Boasting improved fuel economy, the 2009 Hyundai Accent provides a choice of two body styles—the 3-door hatchback and the 4-door sedan—at three trim levels, giving buyers plenty of alternatives. The front-wheel drive Accent is equipped with a 1.6L inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 110 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. With energy economy as one of its primary features, the Accent boasts EPA fuel estimates from 27 mph city/33 mpg hwy with the 5-speed manual, to 26/35 mpg with the 4-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai has backed the Accent with its remarkable 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty. For an economy car, Hyundai Accent standard features comprise a wide range of items, from front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a full set of three-point seatbelts, split-folding rear seats and AM/FM radio in the GS hatchback, to air-conditioning, a CD player and optional ABS in the GLS sedan, while the top-of-the-line Accent SE hatchback offers ABS as standard, along with 16-inch alloy wheels and sport-tuned suspension and steering.Read more Read less
There are few changes to the Accent for 2009, but fun options like XM satellite radio and an MP3 jack are still available. Thanks to minor tweaks, the gas economy is a bit higher than last year, putting it at 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway.
Low price for a good car; gas mileage approaching hybrid numbers; nice standard features for the price
Econobox has become a bad word, but it seems Hyundai is out to redeem it with the Accent, which comes with the industry's best 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. With a starting price around $10,000 and a fully equipped model coming in well under $20,000, the stellar fuel economy seems like a bonus rather than a selling point. Six airbags, TPMS, eight-way adjustable driver's seat, tilt steering wheel and split folding rear seat are all standard for the sedan and both hatchback trim levels.