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Let’s Talk About the Hyundai Accent

October 10th, 2013

consumer car reviews With two body options – sedan or hatchback – the Hyundai Accent has gotten favorable reviews from both consumer car reviewers and journalists. The 5-door hatchback Hyundai Accent starts at $16,095 and has nine exterior color options, while the 4-door Hyundai Accent is priced at $14,545 and has eight color possibilities; Hyundai’s electrolyte green is the only color not available for the 4-door sedan.

Our consumer car reviewers took a closer look at the hatchback version of the Hyundai Accent and rated it best overall within the small 5-door hatchback segment. Since entering the market in 1995, the Accent has gotten several upgrades to ensure it has remained competitive. Now in the fourth generation of the Hyundai Accent, this automobile was redesigned in 2012. After unfavorable reviews and being outsold by Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit in 2011, Hyundai worked to create a better performing vehicle with a more attractive exterior.  Additional upgrades were made to the 2013 to further increase its favorability among consumers.

“The latest Accent iteration has made great strides toward front-runner status in this competitive segment, which is a welcome change from past models. It is now larger inside and out than before, and the overall look of the car is certainly more dynamic,” Edmunds reports.

Out of the nine categories graded by our consumer car reviewers, the Hyundai Accent received Best in Segment for five of them; these categories include exterior and interior appearances, front seat comfort, interior controls and value for the money. While some car enthusiasts have complained in publications regarding the sedan’s lack of standard features, the 5-door hatchback Hyundai Accent includes elements that the sedan lacks.

“While its price remains competitive, the Accent now offers quality and value to buyers seeking fuel-efficient transportation that’s solid but low on frills,” The Car Connection writes.

Standard features found in the 5-door hatchback Hyundai Accent:

  • Dual power heated side mirrors
  • iPod/USB® and auxiliary input jack
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition
  • Bodycolor door handles
  • Tinted glass and windshield sunshade band
  • Steering-wheel-mounted auto controls
  • Rear wiper with washer
  • Rear spoiler
  • Chrome-accented front grille
  • Hyundai Assurance America’s Best Warranty, which includes a 5-year new vehicle limited warranty, 7-year anti-perforation warranty and 10-year powertrain limited warranty.

Overall, the Hyundai Accent received a 3.8 out of 5 on our consumer car reviews. None of the graded categories were given anything below an Average rating.

Some noteworthy aspects of the Hyundai Accent, according to our consumer car reviewers:

  • Easy to open and close hatchconsumer car reviews
  • Modern, sleek design of the entertainment controls
  • High-quality materials throughout the entire vehicle
  • Attractive appearance of the gauge cluster
  • Unique headlamps
  • Sporty, aggressive front view
  • Comfortable seating in both rows

As the leader in our 5-door hatchback segment, the Hyundai Accent is definitely worth a test drive. Are you looking for a car and want to see what consumer car reviews say about a variety of small 5-door hatchback options? Check out our side-by-side comparison tool to learn more about what testers thought about each vehicle.