Hyundai Accent

Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent is one of the longest continually running model names for this automaker. Introduced in 1995, the front-wheel drive Accent is a subcompact model that’s available in sedan and hatchback body styles. Generational changes have transformed this model from an also-ran to a segment contender.

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2012 to Present: Hyundai Accent

The fourth-generation Hyundai Accent was introduced in 2012. As previously, it is offered in hatchback and sedan body styles. The Accent is an entry-level model that slots below the Hyundai Elantra.

All Hyundai Accent models are powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine making 137 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic transmission.

The Hyundai Accent is marked by a trapezoidal grille offset by wraparound headlights. The sporty front fascia has a large lower grille hemmed in by deep scallops housing the available fog lights.

The side profile features a rising beltline and distinctive upper and lower character lines. The rooflines for both the sedan and the hatchback sweep back, ending in a raised rear deck for the sedan and at the liftgate for the hatchback. The sedan has an integrated trunk spoiler, while the hatchback has a liftgate spoiler. Oversized tail lamps run along the hatchback's rear; the sedan has wraparound tail lamps.

Inside, the Hyundai Accent has bucket seats up front and a 60-40 split-folding seat to the rear. The rear seat holds three, but is more suitable for two people. Both models offer approximately 90 cubic feet of passenger room. The sedan has a 13.7-cubic-foot trunk, while the hatchback has 21.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat and 47.5 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

Standard features were somewhat sparse when the fourth-generation Accent debuted. However, 2013 and newer models carry more standard equipment, including power windows and locks, air conditioning and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack. A 12-volt outlet is included. Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted controls and cruise control are available.

Chief competitors to the Hyundai Accent include the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Scion iA, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa and the similar Kia Rio.

Earlier Hyundai Accent Models

The second-generation Hyundai Accent was introduced in 2000 and stayed on the market until 2005. That model was initially powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine added to the lineup in 2001. By 2003, the larger four-cylinder was the sole engine. A five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic were available.

The third-generation Hyundai Accent was on the market from 2006 to 2011. Like the previous generation model, it offers a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.