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The History of the Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent was first launched in 1995 as a subcompact vehicle. It started out with predominantly low safety ratings and a design that not many were attracted to. This led to low sale numbers and was the main reason the Accent never got too much of a buzz.

Since 1995, it has taken on many different model upgrades, performance changes, and interior remodeling and has become a huge hit because of it. In fact, in 2008, the vehicle received a huge award for being the most dependable subcompact vehicle by J.D. P&D. It has also gained huge reputation and praise for implementing a 100,000 mile or 10 year warranty on all their new vehicles. Now in 2012, it has been remodeled once more giving it a roomier interior, a more aggressive engine, and an even more attractable design.

Hyundai Accent Design

The Accent has recently gained a very unique look. Hyundai has always prided itself in upgrading their car’s designs to their utmost potential. The Accent comes stock with 16″ 8-spoke alloy wheels, a sporty rear spoiler, and a completely brand new design remodeled in 2012. Many critics say it has become a very bold and attractive sedan for an inexplicably low price. They offer 9 different exterior colors – from clearwater blue, to mocha bronze, to electrolyte green, there is something to please everyone.

AccentFor years, this vehicle was classified as a sub-compact car but it can no longer be classified as one. Since its recent model changes, the Accent has gained a very roomy interior – over 110 cubic feet of space to be exact.

That is much more than any of its competitors and enough to classify it as a compact car for the first time. The stock sound system on the Accent is also of higher quality than cars in its class with 172 watts of powers spread throughout 6 speakers.

Hyundai Accent Models

The Accent has three available models to choose from. The base model is the GLS with an MSRP of $14,545. In the middle is the GS priced at $14,795. And the highest up model available is the SE with an MSRP starting at $16,095. Each of them come with the same horsepower and torque, but different features and options. Read more about the model differences here.


Currently, all models produce 138 horsepower with 6300 RPM. The torque produces 123 lb-ft at 4800 RPM. Thanks to Hyundai’s unique gas injection technology, the Accent gets 30MPG in the city and 40MPG on the highway. Right now the Accent is getting 18 horsepower, 11 lb-ft of torque, and 2MPG more than its biggest competitor the Ford Fiesta, at roughly the same exact price. After test driving this vehicle, I found it to be a very smooth ride not feeling many bumps or dips in the road.

Another thing I loved about driving this vehicle is unlike most other cars, there is barely any noise heard from inside the car. There are many vehicles that have a very loud drive to them that allows you to hear almost every outside noise. Well, not from the Hyundai Accent. It is one of the most smooth and quietest drives in its class.