Boy, just look at how that girl has grown up.
Hyundai has the mojo moving forward now, and truly, the sky is the limit – is this really the Accent? Yes, sir – the new 2006 Hyundai Accent. This is the Korean automaker's entry-level car – the one that arguably put them on the map, and the one that appeals to a steady demographic of young buyers who want as much as they can get for as little money as possible.
The new 2006 Hyundai Accent looks like it will give ‘em everything they want – and maybe a bit more. Redesigned from the ground up, the Accent combines traditional Hyundai strengths of value and warranty coverage with top-shelf safety equipment, an improved design and more room on the inside.
Pricing has not been announced, but expect the new Hyundai Accent to stay within close range of its existing sticker price. Standard equipment includes an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, a convenient tilt steering wheel, an eight-way driver's seat with adjustable armrest, driver and passenger vanity mirrors, front seatback pockets, and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat that has a folding center armrest with dual cupholders. Air conditioning and a Convenience Package are available as options. The Convenience Package includes power windows with driver’s auto-down, illuminated switches on all four doors and the driver’s side power window reserve, power heated mirrors, and power door locks.
The real performance question, however, is safety – and the Accent enjoys a huge bump in standard safety equipment, including dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and outboard rear seat occupants. All Accents come equipped with front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, which are designed to tighten the seatbelt in the event of a collision. All seating positions have adjustable headrests that can assist in the event of a rear accident.
Inside, the interior design has also improved with a new two-tone color scheme. Room-wise, the Accent is bigger than the outgoing model – 1.8 inches longer, 1 inch wider, and 3 inches taller, delivering 0.7 inch of greater front headroom and 1.5 inches more rear legroom. The wheelbase has also been stretched by 2.3 inches. Hyundai claims that these dimensions are class-leading.
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