$12,455 – $13,305 MSRP
$11,708 – $12,507 Invoice
28 / 35 MPG City/Hwy
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Hyundai's entry-level Accent has been completely redesigned for 2006. The new Accent has a stronger emphasis on interior space and safety, while a longer wheelbase, wider track, and larger wheels improve road-holding. The Accent is currently available as a four-door sedan called the GLS, with three-door GS and SE hatchbacks to follow as 2007 models.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Hyundai Accent was the second-best seller in this segment for 2005, trailing only the Chevrolet Aveo, which is built by fellow Korean automaker Daewoo. For 2006, the number of cars competing against the Accent will go from five to seven. But the Accent against which they will compete is the all-new, third-generation model. Hyundai has armed the new version with an improved 110-hp, 1.6L engine with continuously variable valve timing and six air bags, including roof-mounted side curtain protection for front- and rear-seat occupants.
The 2006 Accent will be sold as the GLS four-door sedan. Three-door GS and SE hatchbacks join the lineup as 2007 models, the latter being the sporty version with a roof spoiler, body-color side mirrors, and five-spoke alloy wheels. Hyundai will be hopping onto the "personalization" bandwagon by offering a variety of dealer-installed accessories, such as aluminum pedals and shift knobs, LED interior light kits, and cold-air intake systems for the engine.
The Compact Basic segment in which the Accent competes has traditionally been the mainstay of entry-level cars. But with spiking fuel prices and ever-increasing urban congestion, more and more automakers-and customers-are turning their attention to this segment.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM calendar year 2005 sales were led by just such a newcomer. Chevrolet's Aveo, built in Korea by Daewoo, led the segment with 68,085 sales, followed by the Accent (41,012) and the Kia Rio (30,290). Other competitors in this segment include Scion's xA and Suzuki's Aerio and Reno. The Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris join the fray in 2006.