Entry-level cars these days no longer look and perform like what they used to be. The 2014 Hyundai Accent is a great example. It has evolved to be a stylish, attractive, well-equipped and seductive entry-level vehicle without getting unreasonably expensive. The Accent is also a tough player in the competition with its ride comfort and very impressive 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
NEW FOR THE 2014 ACCENT
- standard driver-side blind spot mirror on all models
- standard tilt/telescopic steering wheel and projector headlights with LED accents on the GLS Premium and the SE hatchback
UNDER THE HOOD
Powering the 2014 Hyundai Accent is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. The Accent is a front-wheel-drive with either a 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic with Eco mode for enhanced fuel efficiency.
According to the EPA, the 2014 Accent returns 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway/31 mpg combined with the automatic transmission and 27/38/31 with the manual.
ON THE ROAD
The 138 horsepower that the 4-cylinder engine releases does not seem like a lot. But believe it or not, it makes the Accent one of the quickest cars in the subcompact segment. The engine can be noisy under hard acceleration, though. As for the transmissions, both the manual and the automatic shift smoothly and work well with the 1.6-liter four.
The Accent’s handling is decent for a subcompact car. The ride is quiet and comfortable. The Hyundai is also well-balanced which makes it a good car for daily driving. However, some of the Accent’s rivals deliver sportier driving experience.
INSIDE THE 2014 ACCENT
The Hyundai Accent is a subcompact car but the amount of room it provides is like that of a compact car. That means you and your passengers can comfortably enjoy daily rides in the Accent. All seats are roomy and there are enough legroom and headroom for taller passengers.
Moreover, the cargo space is impressive in both the sedan and the hatchback. The former’s trunk measures 13.7 cubic feet while the latter offers up to 47.5 cubic feet of space.
The overall appeal of the Accent’s cabin is classy because of its stylish appearance, roominess, the dashboard’s blue backlighting, and the choice of materials.
The 2014 Hyundai Accent is available as either a sedan or a hatchback. The sedan comes in one style only while the hatchback has two trim levels. Here are some of the standard and optional features on these models.
4-Door GLS: 14-inch steel wheels, heated side mirrors with driver’s blind spot mirror, keyless entry withy alarm, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, cloth seats, metallic interior accents, sunglass holder, tilt steering wheel, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, satellite radio, USB/iPod interface, and auxiliary audio jack.
5-Door GS: one-speed rear wiper with washer
5-Door SE: sport steering, 16-inch alloy wheels, side mirror turn signals, rear spoiler, projector headlights with LED accents, fog lights, sliding center armrest with storage, premium cloth upholstery, Piano Black interior accents, tilt/telescopic leather steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob
A power sunroof is optional on the SE and the Premium Package (includes 16-inch alloy wheels, tilt/telescopic multifunction steering wheel, projector headlights with LED accents, Bluetooth, fog lights, premium cloth upholstery, sliding armrest storage box, and Piano Black interior accents among others) on the Accent 4-Door.
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