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2010 Hyundai Accent

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$9,970

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Hatchback

Body style

31

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

168.5” x 57.9”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Gas mileage
  • Easily adjustable driver's seat
  • Price
  • Tolerable backseat
  • Space
  • Handling in SE trim level

The bad:

  • Poor crash-test ratings
  • Road and engine noise
  • Low-rent interior
  • Imprecise manual transmission

4 trims

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Notable features

  • New fuel-efficient trim
  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Hatchback or sedan
  • Six standard airbags
  • Improved fuel economy estimates

2010 Hyundai Accent review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 4.4
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Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

Do not waste your money on Hyundai’s

I’ve had this vehicle for almost 2 years now and it has only been issues from the start. I had installed fresh brakes when purchasing it because they weren’t very keen. Absolutely terrible in winter, as I knew it was front wheel drive however it is so light that it doesn’t stay put. Every 3 months I have had to change the spark plugs because it has been in and out of the shop since I got it. I was told it’s basic maintenance but it’s lies. I have then had to replace the belts, starter, battery, spark plugs, and fuel pump just for bandaids on this vehicle. Do not waste time and money on this vehicle as I have put more into it than I’ve gotten out of it.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 2.0
  • Interior 1.0
  • Performance 1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Exterior 1.0
  • Reliability 1.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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3.0

Great performer with poor reliability.

I bought mine with 30K miles 4 years ago and it now has 87K miles. Have had to fix so many things, terrible reliability. Perhaps it's that it was used seemingly infrequently (idle cars are the devil's playground) in upstate NY (very rusty from the winter salt). I love the way she handles, has plenty of power considering the considerable gas mileage, and is fairly easy to work on (I done all my own work, from the timing belt to the entire suspension to fuel injectors and water pump and on and on). Shortly after I got it it developed a loud knocking to the engine when started until it warms up, but after almost 60K miles it's still there and still running so who knows. I want to love this car, but I've put so much time and money into it and it has relatively low milage.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior 3.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Exterior 2.0
  • Reliability 3.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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5.0

A great cheap to run car.

I bought my 2010 Hyundai Accent sedan last year (2022) and don’t regret it one bit. I bought this car because I wanted something cheap for going too and from work and school. In the year I’ve owned this car I haven’t had a single issue with it and have put about 20,000kms on it. I’m six feet tall and feel quite comfortable in this car as it has comfortable seats and big windows. the interior has good storage with NINE cupholders and the trunk is quite a decent size. The A/C and heat are good and I like the factory command start during the cold months. It’s also amazing on gas around town but still keeps up with traffic easily. The only thing I could possibly complain about with this car is the highway driving. The wind does push it around quite a bit on a windy day and it doesn’t get incredibly good gas milage on long trips. That being said, it has surprisingly good passing power. One thing I will say is if you live in a winter climate with this car you absolutely need winter tires. I got studded winter tires for mine and it didn’t get stuck once last winter (our winters can be pretty harsh in Saskatchewan). All in all I’m very happy with this car and will be keeping it for the foreseeable future.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Safety

Based on the 2010 Hyundai Accent base trim.
Frontal driver
5
Frontal passenger
5
Nhtsa rollover rating
4
Side driver
4
Side rear passenger
4

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Powertrain
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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