By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 6.8
Fresh from its complete makeover last year, the 2013 Hyundai Accent clearly displays the Korean car manufacturer's ability to inject seductive styling and innovative technology into an affordable, fuel efficient and fun-to-drive package. Slotted to do battle with the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta, the Accent's affordable arsenal includes bright exterior paint choices, a high-powered audio system, a full suite of standard safety equipment including six airbags, and a roomy interior with the most cargo space of any sub-compact car. If the stylish 2-tone interior, smooth ride and 37-mpg highway fuel economy rating doesn't seal the deal, the Accent's standard 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty likely will.
While the 2013 Accent is a lot of Hyundai for the money, a little more money tossed at a Honda Fit, Nissan Versa or Ford Fiesta will get you more features such as onboard navigation, push-button start and leather seating.
The Hyundai Accent for 2013 sees the base GLS model with a manual transmission gain air conditioning, power side mirrors and a 6-speaker stereo with satellite radio and iPod/USB port. Remote keyless entry and heated side mirrors are standard on all trims, while the SE adds an available power sunroof.
Driving Impressions During our time in the 2013 Accent, our driving route including a good mix of highway and rural roads. To our surprise and delight, the Accent's onboard fuel-economy indicator rarely...dipped below 40 mpg. Even in around town touring, we regularly saw fuel economy in the 30-to-34-mpg range. The Accent's fuel-sipping engine isn't shy when it comes to delivering power, however, and it does so without much fuss or commotion. While we found little to like about the Accent's rubbery feeling manual transmission, its 6-speed automatic quickly won us over, delivering smooth and precise shifts and excellent fuel economy. Seat comfort, sometimes a weak point in Hyundai cars, is exceptionally good in the Accent. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the Accent's driving dynamics, which lack the precise steering and responsive suspension found on the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit.
1.6-LITER GAMMA ENGINE
The direct-injection gasoline engine found in the Hyundai Accent provides more horsepower and better fuel economy than those found in the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Mazda2? We'll take it!
FLUIDIC SCULPTURE STYLING
While it isn't exactly a feature, we really like the how the 2013 Hyundai Accent looks. The wavy, futuristic design sets the car apart from its competitors and even further apart from how it used to look.
Although it doesn't have the same the funky, futuristic feel as the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, the Hyundai Accent does have a decidedly refined interior for a car in its class. Using bold shapes and semi-metallic finishes, the Accent's looks on the inside complement its looks on the outside rather handsomely. We especially like the backlit buttons and knobs.Exterior
Using the same "fluidic sculpture" design language incorporated in other models in Hyundai's lineup, the 2013 Accent wears dynamic and sculptural lines that give the car an upscale look. Wraparound headlights and taillights, a high beltline and sculpted hood creases that flank the signature grille up front accentuate the car's aerodynamic look, giving it a sleek profile. Depending on the trim, the Accent has either 14-inch or 16-inch wheels as standard.
The 4-door Accent is available in the GLS trim level and the 5-door is labeled GS for the base trim and SE for the sporty and more highly-equipped version. Regardless of the trim level, all Accents come standard with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, 172-watt 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite radio with USB/iPod integration, heated side mirrors, and 14-inch wheels with wheel covers. The higher-trim SE 5-door adds to this list with more even more equipment, including steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a roof spoiler.
The only options available for the 2013 Hyundai Accent can be found bundled into two packages. The GLS automatic Premium package adds rear disc brakes, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, premium cloth seats, piano black accents, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with voice recognition, fog lights, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The SE with the automatic transmission can be equipped with a power sunroof package.
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 138 horsepower and achieving up to 37 mpg on the highway. Hyundai used an aluminum design for this engine, as opposed to its predecessor's cast-iron block, in order to save weight and incorporated gasoline direct injection (GDI), which is mostly responsible for the bumps in power and fuel economy.
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
123 lb-ft of torque @ 4,850 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/37 mpg
By Mike on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Plenty of room in the front and rear. Great drive."
Cons: "Bigger gas tank. The 24 hour clock."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"First of all this is an economy compact car. With that in mind there are things you expect to get and things you don't expect to get from a vehicle like this. My rating reflects how well my expectations were met with this brand new off the lot purchase. I find the power ample. I don't have a lead foot, but when I need some extra power it is there to be had.I like the interior and have had no problems driving long distances with back discomfort. The interior seems as though it is built to last and I appreciate the cup holders front and rear. This is a quiet ride too. Sometimes at idle it is hard to know if the engine is running or not. Gear changes on my automatic is very smooth. I love the fuel economy. I average about 36 to the gallon between fill ups. On an interstate at about 65 mph with cruise control on and just me in the car, I can average over 42 mpg. Mine's a sedan, not a hatch back. Rear storage has been ample in every situation so far. I like the look better too. I enjoy the blue tooth for hand free phone calls and have found they system to work very well. It is not often I buy a new car. It is a big decision. So far no regrets."
6 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Landon C on Monday, February 23, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have driven almost 20,000 miles in one year and have enjoyed this Hyundai Accent Hatchback. While the power does seem a little low it definitely makes up for it in gas mileage. I find that I average from 37-42 mpg on my road trips and from about 36-38 mpg commuting to work and back. The interior is a little cheap and so is the paint job, but the feeling of all power windows, doors, mirror is worth it for the price."
6 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By El stucko! on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"The seating material and/or color is not desireable......shows dirt, even water spots. The anti skid is not user friendly. Other than that, this car would be great for someone who does not eat or drink in it, and who does not live where country roads will be a problem in the winter."
18 people out of 31 found this review helpful
By gramps on Friday, January 23, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,083overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great highway milage,excellant city millage"
Cons: "pickup is not as fast as my turbo Sante fe"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car in Albany NY and it was good in the snow. I retired to Edmond Ok. and it is better here."
16 people out of 26 found this review helpful
By Flogdog on Monday, December 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nimble, plenty of extras"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Acceleration is surprisingly good for such a small engine. Seating is comfortable. My Accent has a lot of features and is painted a pretty light blue color. My only complaint is that the front air dam is too low to the ground and I have to stay back from curbs."
27 people out of 41 found this review helpful
By ScottyB on Monday, December 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "gas mileage, affordable"
Cons: "speakers are terrible"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"There are more things that I like than those that I don't. It's a relatively spacious small sedan with decent acceleration and great gas mileage, but the speakers leave a lot to be desired. If you're a big music fan, this probably isn't the best vehicle for you."
13 people out of 22 found this review helpful