2006 Accent New Car Test Drive
The Hyundai Accent has been completely redesigned from the ground up. The Accent four-door sedan was launched as an all-new 2006 model, while the three-door hatchback was introduced in the spring as a 2007 model.
Built on a more substantial platform and powered by a clean and sophisticated new 1.6-liter double overhead-cam engine, the new Accent models are larger and designed to offer more style, sophistication and content than before.
The competence of the new Accent indicates Hyundai's move upmarket has helped it design a better small car. The new Accent is considerably better and slightly larger than the old 2005 models. Indeed, the new Accent is a viable alternative to the newest subcompacts from Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
What's more, Hyundai includes safety features such as six airbags and antilock brakes as standard equipment, making the Accent and the Kia Rio among the least expensive cars on the market with these important safety features.
Based on our impressions, the new Accent should be considered alongside models from more established players.
The 2006 Hyundai Accent is as a GLS four-door sedan with a choice of five-speed manual ($12,455) or four-speed automatic ($13,305). The 2007 Hyundai Accent three-door hatchback is available in GS and SE trim.
A 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine powers all models. Power steering, a tilt steering wheel, and a 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, and 14-inch steel wheels come standard.
Air conditioning, however, is optional ($800). The Premium Sport Package ($1,500) includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless operation, and 15-inch alloy wheels with 195/55VR15 tires.
Safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners along with six airbags: dual frontal, front-seat side-impact and full-coverage side curtain. All models include ABS.