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By Jim Flammang
April 29, 2005
Vehicle Overview Hyundai's smallest model earns a substantial redesign for 2006. Now in its third generation, the compact four-door sedan comes in a single GLS trim level.
Larger in every dimension, the 2006 Accent is 3 inches taller and its driver's seat is 2 inches higher. Hyundai says the redesigned Accent has the most interior volume for a sedan in its class. Six airbags are standard.
A new 1.6-liter four-cylinder with continuously variable valve timing produces 110 horsepower. Power rack-and-pinion steering is standard. Robert F. Cosmai, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, unveiled the Accent at the 2005 New York Auto Show and said the Accent's interior features an upscale two-tone color scheme.
The car goes on sale in fall 2005. It includes 24-hour roadside assistance for five years. Kia's Rio is similar to the Accent and also was redesigned for 2006, but the two companies claim their models differ substantially. Hyundai owns Kia.
Exterior Hyundai says the 2006 Accent's crisp modern lines, distinctive halogen headlights, and larger wheels and tires make this version more elegant than its predecessor. A roof-mounted rod-type radio antenna and body-colored door handles, bodyside moldings, mirrors and rear tailgate garnish are installed.
Measuring 1.8 inches longer overall than the prior Accent, the new sedan has a wheelbase that's been stretched by 2.3 inches. The car is also an inch wider and 3 inches taller. Standard steel wheels hold 14-inch tires, but 15-inch tires on alloy wheels are optional.
Interior Up to five occupants can fit inside the Accent, which has 1.5 inches more rear legroom than before. Front headroom is 0.7 inch greater as well. Moving the driver's seating position up 2 inches should make entry and exit easier. Cargo space totals 12.4 cubic feet. Every door panel contains a bottle holder and storage pockets.
Standard equipment includes a four-speaker audio system with a CD player, a tilt steering wheel and an eight-way driver's seat with an adjustable armrest. The front seatbacks contain pockets; both front occupants get vanity mirrors; and the 60/40-split, folding rear seat has a folding center armrest with dual cupholders. Air conditioning is optional. An available Convenience Package adds power windows, power door locks with keyless entry and heated power mirrors.
Under the Hood The Accent's 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder features continuously variable valve timing and develops 107 pounds-feet of torque. Either a five-speed-manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic can be installed.
Safety Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are standard. Front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters are installed, and all seating positions have adjustable head restraints. Antilock brakes are optional.