- Available in four-door (sedan) and five-door (hatchback) varieties
- Affordable pricing, starting at under $15,000
- 38 mpg on the highway
The 2014 Hyundai Accent is the most affordable car in Hyundai’s lineup of cars and SUVs, starting at just under $15,000 while still offering a bevy of standard features and good fuel economy as well.
The Accent was redesigned in 2012 which gave it the exterior styling seen now, but returns for 2014 with a few added interior touches and some exterior flourishes on higher trim levels. Inside, a sliding sun visor, a small blind-spot mirror on the driver’s side, and one-touch turn signals (flashes the indicator light three times) are standard.
Like several of its competitors including the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio, the Accent is available in two forms: four-door sedan, or a five-door hatchback which offers some extra cargo room, a welcome addition on a car with such a small footprint.
Under the hood, there is only one engine option an efficient, 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder with direct injection which improves efficiency and performance. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is optional. Both transmissions return identical fuel economy, 27/38 mpg city/highway. Like most Hyundai models, an Active Eco mode is installed which when activated alters the engine/throttle response to emphasize efficiency.
Though Hyundai classified the Accent as a subcompact, it recognizes that owners of small cars still want plenty of usable interior space and they have worked hard to design the Accent to that even though the wheelbase is small there is still plenty of room for passengers and cargo. There is so much interior room in fact, that the EPA considers the Accent to be a compact car rather than a subcompact like its price and competitors would suggest. The sedan offers 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 21.2 cubic feet if you opt for the hatchback.
Hyundai also is known for outfitting its whole lineup with plenty of standard features and the Accent is no exception, offering 60/40 split-folding rear seats, auxiliary audio input, iPod connectivity, air conditioning, and power windows and locks on all trim levels. Higher trim levels can be outfitted with optional features like Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel cruise and audio controls, and a power sunroof.
Safety features include electronic stability and traction control, active front heard restraints, six airbags, and antilock brakes. The 2014 Accent received four overall stars from the NHTSA for its performance in crash testing.