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By Cars.com Staff
July 28, 2009
Vehicle Overview Available as base Blue, GS and sporty SE two-door hatchbacks or a GLS four-door sedan, the Accent competes with economy cars like the Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris. The compact car comes standard with six airbags and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. All models include a 10-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
New for 2010 The Accent gets improved EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings and a new base trim, called Blue.
Exterior The Accent Blue has black side mirrors and door handles; those parts are body-colored on other trims.
Available power mirrors
14- or 16-inch wheels
Standard rear window defroster
Available rear window wiper
Optional ground-effects kit and alloy fuel door
Available fog lights
Interior For 2010, all automatic Accents get an "Eco indicator" that tells drivers when they are being very fuel efficient (green), moderately efficient (yellow) and less efficient (red). Manual models have a shift indicator that tells drivers the best time to shift gears for improved fuel economy. Up to five occupants can fit inside the Accent. Air conditioning is standard on all but the Blue trim, where it's optional. Every door panel contains a bottleholder and storage pockets. Also optional on the Blue model are power windows, power door locks with keyless entry, and heated power mirrors. All those features are standard in the SE hatchback.
Available tilt steering wheel and six-way driver's seat with adjustable armrest
60/40-split folding rear seat
Standard AM/FM radio
Available CD player with USB and MP3 jacks
Available power sunroof
Available cruise control
Under the Hood For 2010, all Accents receive lower-friction engine components, low-rolling-resistance tires and other tweaks to improve mileage. The Blue trim adds revised transmission gear ratios and a lower ride height to improve its fuel efficiency.
110-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 106 pounds-feet of torque
Continuously variable valve timing
Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission
SE models with manual transmission have B&M Racing sport shifter
Safety Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are optional, but are not available on the new Blue trim. Standard features for all models include:
Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
Roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
Front seat belt pretensioners
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