Hyundai Accent

From Hyundai press:

For the 2011 model year, the fun-to-drive Accent SE with 16-inch alloy wheels is now more affordable. By removing the sunroof from the SE, Hyundai was able to reduce the SE manual transmission price by $850 for an MSRP of $15,345 before destination. The Accent GS gets a 172-watt AM/FM/XM®/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod®/USB and MP3 auxiliary inputs as standard equipment due to consumer demand. Two new colors, Clearwater Blue and Boston Red have also been added to the color palette.

The Accent’s many strengths make it not only a smart choice for buyers, but also a clear value leader in its segment. The Accent’s smart design pays comfort dividends inside, with more total interior volume than class above competitors Civic and Corolla. An efficient 1.6-liter DOHC in-line four cylinder engine powers Accent with up to 36 miles-per-gallon on the highway while producing low emissions. Add in the J.D. Power and Associates IQS Sub-Compact Car award, and Accent is a clear choice for consumers in this category.

In June 2010, the Accent topped the sub-compact segment in the 2010 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS). Owners of the economical and fun-to-drive 2010 Accent reported the fewest problems per 100 vehicles in its segment. Interior space and unexpected features keep Accent a class above the competition. The Accent has more total interior volume than either the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic – both a vehicle class above Accent and priced thousands of dollars more. Unexpected features include a B&M Racing® Sport Shifter and XM Satellite Radio with three months of free service. The Accent SE’s standard (M/T only) B&M Racing Shifter adds shorter throw-lengths and offers more precision performance-tuned driving dynamics.

In a bold stroke in this price-sensitive market segment, Hyundai has outfitted the Accent with state-of-the-art standard safety technologies highlighted by six airbags, including dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags covering both rows of seating. The combination of side and curtain airbags, which help protect the head and body during side impacts, can reduce fatalities by more than 45 percent according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All Accents come equipped with front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, which are designed to tighten the seatbelt in the event of a collision. This safety package helped the Accent GLS four-door receive a five-star frontal crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is optional on the GS and GLS and standard on the SE.

Hyundai designers gave the Accent GLS a distinctive look within its market segment. Upscale details like a chrome-accented grille combine with bold tail lights and strong character lines to deliver a standout presence. 

The roof-mounted flexible micro-antenna not only looks good, but also provides improved radio and satellite reception Externally, the three-door Accents reflect Hyundai’s sleek, confident design direction. Up front, the GL, GS and SE feature an aggressive bodycolor grille with fog lights standard on the SE. Accent SE’s high-performance P205/45R16 tires and lightweight five-spoke 16-inch aluminum wheels provide a big dose of street credibility. A long wheelbase and higher seating position increase the spacious feeling of the interior. A rear spoiler and rear defroster are standard on all Accent three-door models with the GS and SE adding a standard rear wiper.

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