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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Hyundai Accent

2/24/2013
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is the automaker's entry-level vehicle, offered as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback model in GLS (sedan), GS (5-door), and SE (5-door) trim levels. The Accent was last redesigned for the 2012 model year, adopting Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" styling theme, and for 2013 the Accent receives additional standard equipment and offers an optional power sunroof. If you are thinking about buying a new 2013 Accent, here are 5 fast facts about the car.

1.) The 2013 Hyundai Accent is priced to sell against subcompact cars, but according to EPA size classifications the Accent is a compact car on the inside. Hyundai claims that the Accent Sedan features more room in its trunk than a Nissan Juke or Infiniti EX. A 60/40 split-folding rear seatback is standard for all Accent models, and the 5-door hatchback carries 21.2 cu. ft. of cargo with the rear seats in use and 47.5 cu. ft. with them folded. Notably, the Accent's roof pillars are covered in what Hyundai describes as a "a cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look and feel."

2.) A direct-injected, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for every Accent. It geverates 138 horsepower, and drives the front wheels through a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional, and includes Hill-start Assist Control. The powertrain is covered by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, while the rest of the Accent offers a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

3.) The Hyundai Accent's optional automatic transmission includes an Active ECO system that Hyundai claims provides a 7% improvement in fuel economy. After the Accent debuted, Hyundai needed to revise the vehicle's original fuel economy ratings when the automaker disclosed that they were inaccurate. As a result, the city fuel economy rating fell from 30 mpg to 28 mpg, and the highway fuel economy rating fell from 40 mpg to 37 mpg. The new figures are accurate for both transmission types.

4.) In addition to active head restraints, six air bags, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, the Hyundai Accent is equipped with a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system that ties the electric steering and stability control systems together to provide handling assistance in slippery conditions or during sudden maneuvers.

5.) In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Accent receives an overall rating of 4 Stars. However, in the side-impact test, the Accent's rear passenger protection rating is 3 Stars due to intrusion of the left rear door during the test. In tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2013 Accent receives the best rating of "Good" for all assessments except the side-impact test, for which it gets an "Acceptable" rating.