Exceeds every NEED and/or expectation
Nada, nothing, zero.
This Hyundai Accent GS; most basic model with 5 speed manual transmission, no A/C, so I didn't expect much.
Talk about AMAZED ~~ An absolutely surprising car. The Accent lifts off and cruises effortlessly, changes lanes like a sports car, and sips gas better than expected; averages 35 mpg/hwy and around 31 mpg/city. Much better than most Hyundai reviews ever admit. However, that said, I'm not a heavy-footed driver.
I've waited a year to write this review since buying it used, because I wanted to see how it did over time. Have had the oil changed at the Kirkland Hyundai/Ford dealership just once, and for the rest, it's the most agreeable and uncomplaining vehicle ever, and I've had most over the decades... Fords, VWs, Mercedes, Volvos, BMWs, MGs, Vanden Plas, Triumph, Suzuki, Daewoo... to name just a few. As you can see, a very full range of manufacturers and prices.
The 2009 Hyundai Accent is the biggest surprise of all, as it's a surprisingly frisky sports coupe, with huge passenger compartment, which rides better than any, as the driver/passenger seats are equi-distant from both front and rear axles, therefore cushioned in the 'soft' spot. Very quiet inside, minimal wind or road noise. The gears shift smoothly, with just a small, affirming click to acknowledge you're actually in the right place. Turning circle is superb... have only had ONE other car with such a small, tight U-turn capability, which was a 1967 Volvo wagon I bought in Sweden; it turned on itself, almost literally, as does the Hyundai Accent. Very useful is that in tight city spaces!
Thoroughly pleased with comfort, reliability, economy and stunningly styled looks; immense value at such a minuscule price...!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th April, 2011