Hyundai’s Accent is a money-saving machine

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Hyundai’s 2015 Accent GLS is good, basic transportation that is a budget pleaser upfront and in the long run.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is under $20,000, and it has an overall combined (city/highway) fuel rating of 30 miles per gallon (26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway). One can save money at the dealership and at the pump.

The Accent GLS is equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cycle engine with six- speed automatic transmission.

There’s nothing particularly sexy about the Accent, but who cares when the ride—whether on local streets or highway—is comfortable, and it handles decently. If there is one glaring area of dissatisfaction for me during a weeklong test drive it is that it doesn’t have much giddy-up when one puts the pedal to the metal. Once the Accent reaches cruising speed—whether it’s 50 or 80—it’s fine. One can definitely hang with the big boys. Just know that it takes the Accent a little while to get there.

While there’s not much in the way of bells and whistles here, the instrumentation is neatly laid out with everything logically within reach. Blind spot monitor, remote keyless entry and audio system with six speakers, iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks are a few of the limited features.

The cooling system is the same way. It takes the Accent GLS a little while to achieve maximum cooling but once it does the cabin is adequately cool.

It seats four fairly comfortably—five is possible but a little tight if the middle person is long-legged. There’s plenty of room in the trunk and lift the front floor and there are two additional storage spaces.

The vehicle received mostly four- and five- (out of five) star ratings in government safety tests (three stars in rear seat side crash tests.

Two years ago, the Accent received MotorWeek’s 2013 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Subcompact Car.

I always like how Hyundai handles its price—simple and clean.

The 2015 Accent has a base price of $15,745 and almost everything is included. The vehicle I tested came with only two package options–$600 for the “Popular package that included steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, hands-free phone system and $800 for the “Style” package with extras such as satin chrome door handles, fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheel, rear disc brakes and headlights with LED accents.

The final price with freight and handling is $18,080.

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