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2006 Hyundai Accent Sub-Compact Sedan
By the Staff
New Car Overview of the 2006 Hyundai Accent Sub-Compact Sedan
Description: Sub-Compact Sedan
Options & Features
Hyundai's car for the economy class is new from tires to top in the format of a sub-compact four-door sedan laced with segment-leading standard safety features. The gear includes an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), four-wheel disc brakes, and dual frontal plus seat-mounted air bags for front riders and curtain-style air bags tucked in the ceiling for all four outboard seats.
Accent for 2006 grows up -- it measures several inches longer than the previous version and three inches taller, which adds inches of legroom and headroom to a five-place cabin. The single trim -- a well-equipped GLS -- comes with a 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback and a tilting steering wheel.
Power stems from Hyundai's new 1.6-liter four-in-line engine scored to 110 hp with a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic.
Hyundai, largest car company in South Korea, invests in North America with its new Alabama assembly plant, a technology and engineering center in Michigan, research and design studios in California plus a test track in the Mojave Desert. As a result, many of the vehicles in Hyundai's extensive lineup for 2006 skew directly toward the American market -- such as Sonata, a mid-size sedan with V6 power that comes together at the Alabama plant. Azera pops up as Hyundai's elegant new flagship sedan for the USA, and Accent, smallest car in Hyundai's fleet, rolls out in a new design with segment-leading standard safety systems aboard.
2007 Hyundai Accent Compact Economy 3-Door Hatchback Coupe
By Derek Price
What was tested? 2007 Hyundai Accent SE 3-Door ($13,915).
Options: Sun & sound package ($1,250), sporty floor mats ($85).
Price as tested: $15,250.
One of the most annoying aspects of the automotive industry is its incessant need to make cars more "upscale," no matter how humble their background.
Take Volkswagen. This company spent decades building a reputation for cheap, efficient, well-engineered cars. That was fine until one day someone at Volkswagen woke up with a mental disorder that made him decide to produce a $100,000, V12-powered luxury car called the Phaeton. It was a wonderful car -- one of the best luxury cars the world has ever seen -- but still came with a VW symbol on the hood, so it sold like snowshoes in Hawaii. Just 820 Phaetons were sold in 2005, making it a bigger flop than the Edsel. Korean brands are trying to do the same thing. Instead of building their reputation for high-quality economy cars, as the Japanese did in the 1970s, the Koreans are trying to move their cars upmarket so they can fetch a better price.
That's why I love how Hyundai, a company that's bending over backward trying to convince the world that it can produce high-quality, luxurious vehicles, still makes a perfectly good tin can.
The 2007 Accent doesn't have gobs of power. It doesn't have a giant cargo area that can hold sheets of plywood. It doesn't have squishy seats. It doesn't have soft leather. It doesn't have an air-conditioned glove box for keeping your drunks cool.
And really, it doesn't need all that stuff.
The Accent is a very basic car with a very basic mission -- to save you money. It costs just $10,415 in its cheapest form and gets a thrifty 37 miles per gallon on the highway.
My test car, the two-door Accent SE, wasn't quite as stripped down with a $13,915 base price. Even at that affordable level it came with air conditioning, power everything, keyless entry, a decent stereo and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
OK, so they couldn't completely avoid that "upscale" temptation.
The Accent drives about how you'd expect from an economy car, perhaps a tiny bit better. It feels like it has the same suspension as a skateboard and the same engine as a Lionel train, but it's not bad for commuting and basic trips around town. In fact, it was good enough to make me wonder why so many people buy huge cars and SUVs when, for 99 percent of the trips we make, a super-efficient car like the Accent will do perfectly fine.
The Accent also looks like it benefits from Hyundai's decision to make nicer, fancier cars. The build quality isn't bad, certainly far better than the Hyundai cars of just a few years ago, and I never once felt deprived while behind the wheel.
Whether you want an affordable new car with a great warranty or something to save money at the gas pump, the Accent is worth a close look.
Just pray Hyundai doesn't decide to make an Accent "Prada E...
2007 Hyundai Accent Sub-Compact Economy 3-Door Hatchback
By the StaffNew Car Overview of the 2007 Hyundai Accent Sub-Compact Economy 3-door Hatchback
Description:Sub-Compact Economy 3-door Hatchback
Options & Features
Hyundai's sub-compact for the economy class pops out in a new three-door hatchback coupe variation for 2007 with two trims -- GS and SE.
The three-door stocks the same powertrain as Accent's four-door GLS, a fuel-efficient 1.6-liter four-in-line racked to 110 hp with a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. Accent SE tips toward sport mode with the suspension tightly tuned, a performance steering gear added and larger wheels and tires.
Segment-leading standard safety features apply, including four-wheel disc brakes, an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and curtain-style air bags.
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