Among the small, fuel-sipping models vying for attention is the 2006 Hyundai Accent. With a base price of about $12,000 and EPA-estimated fuel economy stretching toward 40 miles per gallon, this little Korean import may be just the ticket for belt-tightening times. Or maybe not, considering that more spacious and more powerful cars like the Honda Civic are available for an extra few thousand dollars, and the nearly identical Kia Rio comes in the same package (with the same warranty), albeit with a sportier feel and a less generic style. In the broad small/compact car segment, the 2006 Hyundai Accent has plenty of competition.
But only Hyundai (and Kia) offers the lowest price combined with that unbeatable powertrain warranty. That puts 10-years or 100,000-miles of worry at Hyundai’s doorstep, and in these hectic and complex times, any buyer should find that attractive.
The rear seat splits and folds allowing for access to and expansion of the 12.4-cubic foot cargo area. Additional storage includes five cupholders and pockets located on the seatbacks and doors.
To control the ride, Hyundai has outfitted the 2006 Accent with a MacPherson strut suspension in front and a torsion beam axle in the rear, with stabilizer bars included as standard fare. A power rack-and-pinion steering system with a tight turning radius makes U-turns a cinch, and four-wheel disc brakes ensure proper stopping power. Also included in the base price is an antilock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution.
Photos courtesy of Hyundai Motor America