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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
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 64 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

FEELS CHEAP, NOISY, UNCOMFORTABLE RIDE,

By on Thursday, January 07, 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."

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!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

We bought this new off the Showroom floor in 2011.

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive on curvy little roads."

Cons: "Clutch has NO feel at all. Small issues listed..."

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

"We bought the SE Hatchback with a 6spd Manual Trans. It is a fun little car on tight curvy roads, but not exactly built for road trips, obviously. We have had minor issues, like a whistling noise at a bad door seal, and I had to pull out the USB port and resolder a connector once, but overall a VERY reliable little car. Overall it has been a great little car and it is now paid off with under 100,000 miles on it. Would definitely recommend it as far as reliability is concerned."

15 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Great car for its worth!!!

By on Monday, October 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "MPG, Stylish design, picks up well"

Cons: "only 2 uneven cup holder, no light up door buttons"

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

"This car has been great to me, I've owned it a little over 6 months now and its excellent (for what you pay for, around $9000 with less than 50k miles on it) The driving: Very smooth and picks up better than I thought it would. I'm a crazy driver and I'm always flooring it and speeding and it keeps up with my foot well. The steering feels electronic (some may not like, but I don't mind it at all.) The shifting (mines an automatic) is very smooth, you can barely tell when it shifts. It gets great gas mileage, I only drive like 120 miles a week and I only fill up about once every 2 weeks (not quite what the MPG is supposed to be according to the MPG reports, but still pretty good.) The exterior and interior: The exterior looks very sleek and stylish, mine is white and has the 16" alloy wheels and the body colored door handles and dark tinted windows as opposed to the black plastic door handles and 14" plastic rims and clear fishbowl windows. The interior is a beige color and I love it, it looks so classy inside. Some may say its cheap looking, but what can you expect for what you pay? You can't expect to pay $7k-10k for this car and expect to have leather heated seats. The AC cools off very fast for me, and the only issue I have with it is that on setting speed 1 is too little air for me and setting speed 2 is too high for me, so its either i'm hot or cold. I'm 6'0 and have no issue getting in or out of the car and I don't feel cramped inside or feel like I have no leg room (my seat would still go back some if I needed it too.) The sound is great! I love music especially while driving and mine is great ( I have the premium package with 6 speakers and Bluetooth) so I have my iPod connected that I control through the steering wheel buttons. and I love how the bass hits (for stock speakers) and how the overall sound is. A few issues I have with the interior are the door armrests aren't padded, its just plastic, so it isn't always the most comfortable but its not a huge issue for me, and the door buttons don't light up. (E.g. The window buttons and lock buttons) they're just completely dark, so at night its kind of hard to find which button you need. The display screen for the radio is VERY bright blue at night, like the whole car glows blue, and there's no way to turn it down. You can only turn the display off, which will then turn it right back on if you turn up/down the volume or do anything on the radio. And there is only 2 cup holders up front. So if anyone sits in the back with a drink, they don't have cup holders and the ones upfront aren't the same size, so a lot of my drinks that I bring or get in my car don't fit in the forward cup holder. The whole issue with no spare tire doesn't really bug me at all. I have roadside assistance for very little extra a month on my insurance so its not that big of a deal, plus if you wanted to buy one, there's a spot for it under the trunk. Overall, I love this car. I'm very happy considering what I got for what I payed for it."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Interesting vehicle

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,032

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Gas mileage, styling, price."

Cons: "Quality issues, sound system, under-powered."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I bought this car on July 2 of 2015. I must say that the initial vehicle was hard for me to adapt to. I went from an Elantra to the GLS Accent (now known as the SE model.) As with any vehicle in this class, the power is agonizingly slow. I've had several issues with this car. For instance, the cloth seats prematurely ware, the traction control/ESC/ABS comes on for no reason while cornering, lots of road noise, and many weird rattles. All of these things put together make a very cheaply built car. The Accent, with styling package, looks terrific. I would suggest you stay away from black though, because every little scratch you can see. Overall, if you have a choice, I would recommend you do not purchase this vehicle."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

This is second Accent for me

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Economy, comfort, relaibility"

Cons: "None really for me."

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

"I bought a 2015 GLS after having another Accent for 10 years. The reliability, warranty, and economy are super. It has all the options that Hyundai has available. It also looks nice inside and out, and I love it. I do a lot of highway distance driving and it is comfortable and quiet. The price was super. The old Accent is still going strong after 175000 miles and has been passed down in the family."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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