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2013 Hyundai Accent

Thursday, January 10th 2013. | Hyundai

Not every car survives either the test of time, but the Hyundai Accent has done exceptionally well. This entry-level subcompact car has been around in different reincarnations since 1995 and has gone through several redesigns and upgrades that have made it the darling of the masses, not least because of its super low price tag.

The 2013 Accent is hitting the market in GLS, GS and SE versions offering the same qualities that have made it a winner in the past – good mileage, comfortable interior and loads of gadgets. The GS and SE versions are available only in 5-door hatchback models, while the GLS version is also available in 4-door sedan. And unlike in the past, the sedan is the low cost model this time. But since the car is no longer super-cheap, the question is whether it will continue to be a winner.

The 2013 Accent is powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder Gamma GDI engine that is capable of generating 138 HP, which takes it straight to the top of the subcompacts. With the Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) technology, it produces a torque of 125 Nm at 3500 RPM which is respectable for its class of cars. Notably, the Gamma GDI has been named one of the ten best engines in 2012 by WardsAuto World, a prestigious automotive industry journal. It can reach a top speed of 118 mph which is a decent speed for most purposes, but a tad too slow if you like to drive fast cars. Its eco-efficient engine gives it an EPA-estimated mileage of up to 37 mpg on the highway on both manual and automatic transmissions, which makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars but still behind some cars that give above 40 mpg. On a full tank of gas, the car can easily go 400 miles without having to refuel, which makes it ideal for long drives.

The 2013 Accent comes with both manual (standard) and automatic (optional) transmission systems. The six-speed manual and automatic automatic transmissions make good use of the engine’s 138 HP, being able to propel the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour within seconds, which is not bad for a subcompact. Its six-speed automatic transmission also has an Active ECO function that improves fuel economy by up to seven percent.

Hyundai has extended its Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy to the Accent which gives it a graceful appearance that immediately blends with any natural environment. The 2013 Accent has a distinct front façade, bold rear bumper and flowing lines that set it apart from other cars of its class. The 162″ length of the 5-door hatchback model and 172″ length of the 4-door sedan model makes it longer and roomier than its predecessors.

The car has a stylish and comfortable interior. Both hatchback and sedan models can comfortably accommodate 5 passengers (including the driver) and offer plenty of leg room and headroom both at the front and back seats. The 5-door hatchback model has the largest cargo space of its class, which makes it good for people who like to travel with a lot of stuff.

The 2013 Accent offers a lot of moving space for passengers. The front seats have plenty of room to move your legs – even for tall drivers. The seats are height-adjustable and offer enough headroom even at the highest position. The back seats have low cushions that allow you to move your legs without touching the front seats. Getting into and out of the car is easy as the doors open widely. The car’s safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability management system (VSM), electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist system, front seatbelt pretensioners and active front restraints. Still, the IIHS has found it to be vulnerable to side impacts. Also, the car lacks rearview camera or blind-spot monitors.

The 2013 Accent has a beautiful exterior and a stylish interior that give it a pleasant appearance. It is spacious and has plenty of cargo space. Its 1.6L four-cylinder engine gives it the best performance of its class. It is fuel efficient and good for long drives, but doesn’t provide enough speed for those who are accustomed to fast cars. Also, at a price of about $14,545, it is no longer the super cheap car that it used to be. Still, if you like a stylish and fuel-efficient subcompact loaded with gadgets (steering-wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth hand-free phone, iPod/USB input jacks, SiriusXM satellite radio), then this is definitely the car for you.

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