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MSRP: $11,070-15,870
Invoice: $10,820-15,400

2009 Hyundai Accent news, pictures, specifications, and information


Accent enters 2009 an improved weapon against soaring gas prices, wîth the popular automatic transmission model achieving a 35 MPG EPA highway rating. Smart engineering enhancements to the Accent's engine, transmission, tire pressure, powertrain management system and power §teering pump improve fuel efficiency by up to eight percent. With the addition of a 2008 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Award to the trophy case, the Accent is better equipped than ever to meet the requirements of the entry-§egmènt buyer.

Cruise control also makes its debut on Accent, which helps drivers keep the throttle constant for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions making the Accent an even 'greener' option for 2009.


· New and improved EPA fuel economy estimates
· Cruise control and sunroof added to Accent SE Premium Package
· Cruise control added to Popular Equipment Package

Interior space and unexpected features keep Accent a class above the competition. The Accent has more total interior volume than either the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic – both cars that are a size §egmènt above Accent and priced thousands more. Únexpected features include a B&M Racing sport shifter, XM Satellite Radio® wîth three months of free service and auxiliary input jack for MP3 players.

The standard B&M Racing sport shifter adds shorter throw-lengths and more precision to Accent SE's performance-tuned driving dynamics. Accent is still the only car in its class to offer XM Satellite Radio wîth three months of free service as standard equipment wîth the vehicle's audio system. The auxiliary input jack allows iPods and other portable MP3 players to be connected directly into Accent's audio system.

Offered in a four-door sedan (the Accent GLS) and three-door models (the Accent GS and SE) Accent continues to offer a high level of standard safety, power and economy in its class, as well as more than 35 options and accessories allowing owners to express their individual style. And as gas prices surge, Accent's fuel economy is another smart reason for buyers to consider Accent.


In a bold stroke in this price-sensitive market §egmènt, Hyundai has outfitted the Accent wîth state-of-the-art standard safety technologies highlighted by six airbags, including dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags covering both rows of seating. The combination of side and curtain airbags, which help protect the head and body during side impacts, can reduce fatalities by more than 45 percent according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All Accents come equipped wîth front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, which are designed to tighten the seatbelt in the event of a collision. This safety package helped the Accent GLS four-door receive a five-star frontal crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additional standard safety equipment now includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) are optional on the GLS and standard on the SE.


Hyundai designers gave the Accent GLS a distinctive look within its market §egmènt. Úpscale details like a chrome-accented grille combine wîth bold tail lights and strong character lines to deliver a standout presence. The roof-mounted flexible micro-antenna not only looks good, but also provides improved radio and satellite reception.

Externally, the three-door Accent GS and SE reflect Hyundai's sleek, confident design direction. Úp front, the GS and SE feature an aggressive bodycolor grille wîth fog lights standard on the SE. Accent SE's high-performance P205/45R16 tires and lightweight five-spoke 16-inch aluminum wheels provide a big dose of street credibility. A long wheelbase and higher seating positions increase the spacious feeling of the interior. A rear spoiler and rear defroster are standard on all Accent three-door models wîth the SE adding a standard rear wiper .


The Accent's smart design pays comfort dividends inside, wîth more total interior volume than either the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic – both cars that are a size §egmènt above Accent. The Accent four-door sedan has a total interior volume of 104.6 cubic feet, offering an unexpectedly spacious feel which bests the larger Civic sedan by 1.7 cubic feet. In addition, Accent four-door has more passenger volume than Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Aveo. Accent three-door also delivers class-leading interior volume in the three-door §egmènt. Its total interior volume of 108.1 cubic feet makes it roomer than the Civic Coupe by 12.9 cubic feet. Front passengers enjoy class-leading legroom and rear passengers enjoy a class-leading 53.1 inches of shoulder room. Accent three-door's cargo space is 15.9 cubic feet, a total of 6.6 cubic feet larger than the Yaris three-door.

Accent's interior finish, attention to detail and color options have reset expectations in its market §egmènt. There's a handsome two-tone interior color scheme wîth either a gray or beige theme, or a sporty, black monotone interior that is available on Accent three-door. Analog instrumentation on the GLS and SE keeps the driver informed, while power §teering, a tilt §teering wheel and a six-way adjustable driver's seat wîth fold-down armrest ensure long-haul comfort. Convenient storage areas are placed throughout the interior, including bins in the front and rear center console and glove compartment. GLS and SE add a front seatback pocket and door storage pockets. Each door pocket can also accommodate a beverage bottle, plus there are two more cupholders in front and another pair in the fold-down rear center armrest. All Accents have a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback making it easy to load large objects, or to mix cargo and passengers for maximum flexibility.

Hyundai has traditionally delivered high feature content for the money, and the Accent is no exception. Standard features are comprehensive, including two-speed variable intermittent wipers, adjustable head restraints for all seating positions, cabin air filtration, rear window defroster, tachometer, rear coat hook, digital clock, two 12-volt outlets, and remote hood and fuel filler door releases.

For audiophiles, the available 172-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system includes auxiliary input jack, large-format display wîth easy-to-use controls and a total of six speakers positioned throughout the interior. While XM Satellite Radio is not available on most competitors and optional on others, it comes standard wîth all Accent audio systems.


The Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter DOHC in-line four cylinder engine that features four valves per cylinder wîth CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing). The DOHC and CVVT combination helps to give the engine a very broad powerband, coupled wîth high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

With the better breathing from the CVVT system, performance peaks at 110 horsepower at 6000 rpm and torque is 106 lb.-ft. at 4500 rpm. At 110 horsepower, Accent makes more horsepower than Yaris, Fit and Aveo. Fuel economy is also competitive. With a manual transmission, the Accent's EPA mileage is 27 mpg City and 33 mpg Highway. With the optional four-speed automatic transmission, the Accent's 2009 EPA rating is 26 mpg City and 35 mpg Highway.

Besides the added performance it provides, CVVT also helps the engine operate more cleanly, and the Accent is certified as an Últra Low Emission Vehicle (ÚLEV). The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) also recognized the Hyundai Accent as one of the top 12 'Greenest Vehicles' in the . Part of the Alpha engine family, the Accent's powerplant is a tough and technologically advanced unit that features a rigid cast-iron block and lightweight aluminum cylinder head. Engineered for the long haul, the Alpha is backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.


Vital Stats
Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 110 hp
Torque: 106 ft-lbs

5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic
For engaging performance, the Accent comes standard wîth a five-speed manual transmission geared for quicker acceleration and a more sporty personality. For added performance, the B&M Racing shifter provides shorter throw-lengths and more precision to Accent SE's fun-to-drive nature. Also available is an optional four-speed automatic transmission wîth overdrive and lock-up torque converter to maximize fuel economy at highway speeds.


Accent's stiff body structure allows the affordable Accent to deliver a comfortable ride and responsive handling. Accent features a MacPherson strut front suspension wîth coil springs and gas shock absorbers, and a coupled torsion beam rear suspension wîth coil springs and gas shock absorbers. A 21.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering. Rack-and-pinion §teering wîth engine-RPM sensing assist makes for low-effort maneuvering around town, combined wîth a secure feel at high speed. At 33.1 feet Accent's turning diameter is better than Fit's 34.3 feet and Versa's 34.2 feet.

Accent has been developed to satisfy unique consumer needs. The GLS four-door is tuned for comfort, but still feels agile. The GS three-door has a unique §teering rack wîth a sportier feel. The top-of-the-line SE trim aims to sets the standard in the entry-level fun-to-drive category, delivering even more road-holding capability. Accent SE's sport-tuned suspension features a 24 percent stiffer front spring rate, an 11 percent stiffer rear spring rate, a larger stabilizer bar (24 mm) and unique strut valving. This model's 205/45R16 tires are tuned specifically for precision and improved lateral acceleration. Accent SE delivers a 70 percent increase in roll control over the GLS. To complete the performance package, Accent SE has a four-sensor, four-channel Antilock Braking System (ABS). Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is integrated into the ABS, automatically adjusting braking force front to rear based on vehicle load.


Taken in total, the Accent's many strengths make it not only a smart choice for buyers, but also a clear value leader in its §egmènt. Advanced standard safety technologies give it an important edge. Accent has more passenger interior volume than the Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit and Honda Civic, and upscale interior appointments make it remarkably comfortable and accommodating. New features for 2009 – like cruise control – demonstrate Hyundai's commitment to continually meeting higher customer expectations and being a class-above the competiton. Add in the advantage of America's Best Warranty™, including five years and 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and choosing Accent becomes an even simpler decision for the savvy buyer.


Vehicle personalization is a growing trend, and is increasingly important to new car buyers. Hyundai offers more than 35 options and accessories on the Accent three-door, enabling buyers to make their own vehicle unique. These include a DC Sports front strut tower brace, AEM short ram intake, B&M Racing sport shifter, power sunroof, a 570-watt Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system wîth Kenwood speakers and subwoofer, aluminum door sills, carbon fiber B-pillar appliqué, ground effects kit and an alloy fuel door.


To simplify the buying process, the four-door Accent sedan comes in a single GLS trim level wîth either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission wîth overdrive. GLS trim offers a wide range of features, including several items that are either optional or unavailable on competitive vehicles such as a powerful 110-horsepower 1.6-liter CVVT engine, power §teering, rear coat hook, tilt §teering wheel, driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors and standard air conditioning. There are a total of six airbags, including dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof mounted side-curtain airbags. Carpeted floor mats are optional. The Popular Equipment Package includes a 172-watt six-speaker AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system wîth auxiliary input jack, ABS wîth EBD, tilt §teering and body color door handles and mirrors. The GLS Premium Package includes the Popular Equipment Package, plus cruise control, power windows, mirrors, door locks and remote keyless entry wîth alarm and panic alert.


In keeping wîth Hyundai's high-value approach to standard equipment, the Accent GS not only looks good, but also has a remarkable array of desirable features. A tilt §teering wheel and an six-way adjustable driver's seat wîth fold-down armrest, reclining rear seat and power §teering ensure long-haul comfort. Convenient storage areas are placed throughout the interior, including the front center console, driver storage tray and a rear storage tray. Two cupholders are ideally situated between the driver and passenger for easy reach. A 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback makes it easy to load large objects, or to mix cargo and passengers for maximum effectiveness. The roof-mounted micro antenna is aerodynamic, flexible and improves signal strength.

Standard features are comprehensive and not typically found in this §egmènt, including two-speed variable intermittent wipers, rear spoiler, adjustable head restraints for all seating positions, cabin air filtration, rear window defroster, tachometer, digital clock, two 12-volt outlets, body color door handles, mirrors and side moldings, and remote hood and fuel filler door releases.

The GS Popular Equipment Package includes air conditioning, tilt §teering and a 172-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system wîth tweeters and auxiliary input jack. The GS Premium Equipment Package includes the GS Popular Equipment Package items plus power windows, mirrors, and door locks and remote keyless entry wîth alarm and panic alert. The bodycolor mirrors and door handles complete the package.


The sport-oriented Accent SE takes value in an exciting new, fun-to-drive direction wîth the addition of the B&M Racing sport shifter. To complete the driving experience, the Accent SE features a sport-tuned suspension wîth unique springs, strut valving, stabilizer bar and §teering gear – delivering in total a 70 percent increase in roll stiffness over the GLS. Accent SE also features air conditioning, a 172-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system wîth six speakers and auxiliary input jack; power windows wîth driver's window auto-down feature, illuminated vanity mirrors, rear center armrest, power door locks, remote keyless entry wîth alarm and panic alert and power-adjustable exterior mirrors. On the outside, the 16-inch alloy wheels and P205/45R16 tires deliver enhanced road-holding capability, and fog lights keep the driver's path illuminated in adverse weather. The SE trim is equipped wîth a leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, and metallic interior accents. Additional storage is available wîth a seatback pocket and front door bottle holders. Cruise control and a power sunroof are optional as part of the Premium Equipment Package. A wide variety of accessories are available for adding the personal touch.


The 2009 Hyundai Accent is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty. Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Accent buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit) and that service includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses. There is no deductible on any of these coverages.

Source - Hyundai
Production of the Hyundai Accent began in 1995 and served as a replacement for the Hyundai Excel, though in some markets it was called the Excel. In France it was called the Hyundai Pony. The car became an instant success in some markets, becoming the third best-selling vehicle in Australia in 1996 and 1998.

The car had a standard five-speed manual gearbox and optional four-speed automatic. The standard engine was a 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit which produced 92 horsepower. A slightly more powerful version of the 1.5-liter engine was available, which boosted power to 105. The car was built on a 54.9-inch wheelbase and measured 161.5-inches in length. In the United Kingdom, the car was available in sedan, hatchback, and coupe configuration. Fuel mileage was excellent, gaining about 33 miles-per-gallon.

In 2000, the Accent was redesigned with slightly larger proportions and given a more modern and curvy body. Another facelift occurred in 2003 with another major redesign in 2006. This Second Generation of the Accent was available in four-door sedan and hatchback configuration, with a 2-door hatchback also available. There were a few engines to select from, all displaced 1.5-liters. The SOHC 12-valve four-cylinder version produced 92 horsepower and the 16-valve DOHC version produced over 100.

In the North American market, the Accent was available in GL, GLS, and GT trim levels. The 1.5-liter engine was all that was offered until 2003, when the 1.6-liter unit became available. The five-speed manual was still standard with the four-speed automatic offered as option. The cars rested on a wheelbase that measured 96.1-inches.

At the 2005 New York International Auto Show, the next generation of the Accent was displayed to the public. The GLS Version, the only trim level available in the US, featured a larger interior, air conditioning, six airbags, power steering, six-speaker CD stereo, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and tilt steering. The price tag was listed at just under $13,000. A premium sports package included 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows, heated mirrors, and remote door locks. The price for this package was $1,500.

Shortly after the release of the third-generation Accent, the three-door hatchback became available and offered in GS and SE trim levels.

The Accent has earned the title of third-best selling subcompact in the United States, with the top two honors going to the Chevrolet Aveo and the Toyota Yaris.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
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