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2013 Hyundai Accent

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2013 Hyundai Accent Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your limited budget has you thinking " used car," you might be pleasantly surprised at just how much new car the 2013 Hyundai Accent can get you for around $15,000.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the Accent
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.

2013 Hyundai Accent Details
Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

1.6-liter inline-4
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
123 lb-ft of torque @ 4,850 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/37 mpg

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2013 Hyundai Accent Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 68 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Nice little car

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I bought this car new, and aside from having the horn replaced (under warranty), this has been a very good car. I have to be careful not to get too close to a curb when angle parking though because the front bumper is quite low."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Wow. What happened?

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Gas mileage, included blind spot mirror, cheap."

Cons: "No cruise control, no pick up when punching gas."

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

"Don't get me wrong fuel economy was OUTSTANDING. Outside noises were horrendous, traveling in JUST minor bad weather was horrendous. From swaying greatly in weak to mild winds. Not even simple cruise control. Not sure what this horsepower nonsense is all about! There is absolutely no power behind this car, yes I have already tried turning off ECO setting. This was a definite mistake, choose another much more reliable car."

13 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Very reliable. efficient and great value.

By on Thursday, April 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Just a great little car. I get over 40 mpg on the highway with it. It has really great power for an economy car. Also, I don't know if it's just the tires or what, but it goes like crazy in the snow. The best non 4 wheel drive car in the snow that I ever had."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

great car for everyday living

By on Friday, February 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,800

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Affordable , easy to use, and economical"

Cons: "no problems so far."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I decided to go with the Hyundai accent because its one of the few cars that still offer manual transmission. The price and warranty Hyundai is amazing and no other company is close . The Hyundai accent is super easy to service and nothing seems complicated about it. Im really happy with the fuel economy and the fact that it has a stereo system that sounds decent. I would totally recommend the 2016 accent for anyone looking for a affordable car that wont break the bank."

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

FEELS CHEAP, NOISY, UNCOMFORTABLE RIDE,

By on Thursday, January 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "LOOKS GOOD, DEPENDABLE, EASY TO DRIVE, MILEAGE EXC"

Cons: "CHEAPLY MADE, NOICY, UNCOMFORTABE RIDE"

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

"you bump it, rock hits it, it bends, scratches easy, noisy, not a smoothest ride. back cover very cheap and broke 3 times already and 3rd one doesn't fit. DEPRECIATED $9000 IN ONE YEAR."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

GDI engine is amazing, quality issues with body...

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "136 horses, light, 35 -40 MPG, agile & quick!"

Cons: "Trim quality issues, a little on the delicate side"

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

"I love the GDI. It's the wave of the future. Instead of trading fuel economy for horsepower, these engines boost both. It's no coincidence that of the 12 production models in the world with GDI engines, nine models are luxury cars or exotics. Light, goes like a bat out of Hades, and I get almost 40 mpg regularly. Only issue is with body and trim quality. The front bumper is held on with these flimsy little clips. The first time you park with the bumper over a curb (you will) or bottom out (you will), it comes loose. I hit a baby deer a week ago. No body damage whatsoever, but now the bumper is falling off. But I suppose that's how they keep the weight down. Rock solid reliable. Agile. Actually a sharp looking car. I would recommend it to anyone!"

17 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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