1996 Hyundai Accent Base 1.5L 4cy. 92hp from North America
Good value for the budet minded driver
In many respects, the Accent is a typical sub-compact car. There is a lot of road and engine noise, the seats are rather firm, and the ride is stiff. But like most sub-compact cars, it is also very manuverable, great on gas, and low maintenance. The overall build quality is pretty good and the car feels solid for a small car.
Where the Accent shines, in my opinion, is the overall driving experience. It can cruise at 75 all day without much trouble and moves around town respectably. The interior is very roomy and comfortable, given the size of the car. You can comfortably fit 4 adults. Even though it is cheap, basic transportation, it looks more fun than that inside and out.
Now where the Accent lags behind other sub-compacts is the build and material quality. The exterior and interior door handles are poorly designed and break very easily. Too easily. I've noticed that the sheetmetal is very very thin and dents so easily. It's also very common for the windows to go off track. That's a common Hyundai problem, not just the Accent. After having to take apart my door to fix an off-track window, I discovered that the door panels are nothing more than a paper-board-like material. Hyundai's are very very cheap like that in some areas. I've seen Accents for sale with over 150k miles, so I know they last quite awhile.
Overall though, it seems like a fairly dependable, economical car, which is what the whole purpose of a small car like the Accent is all about.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th December, 2005