|Compact car; Built in South Korea|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $1,700*|
1995 Hyundai Accent 4-door sedan
1995 Hyundai Accent 2-door hatchback
1996 Hyuyndai Accent GT 2-door hatchback
1997 Hyundai Accent 4-door sedan
1997 Hyundai Accent GT 2-door coupe
Because an Accent is also more satisfying to drive than some rivals, it can be a reasonable buy, provided that you can get beyond the interior noise problem. Reliability is also a question. All told, we recommend something larger for everyday transportation.
Accent replaced the Excel as the South Korean company’s entry-level model, to compete against the Ford Aspire, Geo Metro, Toyota Tercel, and other budget subcompacts. Initially, Accent came only as a 4-door notchback sedan, but a 2-door hatchback was added the next summer. Three models went on sale: L hatchback (the lowest-priced Accent), and base versions of both the hatchback and the sedan. Accents used Hyundai’s 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. Rated at 92 horsepower. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard and 4-speed automatic optional on all models except the L hatchback. Dual airbags were standard. Antilock brakes were optional on base models, but not available on the L.
A sporty new GT with a more-potent, 105-horsepower, dual-overhead-cam engine arrived early in ’96. Unique GT features included a firmer suspension and performance tires on 14-inch alloy wheels, a tachometer, rear spoiler, fog lamps, full cloth interior trim, and a stereo system with four speakers.
Sedans adopted a GL designation this year, while base hatchbacks were called GS.
Hyundai dropped the GT model and its 105-horsepower engine for ’98. Other changes include revised front and rear fascias and new headlights.
Gone were the optional antilock brakes. However, Hyundai did add an impressive new warranty and cut prices, both of which mean little to used car buyers. A redesigned Accent emerged for 2000.