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2006 Hyundai Accent Sedan

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2006 Hyundai Accent

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Overview

The Hyundai Accent has been completely redesigned from the ground up. The Accent four-door sedan was launched as an all-new 2006 model, while the three-door hatchback was introduced in the spring as a 2007 model.

Built on a more substantial platform and powered by a clean and sophisticated new 1.6-liter double overhead-cam engine, the new Accent models are larger and designed to offer more style, sophistication and content than before.

The competence of the new Accent indicates Hyundai's move upmarket has helped it design a better small car. The new Accent is considerably better and slightly larger than the old 2005 models. Indeed, the new Accent is a viable alternative to the newest subcompacts from Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

What's more, Hyundai includes safety features such as six airbags and antilock brakes as standard equipment, making the Accent and the Kia Rio among the least expensive cars on the market with these important safety features.

Based on our impressions, the new Accent should be considered alongside models from more established players.

Model Lineup

The 2006 Hyundai Accent is as a GLS four-door sedan with a choice of five-speed manual ($12,455) or four-speed automatic ($13,305). The 2007 Hyundai Accent three-door hatchback is available in GS and SE trim.

A 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine powers all models. Power steering, a tilt steering wheel, and a 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, and 14-inch steel wheels come standard.

Air conditioning, however, is optional ($800). The Premium Sport Package ($1,500) includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless operation, and 15-inch alloy wheels with 195/55VR15 tires.

Safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners along with six airbags: dual frontal, front-seat side-impact and full-coverage side curtain. All models include ABS.

Walkaround

The all-new Hyundai Accent has a much more elegant look to it than the previous-generation model. It starts at the front with integrated 5-mph bumpers and large aerodynamic headlight enclosures that wrap around the front fenders. It has a high roofline with rubber trim running along each side and a windshield that blends into the front of the roof without any visible trim.

The back of the sedan roof sweeps toward the trailing edge of the trunk lid, giving it almost a coupe like appearance. Unlike many modern cars, it has a generous greenhouse with big windows and blacked out trim. This, coupled with a long wheelbase with relatively short overhangs, makes the sedan appear a tad bigger than it is in reality, which is not a bad thing.

Dare we say it but there's even a little bit of a hint of Volvo in its nose and maybe a dash of Honda in its rear three-quarter view. Overall it has a pretty, if somewhat ordinary, look to it that should not offend anyone. As part of Hyundai's plan, the Accent is purposely less sporty looking than its almost identical Kia Rio sibling.

Interior Features

Perhaps more than anything it's the interior of the new 2006 Hyundai Accent that has been improved over the 2005 models. For starters, there's a much better view out. The hip point in the driver's seat is two inches higher than in the old Accent, giving the driver a better view of the road. The new Accent cabin has a conservative two-tone interior color scheme reminiscent of larger cars and it's trimmed out quite nicely, helping it avoid the feeling of an econobox.

The dashboard wraps around to the door panels and the center stack is nicely integrated, with large, well positioned, climate control knobs. The big speedometer and tachometer are located in a nicely contoured instrument pod in front of the steering wheel. Smaller fuel and coolant temperature gauges are set inside, along with a small LCD readout for the odometer and trip meter as well as an indicator of the selected gear.

The seats are contoured and finished in a classy cloth material that feels high quality. The driver's seat is eight-way adjustable on all models.

The rear seat splits 60/40 for additional storage capacity. For better rearward visibility, the three rear-seat headrests slide down into the seatback when not needed, a design referred to as shingle-style. There's even a fold out center armrest with two cupholders in the rear.

Rear-seat leg room and headroom is not too bad unless the car is full of six-footers. Getting into the back seats was made easier by locating the rear wheels farther back, so the wheelwell does not intrude into the door opening as much.

Several nice touches prevent the Accent from feeling like a cheap econobox. Among them: dampened grab handles, a thick roof lining, center folding front and rear armrests, a tilt steering wheel, a micro roof-mounted antenna, driver and passenger side-illuminated vanity mirrors, cabin air filtration, remote trunk and fuel cap releases, and a windshield shade band. There are decent size pockets with a cup holder in each door. In addition there are other storage places and a big glovebox.

Driving Impressions

Nobody buying a Hyundai Accent will expect sizzling performance, yet the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is surprisingly snappy, even with the automatic. The Accent GLS automatic has no problem keeping up with traffic as long as you stomp on the gas pedal and it's more than happy cruising at speed on the freeway. We did not get a chance to try an Accent with a manual transmission but would expect it to be more fun to drive.

Hyundai's 1.6-liter four-cylinder is a modern, sophisticated engine with dual overhead camshafts and continuously variable valve timing. The DOHC and CVVT combination helps give the engine a very broad power band with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. City/Highway fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 32/35 mpg with the manual, 28/36 mpg with the automatic. The engine produces 110 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 106 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm.

The ride is on the soft side, softer than the Kia Rio, which gets the sportier settings. The power assisted rack-and-pinion steering provided reasonable feedback and the handling proved to be acceptable on some winding mountain roads near San Diego. Our Accent GLS automatic had the 15-inch alloy wheels with the sportier P195/55VR15 size tires. We did not try a base model with the skinny 14-inch tires and steel wheels, but suspect it will not handle as well.

The power assisted four-wheel disc brakes seemed to stop the car efficiently. The Accent comes standard with ABS and electronic brake-force distribution. ABS allows the driver to maintain steering control in an emergency braking situation by preventing wheel lockup. EBD improves stability in hard braking situations by balancing brake force front to rear.

Overall, the driving characteristics and performance make this a commuter car rather than a long distance cruiser.

Summary

The Hyundai Accent is a competent subcompact car that's big inside and sprightly underway. It includes an impressive array of standard safety features and is certainly worthy of being considered alongside more expensive models from other manufacturers. A generous five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty with roadside assistance and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty make the Accent a good deal for anyone who does not want to buy a used car and intends to keep the vehicle for an extended period of time.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent John Rettie filed this report from San Diego.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$12,455
Model lineup:
Hyundai Accent GLS 5-speed manual ($12,455); GLS automatic ($13,305)
Engines:
110-hp 1.6-liter inline-4
Transmissions:
5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard):
frontal airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, full-coverage side-impact curtain airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, antilock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Safety equipment (Optional):
N/A
Basic warranty:
5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:
Ulsan, South Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Hyundai Accent GLS automatic ($13,305)
Standard equipment:
cloth upholstery, power-assisted steering, tilt steering column, 60/40 spilt rear seatback, 8-way adjustable driver seat, AM/FM/CD stereo system
Options as tested:
Premium Sport Package ($1,500) includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks w/keyless remote, power heated outside mirrors, 15-inch alloy wheels and tires
Destination charge:
540
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$15,345
Layout:
front-wheel drive
Engine:
1.6-liter dohc 16v CVVT inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
110 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
106 @ 4500
Transmission:
4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
28/36 mpg.
Wheelbase:
98.4 in.
Length/width/height:
168.5/66.7/57.9 in.
Track, f/r:
57.9/57.9 in.
Turning circle:
33.1 ft.
Seating capacity:
5
Head/hip/leg room, f:
39.6/50.6/42.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:
37.8/49.6/34.3 in.
Cargo volume:
12.4 cu. ft.
Payload:
N/A
Towing capacity:
N/A
Suspension F:
independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension R:
torsion beam, coil springs
Ground clearance:
6.1 in.
Curb weight:
2403 lbs.
Tires:
P195/55VR15
Brakes, f/r:
disc/disc with ABS and EBD in.
Fuel capacity:
11.9 gal.

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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.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

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Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

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Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
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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 Cab Corrosion-Perforation 7 Years/Unlimited 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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