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All about the New 2014 Hyundai Accent

The 2014 Hyundai Accent is a cool little sedan, and after this review I’m sure you will agree. With gas prices on the rise, this sedan might be the perfect solution to your gas guzzling problems.

This edition of this vehicle comes in many different models. You can chose between the SE hatchback, the sport hatchback and SE sedan. Even though all of these models have different appearances, they basically have the same specifications when it comes to internals. All three models are 4 cylinders, having displacements of 1.6 liters.

2014 AccentAll three models have 137 horsepower at 6300 RPM’s with a valve train of 16 valves with D-CVVT. Also, all three models boast a torque of 123 at 4850 RPM’s. I find it very interesting that all three models have the horsepower and torque considering one of the models is considered a “sport” model, but you have to remember, when “sport” is mentioned, its in regards to the appearance of the vehicle, not the specs. Each model comes standard with a six-speed transmission; automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC (computer system) and Active ECO System is an optional add on.

Vehicles equipped with a manual transmission receive better EPA mileage; this general rule applies to the 2014 Hyundai Accent as well. For instance, with the manual transmission equipped to this vehicle, it can obtain 27 miles per gallon city driving and 38 miles per gallon driving on the highway. If you decide to go with the automatic transmission upgrade (not an issue, many people today can not drive “stick”), you will receive 26 miles per gallon city driving and 37 miles per gallon driving on the highway. Not a huge difference, but when it comes to gas prices, every extra mile you can get counts in the long run.

Safety Features

If your anything like me, safety is also a major concern when it comes to deciding on a vehicle to purchase. One extremely helpful feature the 2014 Hyundai Accent has (comes standard on all three models) is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), when the tire pressure is getting low in any of your tires, an “alert” will notify you on the dash of the vehicle (by the speedometer). This will allow you the time to get to a gas station and temporarily fill the tire with air until you can get to a mechanic to figure out what the underlying issue at hand is. The TPMS also notifies you of what tire is presenting the issue, saving you both; time and money attempting to figure which tire is presenting the issue (VERY cool feature). The 2014 Accent has an overall safety rating of “4”, awarded by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Even though “4” is not the highest safety rating a vehicle can achieve, this is still considered acceptable.

When it comes to pricing, this sedan blows the competition out of the water. This vehicle starts at $14,745 for the most basic of the three models and climbs to a mere, $17,495 for the most advanced, sport model. We can infer from the low cost of the initial purchase of the vehicle, and the very high gas mileage this vehicle boasts, you will be saving a lot of money if you choose this vehicle.

2014 Hyundai Accent Reviews

At no point of the Accents life were consumers disappointed with the features and drive ability this sedan has to offer. Like I previously described, their will always be some “bad apples” who are NEVER happy with the vehicle they decide to purchase, but in general, the majority of people (who purchase the Accent) are very happy with there sedan. A survey of 16 2014 Hyundai Accent owners was conducted. These owners were asked to judge their vehicle on six different parameters on a scale from one to five (one being the worst, five being the best). Comfort, performance, exterior styling, interior design, value for the money and reliability are the six parameters the 16 owners were asked to provide a verdict on.

  • Comfort received a rating of 4.6 out of 5.
  • Performance received a rating of 4.8 out of 5.
  • Exterior styling received an almost perfect rating of 4.9 out of 5.
  • Interior design received a rating of 4.6 out of 5.
  • Value for the money received a PERFECT rating of 5 out 5 (not surprised, considering the vehicle is cost effective gets INCREDIBLE gas mileage).
  • Reliability received a rating of 4.9 out of 5.

Taking all the ratings of each owner and averaging them together obtained these final results. Clearly from the ratings, this vehicle is a purchase that wont let you down!

The Evolution of the Accent

The accent has gone through two generations of production, the first generation was manufactured from 1994- 2000 and the second generation was produced from 2000 up till present day. The “Accent brand” has grown by leaps and bounds since its conception. Being born in 1994, the vehicle has changed (in regards to appearance) greatly.

First Generation:

The first model of the Accent was created to replace the Hyundai Excel in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The new model was so popular; expansion to the US was eminent. The first generation was not very safe, as when it was crash tested, it showed a very poor performance only receiving a “4” out of “16” for frontal impact. Luckily, the safety was improved in the later generation.

Second Generation:

Like previously discussed, the new Accent sported a new body type more angular with larger body dimensions. When it comes to MPG, the second generation came with huge improvements. The first generation was considered by most professionals to be “thirsty”, meaning it used a lot of fuel compared to the distance traveled. The second generation Accent received a “10” out of “16” for frontal impact, “6” points higher than the original.

2014 Hyundai Accent Final Thoughts

The 2014 Accent has come a very long way from its original design and capabilities to say the least. In my personal opinion, if you re looking for a vehicle that is going to save you A LOT of money from the first day you purchase the vehicle, the 2014 Hyundai Accent is an awesome option. Also because of the low purchase price, this vehicle is perfect for the “first time” vehicle owner. Is your child’s 16th birthday approaching and they are begging you for a vehicle? Buy them a 2014 Accent and watch their face “light up” when you show them their new ride!