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Hyundai Accent

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  • acronisacronis Posts: 29
    '07 3 dr Accent is at the local Hyundai dealer in my area, of S. Fla. It maybe that Hyundai stocks inventory based on volumne of sales in certain regions. Here in S. Florida there are Hyundais everywhere.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    There are Hyundais everywhere in the Twin Cities also. I think it has more to do with how far a dealer is from a port. They will probably show up any day here.
  • tsgeiseltsgeisel Posts: 352
    I was at the dealership last week, and the salesman said that every dealer got 1 2007 Accent 3-door. So maybe your local dealer sold theirs already.
  • Did he mean nationwide? My local dealer (Everett WA) has been getting 2-5 every week for the past 2-3 weeks. But perhaps its because we're so close to a major port city (Seattle).
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    Believe it or not, my local Hyundai dealer recently got in a new 2007 Hyundai Accent SE. I stopped by for a test drive this morning.

    First, the basics. It was a Tango Red SE with the Sun and Sound package and auto transmission (in other words, as expensive and top-of-the-line as you can get for an Accent). The sticker was $16,830 :surprise: which included destination but no rebates, taxes, title, etc. Pretty expensive territory for an Accent. But boy did it look sharp! :shades:

    Exterior wise, the 16 inch wheels really make this car stand out. Panel gaps were narrow and the large doors closed shut with a solid "whump". This is a Hyundai?!? Wow, compared to my 5 year old Elantra, Hyundai has come a long way forward in build quality. I liked the reddish-orange color, and the paint seemed uniform and of consistent quality. The rear hatch opens just like my Elantra by pulling on a concealed handle hidden above the license plate. The hatch is much more lightweight than the Elantra, and is supported by gas struts on both sides. A downside; the rear cargo cover does not move up when you open the hatch, although it is removable. Exterior likes: the foglights in the front bumper, the side marker turn signal lights (new on the sedan as well), the 16 inch wheels, the styled rear lights, the rear spoiler, big heated and foldable rear side mirrors. Exterior dislikes: the color-coded Hyundai emblem on the front grill, no chrome tail pipe exhaust finisher (may be an accessory?), no body side moldings to help prevent door dings.

    Interior impressions in the next post...
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    Interior wise, I can see where Hyundai spent a lot of the money they charge you for this car. Everything fit well together and many things (like the sunglasses holder near the sunroof controls) opened with fluid precision. Very nice! The sunroof itself is glass and both tilts up and has a one-touch slide open feature. Two map lights are present and work with individual switches.

    The climate control switchgear is electronic in nature (very precise and no "rubber band" feel at all), with separate buttons for AC and recirc. There is a MAX AC setting on the vent selector dial that automatically activates the AC and recirc functions. Simulated carbon fiber surrounds the radio, which included a 6-disc CD changer and a cassette. Pushing the audio button brings up selections for Bass, Midrange :) and Treble settings, as well as balance and fade. I briefly listened to the audio via a local FM station and the sound was good, with sold bass. I think there should be more treble response, but that could just be my old ears :blush:

    There are 2 individual trip meters selected by a flush button to the left of the steering wheel. The steering wheel itself is wrapped in leather and is a nice 3 pointer. Instrumentation includes a tachometer, temp, fuel and speedometer gauges.

    Seats are comfortable, especially the driver's seat which includes an 8 way adjustment. The hip point seems to be higher in the Accent compared to my Elantra, which makes for a better view of the road and easier entry and exit. Another downside; reaching for the seatbelt from the driver's seat after I had adjusted it to my frame required a little more stretching and arm bending than I would normally like. There is an armrest attached to the right side of the driver's seat which can be flipped up when not in use. The armrest does not include any storage space.

    What really surprised me was the amount of room in the back seat area. I'm only 5'8", but entering the back seat from the passenger side was easier than I thought. Once in the back, I had plenty of head and knee room, but forget about putting 3 people back there.

    Driving impressions coming up...
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    Driving the SE was a pleasant surprise. Considering the test drive included two people (myself and the sales rep) with the AC on max, the SE fared better than just me driving my current Elantra. It is no pocket rocket by any stretch of the imagination, however. Acceleration from a dead stop was leisurely, and the engine made a fair amount of noise when pushed to the upper reaches of the powerband. The four-speed auto is probably the biggest culprit here, even though shifts were smooth and quick, with none of the shift flair I am getting from my Elantra.

    At normal cruising speed, the Accent was very quiet. Bumps were quickly absorbed without fuss. I was worried that the "sport tuned suspension" of the SE would translate into a harsh ride, but it wasn't that bad. What I really wanted to do was to take some corners at speed to see what the SE could do, and I got the chance.

    On a twisty two lane road behind the dealership, I dropped speed behind a slow moving minivan in front of me to open up some space between us. Making sure that no one was behind me and the lane was cleared up front, I brought the Accent up to speed. Approaching a hard right corner, the sales rep beside me said something about holding on as he grabbed the handle mounted to the right above his head.

    I took the corner at speed without touching the brakes. The Accent picked a line and stuck with it, even as I accelerated out of the turn. Body roll was minimal, the tires did not make a sound, and I had a big grin on my face as I exited the turn. Who needs straight line performance? :P

    When all was said and done, I got out of the car, returned the keys to the sales rep and walked around the Accent one more time. The SE is a VERY nice car, but at $16.8K there are probably some better alternatives out there. Still, once the rebates kick in and there is more of a selection (I got the distinct impression that dealing on this car would be near impossible since the sales rep kept saying it was the only Accent of its kind in the tri-state area), I may be back to trade in my Elantra.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Thanks for the thorough review!

    It is interesting that the price of the loaded Accent SE is within about $1000 of a loaded Elantra GT, which includes leather, moonroof, and ABS but not the CD changer or side curtain airbags--or 16" wheels. So I expect the price of the Elantra GT to move up for 2007.

    $16.8k does seem like a lot for an Accent, but this is an Accent like no other before it. When you consider the equipment level and refinement of the car, it can be compared to cars like the Rabbit 3-door and Fit Sport. The Rabbit offers a lot more power and more interior room, and has excellent driving dynamics (I can't compare to the Accent yet because I haven't driven the Accent SE). But it doesn't have the feature content of the Accent SE, e.g. moonroof, CD changer with subwoofer, and little things like leather steering wheel cover and a more adjustable seat cushion. But the Rabbit offers a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic and optional stability control; alloys are optional also. The Fit offers the versatility of a 5-door and its Magic Seats, and the 5-speed automatic with paddle shifters, but lacks things that the Accent has like moonroof, height-adjustable driver's seat, dead pedal, and lighted vanity mirrors.

    And let's not forget the Versa, which for about the price of the Accent SE can be had with CVT and nice features like Bluetooth. And it's more powerful than the Accent and has a lot more interior room.

    All in all I expect the Accent SE will have a tough time competing against cars like the Rabbit 3-door, Fit, and Versa at full MSRP. So I think discounts and rebates will be coming in the not too-distant future.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Kirstie, now that the 2007 Accents are out, should the title of this discussion be changed, maybe to "2006+ Hyundai Accent"?
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    All in all I expect the Accent SE will have a tough time competing against cars like the Rabbit 3-door, Fit, and Versa at full MSRP. So I think discounts and rebates will be coming in the not too-distant future.

    That's my thinking as well. Considering that the car I drove is the first (and apparently only) Accent SE in the surrounding area, I was reluctant to talk numbers with the sales rep. Sorry, but I don't want to pay for the "privilege" of being the first Accent SE owner on the block!

    I'll probably bide my time and see what comes down the road at a later date. Besides, not having to make a monthly car payment is a benefit I'm not too keen on giving up. ;)
  • djindjin Posts: 5
    $12,450 is a bargain too and yet the Nissan Versa has a 6 speed manual.
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    Nice article. The review mirrors my experiences with the Accent SE during my test drive.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Yes, the 6-speed in the Versa is a plus. But to get a Versa equipped like the Accent SE will cost you a lot more than $12,450. For one thing, you'd need to move up to the Versa SL and add ABS to it. But you also get two more doors and more interior space in the Versa.
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    $16,800 for an accent se, it seems to me thats a bit much. i think hyundai just priced me out of the market.
    i think just on principle alone ill take a close look at the upcoming vw rabbit
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Not upcoming any more--it's here.
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    $16,800 for an accent se, it seems to me thats a bit much.

    Precisely why I am waiting to see if Hyundai offers any rebates on the 2007 Accent. In my state there is a $1000 rebate on the 2006 Accent good through the end of July, but nothing available yet on the 2007 models.

    Patience, however, is not one of my virtues!
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    even with a $1k rebate, that is still a lot of $$ for an accent. what is msrp on the rabbit
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    An Accent SE starts at $14.6k with 5-speed stick. A Rabbit 3-door with 5-speed stick and 16" alloys is about $16k. The $16.8k was for a fully loaded Accent with automatic, moonroof (not available on the Rabbit 3-door), and CD changer with cassette.
  • harrycheztharrychezt Posts: 405
    They need more hatches designed like that, on larger Hyundais.
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