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2002 Hyundai Accent Hatchback

3dr HB Cpe L Manual

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2002 Hyundai Accent

Source: New Car Test Drive


Hyundai hasn't raised the price of the base-level Accent since the end of the last century. Yet this handsome little car gets better every year.

Accent was thoroughly re-designed for model-year 2000 to provide more interior room, a smoother-running powertrain, and better isolation from whatever mechanical noise remained. 2001 brought a bigger, more sophisticated engine for GL and GS models. Horsepower rose 14 percent, and torque 9 percent. Now, for 2002, all GL and GS models come with air conditioning as standard equipment.

Hyundai Accent is protected by one of the best warranties in the business. If you're looking for a new-car experience at used-car prices, then the Accent may be right for you.

Model Lineup

The Accent lineup begins with a three-door sedan available in L ($8,999) and GS ($10,249) trim levels. There's also a GL ($10,649) four-door sedan.

L models are powered by a 1.5-liter sohc inline four-cylinder engine with three valves per cylinder, rated 92 horsepower. A five-speed manual is the only transmission available with this engine.

GS and GL models upgrade to a 1.6-liter dohc four-cylinder, with four valves per cylinder and 105 horsepower. The five-speed is still standard, but a four-speed electronically controlled automatic is available for $600.

L buyers can add air conditioning for $750. A $400 option package for GS and GL adds a CD player plus power mirrors, locks, and front windows.


Although the Hyundai Accent was last re-styled in 2000, it still looks fresh and attractive, combining forceful and edgy design elements into a decidedly European look. Designers at Hyundai's California styling studio contributed to its appearance.

Accent's overall form consists of a low-slung wedge topped by a steeply raked windshield and a tall wrap of window glass, with a fast slope to the front hood and a brief back deck. Hard-edged lines on the hood sweep inward from thin windshield pillars to a bold eggcrate grille flanked by clear-lens headlamps. A body-colored bumper underscores the Accent's prow, and duct-like openings drill into the low front air dam, directly below the headlamps.

More sharp lines stretch from the headlamps to the blunt tail, itself flanked by beveled shoulders. Otherwise, Accent's slab sides and relatively flat doors are interrupted only by modest flared rings around wheel openings. At the rear, oversized delta-shaped taillights resemble forms common on current European brands.

The three-door model is shaped more like a sedan than a traditional hatchback.

Interior Features

When Hyundai redesigned the Accent for 2000, the wheelbase was stretched 1.6 inches, and the body grew 1.9 inches wider. This provided more headroom for the front seats and slightly more legroom in back. Combine this with Accents tall ring of windows, large bucket seats, and multi-level console; and front-seat riders do not feel squeezed into a tiny cubbyhole, as they do in some subcompact competitors.

Those form-fitting front bucket seats feel substantial and supportive. Packed with high-density foam, they feature swoopy indentations and firm side bolsters. They move in multiple ways to conform for leg length, seat height, lumbar curve, and seatback tilt and headrest position. Also, the driver's seat on GS and GL editions contains a right-side armrest that folds up and out of the way when not needed.

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. White markings and red pointers over a dark gray field assure both an attractive appearance and easy readability.

Air vents stand at each side of the instrument panel, and 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. On GS and GL models, the seatback splits 60/40 and folds to increase the capacity of the flat-floored trunk.

The driver's seat is comfortable, and adjusts to fit even a tall frame. High off the floor, it also provides excellent visibility through tall windows all around.

All controls are close at hand, logical, and easy to operate. The surfaces of the doors and dash, coated in soft-touch synthetic material, feel refined, even sophisticated, which is unexpected for the class.

Driving Impressions

Clearly a small, inexpensive car requires some compromises; it simply can't be as roomy, powerful, or refined as a larger car and or one costing more money. But with the Accent, Hyundai has kept the compromise to a minimum.

Unexpected is the gutsy performance from the base-level engine. The 1.5-liter single-overhead-cam engine delivers surprisingly lively acceleration through the lower gears, thanks to an abundance of flexible torque. Although you must shift quickly out of first gear, second and third invite a long run up to higher rpms, scooting the Accent into the fast lane. Sophisticated hydraulic motor mounts filter out the harsh vibrations that plagued the first generation of Hyundai products.

The Accent easily keeps pace in heavy commuter traffic, such as I-5 in San Diego during morning rush hour.

We have not driven the Accent with the newer, 1.6-liter twin-cam engine, but we have every reason to expect that it would perform even better. Compared to the 1.5-liter's 92 horsepower at 5500 rpm, the bigger engine produces 105 horsepower at 5800. More important, the 1.6-liter generates 106 pounds-feet of torque, instead of 97 pounds-feet of torque for the 1.5-liter, but at the same usefully low 3000 rpm. That means a faster launch into traffic.

Our little 1.5-liter Accent was also relatively quiet inside, as the stiff structure of the body, plenty of sound-deadening insulation, and double door seals all worked to block out noise from the motor and surrounding traffic.

Of course, the whole package weighs only 2255 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 performance, stopping distances, handling, and fuel economy. The Accent's favorable power-to-weight ratio is combined with slippery aerodynamics and well-selected gear ratios that make the most of the engine's torque. Like we said: zippy.

The Accent handles mountain switchbacks with a poise and agility unexpected from such a low-rung economy car. The experience led to the realization that Hyundai's smallest product can actually be quite fun to drive, which is not an attribute of most of the other machines in this class.

Accent's relatively long-wheelbase chassis and all-independent suspension provide a smooth-riding platform that nonetheless 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. A front stabilizer (anti-roll) bar reduces 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 to temper the road noise.


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.

To demonstrate its confidence in the Accent, Hyundai supports it with a warranty that goes well beyond the competition. A 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty shields the owner against problems. (Accent's powertrain is warranted for 100,000 miles.) There's even five years of roadside assistance with lockout and emergency towing service. The warranty alone should put Accent on anyone's shopping list.

Add strong performance and nimble handling, and the Hyundai Accent's competitive pricing makes it an impressive value.

Model Line Overview

Model lineup: L ($8,999); GS ($10,249); GL ($10,649)
Engines: 1.5-liter sohc 12-valve inline-4; 1.6-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual front airbags, 3-point front seatbelts with adjustable anchors, rear seat child restraint anchors
Safety equipment (optional): child-safety rear door locks
Basic warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in: Asan, South Korea

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Accent L ($8,999)
Standard equipment: power brakes, power steering, AM/FM/cassette stereo, dual exterior mirrors, intermittent windshield wipers, side window defoggers, rear window defroster, trip odometer, tachometer, cloth reclining front bucket seats, storage console
Options as tested (MSRP): air conditioning ($750)
Destination charge: ($495)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $10,244
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 1.5-liter sohc 12-valve inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 92 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 97 @ 3000
Transmission: 5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 27/37 mpg
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, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 38.0/53.0/32.8 in.
Trunk volume: 16.9 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: Independent
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 2255 lbs.
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 September 01, 2001.
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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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
Download checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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