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2004 Hyundai Accent Hatchback

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2004 Hyundai Accent

Source: New Car Test Drive

Base Price (MSRP) - $9,999
As Tested (MSRP) - $11,939

Introduction

The Hyundai Accent offers exceptional value. It's a new car at a used-car price. And to eliminates worries about maintenance costs, Hyundai backs it with an aggressive warranty.

The Accent is roomy and comfortable, and surprisingly refined for such an inexpensive car. Its twin-cam 1.6-liter engine is gutsy, and zippy performance makes these cars fun to drive. The Accent offers surprisingly sophisticated ride and handling. The GT ratchets up the latter with a sports suspension and other goodies.

 

Model Lineup

Hyundai Accent is available in three-door hatchback and four-door sedan body styles. Accents come in three trim levels, but all are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder rated 103 horsepower.

The base Accent ($9,999) is indeed basic, offering air conditioning as an option ($750). But the base Accent does comes standard with an AM/FM/cassette stereo, center console, vanity mirror, tilt steering, intermittent wipers and a 60/40 split folding rear seat. It only comes as a three-door hatchback and only with a five-speed manual transmission.

Accent GL hatchback ($10,899) and GL sedan ($11,299) add air conditioning, tinted glass, a tachometer, a digital quartz clock, and upgrades to the seats, console, and carpet. They come standard with a five-speed manual gearbox. A four-speed automatic transmission ($800) is optional.

The GT ($11,399) comes with all the GL upgrades, plus a firmer suspension, fog lamps, body-color sill moldings, a rear spoiler, white-faced gauges, its own unique cloth upholstery and leather wrappers for the steering wheel and shift knob. Wheels are upgraded from 13-inch steel to 14-inch aluminum, and tires from 175/70R13 to 185/60HR14. It is available only as a hatchback. Automatic transmission is optional ($800).

A Popular Equipment Package ($500) adds an upgraded stereo with CD player, plus power mirrors, locks, and front windows, to GL or GT.

 

Walkaround

The overall form of the Hyundai Accent is a low-slung wedge topped by a steeply raked windshield and a tall wrap of window glass. There's a fast slope to the front hood and a brief back deck. The three-door model is shaped more like a sedan than a traditional hatchback. Hyundai calls it a hatchback coupe.

The Hyundai Accent benefited from a major facelift for 2003. The new engine hood flows more smoothly into a new front bumper and fascia. New oblong light clusters that blend back around the new fenders flank a new grid-like grille. The new look is at once softer, yet more alert. It puts more expression in the Accent's face, and a cute quality we find appealing. Around back, Hyundai replaced the rear quarter panels, deck lid, tail lights, and bumper for 2003. Again, the overall look is softer, while the taller tail lights suggest action. This new look continues unchanged for 2004.

 

2004 Hyundai Accent
2004 Hyundai Accent

Interior Features

Hyundai Accent was designed to maximize interior room. Its tall windows, generously sized bucket seats and multi-level console all contribute to an overall impression of spaciousness. Front passengers do not feel squeezed into a tiny cubbyhole as they do in some subcompact cars.

Those form-fitting front bucket seats feel substantial and supportive. Packed with high-density foam, they feature swoopy indentations and firm side bolsters. The driver's seat is comfortable, and adjusts to fit even a tall frame. High off the floor, it provides excellent visibility through those tall windows all around.

The front seats in GL and GT models move in multiple ways to conform for leg length, seat height, lumbar curve, seatback tilt and headrest position. Also, the driver's seat (on GL GT editions) provides a right-side armrest that folds up and out of the way when not wanted. Three-point seatbelts adjust for height. The curvaceous front door panels include an integrated armrest and a generous map pocket low near the floor.

The instrument panel orients the driver with large gauges set immediately forward of the steering wheel. These consist of a speedometer and tachometer with flanking dials indicating fuel level and engine temperature. (The base model omits the tachometer.) On base and GL models, white markings and red pointers over a dark gray field ensure an attractive appearance and easy readability. Accent GT gets fashionable white-faced gauges.

The surfaces of the doors and dash, coated in soft-touch synthetic material, feel refined, even sophisticated, which is unexpected for the class. The GT gets leather coverings for the steering wheel and shift knob.

All controls are close at hand, logical, and easy to operate. Large and easy-to-use rotary knobs for the audio and climate systems are stacked at the middle of the dash. The glove box is an ice-chest-size bin that drops down from below the passenger-side airbag, looking as though it could swallow a couple of six-packs of soda.

The back bench provides three-point belts and bucket-style spaces for outboard riders, plus a two-point belt on the center hump. The seatback splits 60/40 and folds to increase the capacity of the flat-floored trunk.

 

2004 Hyundai Accent

Driving Impressions

Hyundai Accent accelerates briskly, rides smoothly, and is surprisingly quiet. Its twin-cam, 16-valve, 1.6-liter inline-4 produces 103 horsepower at 5800 rpm, and 106 pounds-feet of torque at just 3000 rpm. That's a good amount of low-speed torque for a four-cylinder, and it translates into fast launches into traffic, where the Accent easily keeps pace.

We found the Accent relatively quiet inside. The stiff structure of the body, plenty of sound-deadening insulation, and double door seals all work to block out noise from the motor and surrounding traffic.

Of course, the whole package weighs only about 2300 pounds, which explains in part why the Accent feels zippy. Cars are getting heavier and heavier these days, but apparently Hyundai didn't get the memo. That's a good thing, as weight is bad for acceleration, stopping distances, handling, and fuel economy. The Accent's favorable power-to-weight ratio combines with slippery aerodynamics and well-selected gear ratios to make the most of the engine's torque.

Accent handles mountain switchbacks with a poise and agility unexpected from such a low-rung economy car. Even the base model is actually fun to drive. Most fun is the sporty GT.

Accent's relatively long wheelbase and all-independent suspension provide a smooth-riding platform. Yet the Accent responds quickly to the driver's demands. Steering geometry is optimized with a high caster angle, to reduce front-end lift when accelerating, or nose-dive during braking. Anti-roll (stabilizer) bars front and rear reduce body lean when cornering. To isolate noise and vibration, all of the front end's mechanical parts are attached via a sub-frame. That kind of sophisticated engineering is rarely found in this price-conscious class, and it helps temper road noise.

 

2004 Hyundai Accent

Summary

Hyundai Accent does not behave like the bottom-dollar economy car that its low price tag implies. It's much better than that, with sophisticated mechanical equipment and comfortable amenities.

Hyundai protects Accent buyers with one of the best warranties in the business. A 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection plan shields the owner against a variety of problems, while the powertrain is warranted for 100,000 miles. The plan even includes five years of roadside assistance with lockout and emergency towing service. That's piece of mind.

Hyundai Accent is an impressive value with brisk performance, nimble handling, and a smooth and quiet ride.


Model Line Overview

Base Price (MSRP) $9,999
As Tested (MSRP) $11,939

Model lineup: Accent hatchback ($9999); GL hatchback ($10,899); GL sedan ($11,299); GT hatchback ($11,399)
Engines: 1.6-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual
Safety equipment (Standard): dual front airbags, rear seat child restraint anchors
Safety equipment (Optional): none
Basic warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in: Asan, South Korea

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Hyundai Accent GL hatchback ($10,899)
Standard equipment: air conditioning, power brakes, power steering, AM/FM/cassette stereo, dual exterior mirrors, intermittent windshield wipers, rear wiper/washer, side window defoggers, rear window defroster, trip odometer, tachometer, digital clock, cloth reclining front bucket seats with multiple adjustments for driver's seat, fold-down driver's armrest, storage console; tinted glass with sunshade band
Options as tested: Popular Equipment Group ($500) includes 6-speaker CD stereo, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks
Destination charge: 540
Gas Guzzler Tax: N/A
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine (Optional): 103-hp 1.6-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 103 @ 5800
Torque(lb.-ft. @ rpm): 106 @ 3000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 29/33 mpg
Transmission (Optional): 5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 96.1 in.
Length/width/height: 166.7/65.7/54.9 in.
Track, f/r: 56.5/56.1 in.
Turning circle: 32.5 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 38.9/54.1/42.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r: 38.0/53.0/32.8 in.
Cargo volume: 16.9 cu. ft.
Payload N/A
Suspension F: independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension R: independent, Chapman struts with multiple links, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground Clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 2280 Lbs.
Towing capacity: N/A
Tires: P175/70R13
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum
Fuel capacity: 11.9 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of 11/Aug/2003.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-826-CARS - www.hyundaiusa.com


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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility up to 5 model years old w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
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Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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