Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
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.