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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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
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2011
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2012
2013
2014
NA
2015
NA
2016
NA
2017
NA
2018
NA
2019
NA
2020
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
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
NA
2009
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
2013
2014
2015
NA
2016
2017
2018
NA
2019
NA
2020
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"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)

"Right front bumper panel came loose."

Paul M., NV (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front side of car fender detached. Just above the tire. Same problem with the 2016 Accent. Must be a design defect."

Marc B., NY (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"VERY hard to judge because of sloping hood. Car back to dealer had to fix engine splash guards being torn off by parking bumpers several times. It is definitely too low to ground to clear bumpers. Front fender is starting to come off because of this too. Needs re-design of it!! not buy again!"

Michele R., FL (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)

"The driver side had a loose part in the undercarriage. Happily, the replacement was included in Hyundai's warranty, so it cost me nothing out of pocket."

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

"The car was to low and bumper would scrape eventually causing bumper to come loose"

Anonymous, (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)

"Paint formed bubbles in some areas, which exposed body when burst. As car was purchased used, we don't know if this was original paint or not."

Anonymous, CO (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)

"There are a few rust spots surfacing. Nothing major yet."

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

"Both genders have had that spots I have had to repair the last three years and new rust has again formed over the winter"

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

Calipers

"Calipers failed causing the pads and rotors to ware out . Calipers were replaced under extended warranty but dealer would not cover the rotor & pads even though they were damaged by the seized caliper ."

James L., NS (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear calipers sized, damaging discs thus requiring replacement and then approximately 8 months later front calipers seized."

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

"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)

"Rear caliper froze, causing rotor damage. Resolved by replacement of rear rotors and calipers (including pads)."

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

"The calipers locked and destroyed the rotors"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Routine wear on brakes; have had both front and back brakes replaced. It was fairly expensive."

Sherry G., 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)

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)
Squeaks or rattles

"rattle seems to be around passenger door - have been unable to find"

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

"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)
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)

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.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Brake lights have gone out on both sides at different times."

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

"I needed to get and install new bulbs"

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

"Headlight burned out and had to be replaced."

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

"I have had to replace 2 sets of head lights since 12/2017. In my opinion that is not a good record. This may be more related to the headlamps than the car."

Robert C., PA (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Constantly burnt out right front headlight. Changed the bulb at least 8 times"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"often indicates improper air pressure when there is no problem"

Anonymous, NY (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)

"CHECK ENGINE LITE CAME ON Dealer replaced defective purge valve ( Emission control device ) under warranty."

Jim B., NB (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"120k miles, is it any wonder the O2 sensor is going out?"

Anonymous, (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

Locks and latches

"Driver side door handle paint coming off, had to replace which resulted in then having problems with outside lock."

Michele R., FL (2013 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
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)

"I was driving at night going to work in a divided highway at about 60 miles when the driving window exploded in a 1000 pieces. It really was like a gun shot went off a little unsettling. I think it happened because a defect of the glass even though when I went to the dealer they did not think so and the warranty (5yrs) was expired any way. At the dealer they did not have the spare to repair the car but they called an auto glass repair that did the job the same day. It cost me 240$. Forgot to mention when that happen I was alone in the road it could not be a rock."

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

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.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Currently resolving by replacing. However, the availability of replacement struts leaves much to be desired. Very few options as this part is not common, especially as a full assembly"

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

"Currently resolving the issue by replacing: right outer & inner tie-rods, front struts, rear shocks, sway bar end links"

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

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"After my car service in December, I had a slow leak. My car was leaving oil on my garage floor under my parking spot. Happily, the dealership repaired it for free under the vehicle's powertrain warranty, so it cost me nothing out of pocket."

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

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Bearing surfaces in engine prematurely worn out despite frequent maintenance. Dealer acknowledged that it is a common problem with the engine but that Hyundai refuses to do anything to fix it. The recommended fix is replacing the engine."

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

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 Cooling

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

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.

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.

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