Hyundai's smallest, least expensive model is redesigned for 2000, sporting new styling, larger exterior dimensions and a roomier interior. The front-drive Accent again comes in two-door hatchback and four-door sedan styling. Anti-lock brakes, which were dropped from the option list last year, are not offered this year either. All Hyundais come with the most comprehensive new-car warranty. It covers the whole car for five years/60,000 miles, major powertrain components for 10 years/100,000 miles and corrosion for five years/100,000 miles. Hyundai provides free roadside assistance for the first five years.
Hyundai says the 2000 Accent provides more passenger room in both the front and rear seats thanks to a longer wheelbase and a wider body. Cargo volume is 10.7 cubic feet on the sedan and 16 cubic feet on the hatchback. Both body styles have a folding rear seatback. Standard equipment includes power steering, a cassette player and rear window defroster.
Wheelbase on the new Accent is 1.6 inches longer at 96 inches. Width has grown two inches and overall length about 5 inches. The new styling has fewer curves and more straight edges than the old look and larger headlamps that Hyundai says cast a wider, longer beam.
Under the Hood
Accent is new in most areas but not here. The 92-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder used in the previous model returns with a choice of five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions. However, Hyundai says new hydraulic engine mounts and other changes result in smoother, quieter engine operation.