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2014 Hyundai Accent

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2014 Hyundai Accent 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.

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
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 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

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)

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2014 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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