Hyundai Motor America has published its price list for the upcoming series of its fuel-efficient 2007 Hyundai Accent compact hatchbacks. Available both in three-door and five-door configurations, the vehicles don’t offer much in looks department, but seem to sport quite comfortable, if not too spacious, interior whole its base 110hp / 106 lb-ft 1.4-liter engine delivers an adequate fuel economy of impressive 32 and 35 mpg in city and highway cycles respectively.
The good news is that basic price for an entry-level trim with a three-door body and a five-speed manual gear-box will be kept just under the $11,000 level.
And for this money you will get a nice package of standard features, too.
Those include a “speed-proportional” power steering, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, AM/FM stereo with four speakers (well, not really impressive,) as well as front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags.
The bad news is that Koreans still think that the smaller the car, the uglier it must look.
All Accents will be motivated by the same 1.6-liter DOHC CVVT in-line four-cylinder engine that features maximum power output of 110 hp at 6000 rpm.
Considering that the car is pretty lightweight, it means that the engine will be powerful enough to provide the new Hyundai Accent with nice acceleration, while maintaining decent mileage.
Hyundai promises to deliver up to 37 mpg on the highway for the Accent equipped with an automatic transmission.
As to the model range, Hyundai plans to serve the new hatch in three basic packages: 3-door Accent GS and SE, and a 4-door Accent GLS. Since each package may be ordered with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission, there will effectively be six different packages:
|GS 3-Door||5-Speed Manual Transmission||$10,415|
|GS 3-Door||4-Speed Automatic Transmission||$11,415|
|GLS 4-Door||5-Speed Manual Transmission||$12,565|
|GLS 4-Door||4-Speed Automatic Transmission||$13,565|
|SE 3-Door||5-Speed Manual Transmission||$13,915|
|SE 3-Door||4-Speed Automatic Transmission||$14,915|
Each model comes with a set of standard equipment, such as six aibags — dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags covering both rows of seating, intermittent wipers, a rear spoiler, a tachometer and two 12-volt outlets.
Of course, the A/C control block looks a bit archaic here and the glove box doesn’t seem to be particularly roomy, but for a car that costa a little over $10,400 in its base trim, this is absolutely okay, especially if you compare it with its major competitor: the 2007 Toyota Yaris. After all, you get what you pay for.
For additional money you can order the new 2007 Hyundai Accent with 16-inch alloy wheels, fog-lights, power sunroof, and a premium audio system.
By the way, it is nice to note that the standard stereo comes in a standard 2DIN form factor, which basically means that you won’t have to spend extra dollars buying adaptor frames and this sort of stuff. And since the vehicle (at least in its basic GS trim) lacks any steering wheel control buttons, the problem of adapting the aftermarket stereo for your steering wheel kinda sorts itself out.
2007 Hyundai Accent GS technical specification
Body Type: 3-door compact hatchback
Layout: front engine, FWD
Engine: 110 hp @ 6000, 106 lb-ft (143 Nm) @ 4500 rpm of torque, 1.4-liter, inline-4
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual (4-Speed Automatic optional)
Top Speed: N/A
0 – 62 mph: N/A
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): N/A
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) inches: 159.3 / 66.7 / 57.9 / 98.4
Ground clearance (inches): N/A
Track (frt/rr): 57.9 / 57.5
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 33.1
Curb Weight: 2366 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity, max (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Suzuki Aerio, Toyota Yaris