Since its 1995 introduction, the Hyundai Accent has been one of the better-built, better-performing choices at the bottom end of the new car market. Although grouped with similarly priced subcompact cars, the Accent sedan and hatchback have always fallen under the EPA's classification for a compact car, which translates to a surprisingly roomy interior. Other typical Accent advantages include generous standard equipment and long warranty coverage.
The latest Accent iteration has made great strides toward front-runner status in this competitive segment, which is a welcome change from past models. It is now larger inside and out than before, and the overall look of the car is certainly more dynamic. Performance has been improved as well. Prior to the current-generation car, older Accents suffered from low safety ratings and an overall level of quality that doesn't match up to some competing economy cars. But for the most part, these models represent a sensible choice among budget sedans and hatchbacks.