Hyundai has released the official details on its 2013 model year Accent, and there are a host of new standard features to speak of. Good thing, too, since the Accent's base price has now been raised to $14,545 – an increase of $2,000 versus last year.

The base GLS 6MT model now includes air conditioning, a six-speaker stereo with MP3 capability and iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks, body-colored power side mirrors, body-colored door handles and – wait for it – a holder for your sunglasses. What's more, keyless entry is now standard across the board, as are heated side mirrors.

Other new upgrades for the 2013 model year include side mirrors with turn signal indicators, standard on the SE trim. A power sunroof is also new for this year, but is only optional on the top-shelf SE.

All Accent models are powered by a direct-injected 1.6-liter inline-four, good for 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. Six-speed transmissions are available across the board, in both automatic and row-your-own manual flavors.

Scroll down for all of the official details in Hyundai's press blast. You can always build your own 2013 Accent on Hyundai's configurator page, too.
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ACCLAIMED HYUNDAI ACCENT SUBCOMPACT PICKS UP MORE STANDARD FEATURES AND GIVES SHOPPERS MORE CHOICES FOR 2013 MODEL YEAR

2013 ACCENT EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

* The GLS MT base model has been upgraded to include air conditioning, AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, iPod(r)/USB auxiliary input jacks, power and heated body-colored side mirrors, body-colored door handles (2012MY M/T Comfort Package) and sunglass holder
* Remote keyless entry with panic feature and cloth insert door trims are standard equipment on all trims to provide buyers greater comfort
* Heated side mirrors are new for 2013MY, and are standard on all trims
* Side mirrors with turn signal indicators are new for 2013MY, and have been added standard on the SE trim
* Power sunroof is new for 2013MY, and is optional for the SE trim

COSTA MESA, Calif., June 7, 2012 – The 2013 Accent continues Hyundai's mission to defy convention by offering extraordinary value and class-above features to subcompact car shoppers. Now in its second year of production, Accent adds even more standard equipment and offers new class-above comfort features to satisfy shoppers in this hot segment.

Heated side mirrors, remote keyless entry and air conditioning are now standard on all 2013 Accent trims. Accent SE's side mirrors have been upgraded with turn signal indicators for an extra level of safety. Shoppers also will find an optional power sunroof on the Accent SE trim.

Accent has been well-received by shoppers. In fact, through the month of May, total Accent sales were up 51 due to a 66.2% reduction in fleet mix. Automotive media and industry experts have also taken notice of Accent's product success, awarding it various coveted awards and accolades since its reveal in April 2011. Along with two designations from WardsAuto, Accent was the highest rated subcompact sedan by a leading enthusiast magazine, above Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR SUPERIOR FUEL ECONOMY

Selected as one of Ward's 10 Best Engines, the Accent's all-aluminum 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine features the latest innovations in engine technology to deliver an unsurpassed 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque and a best-in-class standard 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway EPA fuel economy rating.

The engine's most notable feature is its use of Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), the first to introduce GDI technology to the subcompact category. By precisely controlling the injection of fuel, GDI allows for better fuel economy, increased power and reduced emissions. The application of Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts allows for increased efficiency, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. Other elements resulting in reduced fuel consumption include an Alternator Management System, an offset crankshaft design, variable induction system and electronic throttle control. To reduce lifetime operation costs and increase reliability, the Gamma features a maintenance-free silent roller timing chain. The Gamma also uses innovative anti-friction coatings such as CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating and Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating.

Gamma highlights include:
* Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT): D-CVVT (intake and exhaust camshaft phaser) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts provide optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared to using it only on the intake camshaft including an improvement in performance (increased volumetric efficiency) and fuel economy (reduced pumping loss), and a reduction in hydrocarbon emissions
* Roller Timing Chain: Helps increase the reliability of the Gamma 1.6-liter engine
* Electronic Throttle Control: This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy
* Innovative Anti-Friction Coatings: A Diamond Like Coating (DLC) was added to the tappets to help reduce friction in the valvetrain

Working together, the complete range of engine technologies produce an engine that offers:
* Unsurpassed specific output at 86 horsepower per liter
* Best-in-class standard fuel economy
* Low emissions with ULEV certification
* High reliability backed by a 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty

Specifications Comparison – Best in Class Horsepower and Fuel Economy

2013 Accent, 2012 Fit, 2012 Fiesta, 2012 Yaris, 2012 Versa, 2012 Sonic, 2012 Mazda2

Engine
1.6-liter I4, 1.5-liter I4, 1.6-liter I4, 1.5-liter I4, 1.6-liter I4, 1.6-liter I4, 1.5-liter I4

HP @ RPM
138 @ 6,300, 117 @ 6,600, 120 @ 6,350, 106 @ 6,000, 109 @ 6,000, 138 @ 6,300, 100 @ 6,000

Specific output (HP/Liter)
86, 78, 75, 71, 67, 86, 67

Torque @ RPM
123 @ 4,850, 106 @ 4,800, 112 @ 5,000, 103 @ 4,200, 107 @ 4,400, 125 @ 3,800, 98 @ 4,000

Trans.
6MT or 6AT, 5MT or 5AT, 5MT or 6AT, 5MT or 4AT, 5MT or CVT, 6MT or 6AT, 5MT or 4AT

MPG (M/T)1
30/40, 27/33, 28/37, 30/38, 27/36, 26/35, 29/35

MPG (A/T)1
30/40, 28/35, 29/38, 30/35, 30/38, 25/35, 28/34

1EPA estimated fuel consumption

Several systems in the Accent contribute to optimal fuel efficiency. The vehicle can be equipped with an available six-speed manual or automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual control, delivering smooth and efficient power delivery. Low-rolling resistance silica tires and a slippery shape (0.30 cd) reduce friction with the road and the air. This aerodynamic shape also includes a kicked up trunk edge, wheel arches which shield the tires and an optimized engine undercover. Finally, the Active ECO system modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response. By turning on the Active ECO system, drivers can realize up to a seven percent increase in real-world fuel economy.

Active ECO System

Low Curb Weight

Despite the additional content, safety features and technology packed into the 2013 Accent, Hyundai has avoided the typical associated penalty of increased weight. A low curb weight corresponds to an improvement not only in fuel economy but all other dynamic areas. In fact, Accent offers the best power-to-weight ratio in its class by far, providing drivers with both low fuel consumption and responsive performance. Highlights that contribute to a low curb weight include the 1.6-liter Gamma GDI engine with aluminum block, monotube shock absorbers, integrated parking brake and a super flat torque converter.

UP TO 40 MPG HIGHWAY

Accent's EPA fuel economy rating is 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, with the six-speed automatic transmission or manual transmission.

Power-to-Weight Ratio Comparison

Vehicle
Curb Weight (lbs.) M/T
Horsepower
Weight-to-power ratio (LBS/HP)

Hyundai Accent 4-door
2396
138
17.4

Hyundai Accent five-door
2430
138
17.6

Chevrolet Sonic
2727
138
19.8

Honda Fit
2496
117
21.3

Ford Fiesta
2578
120
21.5

Nissan Versa four-door (1.6L)
2350
109
21.6

Toyota Yaris five-door
2315
106
21.8

Nissan Versa five-door (1.8L)
2693
122
22.1

Mazda 2
2306
100
23.1

SAFETY

Hyundai doesn't believe consumers should have to pay a premium for safety, so a long list of safety features is included as standard equipment on all 2013 Accent models. A total of six airbags protect occupants in the event of a collision, including two front impact airbags, two front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and curtain side-impact airbags for front and rear passengers. Accent’s standard front-seat active head restraints help prevent whiplash by automatically reducing the space between a front occupant’s head and the head restraint during certain rear collisions and are highly recommended by safety organizations such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Active front head restraints are not available on Fiesta or Mazda2.

Collision Load Dispersion

The Accent's underlying structure is engineered to protect occupants using a Collision Load Dispersion mechanism and the rear doors have internal beams. The vehicle's structure distributes the force of an impact in three ways to minimize floor deformation and maintain the integrity of the cabin.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control work together to help deliver confident handling in all conditions. Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) integrates control of the ESC and motor-driven power steering (MDPS) to provide handling assistance in slippery conditions or in sudden cornering scenarios. The system can deliver up to eight Newton-meters of counter-steering effort when required to assist the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle.

Vehicle Stability Management

Braking System

A key safety element for any vehicle is its braking system. An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) featuring Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) is also included. EBD examines the effect of vehicle load on weight distribution and apportions the braking force between front and rear axles to maximize stopping ability. In the event of a panic stop, BA ensures that maximum braking force is applied.

SMALL ON THE OUTSIDE, BIG ON THE INSIDE

All Accents ride on a 101.2 inch wheelbase, 2.8-inches longer than the previous generation. The Accent 4-door's overall length has increased by 3.5 inches to 172 inches. Total length of the new five-door version is 162 inches. As a result, Accent enjoys superior interior volume and passenger space. While the car’s exterior dimensions are consistent with those of traditional subcompacts, Accent is classified by the EPA as a compact sedan thanks to its interior volume. Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta are classified as subcompact cars. In addition the Accent five-door has best-in-class cargo volume and more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke. The Accent has best-in-class front and rear shoulder room, and the five-door also has more cargo volume than many of its compact five-door competitors.

Five-Door Subcompact Cargo Volume Comparison

Five-door models
2013 Accent, 2012 Fiesta, 2012 Mazda2, 2012 Yaris, 2012 Fit, 2012 Versa

Cargo volume (cu. ft.)
21.2, 15.4, 13.3, 15.6, 20.6, 13.8

Five-Door Compact Cargo Volume Comparison

Five-door models
2013 Accent, 2012 Insight, 2012 Matrix, 2012 A3, 2012 Mazda3 5DR

Cargo volume (cu. ft.)
21.2, 15.9, 19.8, 19.5, 17.0

Convenient storage spaces are included throughout the cabin, including bottle holders in the front doors and a storage tray at the base of the center console. A sliding armrest storage console is available, which is a segment first. Split and fold 60/40 rear seats are standard for increased cargo flexibility when transporting longer items. Not only does Accent have multiple storage areas, but it delivers more useable storage capacity while keeping an attractive appearance. WardsAuto took notice of Accent's thoughtful interior design, placing it on their Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list in April 2012.

CONFIDENT DRIVING DYNAMICS

The first step toward confident driving dynamics is a rigid structure. To this end, the 2013 Accent employs high-tensile strength steel to deliver a strong, light and stiff body. Increased stiffness allowed Hyundai engineers more flexibility in terms of suspension tuning. The end result is a better balance between handling precision and ride comfort. Accent employs a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and twin-tube gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a torsion axle setup with coil springs and monotube shock absorbers.

All Accents have column-mounted, motor-driven electric power steering that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system. Accent's turning diameter of 34.1 feet is better than Versa, Fiesta and Fit. The SE five-door model has a unique steering calibration for a sportier feel.

FLUIDIC SCULPTURE DESIGN

The 2013 Accent sports the company's increasingly popular "Fluidic Sculpture" design. The vehicle's exterior lines are intended to be futuristic, dynamic, and sleek. In a segment typically associated with staid designs, Accent stands out from the crowd. While the styling provides an attractive form, it's also functional, featuring a slippery 0.30 coefficient of drag for Accent sedan and 0.31 for Accent five-door. Hyundai's signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights give Accent a compact athletic face. Five-door SE models include a sporty roof-mounted spoiler and vertical taillights. For an assertive stance, 16-inch alloy wheels are available on GLS and standard on SE.

COLOR PALETTE

The 2013 Accent GLS is available with gray or beige two-tone interior. The five-door GS and SE trims are available with a gray interior or a monotone black interior. All Accents have cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look and feel.
The Accent features a bold exterior color palette with both light and dark colors including Century White, Ironman Silver, Cyclone Gray, Ultra Black, Boston Red, Mocha Bronze, Marathon Blue, Clearwater Blue and Electrolyte Green.

FEATURES AND AMENITIES WORTHY OF MORE EXPENSIVE CARS

Choosing a subcompact sedan no longer means foregoing comfort and convenience features. The 2013 Accent is offered in three trim levels. The affordable four-door GLS, the versatile, well equipped five-door GS and the sporty five-door SE.

Four-Door GLS
Key Standard Equipment:
* 1.6-liter GDI DOHC I4 engine with Dual CVVT
* Engine cover
* Hood insulator
* Active ECO System (A/T only)
* Trip Computer
* Six-speed manual transmission or
* Available six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Hillstart Assist Control
* Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
* 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers
* 175/70R14 low rolling resistance tires TPMS
* Front, side and head curtain airbags
* Vehicle Stability Management, ESC with TCS
* ABS, EBD, and brake assist
* Front seatbelt pretensioner
* Active front head restraints
* Adjustable head restraints for all seating positions
* Tachometer
* Air conditioning
* Cabin air filter
* Power windows heated mirrors
* Power door locks
* Remote keyless entry with panic
* AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, iPod(r)/USB auxiliary input jacks
* Tilt steering wheel
* Driver seat armrest
* Front door map pockets
* Front passenger seatback pocket
* 60/40 split folding rear seatback
* Dual vanity mirrors
* Sunglass holder
* Cloth door inserts
* Map, dome and cargo lights
* Six-way adjustable driver seat including height adjustment
* Front two-speed intermittent wiper
* Tinted glass with windshield shade band
* Bodycolor mirrors and door handles
* Rear defroster with timer
* Roof-mounted antenna

Four-Door GLS Standard Equipment (A/T):
* Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Active ECO System and Hillstart Assist Control

Premium Package:
* Requires GLS A/T
* Steering wheel mounted audio controls
* Cruise control
* Bluetooth(r) hands-free phone system with voice recognition
* Premium cloth seats
* Chrome inside door handle
* Piano black accents
* Sliding armrest storage box
* Front fog lights
* 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/50R16 tires
* Rear disc brakes

Five-Door GS
Key Standard Equipment:
* 1.6-liter GDI DOHC I4 engine with Dual CVVT
* Engine cover
* Hood insulator
* Active ECO System (A/T only)
* Trip computer
* Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
* Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
* 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers
* 175/70R14 low rolling resistance tires TPMS
* Front, side and head curtain airbags
* Vehicle Stability Management, ESC with TCS
* ABS, EBD, and brake assist
* Front seatbelt pretensioner
* Active front head restraints
* Adjustable head restraints for all seating positions
* Tachometer
* Power windows heated mirrors
* Power door locks
* Remote keyless entry with panic alert
* Air conditioning
* AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, iPod(r)/USB auxiliary input jacks, and roof antenna
* Driver seat armrest
* Cloth door insert
* Tilt steering wheel
* Front door map pockets
* Front passenger seatback pocket
* 60/40 split folding rear seatback
* Dual vanity mirrors
* Sunglass holder
* Map, dome and cargo lights
* Six-way adjustable driver seat including height adjustment
* Front two-speed intermittent wiper
* Tinted glass with windshield shade band
* Body color mirrors and door handles
* Rear defroster with timer
* Roof-mounted antenna
* Rear wiper

Five-Door GLS Standard Equipment (A/T):
* Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Active ECO System and Hillstart Assist Control
* Cruise Control

Five-Door SE
GS Standard Equipment Plus:
* Sport-tuned steering
* Cruise Control
* Steering wheel mounted audio controls
* Bluetooth(r) hands-free phone system with voice recognition
* Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
* Premium cloth seats
* Chrome inside door handle
* Piano black accents
* Sliding armrest storage box
* 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/50R16 tires
* Rear disc brakes
* Side mirror with integrated turn signal indicators
* Front fog lights
* Rear spoiler

Optional Power Sunroof:
* Power sunroof


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      Awhattup
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other words... They chopped the non-selling stripped model.
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who buys a car without a/c anyway? Basically the tittle should have read "Hyundai gets rid of the base model accent, all accents now standard with a/c"
      affluentfacts
      • 2 Years Ago
      My 2013 Accent is now 2 months old...I LOVE THIS LITTLE TIGER!!!. I have always been a BIG SUV driver and this is a first for me. Great gas mileage, lots of get up and goooooooooooooo. Could not be happier and it sure cost a lot less than my 40K SUV did. That 40K LEMON as nothing but a problem from day one. Again, LOVE my little bronze Tiger.
      Darius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes sense. The base bare model doesn't sell and most just opt for the features that will now be standard. Frees up more space for higher level models as well.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Darius
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          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          New car Dealers, generally speaking, don't finance anything, and banks / finance companies don't finance such low principle balances as $2000. If the buyer is ALREADY financing the car, yes, that is likely, but "financing the difference", no. Also the point was that nearly all of their customers were buying these features anyway. They are simply adjusting production to meet demand.
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Be careful Hyundai...don't get too full of yourselves too quickly. Good cars at great prices are what got you where are today, but you're still building your fan base and 2k is a big jump in one model year. This move may end up sending more ppl back into Toyota, Honda and Nissan showrooms.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        I would dare say sales of no a/c and no radio models of any of the japanese or korean big three are so small it does not make much sense to bother. This move makes complete sense for the hyundai group if Kia is keeping a no frills Rio in the line up so they cover everything and increase profit margin. I am willing to bet stripped Versas, fits, and yaris models account for less than 2% of the totals
          Scarboy6693
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob
          Have to agree, I see plenty of all the subcompacts around, and barely any of them are stripper editions. Mostly Fit Sports, Fiesta SE/SES, Rio EX/SX, etc...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
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          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          TROLL! Before you made a fool of yourself, you should have looked up the MSRP of Nissan Versa. It's still $2500 less than Accent. I think the bottom feeding customers are better off with Japanese cars.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        They're doing this because no one buys a brand new stripper model with no AC or keyless entry. This stuff is standard on the Fiesta and Sonic (I believe)...dare I say that a foreign automaker is changing their strategy based on what their American competitors are doing...
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is NO inflation, nothing to see here. Move along now, move along.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      2000 more reasons to buy a Rio instead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
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          Rob
          • 2 Years Ago
          B segment buyers are expecting more for a reasonable price. Hyundai Accent sales are better than Fit and Yaris combined last month so they must be doing something right. Not bad for not a "real car" Happy trolling SVX
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should rename it - hyundai 2000
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      I expect the average Joe Idiot to think this is actually a price hike, but any commenter on here should know better. They just took away the stripper model because its sales were nonexistent. And yeah, it now starts around $15k. Just like a similarly equipped Sonic starts around $16k. Not really newsworthy.
        transam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BB79826
        Gee a $2000 price hike should only help sales, it seems people are willing to anything for Hyundais these days. The extra equipment might justify $1200 or so, not $2k.
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      How awesome would the 2.0 turbo be in this thing? It would be like the modern equivalent of a big block Nova.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      While most people go for A/C in their base model car, the reason why they buy a base model is because they don't want the rest of the $2,000 audio system, paint package, and heated mirrors. They should be more careful than to let the press get to their head.
      Jon Acton
      • 2 Years Ago
      It sure doesn't seem like you are getting much for your $2K.
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