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The 2011 Hyundai Accent is Leading its Class

The first thing that comes to mind when referring to the 2011 Hyundai Accent is the fact that it is an inexpensive car and a model that is quite attractive for many people. The problem is that it does lack some of the design and sophistication flair that is noticed in newer models since. The Hyundai Accent 2011 did get an upgrade in 2012, and a new one is expected in 2013 as well. Let’s take a look and see if there are any major differences to discuss.

The base price of the Hyundai Accent model released in 2011 is quite impressive at a mere $9,985. At the moment of the launch it was the cheapest car that appeared in the USA, featured as a 4 door sedan or a 3 door hatchback.

Hyundai Accent 2011 Review

When looking at the design of the 2011 Hyundai Accent, we need to acknowledge that it is quite shallow in comparison to some other interesting hip subcompact vehicles such as the Mazda 2 or the Ford Fiesta. The sedan model stands out as stubby and short from the outside but the 3 door model is definitely more sophisticated and stylish. It is especially attractive for people that want a Euro-hatch look.

The design is quite similar to the Hyundai trademark, with no strong modifications. That is why it is a little outdated. The interior of the vehicle still looks great but Hyundai did bring out something more interesting in the 2011 Sonata and Elantra designs. Maybe they should have done the same with the Hyundai Accent 2011 model.

Hyundai Accent 2011In addition, this model brings 110 horsepower to the table and a 1.6L engine based on 4 cylinders. Driving it through a city is easy with both the 4 speed automatic and 5 speed manual gearboxes but when going on the highway, you might have problems with passing other cars.

The perks of this car is that the maintenance and running costs are quite low and there is more than enough power offered for commuting needs.

2011 Hyundai Accent Features

The Hyundai Accent 2011 does not offer what you might expect, although it is still more than some of the competition. There are some skimps on the anti-lock brake and there is absolutely no electronic stability control. Other expected security features like airbags and assistance is included though.

You should know that the base price that was mentioned above comes with a lack of many features you might want. This includes lack of standard audio systems, power accessories and air conditioning. However, if you choose the top end SE model, you will get a sunroof, upgraded 6 speaker sound system, sport-tuned suspensions, keyless entry, fog lamps, 16 inches alloy wheels, USB input, iPod input and audio controls included on the steering wheel.

The 2011 Hyundai Accent SE model also comes with cruise control but this comes at the expense of the sunroof so that prices are kept down. Also, there is no Bluetooth connectivity possible.

Final Verdict

As a whole, the 2011 model is not that much of an improvement when compared to previous years. There has been a few minor tweaks and changes but not anything significant. The real improvements however, come one year later with the 2012 model. Although a huge price increase is coming, the 2012 Hyundai Accent is worth every penny.