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Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Underpowered engine
  • Tight back seat
  • Few standard features
  • Poor safety scores

New for 2011

  • GS trim received a standard six-speaker stereo with a USB port and satellite radio




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 6.1
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2011 Hyundai Accent Overview

The 2011 Hyundai Accent had a number of pleasing attributes when it was new. The Accent’s low price, good fuel economy, long warranty and nicely-finished interior were all high points for this affordable small car. However, its low price also meant that base models were sparsely equipped. If you’re considering a 2011 Accent, the GS trim is a better buy since it adds welcome features like air conditioning and a stereo with a USB port.

However, safety isn’t the 2011 Accent’s strongest suit, with crash test ratings that are among the worst in the class. With regard to safety features, stability control wasn’t available and anti-lock brakes were an option. The Accent does have six airbags, which is about average for the class. The 2011 Accent is available as a sedan or hatchback, which offers a bit more cargo space. Both models have cargo space that’s about average for the class. However, seat space in the Accent could be a deal breaker for some. Some reviewers said the front seats are cramped for taller passengers, while leg and knee space in the back is limited.

Many test drivers thought the Accent’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine was sluggish, and said that performance was best with the standard manual transmission. Fuel economy ratings, however, are high. The Accent gets up to 27/36 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission.

Though it’s one of the least expensive 2011 small cars, you should be able to easily find another with higher safety scores and better performance.

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the Accent, the 2011 Toyota Yaris comes in sedan and hatchback body styles, which both offer good fuel economy, but also come up a little short on cargo and passenger space. Like the Accent, the base Yaris doesn’t have a lot of standard features, but it does come with air conditioning. The Toyota Yaris also has better safety ratings, as well as more standard safety features. The Yaris’ performance is about average for the class, but car reviewers thought it had enough spunk for daily commutes.

Available as a sedan and coupe, the 2011 Ford Focus has great front-seat space and available high-tech interior features, like Ford’s Sync infotainment system. Unlike the Accent, the Ford Focus has good safety ratings and more standard safety features, all of which make the 2011 Focus a good choice for used car shoppers on a budget.

Compare the Accent to the Yaris and Focus »


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