2009 Hyundai Accent
There are 6 user reviews for the SE 3-Door trim shown below
- cute, roomy inside, efficient, affordable, comfy seats
- limited cupholders, back seats don't fold flat
Purchased As New
I downsized from a Mazda Tribute in July 2009. I liked my Tribute a lot but 15 to 17 mpg in the city had gotten really old. I researched for months and was finally down to either the Accent or the Fit. I really liked the versatitlity of the Fit's interior, and otherwise found them to be fairly comparable - Hyundai has made huge strides in build quality in the last few years.
It finally came down to the sunroof - I wanted one and Honda wasn't offering it on the fit. So I chose an apple-green Accent SE and 5,000 miles later am still very happy with my choice. I never drove the Base so I can't comment on the handling of that trim level, but the SE is actually pretty fun to drive. The sport suspension helps it hug the curves and lets you feel the road, albeit a bit too much on a really bumpy road - but that's the case with any low-slung, sporty model, so I can't fault the car for that.
The controls are well laid out, with everything in easy reach, even if you don't have steering-mounted audio. The speakers are plenty to keep me happy - I'm past the age of rocking out to max volume, and the sound quality suits me just fine. The standard audio input jack is a nice feature, as is XM radio. The seats are quite comfortable, even on long trips - substantially more comfortable than my top-of-the-line Tribute had. The back seat has a surprising amount of room - my parents (65 and 72) have ridden in the back seat, remarked with great surprise on the amount of space they had, and gotten back out of my little two door hatchback without a problem. I'm very petite and find it very comfortable to drive, as does my six foot husband whenever he gets behind the wheel. I appreciate the driver's side armrest that came standard (not as an option, Hello, Honda, what are you thinking?) and I wish there was one for the passenger also.
I consistently get 27 mpg in the city with my automatic, and get in the low to mid 30s on the highway. The engine seemed underpowered at first, but I opened it up a few times during the break-in period under the theory that it's better to let the valves seat properly and now that I'm past break-in the power seems to have improved - I can merge onto the freeway without fear! Braking is good, steering more than adequate. Cabin noise is not bad, much better than other models of economy cars that I've been in. Visibility from the driver's seat is quite good, with the obvious caveat that you aren't far off the ground and it's hard to see around pickups and SUVs in front of you.
I also think it's very cute. The SE comes with alloy whiles and low-profile tires. I really like the green color - it's a pleasant shade, very easy to find in parking lots and I like being a little different than average.
My only gripes are minor. I wish they had taken a few more cues from the fit in terms of storage cubbies and cupholders. I have a glove box, a sunglass holder above the rear view mirror, a small encolsed compartment below the radio and an open cubby there, too, and the two open door pockets. I miss having a storage console between the seats. There are two primary cupholders, but they are placed slightly too far back for maximum comfort if you are like me, five feet tall and have to have the seat pushed way forward to reach the pedals. Not a huge deal, just a minor thing. There are also two spots that claim to be cupholders in the front of the door pockets, but I wouldn't use them for anything not capped - I keep a water bottle there and it tends to sling out on a hard turn. There's only one spot in the back that qualifies as a cupholder, in the center between the front seats. My last gripe is that the seats don't fold flat and flush. To get flat, must remove a bolt, and even then they are a few inches taller than the cargo space.
Still, it's proving to be a great value, cute, fun, economical, affordable, and reliable. Hyundai has a great warranty - I plan to drive this car for a long time....read morehide
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- Sporty looks, interior fabrics, lots of thoughtful features.
- Some cabin noise over 75 mph
Purchased As New
Much better than I expected it to be. I love the little features, like how the car will re-lock itself automatically if I don't enter it in a reasonable time. I also like the interior lights that dim, then slowly fade, after I have left the car. It also feels firmly planted on the road, and makes me feel confident in the turns....even at moderately high speeds. It's a comfortable car that feels solid and inviting inside.
The free satellite radio is nice, because it gave me a chance to try it out for months before deciding if I wanted it. I have no regrets about this little car. The warranty is great. I feel really good about my decision....read morehide
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- good gas miles,good city car, power windows
- no power
Purchased As New
I bought mine in 07 it is a standard It would be nice if the SE modle came with at least a 2.0. the hatch back has more room than you think if you put down the dack seats.
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- Great Fuel Mileage
- Under Powered
Purchased As New
I own a 2007 Acent SE automatic coupe and have found it to be an excellent car. It is fun to drive and I receive great mileage no matter what speed I am driving, 27 city and 33 on the highway. If there are any short comings, they belong to the company. The engine is great as it is, however I feel that Hyundai could get 10-15 more horsepower out of the 1.6 engine. In summation, this vehicle is worth every dollar I paid and I recommend it highly....read morehide
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- Solid and upscale for subcompact. Classic hatch styling will wear well over time. Performance
- Could use a USB port.....since it already has an aux jack. Reverse is tricky, car needs to be warm
Purchased As New
This little car wasn't even on my short list. I considered it too small, and I like some performance. Well, I was surprised to find out that this little sub-compact has more interior room than some compacts, including the Civic. It's larger inside than it appears, and edges out the Fit in this regard. I was also happy to find out that the SE is sport-tuned, came with a B&M short-shifter, and an AEM intake was an option. It isn't a "fast" car, but it is gutsy and spunky, and great fun in the twisties and turns. I looked at the Rabbit, Madza3, Kia Rio5, Kia Soul, Suzuki SX4, Yaris and Fit. The Accent SE beat them in either warranty, roominess, looks, or price....read morehide
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- Handling in town; good gas mileage; front seating space excellent
- high rpm over 75mph; lacks cruise control
I have a Sonata, Santa Fe and now the Accent. Sporty feel, solid ride for a compact and the details in the styling of the 3-door SE are subtle and captivating. Have put 700 miles on and 25mph in town, pushing it through the gears (5speed manual) and 32mpg hway pushing 80mph in Florida with the air on. Seems to stay above 30mpg even pushing it a little over 85mph. Ride seems to smooth out at the higher speeds and the engine noise better at 3800 rpm than at 3200. Hyundai seems to take care of the little things in their products and I always note a feature that was not obvious.jy...read morehide
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