2002 Hyundai Accent

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Key Specs

of the 2002 Hyundai Accent. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    32 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    92-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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2002 Hyundai Accent Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Changes for 2002 are few for Hyundai’s smallest, least-expensive model. Redesigned for 2000, the front-drive Accent is available as a two-door hatchback or a four-door sedan. A 105-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is standard in the GL and GS, while the base Accent holds a 1.5-liter engine that makes 92 horsepower.

DaimlerChrysler has a 10 percent stake in Hyundai, which in turn owns automaker Kia. The two companies rank as South Korea’s largest and second-largest auto manufacturers, respectively. In the coming years, both are expected to work with Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi to develop a new line of small cars for worldwide sale.

Exterior
Differing in appearance from the econoboxes of the past, Hyundai’s Accent is made up largely of straight lines and edges, with enough curves thrown in to attract interest. On a 96.1-inch wheelbase, the Accent has an overall length of 166.7 inches — about 8 inches shorter than the Ford Focus sedan or the Honda Civic.

Interior
Capable of seating five occupants, at least in theory, the Accent has two front buckets and a rear bench seat. Limited legroom and a narrow interior make four people the practical limit. Cargo volume is 11.8 cubic feet for the sedan and 16.9 cubic feet for the hatchback. Both body styles have a folding rear seatback that expands cargo capacity. Standard equipment includes power steering, a cassette player and a rear-window defroster.

Under the Hood
The base model uses a 1.5-liter ...
Vehicle Overview
Changes for 2002 are few for Hyundai’s smallest, least-expensive model. Redesigned for 2000, the front-drive Accent is available as a two-door hatchback or a four-door sedan. A 105-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is standard in the GL and GS, while the base Accent holds a 1.5-liter engine that makes 92 horsepower.

DaimlerChrysler has a 10 percent stake in Hyundai, which in turn owns automaker Kia. The two companies rank as South Korea’s largest and second-largest auto manufacturers, respectively. In the coming years, both are expected to work with Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi to develop a new line of small cars for worldwide sale.

Exterior
Differing in appearance from the econoboxes of the past, Hyundai’s Accent is made up largely of straight lines and edges, with enough curves thrown in to attract interest. On a 96.1-inch wheelbase, the Accent has an overall length of 166.7 inches — about 8 inches shorter than the Ford Focus sedan or the Honda Civic.

Interior
Capable of seating five occupants, at least in theory, the Accent has two front buckets and a rear bench seat. Limited legroom and a narrow interior make four people the practical limit. Cargo volume is 11.8 cubic feet for the sedan and 16.9 cubic feet for the hatchback. Both body styles have a folding rear seatback that expands cargo capacity. Standard equipment includes power steering, a cassette player and a rear-window defroster.

Under the Hood
The base model uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 92 hp, while the GL and GS models get a 105-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Both power plants can team with a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed-automatic transmission. Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Unlike the small vehicles of Hyundai’s past, the Accent qualifies as one of the better small cars on the market — a market that isn’t exactly overloaded these days. Despite some drawbacks, a lengthy powertrain warranty helps make the Accent a good value. Gas mileage is another big benefit.

The Accent is easy to drive. It has somewhat sluggish steering but maneuvers competently enough. A hatchback with an automatic transmission turned out to be enjoyable, practical and fairly comfortable. It is rather cute in appearance and appears to be well-built. Front-seat space is abundant, but riders in the backseat will be more cramped with only fair legroom. Getting into the back isn’t so easy, either.

Despite some slight choppiness, the ride is pleasant. Ample glass translates to fine visibility. When accelerating hard in lower gears, the engine delivers a loud blare, but it’s quieter while cruising. The manual-shift Accent is more spirited, but an automatic-transmission model lags in strength and has to struggle hard to trudge up steep grades. Passing and merging with the automatic might produce more noise than action, so discretion is needed before darting out into traffic, especially with the lower-powered engine.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The most affordable durable car I've owned.

by Accent driver from Fenton, MI on August 25, 2017

This car, back in 2002, was 8000. 00 Out the door best warranty in the business. And I put 180,000 miles on it. Read full review

(4.0)

Hands down the most reliable car I ever owned

by jaymans from NY on April 21, 2017

It is a 2002 that I bought used in 2005, 5 spd with ac and all other standard equipment, 12 years later I have over 205,000 miles on it and still use it everyday it just keeps going with little ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2002 Hyundai Accent currently has 1 recall

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Accent received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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