Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.
Pros: Besides fine MPG, the usable smooth transmission shifter & clutch will never be tiresome to use.
Cons: Even with 6 airbags, Accent's side collision protection for rear seat passengers must be improved.
Advice: For buyers with few rear seat passengers because of lower than average crash protection.Our Accent has excellent tuning, & feather footing gives superb MPG. Ascending to a 5500 foot mountain pass near Mt. Rainier, Accent got a calculated 41+MPG. Rising to a lower 1400 foot pass, Accent nailed down 45MPG! Tho excess rpms & engine noise are above average, the engine is smooth. No creaks, whines or rattles. If you need performance tho, you have to shift down a lot. Some Accents sold for as low as $7000 to $8000, a superlative value. With 28000 miles, we have had no problem! For such a cheap car, it is nice to have an 8-way adjustable driver's seat with a viable arm rest (just don't lean heavily on it). With the armrest, the ride is OK for long drives (especially if you are driving in beautiful Washington state-ha ha). Other items on the cheap are a tach, 3 position intermittent wipers, inside adjustable rearview mirrors (manual), excellent short throw shifter & clutch for smooth, but unhurried shifting (no razz matazz), no cost mud flaps, & acceptable no nonsense speakers that won't need changing out if you don't need a lot of bass. The steering is quicker than provided in some other cars. While the exterior width of the Accent is the same as Honda Fit & Toyota Yaris, INTERIOR WIDTH is one to 3 inches wider than those cars, providing for nice shoulder width! We have a good chance of going 100,000 miles & NOT needing the 100,000 mile warranty.