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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Hyundai Accent

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MPG 28 City / 37 Highway
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Front seats extremely adjustable
  • Low base price
  • Good cargo space for small car
  • Uninspired styling
  • Interior lacks polish
, Automotive Editor -
Hyundai's Accent lacks some of the luster found in other comparable vehicles, but its affordable pricing and fuel-efficiency are near the top of the class.


Hyundai's small car underwent few changes for 2013, which is not surprising given the well-received overhaul the Accent debuted only a model year earlier. Two body styles are offered: a four-door sedan available in one trim, GLS, and a five-door hatchback available in two, GS and SE. The latter of the hatchback trims features more standard options and a higher MSRP. For consumers wanting similar options to the SE, but equipped on the sedan, there is a “Premium Package” available for the GLS.

The most notable difference between the two body-styles is the amount of cargo space, with the hatchback having significantly more. However, both versions are dressed with a sporty, eye-catching exterior. The 1.6L DOHC Inline-4 engine - standard on all trims - is not for thrill seekers yet still provides sufficient power. The standard six-speed manual transmission and available six-speed automatic both achieve an impressive 37 MPG on the highway. Some new standards for 2013 include air-conditioning, keyless-entry, heated side mirrors and USB/Auxiliary ports. Though not new, the 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty is the longest in the segment.

Before the 2012 redesign, the Accent was considered the low-priced alternative to other cars providing more bang-for-your-buck like the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. Yet the newest generation of Accents has upped the ante when it comes to value and made the Hyundai a legitimate competitor in the compact segment. Advantages found in the Fit and Fiesta includes sportier handling and a higher quality of interior materials. The Chevrolet Sonic, like the Accent, is available in sedan and hatchback body-style. Unlike the Accent, the Sonic’s base trim is not equipped with a USB port or satellite radio.

For those interested in a new compact car, whatever the price range, this Hyundai is a great option. With outstanding value and loads of standard features, the Accent is definitely worth consideration.

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2013 Hyundai Accent GLS

Recommended for: Consumers wanting the Accent in its' four-door version

The GLS is the only trim buyers can choose if they do not want either of the higher-priced hatchback Accents. Besides the obvious, a significant difference between the two body-styles is the sedan being 10” longer in length than the hatchback. The GLS has cloth seats, power windows/door locks and a six-speaker AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system. Exterior standards include 14” steel wheels with wheel covers and body color matching heated side mirrors. The inside gets a tilt steering wheel, six-way adjustable driver seat and 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback for extra utility in transporting large items. Hyundai offers a Premium Package for the GLS that includes, among other features, premium cloth seats, a Bluetooth phone system and 16" alloy wheels.

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2013 Hyundai Accent GS

Recommended for: Buyers worried about the limited utility a sedan offers

The base trim of the the hatchback Accent, the GS is equipped almost identical to the GLS sedan. Though 10" shorter, the hatchback has 7.9" more of interior volume and over three times the amount of cargo space (with rear seatback folded) as the GLS. A rear wiper comes attached to the fifth-door and the antenna is mounted on the rear roof. The same 60/40 split fold-down rear seat in the sedan is also in the hatchback, but easier to fold with the extra elbow-room. Safety standards, equipped on the entire Accent lineup, include six airbags, electronic stability control and an anti-lock braking system.

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2013 Hyundai Accent SE

Recommended for: Drivers looking for a hatchback equipped with a long list of options

While the sedan is offered with a Premium Package, the hatchback is offered with its' own premium trim, the SE. This includes all GS equipment plus rear-disc brakes, sport-tuned steering and audio/cruise controls mounted on a leather wrapped steering wheel. Upgrades in appearance result from 16" alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and front fog lights. An optional sunroof package can be added over top of an interior cabin with such features as Bluetooth, premium cloth seats, and a sliding armrest storage box.

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