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2014 Hyundai Accent Review

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2014 Hyundai Accent Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.7

The Accent may be Hyundai's entry-level model, but it sure doesn't look the part. Seductive styling and a bevy of standard features compliment the car's miserly yet peppy 4-cylinder engine, the latter backed by one of the industry's best standard warranties. The competition is clearly feeling the heat as we've seen recent improvements in both styling and content made to cars like the Nissan Versa, Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta. Of course, we think the Accent still has the advantage over many rivals in the area of looks, features and ride comfort. From its bright colors to its high-powered standard audio system to its rich 2-tone interior, the Accent scores big in the categories most important to younger buyers. Did we mention the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty?

You'll Like This Car If...

A thrifty budget doesn't automatically require sacrificing comfort, features and styling. Even in its most base form, the 2014 Hyundai Accent offers a lot of car for just a shade over $15,000.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If features like heated front seats, leather seating and factory navigation are on your must-have list, the Accent won't meet your needs. You'll need to look to cars like the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Ford Fiesta.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.7
  • 5.5
  • 6.6
  • 6.8
  • 7.7
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#3

out of 7

Fuel Economy

#3

out of 7

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.5 out of 10
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2014 Hyundai Accent Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The Hyundai Accent for 2014 gains sliding sun-visor extensions, a one-touch triple turn signal and a driver's-side blind-spot mirror. The SE Premium Package adds a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, projector-style headlights with LED accents and a driver's-side auto-up window.

Driving the Accent
2014 Hyundai Accent Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions We gave our 2014 Hyundai Accent a thorough shakedown, running it through a variety of driving conditions ranging from stop-and-go city traffic to wide-open rural back roads. Our first impression...

... was one of contentment, as the fuel economy regularly averaged between 35-38 mpg on the highway, and only a few ticks lower in around-town driving. The Accent's frugal 4-cylinder isn't stingy when it comes to power, but we were disappointed by the rubbery and vague 6-speed manual. We recommend the 6-speed automatic that provides smooth and precise shifts without any significant loss in fuel economy. We found the seats to be comfortable and supportive, although rear-seat legroom is lacking. If the Accent has a weak spot, it's the car's driving dynamics. We weren't expecting GTI-like maneuvers, but in a matchup with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit or Mazda2, the Accent doesn't even come close.

1.6-LITER GAMMA ENGINE
With more horsepower and nearly identical fuel economy as the engines in the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit or Mazda2, the 2014 Hyundai Accent wins the power wars hands down.

STANDARD 172-WATT AUDIO SYSTEM
While some competitors don't even offer a high-output audio system on their cars, the Accent comes standard with a 172-watt, 6-speaker stereo featuring SiriusXM satellite radio and USB/iPod ports. Upgrade to the higher trims and the system adds streaming Bluetooth with voice recognition.

2014 Hyundai Accent Details
2014 Hyundai Accent Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Although it doesn't have the same 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
2014 Hyundai Accent photo

Using the same "fluidic sculpture" design language incorporated in other models in Hyundai's lineup, the 2014 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. LED headlight surrounds and a driver's blind-spot mirror are also welcome features.

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 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 2014 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, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, piano-black accents, driver's-window auto-up, 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
2014 Hyundai Accent Engine photo

The 2014 Hyundai Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 138 horsepower and achieving up to 38 mpg on the highway. Hyundai used an aluminum design for this engine, as opposed to a cast-iron block, in order to save weight and incorporated gasoline direct injection (GDI), which is mostly responsible for its impressive 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: 27/38 mpg (manual), 27/37 mpg (automatic)

A base 2014 Hyundai Accent GLS has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $15,500, and adding an automatic transmission tacks on an extra $1,000. The 5-door GS trim level starts just under $16,000 and goes up $1,200 with an automatic, while the fully loaded SE trim can top out at around $19,500. Compared to other cars in its segment, the Accent's pricing is on the lower end of the spectrum. To get your best price, check the KBB Fair Purchase Price to find out what others in your area are paying for the 2014 Hyundai Accent. As far as projected resale value, the Accent has found its way into the middle of the class, as we expect it to hold values on par with the Toyota Yaris and Chevy Sonic, but not as well as the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit.

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2014 Hyundai Accent Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 57 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Really like this car

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Has a lot of standard equiptment, very good on gas"

Cons: "None"

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

"I've been a Chevy owner for several years and decided to give Hyundai a try. I saw a 2013 Accent advertised at a local dealer, so I went in to test drive it. That was all it took, I fell in love with it. I didn't want to seem too excited so I got a good deal. They got it ready for me the next day and I drove it to work that same morning. I can't believe how much nicer it is, than my Cobalt. I didn't trade my Cobalt in, and gave that car to my son. The Accent is more powerful and has more luxuries on it than any car I've had. Since it's only 2 years old, it still has the new car smell, and the ride is much more than I expected in a car of its size. I still like Chevys, and now I like Hyundai as well. This car is a keeper."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Fantastic Vehicle

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Economical, fast, spacious, comfortable"

Cons: "iPhone support"

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

"I bought this car because I needed something fuel efficient as I would be driving a long ways to and from work and the mileage of Mustang GT was not cutting it. This vehicle was obviously way better in the economy area! It costs me $20 to fill the tank and I only have to fill it like once a week. If you're tight on cash because of gas prices I really recommend this car. Economy wasn't the only reason I bought this car, I also wanted reliability. This car has been phenomenal in this category as well. My only gripe about this vehicle is that it will not play music off of my iPhone 5s even with the Hyundai certified cable. I've done a lot of research as to why this is and it all comes back to Hyundai needing to update their radio firmware which they aren't doing. I've had this problem since I bought the car and that was a year ago. I don't mind listening to the radio and the car does still charge my phone through the cable, it just wont' play music through it. The sound system in the car is very nice though. I lighting is a soft blue which is great on the eyes. Also for being a compact my girlfriend and I can sit very comfortably in it. My father and I is a different story because he's quite a big fellow and I'm not scrawny but I rarely drive with other large males in the passenger seat; and let's be honest, it is a compact car. Speed was this car has plenty of get up and go, and that's compared to my previous Mustang. Of course it doesn't have as much high end speed but off the line this vehicle has no problems especially compared to the Ford Fiesta. I highly recommend this car!!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

It's what I expected for an economy daily driver

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

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

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"The car delivers 38-40mpg (6 spd)with a daily commute of 96 miles, including 10 miles of dirt road. Put (4) studded snow tires on it for the winter and no issues. Wish heated seats and outside temperature were available. I feel that I got my money's worth and then some."

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