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2011 Hyundai Accent Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Hyundai Accent was new.


Performance: 6.8

The 2011 Hyundai Accent isn’t a top performer by any means, but it’s well suited for daily commutes and errands. The Accent’s best feature is its high fuel economy rating of 27/36 mpg city/highway. 

  • "Accent's engine buzzes from 3000 rpm on up, but it's never objectionably loud. Wind noise is modest for the class, and coarse-surface tire thrum is noticeable though not excessive." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While no speed demon, the ... Hyundai Accent is a perfectly acceptable performer. The ride is compliant on GS and GLS models, while the SE's firmer suspension tuning trades some comfort for greater road-holding capabilities." -- Edmunds
  • "Driving the optional four-speed automatic in our test GLS sedan, it managed zero-to-60 mph acceleration in a bit over 13 seconds. By today's standards, that's on the slow side." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

Accents come with only one engine, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 110 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, but a four-speed automatic is available.

Most reviewers complain that acceleration in the Accent is poor, but it does well in city and highway driving, which is what many drivers will use the car for. While the Accent’s performance critiques are poor, its fuel economy rating is high. The EPA estimates that the Accent gets 27/36 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission, which means it has one of the best fuel economies in its class. The manual nets a little less: 28/34 mpg.

  • "With the automatic transmission, acceleration is weak, as evidenced by the slow 11.1-second 0-60-mph time in our test of a GLS. At least the automatic downshifts promptly and smoothly for passing. Manual-transmission versions are quicker… The manual transmission has positive, if somewhat clunky, shift action." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Sluggish acceleration with automatic transmission, harsh ride over irregular surfaces." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

When it comes to braking and handling, reviewers prefer upper trims because there’s less body roll. In comparison, the base trim is more unsteady in tight turns because it has skinnier tires. For a smoother ride, consider the Nissan Versa. It’s handling receives more praise from the automotive industry.

  • "The steering is overboosted and lacks road feel. Fast cornering induces fair body lean. Skinny tires on the GS and GLS provide only modest grip. The SE is only slightly better; it still exhibits noticeable body lean." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We were pleasantly surprised with the steering and handling of our Premium Package-equipped test GLS on its available 15-inch tires and alloy wheels, and the sports-oriented SE three-door does even better on its 16-inch tire-and-wheel Package." -- Kelley Blue Book

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