2011 Hyundai Accent GL Review, Spec & Price – The Accent has, for the last decade slowly risen to near iconic status in the United States as the inexpensive starter car great for teenage drivers or serious commuters. For 2011, the Hyundai Accent continues its tradition by remaining affordable and practical at the same time. If there is one downside to the Accent it is in the decided lack of features (even as options) on the base model. You can expect to see this car in dealerships by Autumn 2010.
With base Blue models of the 2011 Hyundai Accent coming with a starting MSRP of around $10,700, they are poised to be among the most affordable vehicles on the road. When you combine the car’s exceptional fuel economy ratings, it’s clear that the Hyundai Accent is a great option for economical types. All models of the Accent come equipped with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine; front-wheel drive is the only available option. Despite that, the Accent is easily upgradeable and should appeal to a broad swath of the driving population. As long as aggressive driving isn’t your forte, the Accent should be right up your alley.
* Pricing: For 2011, expect an invoice price for the Accents to range from $9,900 to $16,500, a significant gap, which illustrates the difference between what the base trim “Blue” offers compared to the decked-out GLS sedan. MSRP should range from just a hair under $10,000 to $17,000.
* Engine: Accents will continue to be powered by a 1.6-liter V4 that chugs out only 110 horsepower. Not very impressive on paper, the engine can still deliver surprising performance if mated to the manual transmission.
* Fuel Economy: Fuel economy is excellent on the 2011 Hyundai Accent hovering in the 28 city/36 highway range.
* Acceleration: For the manual transmission, the Accent has been clocked at doing zero to sixty in just 9.4 seconds.
* Transmission:All 2011 Hyundai Accents come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. All of the trim levels except the base model Blue have a four-speed automatic transmission as an option, though the automatic does negatively affect vehicle performance in some ways
* Car Safety Features: Scoring five stars in government crash tests for frontal collisions, the Accent only gets four stars for side impacts. Standard safety features includes antilock disc brakes on the SE hatchbacks and GLS sedans, front-seat side impact airbags and full-length head curtain airbags are standard on all trim levels.
* Warranty: Hyundai leads the automotive industry, offering a 5-year, 60,000 mile warranty on all of their vehicles
The exterior of the Accent can vary greatly depending on the trim level selected. While the “bare bones” blue trim has 14” wheels along with the GS, it lacks the body-colored outside mirrors and door handles that the GS, SE and GLS both have. The rear wiper is also missing from the exterior. The SE and GLS both have 16” alloy wheels, foglamps and a better suspension.
The interior of the 2011 Hyundai Accent abounds with rough materials and cheap plastics. The design is relatively spartan, but that’s to be expected in a vehicle of this class. There is plenty of space up front, and visibility is exceptional. The backseat is a bit more cramped; legroom is problematic with all models, while headroom in hatchback versions is quite limited. Small perks, like a height-adjustable driver’s seat, helps to up the ante for this subcompact, 5-passenger vehicle. Most drivers should be okay with the austere design of the Accent’s interior, though, thanks to its rock-bottom price.
Inside the Blue the options are fairly Spartan, featuring an AM/FM Cassette radio, a reclining 60/40-split rear seatback and a six-way-adjustable driver’s seat. Air conditioning is optional on the Blue. Considering one of the other trims brings in features such as audio controls on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sunroof, and a tilt steering wheel.
The interior of the 2011 Accent is comfortable – more comfortable than an initial glance at the vehicle from the outside might suggest. We’d avoid trying to put any adults into the backseat of the Blue or GS. Cargo space is decent at 16 cubic feet in the hatchback and 12 in the sedan.
The 2011 Accent will continue with the relatively peppy drive that is offered by its ancestors, especially if buyers resist the temptation to upgrade to the automatic transmission. Ride quality is simply nice. The Accent is not a sports car by any means but the substantial savings that you get at the dealership does not translate into a poor, bone-jarring ride in a noisy cabin. However, nobody is going to be blown away by the 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that comes standard on the 2011 Hyundai Accent. It produces a measly 110 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. It can be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. The dual overhead cam design of the Accent’s engine is par for the course and remains unchanged from the previous model year. Front wheel drive makes for a slippery, sliding driving experience, especially in icy or snowy weather. Despite all of that, the Accent impresses with astoundingly great fuel economy ratings.
On the Road
Drivers shouldn’t expect a luxurious driving experience when they get behind the wheel of the 2011 Hyundai Accent. The weak engine doesn’t make for a very thrilling ride; at high speeds, cornering can be cumbersome. The car’s standard 14-inch tires have a tendency to squeal, even at relatively low speeds. If you’re looking for a car to make quick getaways in, you should pass on this one. A slightly better driving experience can be had with the SE hatchback; however, road noise remains a problem across the board.
Upgrade options are again, dependent on the trim level of Accent that is purchased. The base Blue trim has few upgrade options available outside of air conditioning. For the other cars, upgrade options include Bluetooth, power accessories and keyless entry, an upgraded six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo system with satellite radio, and antilock disc brakes.
Fuel economy has to be at the top of the list when it comes to the positive attributes of the 2011 Hyundai Accent. Hyundai Accent Blues with manual transmissions have fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, numbers that blow away much of the competition. The very affordable price tag of the Accent – hatchbacks start around $12,700 – is also one of its top selling points. Anyone who is looking for a practical, fuel efficient vehicle should definitely consider the 2011 Accent – as long as they’re not too concerned about aesthetics.
As long as they know what they’re paying for, most drivers shouldn’t be disappointed with the 2011 Hyundai Accent. Due to its small engine, this vehicle tends to be sluggish and slow to respond. Road noise is another significant issue – drivers have to crank up their sound systems when traveling at high speeds. The low starting price of the Accent means that style has to suffer; there aren’t many exciting design touches to be found. Finally, the backseat is generally suitable for children; adults will usually feel cramped and uncomfortable on longer drives. All around, though, the 2011 Hyundai Accent is a topnotch choice for cost-conscious drivers.