If Tanks Were Speedy and Sumptuous
2003 Bentley Arnage R
BLOWING ROCK, N.C.
I left an economy car at home in pursuit of the wheels of fortune.
The abandoned automobile was the 2003 Hyundai Accent GL -- a decent runabout, a good travel appliance that costs $12,224, including a $525 destination charge. It has a 1.6-liter, 104-horsepower four-cylinder engine. It gets 33 miles per gallon on the highway.
But what the Accent saves at the pump it could lose in a 5-mph crash. Its bumpers are flimsy -- they can't take a modest hit without toting up a substantial repair bill.
Also, weighing 2,290 pounds and lacking side and head air bags, the Accent could lead you to an extended hospital... Read More