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2011 Hyundai Accent

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2011 Hyundai Accent Review

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Introduced in 1994, the Hyundai Accent led U.S. entry-level car sales from 2000-2005, mostly due to its value for the money and an aggressive warranty. A trend toward smaller, less expensive vehicles has brought a slew of new competitors to the field, including Korean partner Kia's Rio, Honda's Fit, Nissan's Versa, Toyota's Yaris, Ford's Fiesta and Chevrolet's Aveo. Still, not many can touch the Accent's low price and amazingly long warranty, or the fact that J.D Powers awarded the 2010 Accent top honors in its Initial Quality Survey for the sub-compact category. Those with an eye for style as well as thrift may find more to like with the Accent then its newer, but pricier, rivals.

You'll Like This Car If...

If an ultra-practical and affordable subcompact is your next vehicle purchase, you'll appreciate the 2011 Hyundai Accent's value, which includes numerous safety features, a long warranty and unusual availability of accessories. If your driving aspirations are bigger than your budget, you should also appreciate the SE three-door's sporty look, astonishingly responsive handling and cornering capability.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want something a bit more expressive, especially in a four-door sedan, or prefer a Japanese or domestic brand, you should take a good look at the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta or the Chevy Aveo.

What's New for 2011

In an effort to keep prices in check, Hyundai has deleted the SE trim's sunroof for 2011. On the plus side, however, the GS trim gains a 172-watt six-speaker stereo with iPod, USB and auxiliary audio input jacks.

Driving the Accent
Driving Impressions

Hyundai's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine generates 110 horsepower, but it's hardly a strong performer. Driving the optional four-speed automatic in our test GLS Sedan, it managed zero-to-60 mph acceleration in a...

... bit over 13 seconds. By today's standards, that's on the slow side. The SE three-door with the manual five-speed transmission can do it in about 11 seconds. Also, like most small engines in inexpensive cars, it's a bit noisy and thrashy at high rpm. Otherwise, our GLS rode and drove fairly well and scooted through turns with surprising response. Despite its eight manual adjustments, the driver's seat did not provide a really comfortable position for us, and its rearward adjustment was insufficient for our longish legs. The cloth-lined trunk is relatively roomy and the rear-seat pass-through is handy, but rear roominess is just par for the class.

GLS Handling
We were pleasantly surprised with the steering and handling of our Premium Package-equipped test GLS, and the sports-oriented SE three-door does even better on its 16-inch tire-and-wheel package.

Hyundai Warranty
An extra-long warranty is one thing an automaker can offer to improve buyer confidence and Hyundai's is one of the best, with five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage that's matched with impressive quality improvements.

2011 Hyundai Accent Details
Interior

The Accent's interior materials are consistent with its price: Generally inexpensive but with attractive textures and two-tone trim. Among the least-appealing items is the central swing-open bin that's shaped like an ashtray but isn't; the actual ashtray is an odd removable cup that sits atop the console. The radio is an easy-to-use unit with large knobs for volume and tuning, while the three-dial HVAC controls are attractive and have a quality feel – except for a too-stiff temperature dial.

Exterior
2011 Hyundai Accent photo

While the SE three-door is sporty and expressive, we think the Accent Sedan is pretty plain vanilla. Its design is clean, functional and fairly aerodynamic, but hardly exciting. The best part is probably up front, with large wide-eyed headlamps, a full-width lower air intake and distinctive grilles – a body-color bar across the three-door models, a black-out pattern on the four-door. One nice touch is a body-color protective molding along each side to fend off shopping carts and help prevent door dings.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The modest GS standard-equipment list includes power steering, automatic transmission, tilt steering column, eight-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split rear seat, cabin air filtration, tachometer, variable intermittent wipers, 172-watt six-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 and iPod, USB and auxiliary audio input jack and a rear spoiler. The SE adds air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry with alarm and panic alert, fog lights, sport suspension, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), cruise control, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The GLS Sedan has base GS equipment plus the option of a five-speed manual. All models boast extensive standard safety equipment, including seat-mounted side airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags, in addition to advanced front airbags.

Optional Equipment

The GL trim can be equipped with air conditioning, while the GS trim offers the Premium Package which adds anti-lock brakes (ABS), power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry and alarm. The GLS Premium Package adds to this cruise control, tilt-wheel and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on GS and available on GLS and SE, and there's a long list of port- and dealer-installed accessories, including Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

Under the Hood

Hyundai's 1.6-liter four has dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and CVVT (continuously Variable Valve Timing) on the intake side. It generates 110 horsepower and provides a very respectable – and wallet-friendly – 26/35 EPA miles per gallon when teamed with the optional automatic in the GLS Sedan.

1.6-liter in-line 4
110 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
106 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/34 (manual), 27/36 (automatic), 26/36 (Blue)

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2011 Hyundai Accent Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 315 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

dont cheat your self buy a better car

By on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,300

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "gas milage"

Cons: "very small ,plastic dash"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car is meant for a first time car buyer or for a person who can not afford any thing else . The car drives well and it does not give many problems . for only $2000 more I should have bought the elantra."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

A good little commuter car to and from work.

By on Thursday, May 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Good fuel economy, fits in small parking spots."

Cons: "Tiny fuel tank, under powered."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"A nice little car that offers good good fuel economy, the fit and finish are ok for a car of this value. Mechanically the engine is fine but watch out for those coil packs, everything was fine until year 4 than they all went within 6 months (here is where the great warranty earns it's keep) didn't pay a dime. The starter was also replaced for free at 45k miles as was the broken driver door latch. Routine maintenance (oil, brakes, tires) on this car has been inexpensive."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Awesome first car!

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,450

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, reliable, great gas mileage"

Cons: "Smaller car, little leg room in back seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

My "Jellybean"

"I got this car used as a first car. I LOVE it! The MPG is awesome, it drives great, I have only had a few minor problems with it but they're things that every car will have to deal with (i.e. spark plugs, battery, etc). I did have to replace 2 cylinders in the motor over the years but still, a simple DIY fix. Great price, great value. The only reason I'd ever get rid of it is to get a bigger vehicle when my husband and I decide to expand our family."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

My "Jellybean"

Best Hyundai I've owned yet

By on Monday, September 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Price, warranty, milage"

Cons: "probably not comfortable for drivers over 5'10""

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've been buying Hyundai vehicles since 1992, mostly the Accent. I drive 80 miles a day to and from work and this particular one is the best yet. I've hit 4 deer with it and have yet to break a headlight, traveled through 2 feet of snow for 20 miles (November Lake Effect south of Buffalo NY 2014)and nothing has stopped this little vehicle. I've followed all maintenance (more or less) and the car just keeps going. Shows it's age and the toll of 121,00 miles with rust starting to appear, but it is expected with the brutal winters here in Western New York. I have passed SUVs stuck in snow and had the opportunity to pull a Ford Taurus out of a snow bank. Given the 5 speed manual and snow tires all around it is all but unstoppable. Best vehicle for the money!"

18 people out of 24 found this review helpful

low maintenance

By on Saturday, August 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 153,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "excellent price, good gas mileage, low maintenance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The car was very dependable, handled well, good gas mileage, few repairs ever needed, and actually had quite a bit of pep going up hills and accelerating. The car's design was rather generic, and because I'm a smaller person, I was comfortable driving it. If I had other people in the car that were taller or larger than I, they were not as comfortable."

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Perfect around town or first car for new driver!

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,586

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gas efficient, great space, compact, easy to drive"

Cons: "No space for back seat passengers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I got my Accent when I just graduated high school. It was a 2007, and I got it in 2008. I loved my Accent because for a fresh new college student, gas was very affordable and the car was very easy to use and drive. I could take it from my city to another 2 1/2 hours away and only fill up once I got there. It was perfect for parking that, in most cities, are so small average cars now can't fit, but mine can fit anywhere. Parallel parking couldn't be made any easier. It's pastel lime green color always made it easy for me to find in a crowd. The hatch was awesome for just the amount of space needed for a young adult who just wants to have anything from gym stuff, to groceries, to bags for a weekend away. I love this car, but I realized being almost 26 now, and my job requiring me to have more space for passengers for trips, that I need to part ways with my little jelly bean car and get a 4 door styled car. Hyundai 's are amazing vehicles and last forever if you take good care of them. I'm definitely sticking with this brand of car always."

14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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