2013 Hyundai Accent

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Hyundai Accent. Base trim shown.

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

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Low starting price
  • Sharp styling
  • Cargo space
  • Front-seat adjustability

The Bad

  • No telescoping steering wheel
  • Modest backseat space

Notable Features of the 2013 Hyundai Accent

  • Newly standard keyless entry, heated side mirrors and air conditioning
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Direct-injection four-cylinder
  • Sedan or four-door hatchback

2013 Hyundai Accent Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the entry-level Hyundai Accent has styling similar to Hyundai's larger Elantra and Sonata sedans. With its direct-injection four-cylinder, the car is EPA-rated at 28/37 mpg city/highway. Available in sedan and four-door hatchback variants, the Accent competes with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Sonic. The Kia Rio, also redesigned last year, is related.

The Accent sedan comes in a single GLS trim. The hatchback comes in GS and uplevel SE trims.

New for 2013
The 2013 Accent gains more standard features. All trim levels now include remote keyless entry, heated side mirrors and air conditioning. The GLS sedan is newly equipped with satellite radio and an iPod/USB port.

The uplevel SE trim now includes turn-signal indicators on the side mirrors, and it can have an optional power sunroof.

Exterior
Embodying Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" design ethos, the Accent looks strikingly similar to the Elantra, with teardrop-shaped headlights and fog lights. Relative to the previous generation, the Accent sedan is 3.5 inches longer. The four-door Accent hatchback is 10 inches shorter than the sedan, though both cars ride the same 101.2-inch wheelbase. Exterior features include:

  • Body-colored door handles
  • Standard 14-inch steel wheels 
  • Optional 16-inch alloy wheels 
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional rear spoiler (hatchback)

Interior
Gone is the prior Accent's shelf-like dashboard, replaced by a more gradual ascent ...

Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the entry-level Hyundai Accent has styling similar to Hyundai's larger Elantra and Sonata sedans. With its direct-injection four-cylinder, the car is EPA-rated at 28/37 mpg city/highway. Available in sedan and four-door hatchback variants, the Accent competes with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Sonic. The Kia Rio, also redesigned last year, is related.

The Accent sedan comes in a single GLS trim. The hatchback comes in GS and uplevel SE trims.

New for 2013
The 2013 Accent gains more standard features. All trim levels now include remote keyless entry, heated side mirrors and air conditioning. The GLS sedan is newly equipped with satellite radio and an iPod/USB port.

The uplevel SE trim now includes turn-signal indicators on the side mirrors, and it can have an optional power sunroof.

Exterior
Embodying Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" design ethos, the Accent looks strikingly similar to the Elantra, with teardrop-shaped headlights and fog lights. Relative to the previous generation, the Accent sedan is 3.5 inches longer. The four-door Accent hatchback is 10 inches shorter than the sedan, though both cars ride the same 101.2-inch wheelbase. Exterior features include:

  • Body-colored door handles
  • Standard 14-inch steel wheels 
  • Optional 16-inch alloy wheels 
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional rear spoiler (hatchback)

Interior
Gone is the prior Accent's shelf-like dashboard, replaced by a more gradual ascent to the windshield. The dashboard's plunging center portion holds climate and audio controls. Total passenger volume in the sedan is about 90 cubic feet, down slightly from the prior-generation Accent sedan. The hatchback offers 21.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats and 47.5 cubic feet of maximum volume with the seats folded. The latter figure trumps most competitors. Interior features include:

  • Remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning  
  • CD stereo with iPod connectivity and auxiliary jack
  • Available steering-wheel cruise and audio controls 
  • Available piano-black accents, chrome door handles
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity

Under the Hood
The Accent's tiny four-cylinder with direct-injection technology is uncommon for this class. It works through six-speed transmissions. Mechanical features include:

  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 123 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard six-speed manual 
  • Optional six-speed automatic
  • Dashboard Active Eco button modulates accelerator response and automatic-transmission shifting to improve fuel economy

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control and electronic stability system 
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats 
  • Side curtain airbags 
  • Active front head restraints

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(1.0)

THROW-AWAY CARS

by Non-plussed. from Anacortes, WA on August 27, 2018

94,000 easy miles - piston going out, replace engine, told rusty bolts in axle, broke off, need new axle, need new brakes when 3 weeks before they were OK. Read full review

(4.0)

Very nice and beautiful car.

by shahzaib09 from Greensboro,NC on August 9, 2018

This car met all my needs. Not plenty of room for legs if you are 6' tall. The ride is great. Overall it is very good. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Hyundai Accent currently has 0 recalls

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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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