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Hyundai Accent



  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    From EPA:

    Manual: 32 (city) and 35 (highway)

    Auto: 28 (city) and 37 (highway)
  • enkaenka Posts: 35
    Does anyone seen the Accent SE yet at a dealer because I think its on sales right now. I think Accent SE is the best looking car in its class with styling and more features and interior room. I dont really like the honda fit or the toyota yaris. But yaris is better than fit.
  • subarufan1subarufan1 Posts: 85
    i have not seen it yet in northern california/bay area/silicon valley area yet and have been looking very hard for it. it should hit by the end of the summer i hope?? :confuse:
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Defn. before the end of summer. Actually, it should hit showrooms shortly, very shortly (some might have allocations already).

    Just checked the website, it states 07 Accent is available so be on the look out for them :)
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    I hope the Accent SE shows up soon. Drove by the local Hyundai "Superstore" today and the only Accent they had on the lot was a black 5-speed GLS sedan with no options.

    I wonder when Hyundai USA will update their website with build your own and color selections?
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    I found out today from someone standard ABS features deletion for '07 base trim is due to the reason customers didn't want it to be standard and Hyundai listened :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Also perhaps because Hyundai dealers complained about the high list prices for the Accent, and HMA listened. ;)
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    these numbers do not seem very efficient
    considering honda fit is 38/40
    From EPA:

    Manual: 32 (city) and 35 (highway)

    Auto: 28 (city) and 37 (highway)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Except that the Honda Fit is not 38/40.

    The mpg for the auto trannies are actually pretty close--not surprising the Fit would have some advantage since it has a 5-speed slushbox vs. 4-speed for the Accent. Where the Accent is furthest from the Fit is in stick-shift highway mpg. The Fit has taller gearing in 5th than the Accent so that may account for part of the difference.
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    test drove a 2007 accent
    suffice to say it was not a very impressive ride. hyundai can keep its 100k warranty, i think ill concentrate on the fit or yaris
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Which model did you drive? Sedan or hatch (and which hatch)? I haven't seen the new hatch around my area yet. It has different steering and suspension than the sedan--more tuned for handling than comfort.

    What didn't you like about the 2007 Accent?
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    test drove 2007 accent hatch.
    it was the base model. very basic 5 speed. pick up was inadequate. rear seating was small. very noisy ride.
    mpg was nothing to write home about. and considering all this for nearly 13k, i think it was not weorth the wait
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    If it was the basic hatch it would have been the GS. It's not a speed demon, is it? I am surprised you found the ride noisy for a small car, though. I thought it was the quietest car in its class that I've driven. But I've only driven the sedan. The hatch could be noisier--hatches tend to be noisier than sedans.

    What kind of mpg did you get? How did you find the operation of the 5-speed? I've only driven the automatic.

    I stopped by my local dealer today and they told me it would be September before they had the Accent hatchback in stock, specifically the SE. That is the model I want to drive. But if the ride is too harsh and noisy, I could take the sedan with no problems. It was smooth and quiet, and the back seat seemed roomier than the SE hatch that I sat in at the Chicago Auto Show.
  • skikiddskikidd Posts: 7
    "it was the base model. very basic 5 speed. pick up was inadequate. rear seating was small. very noisy ride.
    mpg was nothing to write home about. and considering all this for nearly 13k, i think it was not weorth the wait "

    Since it was the base model dont they run just under 11k... are dealers marking up this guy 2k also? (in the market for a new hatch NOW and getting frustrated w/ all the markup) If it was 13k I'd think it would be the SE.
    I was disappointed with the EPA estimates for the Gas mileage, seem pretty poor compared with the other cars coming out w/ the same approximate size engine. Hyundai claims that this hatch has the "most passenger room of its class" is all that room in the front? How did the cargo room look w/ the seats down? do they truly fold flat?
    Cant seem to find any dealer around me that even knows the 2007's exist :cry:
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    i guess hyundai has arrived as a competitor to the japanese auto makers and in doing so have seemed to forgot what made hyundai such an attractive alternative, the price. why someone would spend nearly 13k on an accent gs which is very very basic or 15k on an accent se both with subpar mpg is beyond me.
    considering that honda & toyota make a very reliable & cost effective product hyundai should introduce some considerable rebates and incentives if they want to stay competitive. i saw i waited and suffice to say, i think i will pass/
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    What other subcompacts are available with the equipment the Accent SE has for under $15k? Because it is a Hyundai, the expectation is that it will cost significantly less than its Japanese competitors. So wait a bit. The '06 Accent has a $1000 rebate now. With a rebate like that and a good discount by the dealer, the SE would be under $13k. That is a good buy considering its equipment I think.

    Yesterday I drove a Yaris sedan that had automatic, a basic CD audio system, A/C, and that's it. No power package. No alloys--certainly not 16-inchers. No remote locking. No ABS with EBD. No side airbags and curtains. No leather cover on the steering wheel and shift knob. No tach. No heated mirrors or lighted vanity mirrors. No 8-way adjustable driver's seat. No sport-tuned suspension and steering. Price: $14,100. Or consider a base Fit for $14,400. It has ABS, side bags/curtains, and power package, but has 14" steel wheels, a lesser audio system, no seat height adjuster or dead pedal, no armrest for the driver, and lacks many of the other features of the Accent SE including the longer Hyundai warranty. "Cost effective?" I don't think these cars are more cost effective than the Accent SE.
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    well lets say you purchased your fully equiped hyundai and you got some decent mileage out of it and a few years later you decided you wanted to trade it in for a new edition, what are you going to get for it? a fraction of what you would get for a comparably equiped toyota or honda, that is something to consider when you plan on purchasing a cost effective auto
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Yes, resale value is a consideration for short-term ownership. My next new car will be in the family for over 10 years however, so that makes resale value moot. The 10-year warranty is a big plus, however.
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    10 year warranty would be a big plus if the warranty lasted 10 years. considering most new cars run into the 200k mile range, what makes hyundais 100k so remarkable?
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248 - - - 6/0004378622&EDATE=

    Should be available at your local dealers...

    I am looking forward to test driving the SE :)
  • The average buyer keeps his/her car for far less time than 10 years so yes, resale value is important to most consumers.

    But more importantly, good luck driving that Accent in 10 years. See many 1996 Accents around? Neither do I.
  • Well, Hyundai's 10 year powertrain warranty isn't what is "remarkable" given that it covers pretty much nothing. What's more important is the 5 year/60K "bumper to bumper." However, getting Hyundai to fix anything under that warranty is another story. I.e. try getting your dealer to fix the famous front end shimmy (there's a TSB, but to no avail) and see what he has to say. Or even getting them to do the Airbag sensor fix even with the class action lawsuit. Or how about the damn cheap paint on black painted Elantras (do a Google search, countless entries) that peels off like paint on a Yugo? Or the damn weatherstripping issue? Its a great warranty, if the dealers choose to honor them.

    But of course, our pal Backy will come to the rescue of Hyundai and deny any problems with his car. All those ppl on and other Hyundai boards are all overreacting. The Hyundai is the best value afterall, right?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    My '01 Elantra was still in great shape cosmetically and mechanically when I sold it to my sister (brakes at 90% front, 85% rear for example) so I have no reason to think a '06 Accent would not last 4-1/2 years longer than that if it is maintained properly.

    And I just saw a 1995 or 1996 Accent the other day--looked quite good, at least on the outside.

    The reason I appreciate the 10 year/100k powertrain warranty is that I typically put less than 10k miles on my car per year, and as I said I plan to keep my next new car in the family for at least 10 years. Doesn't fit everyone's profile, but fits my needs very well. I also like the fact that it covers what is probably the most complex component in the car--the automatic transmission--and one that is very expensive to repair if it fails. Of course it covers the engine too, but engine failures are pretty rare these days if they aren't abused.

    P.S. I have not had problems getting warranty work done on my two Elantras, FWIW. But that has nothing to do with the 2006 Accent, does it?

    P.P.S. I am glad you agree that Hyundais are the best value.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    You have contributed nothing to these discussions. I work closely with dealership personnel, and Backy is right...with right care and proper maintenance, most cars last quite longer than you'd think, including Hyundais and Accents. Of course, no car is perfect, so some cars do brake down (but they apply to all makes).

    Don't let your perception and everything you read fool you :) Check out the real story yourself...
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    What is the problem getting the OCS sensor fixed? There was a recall for it. Go in and have the recall taken care of, like I did. (Actually, my dealer told me about the recall before I got the notice, when I came in for an oil change, and did the recall then. Maybe you need to find a dealer with a better service department?)

    I am curious... how many of those mechanics who call the Accent a "100k" car have examined the redesigned 2006 Accent from top to bottom? And how many mechanics are we talking about here?
  • "Don't let your perception and everything you read fool you Check out the real story yourself..."

    I guess having a 1997 Kia RIO where the dash completing detached itself while driving isn't "real" enough. Do a Google search and read many "satisfied" customers who had similar experiences with both the RIO and Accent of that year.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Last time I checked this is 2006.

    There is a big difference between current Hyundais and products pre-98. I don't have to tell you but check out all of the stellar awards Hyundai/Kia have won, especially as of late.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    I kind of doubt your 1997 Kia Rio had that problem. Because there is no such thing as a 1997 Kia Rio.

    I searched on "1997 Accent dash" and scrolled through the first 10 pages before giving up. I found no mentions of any kind of dash-detaching problem in those pages. Maybe you could post a link or two in the discussion related to the Accent of that vintage.
  • Sorry, meant Sephia. I tried to erase memories of that [non-permissible content removed] car! My friend did have a Rio that was decent.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Sometimes the fingers work faster than the brain. :)

    If you find any of those dash separations for the 1997 Accent (a totally different design than the '97 Sephia), feel free to post them in the "old" Accent discussion.
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