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Hyundai Accent Value Edition Is Exactly What the Label Says

Introduced in 2010 for the 2011 model year, the Hyundai Accent is yesterday’s news in the subcompact vehicle segment. Gray-haired it may be, but the Accent does have an ace up its sleeve.
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For 2017, Hyundai Motor America decided that it would be best to keep the Accent relevant by infusing more bang for the buck from its cheapest model available in the United States. Compared to the run-of-the-mill SE Sedan ($14,795), the newly introduced Value Edition Sedan offers plenty of must-have goodies in exchange for a $705 price bump over the base model.

Holding a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $16,450, the Value Edition’s highlights include a sliding armrest storage box, Bluetooth for your mobile phone, audio controls on the steering wheel, cruise control, 16-inch machine finish alloy wheels wrapped in P195/60 tires, and rear disc brakes. On the safety front, six airbags, front-seat active head restraints, electronic stability control, and vehicle stability management are included.

Matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 Hyundai Accent sedan in Value Edition configuration hides a peppy engine under the hood. Internally referred to as the Gamma, the 1.6-liter all-aluminum mill develops 137 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 123 lb-ft of torque at 4,850 rpm.

It’s not exactly fast, nor furious, but it gets the job done for this type of vehicle. Thanks to direct injection, dual continuously variable valve timing for the intake and exhaust camshafts, plus a variable length intake manifold, the 1.6 GDI promises increased reliability and 30 mpg combined.

For the space-minded customer, the Accent is a surprising car, chiefly because the EPA classifies it as a compact sedan rather than subcompact due to its 103 cubic feet of interior volume. In terms of cargo volume, that’s 13.7 cubic feet with the rear seats in place. Dropping the seats flat into the floor makes the Accent even more cavernous, which is perfect for a trip down to IKEA.

If, however, the 2017 Hyundai Accent is too old as a car for your liking, word has it the 2018 model year will bring forth a complete redesign.

 
 
 
 
 

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