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2013 Hyundai Accent: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions August 2016

A larger, roomier, all-new, fourth-generation design debuted for the 2012 version of Hyundai's entry-level car, so there are few changes to the 2013 Hyundai Accent. It adopts the striking Fluidic Sculpture styling as seen in its larger siblings, the compact Elantra and midsize Sonata. The subcompact Accent continues to be available as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback. The hatchback offers 21.2 cu ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.5 cu ft. with the rear seat folded down, a figure that rivals some compact crossovers.

The 2013 Accent receives upgraded standard equipment. Newly standard features on the GLS sedan include keyless entry, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with SiriusXM radio, an iPod/USB port, air conditioning and heated side mirrors. The top-of-the-line SE hatchback also gets standard side-mirror turn-signal repeaters and an optional power sunroof. All models continue with the 138-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers class-leading fuel economy. The available 6-speed automatic transmission offers SHIFTRONIC manual control. An Active ECO feature, when activated by the driver, modifies throttle response and automatic shifting to optimize fuel economy. Standard safety features include a tire-pressure monitoring system, electronic stability and traction control, 4-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, front-seat side airbags and front and rear overhead airbags.

The 2013 Accent is a good used-car value, delivering practicality, fuel efficiency and styling flair.

What We Like

Excellent 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; Fluidic Sculpture styling reminiscent of the Sonata; good fuel economy; hatchback's roomy cargo capacity

What We Don't

Unpadded door armrests; tight back seat; no power driver's seat; no navigation system; no telescopic steering wheel

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Hyundai Accent comes standard with a direct-injected 1.6-liter double-overhead-camshaft 16-valve 4-cylinder engine. It generates a healthy 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel, making the Accent more powerful than the subcompact norm. It's available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Both versions get 28 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. All 2013 Accent models are equipped with front-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The 2013 Hyundai Accent hatchback is available in GS and SE trims, and the Accent sedan comes exclusively in a GLS trim.

The Accent GLS sedan continues as the lowest-priced model in Hyundai's lineup but gets more standard equipment for 2013. This now includes air conditioning, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with SiriusXM radio, an iPod/USB port, remote keyless entry and heated side mirrors, as well as skinny 175/70 tires on 14-inch steel wheels, cloth seats, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, a split folding rear seat, a driver's-seat armrest, an adjustable-height driver's seat and power door locks, mirrors and windows. Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control, 195/60 tires on 16-in alloy wheels, fog lamps, rear disc brakes, piano-black interior trim and steering-wheel audio controls are optional on the GLS sedan.

The Accent GS hatchback offers the same standard equipment as the GLS sedan but adds a rear wiper/washer and a cargo cover.

The SE hatchback is at the top of the Accent lineup, gaining standard 16-in alloy wheels, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel with remote audio controls, piano-black interior trim, a front center armrest, cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with voice recognition. For 2013, it adds turn-signal repeaters in its side mirrors, and it can be equipped with an optional power sunroof.


The 2013 Accent was one of the best-selling subcompacts of its model year, so there should be a reasonable supply of used examples available for purchase at moderate prices. The Accent is one of the most fuel-efficient small cars in its class, and with good J.D. Power scores and extended warranties, the Hyundai reputation has improved greatly in recent years.

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As of the time this article was published, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not issued any recalls for the 2013 Accent.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they'll fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2013 Accent a 4-star overall rating, with four stars across the board for frontal impacts, side impacts and rollover performance.

The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2013 Accent sedan as Poor for small-overlap front impacts, Acceptable for side impacts and Good for roof strength, head restraints and moderate-overlap front impacts. It did not rate the 2013 Accent GS or SE hatchback models.

Hyundai sold the 2013 Accent with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty (for original owners only), a 7-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty and 5 years/unlimited miles of roadside-assistance coverage.

Hyundai certified pre-owned vehicles can't be more than 4 years old or have more than 60,000 miles. Every certified pre-owned Elantra undergoes a 150-point inspection. Each receives the balance of Hyundai's 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Roadside assistance is extended to 10 years/unlimited miles from the vehicle's original date of sale. Also included are 3 months of SiriusXM radio and a vehicle-history report.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Honda Fit -- This subcompact 5-door hatchback is 3 feet shorter than a Honda Crosstour but offers more interior space due to innovative packaging that places the gas tank under the front seat. Despite its mini-minivan look, the Fit is fun to drive, making the most of its 117-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, although at 27 mpg city/33 mpg hwy, fuel economy is subpar for the class.

2013 Nissan Versa -- The top-selling subcompact Versa sedan was all new for 2012, featuring a fuel-efficient 109-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, a low price, a big trunk and a roomy cabin, but the cheap, plasticky interior trim and sluggish performance spoil the mood.

Autotrader's Advice

The Accent is solid, basic transportation. Hyundai quality and reliability may have been questionable decades ago, but today, the brand's vehicles are highly ranked and have solid reputations. While it's one of the peppier subcompacts, the Accent's biggest attribute is bang for the buck. There are no bad choices here, as all 2013 models come standard with air conditioning, SiriusXM radio, remote keyless entry and power windows, door locks and mirrors. Find one with available 16-in alloy wheels and cruise control, and you'll have a baby Elantra. All hatchbacks come in the GS or SE trim and are pretty well-equipped. The hatchback Accent is a good choice because folding down the rear seat gives you crossoverlike utility.

Always look for a vehicle that's been well maintained. Selecting a Hyundai certified pre-owned Accent is a smart choice, because you can assume the remainder of the outstanding 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. And even though no safety recalls were announced for the 2013 Accent when this report was written, check with the dealer anyway.

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