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2013 Hyundai Accent Review

A comfortable ride, an attractive interior, and abundant cargo space place the used 2013 Hyundai Accent high in our rankings. However, low safety scores keep it from moving higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Hatchback’s large cargo hold
  • Attractive interior
  • Outstanding reliability
  • Not as many features as rivals

New for 2013

  • Air conditioning, stereo, and satellite radio became standard
  • Power moonroof became available




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 7.8
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2013 Hyundai Accent Overview

Is the 2013 Hyundai Accent a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Hyundai Accent is one of the better choices in the subcompact car segment. It has spacious seating and is offered as a sedan or a hatchback. The Accent’s engine could use more horsepower, but it provides good fuel economy. The Hyundai also has outstanding reliability.

Used 2013 Hyundai Accent Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2013 Hyundai Accent has a 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic with quick, refined shifts is available in some models. The Accent’s handling is more composed than sporty, delivering a comfortable ride. With either transmission, the Accent has an EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

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The Accent’s interior is much nicer than that of most subcompact cars. Its front seats are comfortable and have plenty of head- and legroom. The rear row has room for two passengers, but legroom is cramped (not uncommon for small cars). The Accent has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.

One of the main complaints about the entry-level Accent is its lack of standard features. The base sedan and hatchback models both offer a six-speaker stereo system with satellite radio, auxiliary jacks, and keyless entry. Bluetooth and steering wheel audio and cruise controls are available. Cargo space is substantial for the class; the sedan’s trunk has 13.7 cubic feet, while the hatchback has 21.2 cubic feet with the second-row seats up and 47.5 cubic feet with them down.

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Used 2013 Hyundai Accent Prices

The price of a used 2013 Hyundai Accent ranges from about $7,500 for the four-door GLS trim with a manual transmission to around $8,000 for the GLS trim with an automatic transmission. Pricing information is not available for the five-door Accent hatchback. Exact prices vary depending on each vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety ratings and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 68 professional evaluations for this 2013 Hyundai Accent review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Hyundai Accent?

The 2013 Hyundai Accent has a reliability score of five out of five from J.D. Power. That’s above average for the auto industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the Accent?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Accent an overall safety score of four out of five stars. The Accent received four stars in the front, side, and rear crash tests. There’s a caveat, though: the NHTSA side impact crash test revealed that back-seat passengers are more likely to suffer significant injuries in the event of a crash than in other tested vehicles. This resulted in a rear seat side impact score of three stars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Accent a rating of Poor – the lowest offered – in the driver’s side small overlap front crash test. The IIHS gave the Accent the second-highest score of Acceptable in the side impact crash test, and the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, rear, and roof strength tests. The Accent has no active safety features.

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Is the 2013 Accent the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Hyundai Accent is part of a generation that launched with the 2012 Accent and had its exterior lightly refreshed in 2015. This generation ended with the 2017 Accent. If you are looking to save money, the 2012 model may cost you less – but you should note it will lack air conditioning, stereo, and satellite radio as standard features. The 2014 Accent will probably cost a bit more, but it adds a standard driver’s side blind spot mirror, a sliding sun visor, and one-touch turn signals.

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Which Used Hyundai Accent Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Accent is offered in three trims: the GLS sedan, GS hatchback, and SE hatchback. The Hyundai Accent GLS and GS share similar standard equipment, including keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo system with satellite radio, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback. The GS hatchback also offers cruise control in models with the available automatic transmission. The SE hatchback adds steering wheel audio and cruise controls, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, and sport-tuned steering. The GS hatchback should suit the needs of most buyers.

Even with its superb reliability, you might consider a certified pre-owned Accent. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sales date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Hyundai Accent and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Accent or 2013 Toyota Yaris?

The 2013 Toyota Yaris is available as a two- or four-door hatchback, but it can’t match everything the Hyundai has to offer. The Accent has the nicer interior, with a stylish design and extensive standard features. Its engine handily beats the 106-horsepower Yaris’ motor, and the Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission is more fuel-efficient. Go with the Hyundai.

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Accent or 2013 Ford Fiesta?

The 2013 Ford Fiesta is available as a sedan or a hatchback. It offers more upscale materials than the Accent, and it’s a sportier-driving car. However, that’s where its advantages end. The Ford has the lowest reliability score possible, and neither its sedan nor hatchback models can rival the Accent for cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2013 Hyundai Accent or 2013 Hyundai Elantra?

The Accent’s larger cousin is the 2013 Hyundai Elantra, a compact car available as a coupe, sedan, or hatchback. It offers more front legroom and cargo space than the Accent. In addition, it has a more powerful four-cylinder engine, a higher safety score, and better highway mileage estimates. However, the Accent will cost you less to own, and it earns a better reliability score.

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