2005 Hyundai Accent

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Hyundai Accent. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    104-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Price
  • Easy to drive
  • Controls and instruments
  • Stability

The Bad

  • Performance with automatic
  • Rear-seat space
  • Difficult rear entry and exit in hatchback
  • Resale value

Notable Features of the 2005 Hyundai Accent

  • Sedan and hatchback body styles
  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard side-impact airbags

2005 Hyundai Accent Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Hyundai's smallest, least costly model got minor revisions for 2004 after receiving a major face-lift for the 2003 model year. The 2003 changes included reworked styling for the hood, fenders, headlights, fascias and taillights. Built in South Korea, the front-wheel-drive Accent was last redesigned for 2000.

Antilock brakes are newly optional on 2005 models. GLS and GT trim levels are available for the three-door hatchback, while the four-door sedan comes only in GLS form.


Exterior
Riding on a 96.1-inch wheelbase, the Accent is 166.7 inches long overall � that's more than 8 inches shorter than the compact Honda Civic and Ford Focus sedans. GT models have 14-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler and fog lamps.

Interior
All Accent models are capable of seating up to five occupants; however, the car's limited legroom and narrow interior make four passengers 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 60/40-split folding rear seatback that expands cargo capacity. Standard equipment includes a cassette player and a rear-window defroster. Air conditioning is optional. GT hatchbacks have white-faced gauges and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.


Under the Hood
The Accent uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that develops 104 horsepower. A five-speed-manual gearbox is standard, and a four-speed-automatic transmission is optional.

Safety
Side-impact airbags are stan...
Vehicle Overview
Hyundai's smallest, least costly model got minor revisions for 2004 after receiving a major face-lift for the 2003 model year. The 2003 changes included reworked styling for the hood, fenders, headlights, fascias and taillights. Built in South Korea, the front-wheel-drive Accent was last redesigned for 2000.

Antilock brakes are newly optional on 2005 models. GLS and GT trim levels are available for the three-door hatchback, while the four-door sedan comes only in GLS form.


Exterior
Riding on a 96.1-inch wheelbase, the Accent is 166.7 inches long overall � that's more than 8 inches shorter than the compact Honda Civic and Ford Focus sedans. GT models have 14-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler and fog lamps.

Interior
All Accent models are capable of seating up to five occupants; however, the car's limited legroom and narrow interior make four passengers 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 60/40-split folding rear seatback that expands cargo capacity. Standard equipment includes a cassette player and a rear-window defroster. Air conditioning is optional. GT hatchbacks have white-faced gauges and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.


Under the Hood
The Accent uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that develops 104 horsepower. A five-speed-manual gearbox is standard, and a four-speed-automatic transmission is optional.

Safety
Side-impact airbags are standard, and antilock brakes are optional.

Driving Impressions
Unlike the small cars of Hyundai's past, the Accent qualifies as one of today's better examples. Despite some drawbacks, a lengthy powertrain warranty makes the Accent a good value. Good gas mileage is another benefit.

The Accent is easy to drive. Steering isn't as crisp as that of some other subcompact cars, but the Accent maneuvers competently. Front-seat space is abundant, but backseat riders will be more cramped because there's only a fair amount of legroom. Getting into the hatchback's backseat isn't easy.

Despite some light choppiness, the ride is generally pleasant. The Accent practically glides over rough spots even though its suspension fails to absorb much harshness. Ample glass area translates into fine visibility.

When accelerating hard in lower gears, the engine delivers a loud blare, but it's quieter while cruising. The manual-shift-equipped Accent is spirited, but the automatic-transmission model struggles on steep grades. Passing and merging with an automatic-equipped Accent can produce more noise than action, so discretion is wise before darting out into traffic.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Reliable commuter

by Dudest from Bridgeport ct on July 6, 2018

I owed one of these and it?s a confortable roomie car considering how compact it is. Not fast or nimble but sufficiently well riding and great fuel economy . Very inexpensive to maintain as well. ... Read full review

(4.0)

Good car for budget owners

by Carowner on March 5, 2018

I bought a 2005 Accent as a commuter car and it is running great so far. No issues so far. The exterior design is fine. The interior is good. Best bang for the buck. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Hyundai Accent currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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