Hyundai Accent

First introduced in 1995, the Hyundai Accent is an affordable compact car capable of seating five passengers. The first generation of the Accent was produced between 1995 and 1999. Models from that era were available as either compact sedans or three-door hatchbacks. The second generation of the Accent was introduced in 2000 and continued until 2005. The third and current generation of the Accent was introduced in 2006. Initially, third generation versions of the Accent were only available in the sedan body style. However, two-door hatchback versions were made available in 2007.

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About the Hyundai Accent

In a run of production that has lasted nearly two decades, the Hyundai Accent has established itself as a reliable economy car that offers more interior space than many other vehicles in its class. While the Accent may not offer much in the way of styling, it is generally regarded as one of the better-built vehicles at the entry-level end of the new car market. For an affordably priced compact, the Accent also traditionally offers a generous array of standard features.

Hyundai Accent Features

For 2012, Hyundai gave the Accent a complete redesign. While previous versions of the car were seen as unexciting and characterized by a seeming disregard for aesthetics, the 2012 model was significantly refreshed. This was done to offer distinct styling on par with what a consumer would normally associate with the more upmarket Sonata or Elantra.

The 2012 Hyundai Accent is available in both sedan and hatchback models. Its wheelbase has also grown by three inches, which helps facilitate an even more spacious interior. Like many of Hyundai's newer models, the interior of the 2012 Accent boasts a nice looking finish and a generous array of standard features. The Accent was also given an engine upgrade and now features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that offers both good fuel economy and a reasonable amount of power. Both the sedan and hatchback versions of the 2012 Accent can be equipped with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

Sedan models of the 2012 Accent are only available in the base GLS trim level. However, the hatchback version can be in a GS or the more upmarket SE trim level. Standard features on the GLS sedan include 14-inch steel wheels, tilt steering wheel, power door locks, trip computer 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, and a four-speaker audio prep package. There is also the option for a Comfort package that consists of air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, cloth door inserts, and a complete audio system, including CD player, satellite radio, and an auxiliary audio input jack for mp3 players. The GLS sedan also offers the option of a Premium package that includes foglights, 16-inch allow wheels, keyless entry, premium cloth upholstery, upgraded interior, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity.

Features on the GS hatchback include body-color mirrors and door handles, a rear window wiper, keyless entry, and a driver seat armrest. The SE hatchback offers additional features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the equipment that's included in the Premium package.

The same 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine powers all versions of the 2012 Hyundai Accent. That engine is rated at 138 horsepower and can produce 123 lb-ft of torque. The 2012 Hyundai Accent is front-wheel drive only and can be equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. The automatic transmission also boasts an Eco mode that is said to help improve the car's fuel economy. However, EPA fuel economy estimates for both transmissions are uniform at 30/40 mpg city/highway.

Hyundai Accent Evolution

The first generation of the Hyundai Accent was introduced in 1995 and sold until 1999. Vehicles from that period may be available as compact sedans or three-door hatchbacks. Accents from this era were outfitted with 1.5-liter engines that were rated at 92 horsepower. In 1996 and 1997, Hyundai introduced a GT hatch with a DOHC 16-valve version of the engine that offered in increase in horsepower up to 105. Accents produced between 1995 and 1998 that were equipped with automatic transmissions also offered the option of ABS.

Produced between 2000 and 2005, the second generation of the Hyundai Accent was available as a sedan or a hatchback. Cars from this period came equipped with 1.5-liter four-cylinder engines that produced 89 hp. In 2001, Hyundai began offering the option of a 1.6-liter version of the engine that offered an increase in horsepower to 104. In 2003, this engine was made standard for all models in the line.

Second generation versions of the Accents aren't known for having particularly good braking or handling capability. This is mainly due to their standard 13-inch wheels and tires. Hyundai did offer 14-inch wheels and improved suspensions on GT models from 2004 and 2005.

The current generation of the Accent was introduced in 2006. Since that time, there have been gradual improvements such as the introduction of cruise control and sunroof options.

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