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2014 Hyundai Accent Sedan Preview

Pros: Hyundai starts its vehicle range with a well positioned, value packed subcompact sedan still offering a manual transmission and the choice of foregoing air conditioning. And while Hyundai may not be able to claim many “best in class” attributes for the Accent, it’s still a tempting purchase thanks to careful packaging, such as heated seats standard on mid-trim models.

Cons: Your choice of transmissions immediately disappears once leaving the base L trim, as all upper trims include six-speed automatics as standard equipment. Also, to the determent of the Accent, Kia essentially sells the same car across the street in an arguably better looking wrapper.

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2014 Hyundai Accent Sedan Pricing: Pricing for the Accent Sedan (4-door) $13,499 for the base model L trim and manual transmission. GL models jump to $17,199 and add a six-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, cruise control, front heated seats, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, telescopic steering wheel, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. GLS models receive leather wrapped steering wheel, power sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and fog lamps starting at $18,699.

2014 Hyundai Accent Sedan Economy: While only available with a single motor – a 1.6L direct injection four-cylinder – both six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are offered. On the EnerGuide cycle, manual transmission models are rated at 7.5/5.3/6.5L (city/highway/combined) per 100 km. Automatic transmission models rate almost exactly the same at 7.6/5.2/6.5L (city/highway/combined) during the same testing.

Improvements and Changes: For 2014, Hyundai’s subcompact gets some additional equipment. All trims now get an included sliding sun visor. A voice activated audio system with Bluetooth trickles down from the GLS trim and is now available on GL models. Those looking for telescopic steering can now find the feature on both GL and GLS models.

Don’t Miss: Adding air conditioning to the base L model tacks on an additional $2,005.95. Unless you really want a manual transmission, just opt for the GL, and enjoy all the additional goodies for not much more cash.

2014 Hyundai Accent Sedan Powertrain: Only one engine is offered, however it is fairly modern and features direct injection. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder mill produces a class-leading 138 hp at 6,300 RPM while coaxing up 123 lb-ft of torque at 4,850 RPM. It’s slightly thirstier than some of its subcompact competitors, but the increased power more than makes up for it. Also, the Accent is the only car in its class to offer six-speed transmissions in both manual and automatic flavours.

Safety: The Accent Sedan comes standard with six airbags (front, front seat-mounted side, and side curtain) available on all trims. Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, and Traction Control System will do there best to keep you between the ditches, as will the standard four-wheel disc brakes and ABS. However, should you find yourself on the other side of a guard rail, front active head restraints work in conjunction with the six standard airbags.

Comparables: The Accent sedan competes with its crosstown rival, Kia Rio sedan, as well as four-door versions of the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa.