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The Hyundai Accent rolls into 2015 with an updated front-end design, new interior fabric patterns and an easier-to-read LCD audio display. An outside temperature readout becomes standard, and the Accent SE's name has been changed to the Accent Sport.
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.
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.
For 2010, Hyundai introduces its new "Blue" Edition engine to the Accent lineup. The new engine is up to nine-percent more fuel efficient than last year's powerplant, providing mileage as high as 36 mpg on the highway. Other new features include iPod/USB ports on all radios; standard steering wheel audio controls, sunroof and cruise control on SE and the availability of ABS on the GS trim.
The Accent is Hyundai's least expensive car, but it's also welcome proof of how far the automaker has come in a few short years. Once relegated to "econobox" status, today's Accent looks and feels more substantial than its sub-$16,000 starting price might suggest. Available as a sedan or 5-door hatchback, the 2015 Hyundai Accent offers value, efficiency and easy operation. It's not as fun to drive as subcompact rivals like the Ford Fiesta or Mazda2, nor quite as versatile as the Honda Fit, but in addition to its polite road manners, the Accent boasts Hyundai's class-leading warranty that includes a generous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain guarantee.