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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $6,642 - $10,876
Original MSRP: $9,970 - $16,995
MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy
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2010 Hyundai Accent Interior

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Auto writers find quality and comfort inside the 2010 Hyundai Accent to be surprisingly good. Most reviewers think the gauges are easy to read and the materials quality is good for such an inexpensive car. That said, the car’s low price means that even basic amenities like air conditioning, an audio system and even power windows and doors cost extra.

  • "The cloth upholstery has an unexpectedly classy look and feel. Accent's plastic dashboard panels look nice too. A few feel budget-grade flimsy to the touch, and padded surfaces are scarce." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Hyundai Accent's thoughtful design pays dividends inside. There's more total interior volume than you'll find in either the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla -- cars that are larger on the outside than the Accent. The Accent's interior layout is simple and functional, with a clean two-tone color scheme." -- Edmunds
  • "The Accent's interior materials are consistent with its price: Generally inexpensive but with attractive textures and two-tone trim." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Front Seats

Drivers of the new Accent will be pleased with its comfortable bucket seats. Some reviewers complain that the seats don’t adjust very much, but most say the front cabin is spacious and pleasant.

  • "Fairly roomy for the class, though tall drivers may wish for more seat travel. The seats are set relatively high but need better thigh support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Accent's cabin provides a comfortable atmosphere with a feeling of spaciousness from the driver seat." -- Edmunds

Rear Seats

The rear row in the 2010 Accent isn’t painfully uncomfortable, but it couldn’t be called roomy either. Reviewers describe it as being solidly adequate and in line with what you should expect from the class. If you need a more spacious rear seat, the Nissan Versa is well worth a look.

  • "Foot space is better than the subcompact-class norm. Legroom and knee space are tight with the front seats set far back. A sloping roofline limits headroom in hatchbacks. Entry and exit are OK in sedans, stoop-and-twist in hatchbacks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If you plan on carrying passengers in the back, keep in mind that the Versa and Yaris hatchback's offer more rear seat legroom." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers agree that once the 2010 Accent’s interior has been fitted with a few basic amenities, it’s a fairly nice place to be. It has easy-to-read gauges and a well-appointed interior. Be aware, however, that some seemingly basic equipment will cost you extra.

On the base Blue model, adding air conditioning will cost you an extra $1,000. Want to listen to music? An audio system isn’t even available on the Blue. If you upgrade to the GS model (which starts at around $13,000), you can get air conditioning and an AM/FM/XM audio system, which are part of the $1,600 Popular Equipment Package. The Premium Package includes the features in the Popular Equipment Package as well as power windows and doors and remote keyless entry for $2,000. At that point, you’ll be paying around $15,000 for the Accent and there are better compact cars that offer even more features for less money.

If you want all of these features and more for less money, check out the Kia Forte. It’s a favorite among reviewers for providing standard amenities like Bluetooth and Sirius Satellite radio.

  • "The dashboard shows good design. Gauges are clear and large. Audio and climate controls are mounted within easy reach and are very simple to operate. Kudos to Hyundai for making a USB and auxiliary input ports standard on all models equipped with a radio." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Materials quality is acceptable, and the cabin is comfortable and offers good outward visibility." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Accent has a reasonable amount of cargo volume for the class, with 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space in the sedan and 15.9 cubic feet in the hatchback. Still, some reviewers complain of the shallow opening in both models, which can make loading larger items more difficult. For more cargo space, check out the Toyota Yaris.

  • "A 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback makes it easy to load large objects, or to mix cargo and passengers." -- Left Lane News
  • "The hatchback's cargo area is usefully larger than the sedan's trunk, but both body styles have a shallow opening that complicates loading bulky items. Folding rear seatbacks increase useful cargo space. Cabin storage is not great, but front door map pockets include handy bottle holders." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cloth-lined trunk is relatively roomy and the rear-seat pass-through is handy." -- Kelley Blue Book

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