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2013 Hyundai Accent Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Hyundai Accent was new.


Performance: 7.9

While some reviewers say that the 2013 Hyundai Accent could use more power, most agree that it offers good fuel economy, as well as composed handling and a comfortable ride.

  • "Blessed with firm steering and a small footprint, Accent is a joy to operate in the city and suburbs." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "During our time in the 2013 Accent, our driving route including a good mix of highway and rural roads. To our surprise and delight, the Accent's onboard fuel-economy indicator rarely dipped below 40 mpg." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It may not be the most thrilling vehicle I've ever driven, but I was pleasantly surprised by how satisfied I was with the driving experience." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Though it has the best power-to-weight ratio in the class, Accent doesn't feel particularly lively or exciting, an effect heightened by the feeling that you're in a vanilla compact rather than a zippy subcompact." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Hyundai Accent has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 138 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. With either transmission, the Accent averages an EPA-estimated 28/37 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

While the Accent is more powerful than many competing subcompact cars, some reviewers write that it could use more power for highway passing and merging or climbing hills. Still, one test driver notes that this is a typical complaint for the class, while another writes that the Accent’s automatic transmission provides quick, refined shifts.

  • "Accent's 138-horsepower 1.6-liter engine offers sufficient power for city use. However, it lacks the needed punch that you sometimes need for merging and passing on the highway." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "In these times of 500-hp supercars, the 2013 Hyundai Accent's 138-hp output might sound paltry. Yet this sophisticated direct-injection engine pulls significantly stronger than the power plants of its major competitors (with the exception of the turbocharged Chevy Sonic)." -- Edmunds 
  • "While we found little to like about the Accent's rubbery feeling manual transmission, its 6-speed automatic quickly won us over, delivering smooth and precise shifts and excellent fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While the Accent has more power than others in the class, I wouldn't call it fleet of foot. When accelerating from a dead stop, the Accent strained, as do most in this class, and I was ferrying two other average-size adults in the car. It struggled even more up hills, but on the highway it passed with plenty of assurance." -- Cars.com (2012)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers say that the 2013 Hyundai Accent offers a comfortable ride and composed handling, but some note that other cars in the class are more fun to drive. One test driver notes that competitors like the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit outperform the Accent with better handling and more accurate steering systems.

  • "All versions display a modicum of body lean in fast turns, and steering feel isn't sports-car sharp. Still, it feels nimble enough to be mildly entertaining to drive. It's a small tradeoff for Accent's good ride quality." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "On the road, the Accent provides both a comfortable ride and decent handling. What it lacks in sporty steering and suspension settings, it compensates with balance and composure, which are likely more important to buyers shopping this segment anyway." -- Edmunds 
  • "Sadly, the same cannot be said for the Accent's driving dynamics, which lack the precise steering and responsive suspension found on the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The biggest delight of all lies right in our hands. Steering hasn't historically been a Hyundai strong point but the lowly Accent may possess the best motor-driven electric steering in the lineup." -- Motor Trend

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