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This iteration of the Accent scored near the top of our subcompact rankings in both the sedan and hatchback versions. While there's nothing fancy about this car, it does hit the mark for sensible transportation. It's particularly economical to buy and run -- we got 31 mpg with the GLS sedan with an automatic and 32 mpg for the stick-shift Sport hatchback.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
2013
2014
NA
2015
NA
2016
2017
NA
2018
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
2009
2010
2011
NA
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
NA
2018
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available from 2005. Side air bags standard from 2004. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC not available, standard from 2012.
Road Test

This iteration of the Accent scored near the top of our subcompact rankings in both the sedan and hatchback versions. While there's nothing fancy about this car, it does hit the mark for sensible transportation. It's particularly economical to buy and run -- we got 31 mpg with the GLS sedan with an automatic and 32 mpg for the stick-shift Sport hatchback. The 138-hp four-cylinder engine provides adequate power, handling is responsive in the sedan and even more so in the Sport model. The well-constructed cabin offers plenty of room up front. As is normal for this class, the ride is jittery and the rear seats are somewhat cramped. The cabin is fairly noisy, but not offensively so. However, this version of the Accent scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 (138 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Hyundai Accent owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Right front panel above the tire is continually loose. Also, the car is very low to the ground and the area above the front tires takes quite a beating when going over any type of speed bump or drive no matter how slow you drive”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

“Tape around door frame was coming off. Dealer replaced the tape with no issue. Tape is from factory; is black and avoids painting window frame”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

“The wheel protection trimming was not tightened and shred the first day of purchase”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

“Black film around doors is peeling”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

“underneath front, there's a piece that comes loose and drags. has to be wired to bumper”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Rust spots on hatchback. Repaired”

Donald S., CO (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint chips easy from rocks, road debris, or getting heavy or odd things out of trunk”

Nancy L., GA (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint on the car has chipped off in several areas, especially on the hood and around the doors, and has rusted. This happened the first year I owned it. Although not related, I enrolled in the Hyundai MPG program, and Hyundai removed me from it”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water enters the door cavity along the window gasket. When the temp goes below freezing, the door locks freeze. The dealer suggested I use a hair dryer to thaw the locks”

Suzanne A., PA (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Water enters the door cavity along the window gasket. When the temp goes below freezing, the door locks freeze. The dealer suggested I use a hair dryer to thaw the locks”

Suzanne A., PA (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“At high speeds and in high wind there was an annoying rattle. On of the rear tire guards was loose. They fixed it right away with no appointment but it was a problem”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“Seems like the drive belt would squeak under certain acceleration situations”

Carl S., PA (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

“General icrease in squeaks,rattles and wind noise”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Right rear brake caliper seized at 59,000 kms. Noticed problem when burning smell appeared and found right rear wheel rim extremely hot. Both rear calipers, discs and pads had to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“I don't know if it was premature. But I heard squeaking and took it to a mechanic to have it checked and I think he did work on the brake pads. He's very reliable, but apparently the problem was no big deal, thank goodness”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Persistent noise in rear brakes, some squeaking but mostly a low "gurgle." First exam by dealer revealed no problems but 2nd exam revealed brake problems just 3 weeks later”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

“It has stopped squeaking. It had squeaked a little off and on but after I took it to the mechanic the speaking stopped”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“warning light displayed, new valve installed under warranty”

Anonymous, NB (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Sensor issues, three times over the life of the vehicle”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Purchased used with 43K miles. Fuel pump failed after 2 months ownership. Dealer replaced under warranty. No out of pocket costs. Has been fine since repair”

Jeffrey K., NJ (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“needed to be replaced by dealer”

Tony K., NJ (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“One of the windows does not appear to be installed correctly because the piece that guides it appears to be folded down. I'm not sure if that is the right word to describe it, but it is a little difficult to explain. I guess the piece looks almost like a seal or rubber gasket”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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