2015 Hyundai Accent GLS (1099)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Hyundai Accent GLS that is offered as a small four-door sedan or a four-door hatchback, both of which seat five. The sedan is available only in base GLS trim, while the hatchback comes in GS and fancier Sport trims.

Two options packages are available for automatic-transmission-equipped GLS sedans. The Popular package adds cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a center console storage box with a sliding armrest. The Style package can be purchased only in combination with the Popular package and adds projector-beam headlights with LED accents, fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes (instead of drum brakes), upgraded cloth upholstery and an auto-up driver’s window.

The GS hatchback includes all of the standard GLS features, along with a rear windshield wiper and cloth door trim; automatic transmission versions also have cruise control. The Sport hatchback adds a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and the equipment from the Popular and Style packages. A sunroof is optional on automatic Sport models.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Accent the highest possible rating of “Good” in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset and roof-strength tests

General Information: It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 2%, Korea 87%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Compact Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Although 137 hp doesn’t sound like a lot, the Accent is relatively quick compared with other cars in class. Its 1.6-liter engine responds energetically when you the hit the gas pedal, and there’s plenty of power on tap for highway merging and passing maneuvers. Under hard acceleration, the engine remains smooth but can get rather noisy. On the road, it provides a quiet, comfortable ride and decent handling. Although competitors such as the Ford Fiesta have sportier steering and handling, the Hyundai feels balanced and composed and is well suited for daily commutes. This Accent GLS sedan with the automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, which is quick time for the class.

Styling:

Hyundai Accent seems roomier than the norm for compacts but interior dimensions place it in the EPA’s “compact” class. The spacious rear seat offers enough headroom and legroom to allow even 6-footers to get comfortable in the outboard positions.

Front seats are well shaped, roomy and supportive, and overall, the Accent feels upscale for a car in this class. Cargo space is above class averages, with the sedan offering a relatively large trunk with 13.7 cubic feet of capacity.

Fit and Finish:

Quite good.

Cost:

Very affordable.

Conveniences and comfort:

Basic in features and no rearview camera is an obvious omission as well as such higher-end features as keyless ignition, navigation system and smartphone app integration are simply not available, even though many competitors now offer them.

Although some cars can be expensive to add desired features a reminder is appropriate here. Navigation is available on almost every cell phone and if you don’t have it on your phone Tom Tom or others are available for about $200. Bluetooth of course is an absolute MUST have and those are very inexpensive as well at about $90 for the best.

Consumer Recommendations:

This is truly an efficient and affordable commuter. Consider carefully what you should have and what you want. Go with what you should have and give up the Sunroof for example, unless you are too tall and need a place to put your head.

The should have’s include, in my opinion, Cruise control, and if your budget allows move up to “Smart (Adaptive) Cruise” do it; Bluetooth is a must, and Navigation is highly recommended and as noted above the cost is far less than built in OEM so no excuses not to have these two super helpful features. The second gets you where you need to go (Nav) and the first will keep you alive (Bluetooth).

Others that need consideration. Most all cars come with ABS Brakes and traction control, and many have roll over mitigation, stability control and a few provide Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) that applies braking on individual wheels depending on traction and applies power as needed to those individual wheels.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Accent $17,000, Kia Rio $14-18,000, Chevy Spark $12-26,000, Chevy Sonic $17,000, Nissan Versa $12-17,000.

Good News:

Great fuel economy, strong acceleration; comfortable and quiet ride; spacious cabin & long warranty.

Bad News:

137 hp is a little on the light side for some.

Standard Equipment:

1.6 liter GDI 137 hp 4-cylinder engine, dual continuous variable valve timing,8-speed automatic trans, Active ECO system, air conditioning, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS  Elecgtronic brake fore didtribution with Brake assist, front side and side curtain airbags, , tire pressure monitor, AM/FM/CD/MP3, audio system with 6 speakers, Sirius XM radio, iPod / USB, and auxiliary input jack, power windows locksand bodycolor heated mirrors, driver blind spot mirror, remote keyless entry, tilt steering column, trip computer & , driver seat height adjustment and armrest, vanity mirrors, sliding sunroof, map, dome and cargo lights, 60/40 split folding rear seat, 14” wheels, windshield sunshade band, rear window defroster, one touch turn signal.

Gas Stats:

$3.79/ Gal avg. August 2, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

26 City and 37 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $15,745.

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