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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
Common Trouble Spot
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
NA
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Transmission Minor
NA
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
NA
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

Learn more about car Reliability.

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)

Engine Major

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

Climate System

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

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.

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.

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

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.

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.

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

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