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2013 Hyundai Accent Receives a Few Upgrades

Still that same great Accent but with a few additions.

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The 2012 Accent GS with the 6-speed MT with “Forever Marilyn” in downtown Chicago this past winter.

2013 Hyundai Accent – Pricing TBA. Same 138 HP 1.6L GDI, 30/40 mpgUS city/highway whether you choose the 6-speed AT or MT, remote keyless entry with panic feature, cloth door inserts and heated side mirrors are now standard on all trims.

One of our favorite value oriented B-Segment automobiles that is actually C-Segment sized is going to receive some niceties for the 2013 Model year. While they can be tough to find on Hyundai dealership lots, the all-new Accent is prepped for it second year of production by offering even more standard equipment and new class-above features to satisfy even the most astute entry level buyers.

Heated side mirrors, remote keyless entry and air conditioning are now standard on all 2013 Accent trims. Accent SE’s side mirrors have been upgraded with turn signal indicators for an extra level of safety. Buyers also will find an optional power sunroof on the Accent SE trim.

Our take? Look no further than the Review of the 2012 Hyundai Accent to see how its size, features, performance, safety and value stack up against and best its competitors from one end of the B-Segment spectrum to the other.

Fuel Economy

The Accent combines a very low curb weight (2,396 pounds for the 4-door and 2,430 pounds for the 5-door hatch) with a powerful yet efficient 138 HP 1.6L GDI engine and a reasonably slick 0.30 and 0.31 Cd (sedan and hatch respectively) providing a “Best in Class” EPA rating of 30/40 mpgUS city/highway.

Safety

Hyundai’s Accent includes a long list of safety features including front, side and side curtain airbags, active front seat head restraints and a highly engineered high strength steel “Collision Load Dispersion” structure designed to move crash forces outside and around the passenger cell in case of the worst occurring.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) along with Traction Control (TC) and a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system that provides handling assistance in slippery conditions or in sudden cornering scenarios all come to play to make the worst avoidable. VSM system can deliver up to six lb-ft. of counter-steering torque when required to assist the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle.

On the braking front, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) featuring Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) is also standard.

Interior passenger and cargo volume

The 2012 and 2013 Hyundai Accent is classified by the EPA as a compact sedan and as noted in the review, has the same interior volume as a C-segment Focus! The Accent also has best-in-class front and rear shoulder room, and the five-door also has more cargo volume than most of its five-door competitors.

Five-Door Cargo Volume Comparison

YearMakeModelStarting PricePassenger Volume (cu. ft.)Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
2012HyundaiAccent$14,7959021
2012ChevroletSonic$14,7659019
2012FordFiesta$14,2008515
2012HondaFit$15,3259121
2012Mazda2$14,5308713
2012ToyotaYaris$15,1408715
2012NissanVersa$14,5709018

2013 Hyundai Accent Features

Four-Door GLS
  • 1.6-liter GDI DOHC I4 engine with Dual CVVT
  • Hood insulator
  • Active ECO System (A/T only)
  • Trip Computer
  • 175/70R14 low rolling resistance tires & TPMS
  • Tachometer
  • A/C
  • Cabin air filter
  • Power windows & heated mirrors
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry with panic
  • AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Driver seat armrest
  • Front door map pockets
  • Front passenger seatback pocket
  • 60/40 split folding rear seatback
  • Dual vanity mirrors
  • Sunglass holder
  • Cloth door inserts
  • Map, dome and cargo lights
  • Six-way adjustable driver seat including height adjustment
  • Front two-speed intermittent wiper
  • Tinted glass with windshield shade band
  • Rear defroster with timer
Four-Door GLS with A/T adds the six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC, Active ECO System and Hillstart Assist Control.

Premium Package (AT only)
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition
  • Premium cloth seats
  • Chrome inside door handle
  • Piano black accents
  • Sliding armrest storage box
  • Front fog lights
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/50R16 tires
  • Rear disc brakes
Five-Door GS
  • 1.6L GDI DOHC I4 engine with Dual CVVT
  • Hood insulator
  • Active ECO System (A/T only)
  • Trip computer
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 175/70R14 low rolling resistance tires & TPMS
  • Tachometer
  • Power windows & heated mirrors
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry with panic alert
  • A/C
  • AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks, and roof antenna
  • Driver seat armrest
  • Cloth door insert
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Front door map pockets
  • Front passenger seatback pocket
  • 60/40 split folding rear seatback
  • Dual vanity mirrors
  • Sunglass holder
  • Map, dome and cargo lights
  • Six-way adjustable driver seat including height adjustment
  • Front two-speed intermittent wiper
  • Tinted glass with windshield shade band
  • Body color mirrors and door handles
  • Rear defroster with timer
  • Roof-mounted antenna
  • Rear wiper
Five-Door GLS with A/T adds the six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC, Active ECO System, Hillstart Assist and Cruise Control.

Five-Door SE adds the GS Standard Equipment Plus:
  • Sport-tuned steering
  • Cruise Control
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Premium cloth seats
  • Chrome inside door handle
  • Piano black accents
  • Sliding armrest storage box
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/50R16 tires
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Side mirror with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear spoiler
Optional Power Sunroof

And just like the review, if the 2013 arrives with as close to 2012 pricing as I suspect, it will be the value choice in the B-Segment and one hell of a value it is. Hopefully dealership availability will improve as the year progresses as well.
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So, the hatch allows MT with the SE trim, but the sedan bars the MT with the premium package?
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This car would be on my short list if I was in the market for a new car.
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Mine too, if (as I suspect, based on WriConsult's data) it can swallow bikes better than a Prius C can.
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Re: 2013 Hyundai Accent Receives a Few Upgrades

i own two accent gls automatic hatchbacks and love them you can drive 70 mph with ac on and get 44-45 mpgs,at 60mph with no ac you can get 52-53 mpg
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My 2012 has been very good over 14,000 miles, with many tanks of 40+mpg. I am going to see what these 2013 mirror assemblies cost--while mine seem to be wired for both heat and blinkers, they don't have either feature. It's a bummer Hyundai didn't just include it to begin with! And the hatch swallows my bikes just fine (58cm road bike/19" or "large" mountain bike). My little sister just bought a 2013 Kia Rio, which is the Accent's twin, but the cargo room is very noticeably shorter.
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Re: 2013 Hyundai Accent Receives a Few Upgrades

Everytime I see a new Accent hatch, I think it looks like a slightly downsized version of my Touring. If it had been available last spring I probably would have gone for it, because I think it would still have been just big enough for us.

Of course it wouldn't have cost any less than the $15,500 I paid for the Touring, especially once you throw in the $300-ish Spare Tire Package, but it would still be saving me a fair amount on gas.
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