For 2013, the Hyundai Accent is unchanged save for a shuffling of standard features. Mainly, the manual-transmission GLS now offers standard equipment on par with the automatic GLS.
After years of languishing in subcompact sedan/hatchback obscurity, the Hyundai Accent last year received a major infusion of personality through a full redesign. Aggressive styling inspired by the Elantra and Sonata, a new engine, improved fuel economy and upgraded interior quality have made the Accent one of the better picks within a strong segment. For the 2013 Hyundai Accent, not much changes, but that's fine by us.
Like many of its rivals, the Accent offers both sedan and hatchback body styles, allowing a choice between formal and functional. No matter the body style, the Accent is roomy enough for adults to sit comfortably in all outboard positions. And with its imposing dash, reasonably quiet cabin and composed ride, the Accent feels much bigger than it is when you are behind the wheel.
Under the hood is a 1.6-liter engine with direct fuel injection. Rated at 138 horsepower, this four-cylinder provides some of the quickest acceleration in this class. Fuel economy is also quite good, with EPA estimates of 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.
The 2013 Hyundai Accent runs with some stiff competitors, all with their own advantages. The Honda Fit offers a more versatile interior, the Ford Fiesta is more fun to drive and the Kia Rio shares similar underpinnings with the Accent but offers more equipment and bolder styling. There's also the Chevrolet Sonic, perhaps the most well-rounded of them all. Nevertheless, the Hyundai is invisible no more and definitely deserves a look.
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Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is a compact four-door sedan or four-door hatchback. The sedan is offered only in base GLS trim, while the hatchback comes in GS and fancier SE trims.
The GLS sedan comes equipped with 14-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a tilt steering wheel, 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks, a trip computer and six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks.
A Premium package offered on the automatic-equipped GLS bundles together foglights, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, upgraded interior trim, a center storage console with sliding armrest, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth.
The GS hatchback includes all the standard GLS features and adds body-color mirrors/door handles, a rear windshield wiper, keyless entry and a driver seat armrest. Stepping up to the SE hatchback adds a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the equipment from the Premium package.
Powertrains and Performance
Powering every 2013 Hyundai Accent is a 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder that produces 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. The front-wheel-drive Accent is available with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic with a fuel-efficient Eco mode. In Edmunds performance testing, an Accent GLS with the automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds -- a fairly quick time for the class.
EPA fuel economy estimates with the automatic transmission are 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined with the automatic transmission and 28/37/32 with the manual.
All 2013 Hyundai Accents come with antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags.
In Edmunds brake testing, the Accent stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet, an average distance for this class of car.
In government crash testing, the Accent received four out of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for overall frontal-impact protection and four stars for overall side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Accent the highest possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset and roof strength tests, but the second-best rating of "Acceptable" in the side impact test.
Interior Design and Special Features
Although it may look like a subcompact car, the Accent's interior dimensions actually place it in the EPA's "compact" class. The spacious rear quarters offer enough headroom and legroom to make even 6-footers comfortable back there. As with pretty much any small car, the rear middle seat is best left to those for whom walking is the only other option.
Up front, the well-shaped seats are roomy, though taller drivers may bemoan the lack of a telescoping steering wheel. But overall, the Accent feels upscale for a car of this class, thanks to its solid build quality, patterned upholstery, stylish dash/console and tasteful, umm, accents.
Cargo space is also impressive, with the sedan offering a relatively large trunk with 13.7 cubic feet of capacity. The hatchback, meanwhile, provides 21.2 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats up and a generous 47.5 cubic feet when they're folded down.
In these times of 500-hp supercars, the 2013 Hyundai Accent's 138-hp output might sound paltry. Yet this sophisticated direct-injection engine pulls significantly stronger than the power plants of its major competitors (with the exception of the turbocharged Chevy Sonic). Both the six-speed manual and the six-speed automatic transmissions make good use of that output, too. Under hard acceleration, the engine remains smooth but can get rather noisy.
On the road, the Accent provides both a comfortable ride and decent handling. What it lacks in sporty steering and suspension settings, it compensates with balance and composure, which are likely more important to buyers shopping this segment anyway.
by beths2 on Mar 31, 2014 Vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Accent SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
I had an idea of what kind of car I had wanted. I had been researching hatchbacks for 6-months already. A friend of mine bought the 2012 accent so I was already familiar with the car. The moment I walked on the lot a Hyundai of Escondido the sales man walked me to the selection they had. All I had to do was pick the color. Im a musician so I needed a car with plenty of trunk space that is easily accessible. The entire team at Esco Hyundai was above and beyond helpful with teaching me all the features and sat with me until I understood it all.
by jconn1 on Feb 8, 2014 Vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Accent SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
I've had 3 Toyotas, and have had a new 2013 Hyundai Accent Hatchback for over 2 months.
I simply love it. Quality, reliability and styling match or exceed my previous cars.
Interior is very quiet, car is a blast to drive, and the styling is awesome.
I like small cars because of their handling and ease of parking.
I could afford a mid or full-size car, but why would I want one?
This car fits what I need and want, and is tops in its class on virtually all measures.
You cannot go wrong buying one.
You'll love it.
by colby_butler on Sep 12, 2013 Vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Accent GLS 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
I had this car for about 2 weeks.
Only had 10k miles on the odometer.
I put about 1000 miles on the car.
At first this vehicle did not impress me.
This is by far the smallest cheapest car I have ever driven.
However the highlights are the seats, the stereo, and shiftronic automatic.
This car turned out to be quite comfortable even for a 4 hr drive.
However I had a problem with this car.
One day the turnsignals quit working.
Checked everything and everything else works fine.
I believe there may be a problem with the modulation control for the turnsignals in this model I had.
In all this car seems like it would be a solid buy other then the one issue.
by capisce on Jul 2, 2013 Vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Accent SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
I've had this for 90 days/4,250 m. I researched small hatchbacks for weeks. MPG, crash test results, price, value of included features were all criteria. The kicker is the 136 hp in the 1.6 liter engine. All of the competitors had less output yet still could not beat the Accent's rated MPG or price. (OK, if you blow a few more Ks for a turbo Sonic, or Maza 3 or Fiesta you might get more ponies under the hood, but why)? I drive the 6 sp stick prudently--using cruise on the highway and staying within 7 mph of posted limits. Invariably I get 42 to 44 mpg. My city driving consistently gives 38 to 39 mpg. Phenomenal! FYI, I'm consciously coasting whenever feasible and avoiding jack-rabbit starts.
by vivaster on May 21, 2013 Vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Accent GLS 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
I spent many hours researching cars and test driving them, found this little Accent to be the most roomy, efficient new car you can buy for the money. My criteria was it had to be able to carry 2 adults and two car seats (2 kids). Zippy enough to take over the pass loaded. The trunk is roomy enough for weekend trips. I was able to get mine for $13,600 + fees for a base model. The manual transmission is very slick and the clutch is very light. Low wind noise on the freeway. Handling feels tight, but still soft over bumps.
long time hyundai owner I've had enough! I owned Accent, then Elantra, and then 2007 Azera Limited. When i bought My 2007 Azera was the last time I had normal somewhat pleasant experience. Always rec...
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