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2014 Hyundai Accent Review

The 2014 Hyundai Accent doesn't stand out in any one area, but it is still a well-rounded car. Its performance balances a capable engine against mundane handling, and relatively poor safety scores are offset by average reliability. 

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent rear-seat room
  • Good engine power
  • Poor safety ratings
  • Uninspired handling

New for 2014

  • Standard one-touch turn signal, sliding sun visors, and driver’s blind spot mirror
  • Available tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and projector headlights




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 7.8
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2014 Hyundai Accent Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Accent a Good Used Car?

If you're looking for a reasonably priced subcompact car that you can drive every day, the Accent is a good choice. It has lots of passenger and cargo space, as well as a more powerful engine than most competitors. However, bad crash test scores might be cause for hesitation.

Used 2014 Hyundai Accent Performance and Interior

The 2014 Hyundai Accent is powered by a 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. That may not seem like a lot on paper, but it's a good amount for a subcompact car and gets the little Accent moving quickly. There's plenty of pep whether accelerating from a stop or merging and passing at highway speeds. The automatic has smooth and precise shifts, which makes it the transmission to choose. The Accent gets good fuel economy estimates of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with the manual and 26/36 mpg city/highway with the automatic.

When it comes to handling, the front-wheel-drive Accent is subdued. It delivers a soft, comfortable ride quality over imperfect pavement and is balanced enough for a daily driver. However, due to its numb steering, the Accent isn't as sporty as some rivals.

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The five-seat Hyundai Accent is available as both a sedan and a five-door hatchback. Despite its subcompact classification, the Accent offers ample passenger room in both rows, and the front seats are soft and comfortable. There are two complete LATCH car-seat connections in the second row and a third tether anchor on the middle seat.

Standard features in the 2014 Accent include a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and a USB port. Available features include cruise control, Bluetooth, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Physical controls are straightforward and easy to use, and the Accent's interior quality is good. Upscale touches like piano-black trimmings complement the Accent's bold exterior styling.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Accent Prices

Average prices range from around $9,100 for a manual Hyundai Accent GLS to around $9,700 for an automatic Hyundai Accent GLS. Other factors that can affect price include the car's mileage, features, and condition, as well as your region of the country.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Accent?

The 2014 Hyundai Accent has a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is considered average across the entire industry.

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How Safe Is the Accent?

Subcompact cars aren't typically known for stellar safety ratings, and the 2014 Accent is no different. It earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in each individual test. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Accent received the highest rating of Good in three crash tests. However, it earned a slightly lower Acceptable score in the side impact test, as well as the lowest possible score of Poor in the small overlap front test. The latter evaluation simulates when the front driver's side corner of the car strikes a tall, skinny object like a telephone pole.

In addition to its subpar crash test results, the Accent isn't available with any driver assistance features, such as a rearview camera or parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Accent?

The 2014 Hyundai Accent is part of the car's fourth generation, which began in 2012 and includes the 2017 model year. You'll want to focus your search on a 2013 or 2014 model. The 2012 Accent lacked basic features that were then made standard for 2013, like air conditioning, a stereo, and a USB port.

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Which Used Hyundai Accent Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Hyundai Accent is available as a five-door hatchback (GS and SE) and a sedan (GLS). Features are pretty even between the models, though the Hyundai Accent SE features exclusive upgrades like sport-tuned steering and a sunroof. Your choice will come down to which body style you want – though if you want a hatchback, the SE model is your best bet.

You may also want to 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.

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2014 Hyundai Accent and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Accent or 2014 Nissan Versa?

There are very few reasons to buy a 2014 Nissan Versa over the Accent. The Versa has below-average reliability, and its safety scores are a smidge under the Accent's already mediocre ratings. A weak engine contributes to the Versa’s worst-in-class performance. Additionally, the Versa boasts low-quality cabin materials and an uninspiring design. It is available with features not found in the Accent – like a rearview camera and navigation – but that's still not enough to choose it over the Accent.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Accent or 2014 Toyota Yaris?

For a solid-value daily driver, it's hard to beat the 2014 Toyota Yaris. Though the cars are similarly ranked and have comparable ownership costs, the Yaris gets higher safety and reliability ratings than the Accent. However, it suffers from anemic performance due to an underpowered engine and dull handling. The Accent and Yaris have similar lists of standard and available features, but the Yaris lacks the interior quality of the Accent. If your top priorities are performance and interior quality, go with the Accent. Otherwise, the Yaris is the better pick.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Accent or 2014 Kia Rio?

The 2014 Kia Rio is one of the most well-rounded cars in the class. It has average safety and reliability scores, as well as reasonable prices. Where the Rio stands out is with its high-quality cabin and premium materials. It's also available with features that you can't get in the Accent or many other rivals, such as leather, heated front seats, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system. The Rio has comparable performance to the Accent, with a peppy engine and comfortable ride quality. You can't go wrong with either car, but the Kia is the better choice overall.

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