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2013 Hyundai Accent

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Pros

  • Engaging style
  • Strong acceleration
  • Feels larger than it looks

Cons

  • Competitors offer more options
  • Hatchback’s rear visibility is limited

Mileage (EPA estimate)

28 city, 37 highway, 31 combined

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The 2013 Hyundai Accent aims big, drives small

A small car with big ambitions, the 2013 Hyundai Accent is ideal for buyers seeking tidy dimensions and lively character. Performance is strong for its size and competition, the cabin is roomier than it appears, and the ride and handling are well-balanced. Hyundai redesigned the Accent in 2012, infusing it with the sleek style and interior standards of the brand’s larger Elantra and Sonata sedans. A new engine boosted performance and increased fuel economy, and the changes helped lift the Accent from relative obscurity to a level with subcompact class leaders like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic.

For 2013, the Accent carried over with no substantial changes and only minor shuffling of standard features. Available as both sedan and hatchback, with a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic, and up to 47 cubic feet of cargo space (hatchback models), the Accent meets a variety of needs and preferences.

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What is new for the 2013 Hyundai Accent?

  • Sunroof(s) features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2013 Hyundai Accent

What We Like:

Performance: No one should expect sports car performance from the Accent, but it’s still one of the more satisfying subcompacts to drive with some gusto. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine makes just 138 horsepower, but responds quickly to the gas pedal and steadily accelerates from zero to 60 mph in about nine seconds. That’s quick for subcompacts of this era. A well-calibrated six-speed automatic transmission helps. The suspension helps the Accent still feel composed and maintains good grip in corners.

Comfort: The Accent looks small, but it’s surprisingly roomy. Tall doors and a low floor make for easy entry and exit, and there’s ample space in all four seats (the rear middle seat is best left unoccupied). The front seats offer plenty of cushioning for long drives. Ride quality is better than most subcompacts, and rarely feels busy or harsh. The Accent isn’t quite a Mercedes, but it’s quiet and does a good job keeping wind and road noise out of the cabin.

Value: Hyundai has built a reputation on delivering bang for the buck, and the 2013 Accent was a prime example. It offered plenty of standard features and impressive fit-and-finish for less cost than its rivals. The base GLS trim came with keyless entry, heated side mirrors, and a six-speaker sound system, but we recommend the SE trim, since it had 16-inch wheels, rear disc brakes (most subcompacts have drum brakes), upgraded cloth seats, Bluetooth®, and sport-tuned steering.

What Needs Improvement

Fuel Economy: If we had a wish, it’d be that the Accent’s real-world fuel economy was closer to its EPA ratings. In Edmunds testing, the Accent fell short of its EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined score with the automatic transmission, and 32 mpg combined with the manual.

While its shortfall was within an acceptable margin, they underscore that the Accent’s rating is difficult to achieve in real-world driving.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

CarMax customers love the 2013 Hyundai Accent, a car that is great on gas and easy to drive.
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Excellent

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Accent an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Hyundai Accent 11th out of 27 among Subcompact Cars.

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Hyundai Accent features and specs

GS 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

1.6L

Horsepower

138

Torque (ft-lbs)

123

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

11.4

Wheelbase

101.2"

Overall length

162"

Width

66.9"

Height

57.1"

Leg room

F 41.8"/R 33.3"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 37.8"

Front tires

P175/70R14

Rear tires

P175/70R14

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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