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The entry-level Accent subcompact is available as a basic yet sensible sedan or hatchback. With the smooth and responsive automatic, the sedan attained 31 mpg overall, and we got 32 mpg for the stick-shift Sport hatchback in our tests. That isn't such great fuel economy, considering the new larger, more substantial Elantra gets 33 mpg overall. Though the front cabin is roomy enough, the cramped rear seat is on par for this class. Handling is fairly responsive, but the ride is rather jittery. Noise levels are elevated but not offensive. The controls are straightforward. Reliability has been above average, but we cannot recommend the Accent because it scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

Road Test

The Accent scores near the top of our subcompact Ratings in both sedan and hatchback versions. There's nothing fancy about this car but it hits the mark well for basic, sensible transportation. It's economical to buy and run -- we got 31 mpg with the...

Highs

  • transmission
  • fuel economy

Lows

  • ride
  • noise

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 7 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 (137 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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