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MSRP: $14,645 - $17,395
Invoice: $14,248 - $16,874
MPG: 27 City / 38 Hwy
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Hyundai Accent Interior

Most reviewers agree that although the 2014 Hyundai Accent’s cabin is constructed with hard plastics, the design is attractive and welcoming. The cabin is spacious, they add, with good head- and legroom in the front and back seats, as well as generous cargo capacity for the class. Critics note that, unlike some rivals, the Accent is unavailable with features like navigation and leather seats, though they like that the climate and audio controls are within easy reach and clearly marked.

  • "… overall, the Accent feels upscale for a car in this class. The cabin has a friendly ambience thanks to its solid build quality, patterned upholstery, stylish dash design and tasteful materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Although it doesn't have the same funky, futuristic feel as the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, the Hyundai Accent does have a decidedly refined interior for a car in its class. Using bold shapes and semi-metallic finishes, the Accent's looks on the inside complement its looks on the outside rather handsomely." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Materials quality is about average for this class, highlighted by the usual hard plastics. (Check out the related Kia Rio for a more inspired cabin.)" -- AutoTrader
  • "Though plastics abound in the cabin (as they do in all subcompacts), most of it is textured so that it doesn't look cheap. Nothing about the cabin--seats, controls, materials, spac--gives you the impression that this is an ‘econobox.’ It feels more like a respectable compact than a subcompact." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Hyundai Accent comes standard with cloth seats and a tilt steering column. A telescopic steering wheel is optional. Test drivers say that the front seats offer enough head- and legroom for most occupants, though some mention that it may be hard for tall drivers to find a suitable position in models without a telescoping steering wheel. Most reviewers say that there is plenty of space in the rear seats.

  • "Although it competes with other subcompacts, the Hyundai Accent is roomier than the norm, and its interior dimensions actually place it in the EPA's 'compact' class. The spacious rear quarters offer enough headroom and legroom to allow even 6-footers to get comfortable in the outboard positions." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard tilt-only steering wheel likely won't work for long-legged drivers unless they like driving with their elbows locked. With the optional telescoping column installed, the Accent becomes more viable for the lanky crowd." -- AutoTrader
  • "We found the seats to be comfortable and supportive, although rear-seat legroom is lacking." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's plenty of headroom and legroom for taller adults, and even base models have a height-adjustable driver seat. Some of our testers had trouble finding an ideal driving position." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The Accent comes with a six-speaker audio system, a CD player, satellite radio, a USB/iPod/auxiliary interface and keyless entry. Available features include Bluetooth, cruise control and a power sunroof.

Automotive writers are satisfied with the sound quality of the Accent’s audio system and say the audio and climate controls are easy to reach and a breeze to use. However, some mention that shoppers looking for features like navigation will have to consider a different vehicle.

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  • "We generally don't have high hopes for subcompacts in the technology department, and the Accent illustrates why. It's nice that you can get Bluetooth in the sedan, for example, but it costs extra, and it's not even available in the cheapest hatchback model, the GS. At least the 6-speaker stereo sounds decent and includes an iPod/USB hookup. If you keep those high-tech expectations low, you'll probably find the Accent satisfying enough." -- AutoTrader
  • "If features like heated front seats, leather seating and factory navigation are on your must-have list, the Accent won't meet your needs. You'll need to look to cars like the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Ford Fiesta." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Radio and climate controls are within easy reach, though the climate knobs are mounted a bit low. Both feature simple-to-use buttons and dials." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Hyundai Accent sedan offers 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the class. Hatchback models offer 21.2 cubic feet of space, which expands to 47.5 cubic feet with the second row folded. These are good figures for a subcompact hatchback. Reviewers say it is easy to fold the rear seats in the Accent hatchback, but critics add that doing so creates an uneven load floor that can make it tricky to load larger cargo. Reviewers are impressed with the amount of small-item storage space in the cabin.

  • "Cargo space is also impressive, with the sedan offering a relatively large trunk with 13.7 cubic feet of capacity. The hatchback, meanwhile, provides 21.2 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats up and a generous 47.5 cubic feet when they're folded down." -- Edmunds
  • "The hatchback's roomy cargo area can be expanded by dropping the standard split-folding rear seat backs, which can be easily done without having to remove the rear headrests. However, the folded seat backs rest about three inches above the level of the cargo floor, making loading bulky or heavy items a chore." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "I was planning a family trip the coming weekend that would have to accommodate two adults, two kids, one dog and a healthy pile of stuff. I had assumed we'd take our Volkswagen van. But when I saw how big the Accent was, I changed my plans. Sure enough, come Friday after work, the Accent five-door stood packed, fueled and ready to go. No one complained, not even the dog." -- AutoWeek (2012 SE hatchback)
  • "There's also space to carry a lot of stuff, with cubbies and storage spaces in the doors, behind the seats and in the center console, which can move fore and aft to find the right spot for your arm. There's also a lot of space in the back with 21 cubic feet of storage space in the five-door model (47.5 cubic feet of space with the second row folded down) and 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space in the sedan." -- The Detroit News (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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