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2011 Hyundai Accent

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2011 Hyundai Accent Review

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Introduced in 1994, the Hyundai Accent led U.S. entry-level car sales from 2000-2005, mostly due to its value for the money and an aggressive warranty. A trend toward smaller, less expensive vehicles has brought a slew of new competitors to the field, including Korean partner Kia's Rio, Honda's Fit, Nissan's Versa, Toyota's Yaris, Ford's Fiesta and Chevrolet's Aveo. Still, not many can touch the Accent's low price and amazingly long warranty, or the fact that J.D Powers awarded the 2010 Accent top honors in its Initial Quality Survey for the sub-compact category. Those with an eye for style as well as thrift may find more to like with the Accent then its newer, but pricier, rivals.

You'll Like This Car If...

If an ultra-practical and affordable subcompact is your next vehicle purchase, you'll appreciate the 2011 Hyundai Accent's value, which includes numerous safety features, a long warranty and unusual availability of accessories. If your driving aspirations are bigger than your budget, you should also appreciate the SE three-door's sporty look, astonishingly responsive handling and cornering capability.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want something a bit more expressive, especially in a four-door sedan, or prefer a Japanese or domestic brand, you should take a good look at the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta or the Chevy Aveo.

What's New for 2011

In an effort to keep prices in check, Hyundai has deleted the SE trim's sunroof for 2011. On the plus side, however, the GS trim gains a 172-watt six-speaker stereo with iPod, USB and auxiliary audio input jacks.

Driving the Accent

Driving Impressions Hyundai's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine generates 110 horsepower, but it's hardly a strong performer. Driving the optional four-speed automatic in our test GLS Sedan, it managed zero-to-60 mph acceleration in a...

bit over 13 seconds. By today's standards, that's on the slow side. The SE three-door with the manual five-speed transmission can do it in about 11 seconds. Also, like most small engines in inexpensive cars, it's a bit noisy and thrashy at high rpm. Otherwise, our GLS rode and drove fairly well and scooted through turns with surprising response. Despite its eight manual adjustments, the driver's seat did not provide a really comfortable position for us, and its rearward adjustment was insufficient for our longish legs. The cloth-lined trunk is relatively roomy and the rear-seat pass-through is handy, but rear roominess is just par for the class.
Favorite Features

GLS Handling
We were pleasantly surprised with the steering and handling of our Premium Package-equipped test GLS, and the sports-oriented SE three-door does even better on its 16-inch tire-and-wheel package.

Hyundai Warranty
An extra-long warranty is one thing an automaker can offer to improve buyer confidence and Hyundai's is one of the best, with five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage that's matched with impressive quality improvements.

2011 Hyundai Accent Details
Interior

The Accent's interior materials are consistent with its price: Generally inexpensive but with attractive textures and two-tone trim. Among the least-appealing items is the central swing-open bin that's shaped like an ashtray but isn't; the actual ashtray is an odd removable cup that sits atop the console. The radio is an easy-to-use unit with large knobs for volume and tuning, while the three-dial HVAC controls are attractive and have a quality feel – except for a too-stiff temperature dial.

Exterior
2011 Hyundai Accent photo

While the SE three-door is sporty and expressive, we think the Accent Sedan is pretty plain vanilla. Its design is clean, functional and fairly aerodynamic, but hardly exciting. The best part is probably up front, with large wide-eyed headlamps, a full-width lower air intake and distinctive grilles – a body-color bar across the three-door models, a black-out pattern on the four-door. One nice touch is a body-color protective molding along each side to fend off shopping carts and help prevent door dings.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The modest GS standard-equipment list includes power steering, automatic transmission, tilt steering column, eight-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split rear seat, cabin air filtration, tachometer, variable intermittent wipers, 172-watt six-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 and iPod, USB and auxiliary audio input jack and a rear spoiler. The SE adds air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry with alarm and panic alert, fog lights, sport suspension, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), cruise control, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The GLS Sedan has base GS equipment plus the option of a five-speed manual. All models boast extensive standard safety equipment, including seat-mounted side airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags, in addition to advanced front airbags.

Optional Equipment

The GL trim can be equipped with air conditioning, while the GS trim offers the Premium Package which adds anti-lock brakes (ABS), power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry and alarm. The GLS Premium Package adds to this cruise control, tilt-wheel and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on GS and available on GLS and SE, and there's a long list of port- and dealer-installed accessories, including Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

Under the Hood

Hyundai's 1.6-liter four has dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and CVVT (continuously Variable Valve Timing) on the intake side. It generates 110 horsepower and provides a very respectable – and wallet-friendly – 26/35 EPA miles per gallon when teamed with the optional automatic in the GLS Sedan.

1.6-liter in-line 4
110 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
106 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/34 (manual), 27/36 (automatic), 26/36 (Blue)

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2011 Hyundai Accent Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 277 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Economical

By on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Small and economical"

Cons: "No keyless entry, no power window."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This car is economical in fuel, however it does not have power lock and power window, which is a major draw back for 2010 model.very fragile body, but not costly to repair."

Excellent value

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great car overall"

Cons: "Highway MPG is below average"

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

"This car has well exceeded expectations of a car in this price range. It is a good looking car, reliable, and rides well for a car its size."

Mixed

By on Thursday, April 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "easy to drive"

Cons: "Not fit for anyone with children, speed pickup"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"When I first bought this car back in 2010 I absolutely loved it. It was perfect for what I needed however getting a little older and having a baby I specifically have to buy a new car because my son and husband don't fit in the car together. The interior is too cramped that I wasn't able to put his infant car seat in the middle so it had to ride on the passenger side. Now that he's in a convertible car seat the passenger side of my vehicle is useless. The seat is all the way forward in order to accommodate the car seat and my husband can't ride in my vehicle. If your looking for a car for your teenager this would be it otherwise I would stay clear"

Always a good time

By on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, great beginner car, reliable"

Cons: "hard to get to the antenna"

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

"I have owned this car for over 5 years. I have kept up with the maintenance and everything is fine so far! Only downfall- the car wasn't offered with cruise control so I had to have it put in after market. I also didn't want to pay for car mats so I bought them after."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent, reliable car with beautiful style

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

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: "Fun to drive, great value, comfortable seats"

Cons: "One less arm rest than desired."

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

"I absolutely love this car. I chose the light blueberry color and it shines in the sun. It's an unmistakable car and it has been my most reliable car. It's fun to drive, easy to handle, extremely reliable. I've never loved a car more than this. At 80k miles, the only work I have had done to the car are normal wear and tear like brakes and new tires. I'm really surprised at how well this car stood up."

Not the best ever, but...

By on Thursday, March 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Soo fun to drive!! Love the driver's arm rest too!"

Cons: "The carpet wears easily"

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

"It's been a great little car, speedy and easy to maneuver. I got it in 06 with 11 miles, after around 97,489 of miles I'd say it's definitely worth the low sticker it came with. I wouldn't recommend this car in automatic I had an 05 that was automatic and it had no guts especially uphill. The manual transmission really makes a difference."

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