear window wipers. The SE is also equipped with a rear spoiler, which honestly isn't very flattering for the hatchback. Mud flaps are optional. There are nine color options for the paint job, which don’t include any special factory paints. Overall, the Hyundai Accent is an attractive vehicle with a limited amount of exterior options.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Hyundai Accent comes upholstered with cloth, and the Accent SE features premium cloth upholstery. The front seats are bucket seats with height adjustment. The rear bench seat folds to give access to the trunk and additional storage space. Windows, locks, and mirrors are all powered and easily controlled. The mirrors also feature heating to retain visibility. Other standard features include front door pockets, center console with storage, cup holders, and seatback storage. Comfort features include interior air filtration, air conditioning, and lights in the trunk and on the vanity mirrors. Air conditioning has ducts in the front and the rear, making the comfort optimum for everyone.
Also standard are a clock, thermometer, and trip computer. Entertainment features include a six-speaker 172-watt stereo system with an in-dash AM/FM/CD player with MP3 capabilities, XM Satellite Radio, and iPod integration. Options include iPod cable, cargo net, cargo tray, and electrochromatic mirror with HomeLink technology.
The upgraded SE also includes telematics technologies that work with Bluetooth for hands-free phone use, turn signal mirrors, leather steering wheel and shifting knob trim, and a light in the cargo area. Overall, the interior comes with a lot of features considering the price point of the Hyundai Accent.
The 2013 Hyundai Accent comes standard with a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System, emergency braking assistance, and electronic brake force distribution for powerful stopping abilities. Also standard are front and rear head airbags, dual front-side airbags, and five head restraints for improved safety in the event of an accident. Passenger side airbags include passenger sensing to deploy only if necessary. The driver and front passenger headrests both include an advanced whiplash prevention system with adjustable height. The rear headrests are also adjustable.
In the rear, the center seatbelt is a three-point belt like the rest of the vehicle, and child safety locks prevent the doors from being opened while the car is in drive. Child seat anchors are also standard fare. Interior emergency trunk release makes the trunk safe. Traction control and stability control help keep the Accent on the road and out of trouble during inclement weather. The Hyundai Accent SE also comes with turn signal mirrors and fog lights for additional visibility on the road.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the Hyundai Accent ""good"" in every category during their crash testing. Displacement of the driver and passengers during these tests reveal that injuries would likely be minimalized thanks to the sturdy design of the Accent despite the likelihood of strong frontend damage in the event of a collision. Overall, the Accent is an extremely safe vehicle.
The Hyundai Accent comes equipped with a 138-hp, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 123 lb-ft of torque. This engine is incredibly powerful for its small size, and it accelerates extremely well when coupled with the manual transmission. The Accent has an incredible turning radius at 34.1 feet. The drivetrain is front-wheel-drive, and transmissions are available as either automatic or manual six-speed. Automatic transmissions feature shiftable gears, which let the driver take control and therefore accelerate quicker. The suspension system includes a MacPherson strut front suspension, Torsion beam rear suspension, and front independent suspension. There is also a stabilizer bar to help with suspension. All of these put together make for a smooth ride. Gas mileage is impressive at 30/40 mpg city/highway. With an 11-gallon gas tank, this means at least 350 miles between fill-ups.
The hatchback and sedan drive practically the same, with the only major difference being that rear visibility is somewhat limited with the hatchback. Overall, the Accent is a powerful car that is also fuel conscious. While not ideal for rough terrains, the Accent is more than adequate for daily use and commuting.
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