Test Drive: Hyundai Accent has a regulation that works | The Weston …
January 4, 2017 - accent chair
American drivers who haven’t followed Hyundai’s arena in a U.S. marketplace might associate a code with a forgettable 1986 Excel, and might be unknowingly a Korean automaker now builds sport-utility vehicles, midsize and full-sized cars, and even oppulance sedans. And it sells a lot of them in a United States – 61,201 in Nov alone. But a Excel’s long-running descendant, a Accent, stays a automaker’s baseline subcompact sedan and is offered good this year during 75,607 by November, compared with 58,768 by a same duration of 2015.
What’s a attraction? It’s a elementary formula: low price, loads of fascinating customary features, high functionality, eager opening and low cost to possess over a prolonged haul.
Unlike many of a cars we exam drive, a 2016 Accent SE was a no-nonsense package. But in this and other Hyundai models, “no discretionary equipment” does not meant “stripped.” The 2017 Accent, with 6-speed hang shift, has a bottom cost of $14,745, and smoothness charge. Our exam automobile was matching to a bottom indication solely that it came with a 6-speed involuntary transmission. But all Accents are versed with remote keyless entry, atmosphere conditioning, energy windows and locks, exhilarated extraneous mirrors, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, auxiliary audio submit and USB with outmost media control, 172-watt audio complement with 6 speakers, and satellite radio capability, among other features. Opting for a Value Edition adds back front brakes, 16-inch wheels, shifting core armrest with storage compartment, Bluetooth hands-free phone, and steering-wheel-mounted journey and audio controls.
Notable for their deficiency in a exam automobile were journey control and back camera. The latter is taken on any Accent model. And drivers who direct high levels of infotainment will find themselves relocating adult to a compress Elantra, that can be versed with a discretionary Hyundai Blue Link system.
The cabin seemed ample for a subcompact, and a case binds 13.1 cubic feet of luggage. The 60-40 back chair folds down to enhance load room. Using a length of twine, we were means to secure a medium-sized wingback chair in a case and float it several miles though incident. (People who float vast equipment frequently would be served improved by a hatchback chronicle of a Accent SE, that costs $250 more.)
The Accent’s 4-cylinder, 137-horsepower engine moves a ton-and-three-quarters automobile briskly and responds good during all speeds and in all circumstances. Handling, however, is rather awkward; a automobile seems to thrust into corners rather than shrugging them off. The float is gentle and sound levels pretty low; we could discern some highway and breeze noise, though hardly listened a engine and drivetrain.
Our Accent’s fuel economy ranged from 34 to 39 mpg, on unchanging gasoline.
The 2016 and 2017 Accents fared feeble in a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small-overlap pile-up exam and warranted a measure of “Marginal” in side-impact crashes, though perceived a tip “Good” rating in other crash-test categories.
Steven Macoy ([email protected]) is a longtime automobile fan and full-time editor who lives in Bethel, Conn.
2016 Hyundai Accent SE
Engine: 1.6-liter inline Four, 137 horsepower, 123 lb.-ft. torque
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Weight: 3,549 lb.
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, torsion spindle rear
Wheels: 14×5-in. steel
Tires: P175/70R T all-season
Seating capacity: 5
Luggage capacity: 13.7 cu. ft.
Fuel capacity: 11.4 gallons
Fuel economy: 27 mpg city, 37 mpg highway
Fuel type: unchanging unleaded gasoline