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Pros: Gas mileage
Cons: Lack of power
Advice: If you need basic transportation and don't mind the 106hp engine, then this car is for youBought a new '02 accent 2 months ago...i average 27 mpg (real world)...the car does well in town, ride is decent...pretty good stereo too...nothing really stands out but has been good so far, it's a basic-transportation-car and drives like one, but well worth the money in my opinion
Pros: handling ability, especially on curvy roads
Cons: thin paint job, dents easily
Advice: excellent car for the money but you get what you pay forGood car for the money
Pros: low price / large capacity
Cons: clutch / shifter (manual transmission)
Advice: get the bigger engine (GS, GL) if you drive in the mountainsI was replacing an '89 Mazda 323 I had bought new for around $7000 and had no trouble with for years, and was looking to replace it with something equally inexpensive and reliable after I finally wore it out. My only special requirement was carrying lots of cargo (musical equipment). I didn't check out the few lower priced options (Kia & Daewoo, notably) as I had heard nothing but bad things about them. My tests of the cars I did look into had as much to do with seeing how I could fit my gear in the back as with driving it. So don't look to me for comments on subtleties of the driving experience. On the other hand, since I've owned the Accent for several months now, I can say a few more things than I could have after just a test drive. Some things I have noticed worth mentioning: - The drivers seat is surprisingly well-designed and comfortable to me. Puts some much more 'luxurious' cars to shame. - The front passenger seat is not bad either. It's a small car, though, and the seats are rather close together. - Koreans must not drink as much as Americans. Beverage holder is disappointing. - The split fold-down back seat was one of the selling points of the GS for me over the base model, but I find the engine power of the GS only barely sufficient for driving up in the mountains. I wouldn't want to do it regularly with the smaller engine of the base model, especially loaded down with music gear. - The car is much quieter than I was led to expect. Of course, my expectations were set by my old 4-speed 323. - From the front at least, opening the window creates relatively little 'wind'. Something about the aerodynamics of the car, I guess. - Gas mileage is excellent; sometimes better than advertised (I've gotten up to 40 mpg). AC definitely lowers it, though. - I wish there was a way to open the vents without running the fan; this is how I prefer to drive in most (Colorado) conditions. - Clutch (I chose manual) took some getting used to, and I still struggle a bit with the shifter, especially going into reverse. But I was happy to be able to find a manual at all. - I ended up replacing the built-in stereo with a third-party CD player, but I sure miss the design of the original radio/cassette deck. Very nicely laid out controls. When all is said and done, I find the Accent more than meets my needs. During my test drives, nothing about any of the other makes I tried made them worth the extra price to me, and nothing I've experienced since has made me regret my choice.
Pros: 4 doors
Cons: the fact that the engine has to wait for the transmission to catch up with current conditions
Advice: It's an ok (disposable) carI have almost 500 miles on mine, everything is fine except for the automatic transmission. I'm accustomed to driving a stick but find it difficult to welcome this automatic. When coming almost to a stop and then accelerating, the transmission seems to jerk in an effort to decide which gear to select. (It's at the dealer now for this problem) When the engine is cold (59 degrees) the transmission seems to take quite a while to engage. I checked the fluid level and it seems within the proper range. Very discouraging since I've only had it 5 days.
Cons: manual locks
Advice: If you want a quiet, smooth ride that doesn't hurt your wallet, get it!As an advent Toyota only person, I was leery in test driving this car, let alone being seen in it. This feeling soon vanished as I cranked the engine on and took it for a spin out of the dealership. This car as zip; it has amble space for a large frame guy like me (6'2' 235 lbs), whether I am in front driving, riding shotgun, or being a back-seat driver; and rides as smooth as the Corolla. I was sold when I pulled the car back into the dealership. A super ride, super gas mileage, super quality workmanship, super price with matching warranty to boot. This is the best car anyone can get for under $11,700!
Pros: None - the car barely made it off the lot.
Cons: The fact that the engine blew-up 2 miles away from the dealer - it had 13 miles on it.
Advice: Check out the Nissan Sentra or Honda Civic instead. A little more moneyThe day I bought this car, the air went out and it barley made it off the lot. The Engine blew (head gasket or rod) 2 miles from the delearship. I barely made it back to the dealer, and the car was dead! Obviously, we ripped up the contracts and I went and bought a Nissan Sentra for a better price. The Sentra is GREAT!
Pros: European styling and lots of additional accessories
Cons: Engine performance
Advice: Give it a good test drive and compare cars in the same classThis is a comfortable small car. Handles nicely and has ammenities to make long distances tolerable, such as adjustable lumber support driver's seat and arm rest. The hatchback with split folding seats makes transporting larger objects possible. Gas mileage is good except with the A/C on. Quality cuts are noticible when looking closely at the car. Interior carpeting and floor mat holders are of low quality. Sound insulation is possibly low because of the higher engine noise in the interior compartment. Car tends to bog down on acceleration and loses power with the A/C on. Makes engine noise when cold.